Designing Your Life for Women” is an intensive, hands-on experience where you will learn and apply the Life Design Framework © from the best-selling book Designing Your Life – How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life. We will use “design thinking” methods and tools to determine what’s working for you now, what’s missing and how you could move forward to create the life you seek. You will do all this with lots of time for reflection, dialogue, and small group activities.
Register for our DYL Women’s Workshop April 22-23 at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA (near Monterey.)
I highly recommend this wonderful workshop! The series of alternating presentations and interactive sessions were insightful, productive and full of very useful information. I found immense value in the interaction with the other workshop participants, as their unique perspectives helped me to see my decision-making process in a completely different light. This insight, along with the terrific activities and tools taught by our instructors Susan and Kathy, facilitated a very meaningful shift in how I look forward in my journey toward my next goal.Suzanne NaoneGraduate student and mother of 2
This retreat was much more than I expected. It was very powerful to be surrounded by such a special group of women. Despite the variety of ages, occupation, religious, nationalities, beliefs, we were united in our commitments to embrace our present and aim our goals toward something that inside of us needed to be fulfilled. It reminded me that there is never a wrong way, a bad time, or a... nah... I don't think so...-, on our plate if we have the desire and willingness to do something. A couple of hours well spent on myselfJazmin Perez
Designing Your Life helped me gain insight into the purpose of my life and work and how they intersect. It also helped me understand where I get my energy and what drains me, and I was able to design more energy and balance into some tough work weeks. This experience fundamentally changed me and gave me actionable tools and resources.Lauren HipschmanOnboarding Program Manager
This workshop came at a perfect time. It was an exercise in taking stock of my life, deciding what is important, and intentionally taking steps to prototype and work towards my ideal being. What's more, it taught me that there are multiple paths for my happiness if only I'm willing to be honest with myself and put in the effort to continuously grow, learn, and strive. Thank you, Susan and Kathy, for this wonderful experience.Heidi DiFillipoSales Manager
Kathy is a Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department and Managing Director of the Life Design Lab at Stanford University, where she teaches Product Design and leads a team of talented Fellows in delivering the popular course ``Designing Your Life.”
When not engaged with Stanford students, Kathy consults with Silicon Valley companies, teaching design thinking, conducting ethnographic research and developing product strategies and concepts. Her previous experience includes roles as Senior Product Manager at Arena Solutions, Senior Manager of Technical Programs at D2M, Inc and Manager of Mechanical Engineering at nLighten Technologies and Mechanical Engineer at Cardica. Kathy has 15 years of experience developing electromechanical and software products, and holds 5 patents.
Kathy is passionate about the impact that design thinking can have in empowering social change. She has traveled to Myanmar to teach design thinking to budding entrepreneurs with the DeBoer Foundation and works with local community groups to impact engagement in health and wellness initiatives. It is her contention that human centered design and the design thinking mindsets can fundamentally shift the way that everyday people engage with their world.
Susan has dedicated the last 35 years of her career catalyzing change and unleashing the potential in individuals and organizations dedicated to growth. She has held talent executive positions at BTS, Yahoo!, Deloitte, Gap Inc. and Hewlett Packard where she has done that through business leadership development, business transformation, cultural renewal, and increasing the engagement of employees in their work and companies. She has built business strategies for growth, led large global organizations and company-wide change initiatives.
Susan’s non-profit work focuses on helping women in the poorest parts of the world reach economic independence through the Rising International Organization, where she is on the Board of Advisors. She was also on the Board of Directors for the Association for Talent Development, the largest organization in the world dedicated to supporting and building learning organizations. She also chaired their Strategic Directions Committee and was selected as the Chair of the Board for two years.
Susan is a leader in Stanford’s Designing Your Life Lab and teaches “Designing Your Life” workshops at Stanford and for women. She is an instructor on “Values Based Leadership” for Antioch University’s “Women and Leadership” 10-month certificate program which develops high potential women to lead with purpose and influence. She is a regular speaker on leadership development and talent strategies that accelerate business results, and she is the author of a commentary on Executive Education for Harvard Business Review and co-author of “Hewlett-Packard Takes the Waste Out of Leadership” for the Journal of Organizational Excellence.