We are thrilled to announce our Visiting Lecture Series lineup for the Fall 2013 semester:

Elizabeth Scharpf, CIO of Sustainable Health Enterprises: Thursday,September 12, 2013

Tim Brown, CEO and President of IDEO October 22, 2013: Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tina Roth Eisenberg, “SwissMiss”: Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30pm [This lecture is open to the public, but seating is very limited; RSVP here.]

Ralph Caplan, Author: Thursday, November 14, 2013

Jonas Damon, Creative Director, Frog Design: Tuesday, December 3 at 6:30pm . [This lecture is open to the public, but seating is very limited; RSVP here.]

First off on September 12th is Elizabeth Scharpf of Sustainable Health Enterprises. Elizabeth is the Chief Instigating Officer at Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), a social venture recognized by Harvard Business School, the NYTimes’ Nick Kristof, and Bill Clinton for shaking up the status quo in the international development industry by using business solutions (rather than the charity/donation-only approach) to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. SHE’s first initiative is SHE28 which addresses girls' and women's lack of access to affordable menstrual pads in Africa, Asia, and South America causing them to miss school and/or work. SHE is currently helping women roll out a franchise model in Rwanda manufacturing and distributing affordable, eco-friendly menstrual pads by sourcing local, inexpensive raw materials (e.g., banana fibers) and leveraging existing female networks.

Our second speaker, Tim Brown, is the CEO and president of IDEO and comes to us on September 26th. Tim frequently speaks about the value of design thinking and innovation to business people and designers around the world. He participates in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and his talks Serious Play and Change by Design appear on TED.com. Tim advises senior executives and boards of Fortune 100 companies and has led strategic client relationships with such organizations as the Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, and Steelcase. He is a board member of the Mayo Innovation Advisory Council and the Advisory Council of Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture fund focused on improving the lives of the poor. Additionally, he writes for the Harvard Business Review, The Economist, and other prominent publications. His book on how design thinking transforms organizations, Change by Design, was released by HarperBusiness in September 2009.

Tina Roth Eisenberg—perhaps better known as Swiss Miss—is our third speaker this semester. Tina started Swiss Miss in March of 2005 as a personal visual archive that eventually grow into a popular design journal with an average of 1 million visitors a month. Eisenberg grew up in Speicher (AR), Switzerland, and was influenced by renowned Swiss design and a lot of fresh mountain air. In 1999, after completing her design studies in Geneva and Munich, she crossed the Atlantic and began designing in New York. Since then, she have worked at several prominent NYC design firms, including Thinkmap, where she served as Design Director and helped design the award-winning Visual Thesaurus. She now runs her own studio, swissmiss, with recent clients including the Museum of Modern Art and the Food Network, and also focuses on her own products and apps. Eisenberg organizes a monthly breakfast lecture series called Creative Mornings, runs a simple browser-based to-do app called TeuxDeux and is the founder of Tattly, a designy temporary tattoo shop. She believes in taking your personal projects seriously and just recently gave a talk at SXSW explaining how her side projects that allowed her to go clientless.

Ralph Caplan is our forth speaker, a writer and communications consultant and lectures on design. He is the former editor-in-chief ofI.D. Magazine and the author of several books including the seminal By Design: Why There Are No Locks on the Bathroom Doors in the Hotel Louis XIV and Other Object Lessons, Cracking the Whip: Essays on Desigm and its Side Effects and The Design of Herman Miller. Ralph is an Emeritus Board Member for the International Design Conference in Aspen. An honorary member of the Industrial Designers Society of America, he is the 2010 recipient of the “Design Mind” National Design Award.

Our Fall 2013 speaker rounds out with Jonas Damon, Creative Director at Frog Design, and an industrial designer based in New York City. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, hebegan his career at Tom Dixon's Eurolounge in London before becoming a design manager for the European retail group Habitat UK. At Habitat, he took part in rebuilding the in-house design team that revived Habitat's reputation as the leading European retailer for home goods. He has been based in New York City since 2001, where he has influenced product design for companies and brands such as Areaware, AT&T, Chrysler, Harter, Malin+Goetz, The Home Depot, Tupperware, Vitra, and Wedgwood. This lecture is open to the public. RSVP above.