Our strongest asset is our people. Hands down.
We are diverse on purpose. Across many locations, schools of thought, learning styles and beliefs, we ensure we have one thing in common - all of us are radically responsible for our part in the next evolution of the world. Our collective model includes 20+ experienced and thoughtful professionals and our DSIL project teams are attuned to the needs of the clients we work with.
Meet our core team experienced in
design, facilitation, and strategies that work online and offline in an ever-changing world.
Our leadership is dedicated to building this company on wisdom and high-quality work that moves transformation. As a social enterprise, we have always been committed to making decisions that keep the planet, people and profit at the forefront.
Katy is a seasoned practitioner of human-centered design with 12 years leading co-creation in the field with dozens of cross-cultural teams. She has gained a reputation for being an expert facilitator in helping groups build emergent and relevant strategy. Her techniques give agency and voice to everyone in the room and creating safe spaces where honesty is at the center of whatever comes next. Katy is a playfully provocative educator and lives what she teaches by co-designing the most dynamic learning environments around the world for students of all ages. When you are with her, you'll experience theory, practice it on the ground and decide for yourself what it means for your work and the world.
Gareth is a health designer who is not afraid of conflict or diversity. He is an expert in ensuring successful projects can merge private sector innovation and development. He uses Human-centered design tools matched with bold facilitation. This focus began by leveraging his public health strength and applying those to evolving challenges in the social impact world. In strategy, Gareth's critical eye gives him the unique ability to name things he sees. However, he always endeavors to guide with humor which makes things a bit easier for the tough times change can bring!
Kyla has been leading transformational change in the global nonprofit sector for the past 14 years, most recently as CEO of the Resource Alliance- a vibrant community of changemakers shaking up the social good ecosystem. By inspiring new ways of sharing, tangible collaboration and noticing the collective power between us- her track record shows just how to break down silos, connect with core values and unlock the potential in every single person to contribute in a meaningful way. Kyla brings people together to not just connect, but also to learn from each other, From here they can innovate and unleash ideas in a unified effort to make the world a more equitable place. Her extensive knowledge and work with both INGOs and NGOs now bring her to projects across sectors for organizational and culture change projects.
Hima is a business strategist who is enthusiastic about working on difficult problems and designing solutions that make an impact. She believes in the power of data and taking an analytical approach in developing business/go-to-market strategy, business models and tools to measure the impact. She has worked as a software engineer, technology consultant and management consultant across Asia, North America and Australia for social enterprises and for-profit clients alike. She also volunteered for Grow Movement, helping out SMEs in rural Africa to develop sustainable businesses. She studied global entrepreneurship at MIT, Boston and is now a mentor at MIT Launch Program. Hima is currently moving her start-up, InquiBox, to the next level. InquiBox Mission? To give the gift of future-ready education for every child and teach skills machines can’t replace. Discover more here
Thabiso Blak Mashaba
Thabiso is a strategist, cultural economist, policy maker, development practitioner, and social entrepreneur. His dedication to social inclusion and creative industries make him a season champion who uses the co-creative design processes to bridge the perfect information gap that exists between policymakers and those at the bottom of the pyramid. He has designed and facilitated dozens of trainings across Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa, and South East Asia to unlock the brilliance in grassroots communities to co-create impressive solutions that dramatically improve livelihood challenges. "Blak" works closely with the creators of the MIT D-Lab and can be found in makers spaces anywhere he goes!
Shelly is heart-led impact. She believes the most pressing and important work in the world today is learning to live and lead with heart. Rooted in trust-building, intention setting and a deep love for defining “opportunities,” Shelly is passionate about innovation learning, design and collaboration to activate systems change and collective personal growth. She is a well-respected corporate citizenship thought-leader who explores human-centered design, catalytic philanthropy, collective impact, strategic knot working, and storytelling with teams and leaders working on wicked problems. She is a classic “mathlete” (math nerd) and an expert in co-creating financial models and resource development plans for social impact. Shelly is the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at the online tech education platform CBT Nuggets and the facilitator of “Tackling Finance in the Social Sector” at the UN-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) Executive Education Centre. Discover more here.
