Design Ninja and Designer at Google

TALK: “Creative Nomadism: the alchemy of work, passion and social impact”

Elysa has over 10 years of experience inventing toys, designing products, leading projects, and being an educator. Now specializing in creativity, arts, and innovation in education, she currently focuses on The Creative Nomad Project, where she partners with global organizations to foster creativity: work ranges from transforming Peruvian artisans into entrepreneurs to visioning the future of K12 education in rural Panama.

Alongside that, she is designer-in-residence at Google where she helps teams establish human-centered processes and spearheads projects bridging Google’s technical skills with social impact organizations. Previously, she worked at IDEO where she developed the Design Thinking for Educators platform (www.designthinkingforeducators.com).

Elysa teaches courses at the Stanford d.school and works with Catapult Ideas bringing design and entrepreneurship to high-schoolers. She is a creative ninja by day, artist by night: check out her current projects @ goodguild.com and thecreativenomadproject.com

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