Designing for Systems Innovation and Leadership
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.
Co-Founder, DSIL Course Lead, Executive Coach
Katy is best known for her work as a seasoned practitioner of human-centered design/equity-based design with 12 years leading co-creation with dozens of cross-cultural teams- across all sectors. Her current energy is being poured into emergent facilitation and strategy which harnesses her grit to support individuals and teams to make shifts in their ways of working so they can move towards equity and justice on small and large scales. Her unique way ensures that agency and voice are given back to everyone in the room all while shepherding honesty to be at the center of whatever comes next. That has proven powerful strategic impacts that transform culture and leadership even the most mechanical moving levels. Katy is a playfully provocative educator and is constantly in practice to embody what she teaches. She co-designed the DSIL Course from it’s beginning and has led the DSIL Global company to form in new ways for the last 6 years. From foster youth, to waitress, to social worker, to Rotary Peace Fellow, to graduate from the Clinton Graduate School to Berkeley Certified Executive Coach, and trained in a myriad of other theories and practices, she is constantly curious about how things really work and who decides they are.
Gareth Durrant MPH is a public health practitioner turned designer and coach. His focus is on developing leaders and leadership in public health organisations. Gareth brings a wealth of field experience in leadership, design and health innovation having worked across Asia, the Pacific and Australia in medical and humanitarian emergency sectors. He blends research and practice in his current role by designing and evaluating public health leadership programs, speculative service design (future of community well-being) and human-centered design approaches in healthcare transformation.
Jason Teeters has designed and delivered programs for years that invite people overcome the psychological, emotional, and technical challenges to thriving in a world of constant change. He has coached non-profit leaders, food system visionaries and mental health advocates, to build equitable ecosystems across the world. He is an unshakeable optimist who wants to inspire people to live a life by design, not by default. He is dedicated to his family, to creating a stronger and more cohesive world and brings skills to the table that ensure any project is being honest and looking at things from other lens. As a soulful facilitator, a person who accompanies others in redesigning their lives and a mental health advocate his life embodies the change he wishes to see through work and his home life. Discover more here.
Lucy is passionate about the role of work in our lives, and expanding the understanding of work as a social determinant of health. How we understand leadership (and develop leaders), how we organize the work, how we have conversations in our organizations: these are matters of public health concern, and one of the arenas where the most potential for greater equity exists. Her passion comes through 15 years living and working around the world with public and social sector organizations like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, UNICEF, Action Against Hunger, New Zealand's Ministry of Transport and others. She now focuses her energy on helping those organizations - particularly in the public health space - to make sense of the ways in which they adapted and thrived (or not) during the pandemic, and to figure out how to evolve their organizational design to be fit for the post-pandemic era. A serial community builder, a third culture adult raised in New Zealand, rooted in Atlanta, Georgia, and a lifelong learner in the work of dismantling systemic oppression - starting with what she finds on the inside. Discover more here
Heather s an 18-year global public health veteran known for her ability to craft bold visions and bring them into reality through innovative partnerships, breaking down siloed mindsets, and developing systems-level solutions. For the past 5 years, she has been passionately focused on transforming public health and healthcare systems to be more human, compassionate, and equity-centered—particularly for those who work in them. Her experience in the global health and domestic public health arenas give Heather the unique strength of working deftly and diplomatically within while pushing traditionally held views and ways of doing things to allow more people to flourish and thrive. Discover more here.
Nichapa Choengsamor (Ni)
Ni is a peacebuilder and an entrepreneur. With working experience in both nonprofit and private sectors, she leverages a multi-disciplinary approach to bridge the gap between the two sectors and bring about systemic change. With her work in conflict transformation, she introduces human-centered design principles as an innovative way to resolve conflict. In the corporate sector, she leads business development for a Singaporean startup where she uses her strategizing and design skills to redesign sustainable tourism. Currently, Ni is working on her own startup focusing on empowering senior citizens to live independently. Ni is passionate about facilitating dialogues among diverse stakeholders to co-create innovative solutions to social challenges. She is also committed to nurture leadership among youths in her community through mentorship. 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!
Bridget is a facilitator, designer, community builder, and artist fueled by a passion to create wow-we-did-that experiences that expand our notion of what’s possible. She specializes in helping teams unleash their creative, collaborative, and innovative capacity and is known for her warm and (seriously) playful facilitation style. Her drive for shifting the ways we come together stems from 10+ years living and working around the world with NGOs dedicated to seeking sustainable solutions to social injustices and violent conflict. She brings an eclectic skillset to her work, weaving together tools and insights from improv theater, vocal performance, experiential learning design, participatory process, and conflict transformation. She loves being in experimentation with others on the edge and seeing what happens when we show up fully invested in one another’s belonging and thriving. 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.
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.
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
DSIL Course Executive Coaching + Facilitation 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! They are also all Alumni of the DSIL Course so they get what you will move through in your experience.