Frieda is a certified coach, consultant, and entrepreneur with a background in social work. Much of her coaching focuses on women – small-business owners, leaders, and artists – and supporting them is the thread that weaves her work and values together. Frieda helps people find clarity and fulfillment, while holding them accountable to their goals, no matter how big or small. Often, this means working with her coachees to develop business and personal goals, foster creativity in work and play, develop leadership skills and professional presence and achieve work-life balance. Frieda's coaching style is fluid, tough-loving, and rooted in deep listening and empathy.
Tony unleashes collective potential at a human and a systems level. He has built companies and communities that empower people with agency, belonging and purpose. He studied and practiced design thinking at Stanford's d.school and was on the founding team of StartX, the Stanford-affiliated startup community of over 1300 founders. Tony's experience as a lawyer, entrepreneur, and historian lends the ability to see and empathize with multiple truths and perspectives. He is passionate about connecting across disciplines, drawing technologists, systems-thinkers, designers, storytellers and beyond, into collaborative constellations. He has a joyful habit of bringing resonance and energy to any situation. Discover more here
Katie is interested in the nature of the community, and in how we might question outdated narratives and invite in new perspectives. As an educator, she facilitates learning with adults of different backgrounds to build skills and promote social-emotional growth. Some of her most valuable tools include counter-storytelling, peace education practices, and human-centered design. In addition to teaching, Katie has worked with education non-profits to revise curricula and train facilitators, including as a Curriculum Consultant with Global G.L.O.W.. She is a writer and is currently at work on a collection of poems. This artist's side of her is infused into all her collaborations. She is also the creator and curator of the Global Poetry Project which is a moving multicultural initiative that uses poetry to inspire change, build community, and call attention to what unites us rather than what divides us. Discover more here.
Jillian is an organizer turned human rights lawyer turned systems change strategist. A recovering perfectionist, Jillian brings a mindset of curiosity and a deep commitment to shifting power towards structurally marginalized communities. Starting from a place of deep listening, Jillian supports clients to execute their missions with clarity and confidence by strengthening organizational culture and designing programmatic strategies for both incremental and transformative change. She has over a decade of experience working in politically sensitive environments, where she has developed funding strategies, worked to reform laws, and built the capacity of grassroots movement leaders. As a facilitator and coach, Jillian cultivates relationships of trust amongst diverse teams and asks leaders to bring their whole selves to the table. Jillian is currently the Assistant Director of the Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School. She holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law, a BA from University of Pennsylvania and is a certified Executive Coach from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Discover more here.
Courtney Savie Lawrence
Courtney is a catalyst. As an expert in the field of design and innovation, her focus is in leveraging business innovation and virtual technology is driven by questions like "How might we co-create more resilient and sophisticated impact systems to tackle critical problems? Courtney is the original co-founder of DSIL Global and remains as an advisor and thought-leader in the company. Her work with the Circular Design Lab as the head of Exploration at United Nations continues to deepen her practice of bringing systems thinking for scalable change into the world of local design.
Karl is a lifelong integrated product designer and creative who is passionate about human-centered design for the Global South. His passion is at the cross-section of product design, system thinking, strategy, and creative facilitation. He has been facilitating creative design for the last 7 years both at an industry and an academic level and builds creative confidence whilst facilitating co-creation sessions. His playful energy brings charisma in the room along with stories from his versatile experience in designing for people, planet and prosperity. He has experience in developing products and services for the Global South that fit in a circular economy model. When he is not designing, he will probably be making music that brings positive energy. He is also a proud African and lover of great food! Discover more here.
Kelsey Lotus Wong
Kelsey Lotus Wong lives with a passionate curiosity for how transformation is created. Lotus is committed to co-creating the conditions for people to come into wholeness, expand their capacities, and bring their wildest visions to life. Lotus started this journey working and evolving Delivering Happiness as a culture coach. She applies the science of happiness and positive psychology to workplaces worldwide with them and in all of her work at DSIL.
