Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation and Impact 


USD 14th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium



The Design Academy and Impact Without Borders  (IWOB) partnered on a Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation and Impact workshop during the 14th Annual Symposium. The training covered why it is important for nonprofits to innovate and how they can use human-centered design as a framework.  Dan Gibbs, Director of Innovation at Jewish Family Service shared his journey of integrating HCDi (Human-Centered Design Innovation) into their culture by working with The Design Academy and IWOB.  An Overview of the Workshop 


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Joan Gregor and BH Kim
The Design Academy, Intersection-Inc. / Impact Without Borders

San Diego, California 



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Joan Gregor | Co-Founder, The Design Academy - CEO, Intersection-Inc.


Joan Gregor is co-founder and president of Intersection-Inc, a design consultancy fueling innovation through the lens of design by translating business strategy into meaningful user experiences, products and service by creating connections between companies, research, science, technology, markets, and internal teams.


As a strategist and grounded visionary, Joan deciphers the organic creative and product development processes into tangible and feasible strategies to drive growth and accelerate commercialization. With a focus on leveraging the value of design, she has consulted for such clients as GE Healthcare, CVS Pharmacy, Magna International, BMW/Designworks, NZ Better By Design, Bose, and Lifetime Brands to create exceptional and consistent user experiences, transform cultures, and empower leaders to visualize change. Her ability to stimulate intellectual and creative development through applied research in design has led to the development of business critical research and tools for design management challenges, innovation and concept filtering, customer co-creation workshops and corporate assessment programs.


As founder and partner of The Design Academy, she created The Power of Collective ThoughtTM methodolgy, a diverse network of design, research and academia to maximize innovation and minimize risk.  She believes in approaching projects with a mentoring lens to increase client’s capability and create sustainable processes. Her vision, HUMIIN™,  is to provide increased comfort, beauty and function to people through a better understanding of humans in their universal context through empathic and sustainable processes. 


As an entrepreneur, she created with her partner, a retail product line, resulting in 5 patents, including all elements of business start-up to market launch and licensing. 


Through her multinational clients and sense of adventure, she has travelled extensively contributing cultural insights and knowledge to her perspective on design thinking. She is an avid sailor and passionate about how design can make our world a better place.

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