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Wednesday, November 2 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Inclusive design: building empathy for innovation

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Humans have been at the center of design practices for a long time. Although product designers have always sought to understand their customers, they often miss an opportunity. By including a diverse set of people in the design process with a range of physical and cognitive abilities, we can start to understand how empathy and diversity fuel innovation. In this participatory session, we will explore important considerations and practical approaches to uncover universal human motivations, identify barriers and exclusion that impact participation, and glean insight from how people adapt. We'll build off one another's experiences and stress test our ideas to evolve our thinking along the way. Come ready to participate and learn how this inclusive design practice can impact your work.

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Sarah Morris

Senior Design Strategist, Microsoft
Sarah Morris is a storyteller, strategist, and a natural connector of ideas, concepts, and people. She brings her passion for building human connections to her role as senior design strategist for Inclusive Design at Microsoft. She partners across Microsoft and externally to create more adaptable products and concepts that work for more people. In 2015, Sarah partnered with 20th Century Fox to inspire students in STEM and the arts to employ... Read More →
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Kris Woolery

Senior Design Strategist, Microsoft
Kris Woolery began her career in the nonprofit sector directing and designing peer-led experiential education programs for youth. She holds a BA in Women's Studies from Mount Holyoke College and an MS in Community Development with a specialization in ethnic and cultural diversity from UC Davis. After completing her MBA at Cornell University she made a career pivot and has been as a creative strategist working closely with designers of all... Read More →


Wednesday November 2, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Room 202

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