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82: Water Nerd’s Guide to Design Thinking

Stacy Landreth Grau, Ph.D. is a Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Practice at the Neeley School of Business and Director, IdeaFactory at Texas Christian University (TCU). Her specialty is design thinking/human centered design, where she has developed several courses and workshops at TCU for both Neeley and IdeaFactory. She is one of the founders of Design Frontiers, a professional association around design thinking and creative problem solving in Dallas/Fort Worth. Stacy has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer reviewed articles and 2 books. She also consults extensively with businesses, nonprofits and K-12 schools as a founder of Human Centered Organization, an organization she cofounded with two TCU colleagues.

Top Takeaways:

  1. What is Design Thinking? It’s putting a human at the center of everything you do. You have to spend time with people and use that experience to craft clarity.
  2. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and talk to people who may not agree with you or believe what you believe. A survey is great but a conversation is better.
  3. Build in enough time for brainstorming. It will take several sessions to spark that great idea. You have the permission to think and to keep thinking.

Sponsor:

Mazars USA LLP, a full-service accounting, tax and consulting firm, is proud to announce its inaugural Women of Water Summit taking place on January 9th, 2020 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The Women of Water Summit is a dynamic event promoting industry-leading women and fostering discussions around how to enhance the position of women in the sector. The event will bring together hundreds of senior executives and future leaders from the water industry as well as public and private utility companies from across the country. 

The Mazars Women of Water Summit will provide an effective platform inclusive of diverse, global leadership and insights for the industry as well as a venue to open dialogue and career leadership advancement paths for women.

This full-day event will consist of three dynamic panels throughout the day, three “WaterTalks” tailored after the famous TedTalk format and what promises to be an amazing keynote address given by Carla Reid of WSSC Water. Panel and “WaterTalk” topics will include cybersecurity and data privacy, diversity in the water sector, finance and water reuse to name a few.

 For more details and to register, please visit www.mazarsusa.com/womenofwatersummit.

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