Ben believes in the power of regenerative, holistic innovation as we develop communities, organisations and the built environment. Combining facilitation, personal development practices and the science of regenerative living systems with his technical background leading the sustainable design and engineering for a wide-range of project types, Ben’s approach is playful, open, sincere and rigorous. He combines the best of his experience in technical design, engineering and project management with personal and collective regenerative practices and participatory processes to support evolution in human communities and whole living environments. Working with him you’ll experience practices that lead to personal and collective growth for the benefit of your project or organisation. Discover more here.
Joi M Sears
Joi is a creative strategist, college professor and social entrepreneur. She teaches Creativity, Innovation and Design Thinking at Miami University in Oxford, OH. She is also the founder and creative director of Free People International, a social enterprise which specializes in designing sustainable products, creative platforms and innovative experiences for the greater social good. Her professional experience spans five continents and a variety of fields. Her work with social enterprises, NGO’s and corporations combine her unique skill set as well as her passion for sustainability, the arts, and social innovation.
She is also the recent recipient of the People’s Liberty Globe Grant which she used to launch "The Green Store" a sustainable pop-up shop.
Dianne is a social innovator and strategist committed to bringing design thinking to the forefront of addressing the most complex issues in public health and education. She has taught and facilitated countless workshops at organizations and academic institutions throughout New York City. Dianne is the co-founder of Bloomspace and the Design Dream Lab, two organizations based in NYC focused on design thinking and community impact. Before embarking on these ventures, she worked with the Pan American Health Organization in Panama promoting gender equality and cultural diversity and as a high school teacher and Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua. She also holds an MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins University and has more than a decade of experience working in global health, international development, education, and human-centered design. Discover more here.
Nikko is a lifelong serial entrepreneur with a passion for building great systems, both human and software. In the past year, he’s been using his extensive experience building and leading distributed teams to help organizations of all types radically improve their ability to collaborate, both virtually and in person. A seasoned facilitator and coach, he is comfortable dropping into any situation and finding actionable steps towards solving whatever hurdles might exist. Nikko is joyous and creative but committed to meaningful impact; deeply believing that happy people and a diversity of perspectives are essential components to success. Nikko brings a unique mix of technical and soft skills that will provide a rare and invaluable perspective no matter what challenges your team is facing. Discover more here.
DSIL Course Executive Coaching Crew
Our coaches guide you to stretch outside of your comfort zone. We challenge you and equally support you. May the student in you never die!
Stephen is an experienced Program Manager, ICF-credentialed Coach, and Facilitator of change with the mission of enabling growth in leaders and organizations. Through his role at Facebook, he wages battle in the fight against bad actors and malicious advertising in a blazingly fast-paced and ever-changing environment. Through his love of coaching he works with a diverse range of individuals and organizations to push boundaries and create positive change in his communities.
Peggy is a certified coach, consultant, therapist, mediator, author and facilitator with a passion for wellness, and emotional intelligence. She has worked with individuals and organizations to co-create viable solutions to challenging situations by communicating compassionately, listening from the heart and accompanying people through their journey with LOVE. Love is a word that you will hear from Peggy often, and she wishes the world would use it more! Her varied background in psychology, holistic health, wellness, and global health fuel her dedication for the ‘planetary transformation’ she is dedicating her life to.
Casey's coaching style is dynamic and client-centered. His superpower is the gift of insightful listening and the ability to hone in on key challenges to help build strategies for incredible outcomes. Casey is incredibly compassionate and holds his clients capable of showing up exactly how they want to show up in life, and at work. When working with Casey expect to be challenged on your assumptions, and held accountable for your dreams, goals, and desires. One client described him as being like Tony Robbins without the yelling, cursing, and techno music.
We work with a network of Enspiraled skills!
For the hard skills of UX, UXI we have the skills in house and also closely partner with the
Enspiral Community so that no matter what the path needs to be successful, we can bring in the best. Here are a few of our most fun UX, UXI, graphic design, and visual communication people we work with!