DSIL Course Facilitator and Coach
Frieda is a transformative coach and mediator, author, and entrepreneur with a passion for supporting women and courageous leadership. She freelances as an executive and mentor coach, facilitates conflict and collaboration competency workshops, and co-designs leadership development programs for mission-driven companies who put people first. Frieda helps visionaries, small-business owners, and intrapreneurs find clarity and fulfillment while holding them accountable to their goals, no matter how big or small. She especially enjoys supporting individuals and teams through times of transition, both in dialogue and with facilitation that aims to catalyze and inspire growth into one’s fullest potential. Frieda's style is fluid, tough-loving, and rooted in compassion and curiosity. She holds an MA in social work and conflict management and has trained with Ken Cloke and Baruch Bush, respective thought leaders in facilitative and transformative mediation. Her coaching credentials include ICF PCC (mentor coach level), Gallup-certified Clifton Strengths Coach, and Executive Coach through UC Berkeley’s Executive Coaching Institute. Always a student, Frieda is excited to teach forward new tools and approaches as she continues to learn and grow.
DSIL Course Facilitator
Mel is a community builder, leader, and enthusiast, with a passion for unlocking the potential for networked social and environmental impact across SE Asia. A social enterprise founder herself, Mel spent five years in Cambodia building up nascent sustainable tourism communities, working with local NGOs to transform their models, and founding two social enterprises to support emerging youth leaders. In Australia, Mel has gained intimate knowledge of the social innovation ecosystem, from running Melbourne’s first community-led coworking community to leading engagement for Frontier Innovators, a program funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade that supports impact-oriented entrepreneurs across the Asia Pacific region. At SecondMuse, she works to embed learning, development and coaching into programs that build inclusive economies, tackling big-systems issues such as food access, rural economic decline, and ocean plastics. As a coach, Mel especially enjoys working with founders through key transition points to emerge with resilience and with those seeking to cultivate a higher purpose in their work.
DSIL Course Coach
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. He also a great husband and soon to be dad that people always want to have around because of the great vibes inherent to who he is!
DSIL Course Coach
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.
DSIL Course Coach
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.
DSIL Course Coach
Jillian is a coach, facilitator, and lawyer who is passionate about shifting power and helping people lead with empathy. Through her role at Harvard Law School, Jillian advises the next generation of public interest lawyers and supports students to find meaningful careers that match their unique skills and interests. As a coach and facilitator, Jillian is curious to her core. She is unafraid of challenging conversations and loves working with leaders who are asking themselves tough questions about how they hold and wield power. Recently, Jillian is especially excited about supporting white people to find their role in movements for racial justice and TAKE ACTION. Her style is candid, loving, and judgment-free. Jillian has a JD from Northeastern University School of Law, a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a certified Executive Coach from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business..Discover more here.
DSIL Course Coach
Claudia is a business designer at IDEO.org with a background in mixed methods research and product management. She works with teams to translate the voice of end-users into meaningful experiences and products that scale, with a special emphasis on designing for emerging markets. She has a special place in her heart for her home base Myanmar and her native Venezuela. Claudia has worked on solutions at all stages of the product lifecycle across a range of industries, including soil moisture sensors for smallholder farmers and blockchain-enabled land titling. Most recently, she's been immersed in designing for digital and financial inclusion in Myanmar by launching products that reached 17 Million customers in 2019. Discover more here.
DSIL Course Coach
Will is passionate about seeing individuals and communities flourish. Combining his experience in facilitation, human-centered design, corporate training, and entrepreneurship- Will loves to walk with all types of individuals as they explore and develop new areas in their lives. Then, pulling from his pastoral care, wellbeing, and community development background, Will helps those same explorers integrate what they discover to create balanced, holistic lives that are sustainable, hopeful, and beneficial to the individual and the larger community. Discover more here.
DSIL Course Coach
Ann is a curious soul that puts out a spark of disruption.
Her coaching practice ensues a passion that stems from a myriad of certifications from mindfulness training, certified coaching, a love for positive psychology, and the strong and lived understanding around the power of the mind and how it creates the changes you want to see in your life. Her practice ensures the coachee focuses on the self-reflective process coupled with trusting the capacity within us to design the way to go next. Ann will ask "what does this unique human need to support to find its potential, to set intentions, to stretch, to leap! It’s a dynamic process that weaves in the seriousness of life but does not forget about the humor necessary to soften the edges. Discover more here.
DSIL Course Coach
Lotta is a life long learner, joy bringer, and enthusiast with a mission to humanize the world- supporting people to discover and bring more of themselves into life and work, and transforming teams and organizations to become human-centered. She grew up in East Africa and has worked for 16 years in Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Thailand. Lotta uses insights and tools from 4 different roles - human, coach, facilitator and consultant - to help people reflect, connect and have the conversations they need to shake up and move forward. Fascinated by neuroscience, her approach is based on what we know about how the brain works and how it can be re-wired with practice to make it work for us instead of against us. We all have the courage and emotional intelligence to make the changes we are destined to make to become fully alive but most of us need help on the way. Lotta will support you to not give up.
Interested in Joining the Team?
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