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What happens when DFAers from across the Network unite efforts and plan ahead for the most impactful year possible? This last weekend, over 40 DFA Studio leads, members, and mentors joined together for Fall Kickoff. 

The two-day virtual event included a keynote from Director of Design Thinking at Elon University, Dr. Danielle Lake. She reminded us of the importance of empathy and humility in relational co-design, topics that too often fall away in both academic and corporate design settings. “Systems are the products of design, they can be redesigned,” said Dr. Lake, encouraging students to work at the pace of trust, and reminding them that continually nurturing relationships is the keystone to impactful, responsible design.

She set the tone for the rest of the conference, featuring work from The New School, DFA Alumni Dr. Carlye Lauff, a DFA Mentor panel and Microsoft UX Designers.

Want to learn more? Read the blog and watch the video!


Best,
Alden + the DFA Team
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IDSA Education Symposium

As we navigate the end of a pandemic, we are rediscovering our nature for resilience, courage, and adaptability while being confronted by limitations in our personal, professional, and technological capabilities. This virtual conference includes topics on social equity, diversity & inclusion, health & well-being, and environmental-stewardship for design education and practices.
The Impact Summit

A gathering of talented and passionate students and early-career technologists from around the world to connect with one another, hear from expert speakers, learn new skills, and discover exciting opportunities.

The fourth annual Impact Summit will be held virtually August 12-14, 2021. All are invited to register and the event is completely free!

Advice with Katie continues! This week, she's sharing out best tips on passions and career growth!

Katie Kirsch is many things: a designer, nonprofit founder, MBA candidate at Harvard Business School, proud DFA alum, and career coach who is excited to share amazing tips on translating your design skills to the workplace!


Book a call with Katie and follow @katiekdo on Instagram to get in touch!
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SYPartners help leaders, teams, and organizations build the capability to transform into more vibrant versions of themselves—so they can grow with purpose, and have a positive impact in the world.

They have several positions open and we'd love to connect you to their team!

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