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Important Note

As individual availabilities shift, dates and times of guest speaker sessions may change. The goal is to have 1-2 guest speakers per workshop session, typically scheduled to start at 7:15, 8:15 or 9:15am EDT. Occasionally, we may replace a guest input with a recorded interview.

Session 1: February 19 2022

8:15am EDT

Christian Kohls is an expert on patterns, e-learning, creativity, software design and software engineering. He is a professor of computational science at Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

9:15 am EDT

Danielle Lake is the Director of Design Thinking and Associate Professor at Elon University and an expert on the characteristics of wicked problems.

Session 2: February 26 2022

8:15 am EDT

Willow Jacobson Robert W. Bradshaw Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Government and Director, UNC MPA Program

Session 3: March 5 2022

8:15am EDT

Ellen Touchstone is the Associate Dean for Responsible and Sustainable Education at a university in mainland China. Design Thinking is a big part of their ‘Climathon’ challenges.

Session 4: March 12 2022

8:15am EDT

Michael Vaughn is an instructional designer and making expert who worked in higher ed for 15 years helping faculty, staff, and students find new and meaningful ways to use technology to enhance their teaching and learning.

9:15am EDT

Anat Shabi is a prolific advocate for ‘Lego Serious Play’. She has been integrating creativity and serious play into training online and offline workshops for the past decade.

Session 5: March 19 2022

9:15am EDT

Alex Mackrell is the Managing Directorat Manakai Consulting Ltd. He grew up in Pakistan, Barbados and the UK, and has traveled extensively in Asia, the Pacific, Europe and the Americas.

Session 6: April 9 2022

8:15am EDT

Lesley-Ann Noel  has a BA in Industrial Design from the Universidade Federal do Paraná, in Curitiba, Brazil. She has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. She earned her PhD in Design from North Carolina State University in 2018

9:15am EDT

Laurie Underwood is a well known public speaker within the SE-Asian scene. TEDx, AmCham, The Economist Unit, Women in Business, Rotary Clubs. A corporate background in crisis management + PR.

Session 7: April 16 2022

8:15am EDT

John Storm is a good natured team player with over a decade of experience in entrepreneurship, team management and strategic planning in the China context..