Amber Atkins

Amber Atkins

Amber Atkins is the Head of Global Talent for IBM Design where her team delivers on a delightful experience. For almost 10 years, she has helped to build communities for creative education and design as the Vice President of Education and Mentorship for AIGA Colorado and now in her role on the Austin board. Amber believes in the power of what a diverse group of humans can do when they challenge one another to think - and then do.

 
Cat Fincun

Cat Fincun

Cat serves as a Industry Design Relations & Recruitment for IBM Design. She is a weaver of community, believing in interdisciplinary approaches to solve world problems. Cat is currently a board member of AIGA Austin and past board member of AIGA Colorado.

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Blake Helman

Joining IBM in early 2013, Blake worked in both Product and Service design roles. Most notably he worked for IBM’s Security Division where he envisioned and built solutions that helped clients combat the ever-growing threat of cyber crime. After leading Design Thinking efforts within the Division Blake took a role on the IBM Design for Client Services team to further grow and spread his knowledge of human-centered collaboration with a wider variety of clients and industry spaces.

Today Blake is a Client Design Strategy Lead working with leaders who are transforming their business using tools of design. Drawing on his formal education in Visual and User-Experience Design he is responsible for guiding clients towards their future story, ensuring design’s role at the table and putting human-need back at the center of business decisions.

Hive Abstract
As Antionette Carroll writes; through AIGA's 100 year histroy design has evolved and integrated into every facet of our lives. However, there are still two areas that are lacking: demographic diversity and a culture of inclusion. In line with HIVE 2017's theme of future forward thinking, we propose an IBM Design Thinking Workshop to educate and inspire conference participants to use Design Thinking as a technique in developing social advances in their community, and the design industry.
Within the paramaters of the workshop we will be digging into what inclusion means, at the root, and address this new perspective towards potential scenarios people find themselves in every day. Our intention is to inspire, educate and walk away with big ideas that attenddees can take back to their communities. All the while, building confidence in leading their own design thinking sessions on their own one day.