DSI A Jump Start Into the Fall Semester


Kiko Suarez

Dr. Juan “Kiko” Suarez likes to be described as a global citizen. Currently a permanent resident in the US, he was born in Europe (Spain), and brings a unique blend of global experience in marketing and communications, corporate responsibility, information technology and strategic philanthropy. He has served in leadership positions in two global Fortune 500 companies,…

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Lina Srivastava

Lina Srivastava is the Principal of Lina Srivastava Consulting, an organization that employs transmedia design to create positive social change. She co-created the Modeling Global Change framework and the Transmedia Activism Design Group and has been involved in cross-media campaigns for several documentaries, including the Oscar-winning Born into Brothels and the Emmy-nominated The Devil Came…

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Maya Weinstein

Maya Weinstein is passionate about applying human-centered design thinking to cognitive technology. Maya has worked with IBM’s Watson for the past four years as a product designer for the public sector and a global design consultant. She has helped Fortune 400 companies integrate Watson technology into their products and processes through user-centered design. Maya is…

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Mollie Ring

Mollie Ring is a strategy, communications and philanthropy consultant with 15 years of experience working for NGOs and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and abroad. Her work in corporate partnerships and social innovation began in 2008, working for UNICEF’s Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division. She has since supported an Inter-American Development Bank-funded competition to identify high-potential,…

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Patricia Dandonoli

Patricia Dandonoli has worked as both a senior executive and advisor on behalf of a range of mission-focused for-profit and not-for-profit organizations for over 25 years. She was Chief Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Officer at Natural Systems Utilities, which designs, builds, owns, and operates decentralized water supply, treatment, and reuse systems. Prior to joining NSU,…

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Paul Polak

Oct. 10, 2019: We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Dr. Paul Polak. Paul has been a friend, adviser and inspiration to our program. A revolutionary and pioneer in the field of social innovation, he worked tirelessly throughout his career to end poverty and through his social enterprises has improved the lives of…

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Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown is a fellow at the Center For Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum who recently conceptualized and authored Defusing Hate: A Strategic Communication Guide to Counteract Dangerous Speech. Defusing Hate, a resource for practitioners seeking to design communication-based interventions to prevent group-targeted harm, draws upon diverse fields such as…

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Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks is the founder of Networked Culture and a user experience designer, product strategist, researcher, and producer. She designs for social and environmental betterment and has worked across sectors for clients including AAA, Centro Art School in Mexico City, Charles Schwab & Co., PopTech, and the Skoll Foundation. She’s taught at Stanford University, Cal Arts,…

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Tina Park

Tina Park is a partner at Diagram, a New York-based design studio that works to improve healthcare experiences. In 2008, she helped launch the design research team for Johnson & Johnson’s Global Strategic Design Office, which uses research methods to understand patient experiences. For almost five years, she successfully translated the team’s insights into products and services…

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