Design Thinking HR Winter Summit

San Francisco, CA, United States


Human Resources is in a state of mass-transformation. From re-structuring around employee needs to positioning the department as a revenue generating resource, even the name HR is being swapped for titles like People, Culture and Organizational Development.With all this change, HR is in need of a way to triage the right problems to focus on.

With Human Centered Design principles in mind, Design Thinking for HR will help HR Professionals to gain a deeper understanding of their employee's needs to create better solutions.

Join fellow HR Thought Leaders from companies like LUMA Institute, Amazon, MGM Resorts and more December 4-6 in San Francisco to learn how to effectively leverage Design Thinking to transform HR's people, processes, and technology.


  • Co-Located with Design Thinking for Learning and Development: Network and participate in shared morning plenaries to gain insight into organizational transformation
  • Design Thinking University: A peer-to-peer experience that will deepen your knowledge and understanding on how to use Design Thinking and create real-life solutions
  • Insights for the Beginner and Intermediate: Sprint Sessions, Roundtables and Workshops with "Beginner" and "Intermediate" themes
  • Five Case Studies: Learn about best practice in Design Thinking with case studies from MGM Resorts, PepsiCo, Spectrum Health and more!

What you can expect

  • Embed a Design Thinking Mindset into the Organization
  • Utilize both Agile/Lean and Design Thinking to Deliver the Right Solutions
  • Upgrade and Re-Focus Your Business Strategy for Innovation
  • Successfully Transform Digital HR Processes


  • Pete Maher, Co-founder, LUMA Institute
  • Rupalli Thacker, GM, Learning Products and Services-ES Tech, Amazon
  • Lisa Zweber-Smith, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy, MGM Resorts International
  • Eric Morrow, Director, Design Thinking and Strategy, ConsenSys
  • Hasan Elkomey, Chairman, Rutgers University Design Thinking
  • Amy Markham, Senior UXUI Designer, Kiewit Corporation
  • Juston Espinoza, Senior eLearning and Media Production Specialist, Spectrum Health
  • Jenine Lurie, Service Design and UX Strategy, Humans in Service Design
  • Rachel Marcuse, Chief Operating Officer, ReadySet
  • Willie Jackson, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, ReadySet
  • Emily Lirag, Digital Marketing Consultant & Strategist, Morgan Stanley
  • Susan Stuart, Human-Centered Design and Communication Director, LightMotif Productions
  • Martin Schindhelm, Global Learning Experience Design, ResMed
  • Raulvin Colke, The People's Futurist, Surviving the Future of Work
  • Tina Barss, Chief Learning Officer and VP, Atrium Health
  • Amy Hedrick, Executive Director of North America, LUMA Institute
  • Kay Pinner, Director of Organizational Development and Innovation, Tech Electronics
  • Andrea Ledford, Chief People Officer, IEX
  • Kevin Finke, Culture Transformation Catalyst, NCR Corporation
  • Naomi Waldron, Learning Director, easyA
  • Rebecca Blair, HR Infrastructure and Innovation, Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Joe Ford, Chief Operating Officer, Hill & Smith Inc.
  • Ehab Abdel Hafez, Global Talent Acquisition CoE Lead - Tech and Innovation, PepsiCo
  • Jennifer Turner, HR Strategy Consultant, Alphabet Companies at Google
  • Matthew Keller, HR Manager / Innovation Business Partner, CHOC Children's
Workshop Day OR Design Thinking University - December 4

Conference Day One - December 5

Conference Day Two + Site Tours - December 6


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