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Aug 24

Special Edition Executive Women’s Forum: Design Thinking Professional Development

Hosted by Women & Hi Tech

Event Description

Design thinking is a process for challenging assumptions. redefining problems, and creating innovative solutions. What are the benefits of design thinking for organizations and leaders?

71% of companies surveyed in a global study about design thinking adoption say this process has improved their company culture.
Data from McKinsey shows that companies which regularly follow design thinking practices achieve one-third higher revenues and 56% higher returns than those which don't.
Forrester found that design thinking companies get their products and solutions to market faster, cutting the costs of initial alignment and prototype design by as much as 75%.
The non-linear process of design thinking encourages the innovation and free-thinking necessary to achieve groundbreaking solutions. Plus, this process helps those solutions get to market faster, with more longevity and market fit.

But is design thinking just for designers? How can leaders and other contributors harness the power of this process?

Join Women & Hi Tech for a special edition Executive Women's Forum professional development session on design thinking. Mark Caswell, CEO of Resultant, will lead us in an all-day session at the Katz Sapper & Miller LLP Conference Center. There is PLENTY of free parking - just make sure to bring a pen and your readiness to learn as we spend all day immersed in the principles and practices of Design Thinking.
Event Agenda

9:30 am -9:55 am - Registration and Coffee
10:00 am - Welcome by Linda Calvin, Women & Hi Tech Executive Women's Forum Director (We will start PROMPTLY at 10 as this is an important session).
10:10 am - Design Thinking Class begins
Noon - 12:30 pm - Lunch time, provided by Women & Hi Tech
12:30 pm - 2:45 pm - Design Thinking Class continues
2:50 pm - 3:00 pm - Wrap up
Immediately following the event, there will be a networking happy hour with members of the Women & Hi Tech Board at Firebirds (96th and Meridian, just five minutes from the class venue). Please plan to join us there until 4:30 pm if you are able!

Please note this session is in-person only and will not be recorded or redistributed in any way. The only way to get access to this content is to attend the session on Thursday, August 24th!

Registration for this event will be exclusive to Women & Hi Tech members until July 20th. At that time, if spots are still available we will open registration to non-members at the rate of $100 per attendee.

Registration fees are non-refundable but your registration may be transferred to another attendee should the need for a cancellation arise.


$75 for Women & Hi Tech members, $100 for non-members after July 20