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Do you aspire to lead creative teams and drive innovation in your career? Join us Tuesday, April 23 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm for a candid conversation with a panel of design professionals as they reflect on their unique journeys to leadership. Panel speakers will share their insights from their careers in the design industry, in roles from  designer to executive.

Panel of Speakers:

JODI PENNY is the Product Design Manager at Ford Pro. Jodi is a digital product designer who loves learning about people, understanding the challenges they face, and designing meaningful experiences to help them achieve their goals. Jodi has led product design in companies including Embark Veterinary, Humana, ASICS Digital, and more.

KIT  CANGARDEL is the Associate Principal at Blue Matter Consulting,  focused on the technical details of medtech innovation and digital/connected health.Kit’s area of expertise is at the intersection of healthcare and technology. Past roles include serving as the Head of HealthTech Strategy Consulting at Ipsos Strategy3 and VP of Service Design Strategy at Wells Fargo. Kit also invests in HealthTech as an angel investor.

NAZ MIRZAIE is the Principal Human Experience and AI Researcher and Designer at Microsoft with over a decade of experience in the design industry, including tech, healthcare, education, finance, and social impact. Prior to Microsoft, Naz has worked as a Senior Design Lead at IDEO and a Senior Designer at Essential.


NIRVA SHAH is a User Experience Designer at Vivpro Corp, with a background in engineering and industrial design. Nirva is completing a Master’s Degree in Human Factors in Information Design at Bentley University. Nirva’s work experience includes design roles at Essential, Signify, and Design Museum Boston.

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