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Summer is in full swing, but DFA is getting ready to ramp up for a new school year of impact and we need YOU! 

The DFA Fall Kickoff brings the network together to unite efforts and plan ahead for the most impactful year possible. This two-day weekend will bring you small-group design and leadership training, network opportunities with students and alumni, and an equity-centered workshop to build capacity and prepare you for responsible community engagement.

This mini-conference is for DFA students either in a Leadership role or with interest in growing leadership skills: Studio Leads, Exec Boards, Team Leads, and passionate or motivated members (aka, you!). Whether you're an alumn student, or fan -- pass it along, sign up, and see you soon!

Alden + the DFA Team

Calling all DFA Leadership!
Band together with studio leads across the country to learn, collaborate, and prepare to build a new movement of social impact design thinking across the nation. Make the most of your year by planning early, gaining hands-on experience through small interactive workshops, and connecting with your peers and DFA alumni.
Meet Katie Kirch, a designer, nonprofit founder, MBA candidate at Harvard Business School, proud DFA alum, and career coach with amazing tips on translating your design skills to the workplace!
After helping to lead Stanford's Design for America studio as an undergrad in Product Design, Katie spent 3.5 years at IDEO putting her DFA skills into practice. She's since worked with organizations & schools globally, creating impact at the intersection of design, education, and business. Plus, she loves coaching students & designers who hope to do the same! 

Katie Smiley | DFA Northwestern Alumni
Design Research & Strategy - Watson Health Imaging at IBM

Lessons from DFA
Katie's time working on DFA projects directly translated to the research and prototyping work she did at the Chicago Children’s Museum’s Tinkering Lab!

Career Advice
As a design researcher & strategist, Katie works with tons of different people with different years of experience and points out how important humility is in any workspace.

Want to get in touch? Katie's LinkedIn
Connect with a DFA Alum in YOUR field! 

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