Sharon Kim PhD

Director for Innovation & Human-Centered Design The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Sharon Kim is Lead Faculty and the Director for Innovation & Human-Centered Design at the Carey Business School. She holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Cornell University. She has extensive experience studying the psychology of creativity, and her research has been featured in popular media outlets including Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company. She teaches design thinking and provides innovation consulting to leaders in Fortune 100 companies and international health NGOs.

Main Conference Day One

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

4:00 PM Overcoming Resistance to Design Thinking - Part 1: Recognizing Resistance to Change

In Part 1 of this interactive session, we will discuss the needs of thought leaders who face resistance to Design Thinking. Although the benefits of Design Thinking are clear to many, in some industries and sectors, leaders may face skepticism when introducing the concept to key stakeholders.
We will address industry and organization specific reasons for resistance to change in the form of Design Thinking and discuss how re-framing can help further highlight advantages as well as clarify misunderstandings about this type of work.

4:30 PM Overcoming Resistance to Design Thinking - Part 2: Building Communities of Practice and Winning Support

In Part 2 of this interactive session, we will continue the conversation by discussing how to create new, robust communities of Design Thinking practice in an organization. Participants will have a chance to share their experiences and learn how to win broad support for their initiatives.

Main Conference Day Two

Friday, December 6th, 2019

9:00 AM Design Thinking for the Rest of Us

How do thought leaders democratize Design Thinking for the organization’s greatest benefit? In this interactive session, we will discuss how to promote design thinking as an approach to creative problem solving that makes sense for stakeholders. The focus of this session will be to generate business cases for using and teaching Design Thinking in areas that historically do not prioritize innovative approaches. Participants will have a chance to share their experiences and exchange best practices.

9:30 AM Developing Leaders through Design Thinking

This interactive session explores how to amplify management and leadership development with Design Thinking. Together, we will re-imagine traditional approaches and discuss the various applications of Design Thinking in this space. Participants will have the opportunity to share their challenges and learn how to create innovative “leadership labs” that leverage existing HR and L&D efforts such as staffing, mentoring, rotational programs, etc.

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Sharon.

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