Speakers - International Conference 2016


Ford Motor Company
FCA Global
Give One Dream
Serial Inventor
MAYA Design
The Empowerment Plan
Detroit Creative Corridor Center
Tongji University, China


Made for Me
GE Appliances
Moving Brands
Michael Graves Architecture and Design
solidThinking, Inc.
Big Tomorrow
Mahindra GenZe
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
Keen Footwear
Cranbrook Academy of Art
IA Collaborative
Accel Partners | Stanford University Design School
Rubbermaid Commercial and Tools
Eastman Chemical Company
PGAV Destinations
Tekna, Inc.
D+M Group

Career Center

New this year to the International Conference is the IDSA Career Center—scheduled from 10 am to 4pm on Thursday, August 18 in the Design Gallery. The Career Center will host a variety of activities aimed at helping designers best position themselves in today’s competitive job market.
A morning panel session will feature representatives from four prominent design firms  and consultancies speaking on what they look for in design talent and what makes applicants stand out from the crowd. A presentation by Angela Yeh, IDSA, will focus on what design firms can do to attract and nurture a top innovation team. A networking lunch will follow featuring design experts hosting table talk discussions covering a variety of topics such as resume reviews; interview preparation; and networking skills.  The two-hour, ever-popular portfolio review—co-sponsored by Core77—takes place in the early afternoon. Then, participants can roll up their sleeves to join a sketching workshop with Jeff Smith, IDSA, of Autodesk.
See the complete schedule. For more information, contact IDSA Executive Director Daniel Martinage, CAE, at danielm@idsa.org.
Newell Brands
PepsiCo, Inc.
College of Design, University of Cincinnati
GE Healthcare
RitaSue Siegel Resources
Astro Studios
Yeh IDeology


Future Proof 

Our world is evolving faster now than at any point in modern history. Kevin Shinn, IDSA, finds that as designers, we must use our innate sense of sight to plan today—for tomorrow’s disruptions. Future Proof is about predicting and planning for the future of change. Shinn will take workshop participants through a reflective phase, during which they can think and express past experiences and learnings—and then predict the future of technology, innovation, advancement, etc. Whether you have a strategic vision; a rough plan; or even take it day by day—don’t miss the perspective of your peers from around the globe!


Newell Brands
Altair Thinklabs

Panel Speakers

Impact of Design as a Change Agent

Design is everywhere you look—permeating almost each and every touch point in this manmade environment. Across product boundaries; across categories; across economies—it affects everything and everyone. Design has been doing this for the last 200 years of industrialization and apparently way before that. It weaves through products and services, experiences and spaces, society and culture.

The panel is moderated by John McElroy, host of the “Autoline Daily” webcast and of the television show “Autoline This Week.” The handpicked panel features Amko Leenarts, global director of interior design at Ford/Lincoln; Kevin Kerrigan, senior advisor, Automotive Initiatives, State of Michigan and senior vice president, Automotive Office, Michigan Economic Development Corporation; and Marc Greuther, chief curator and curator of industry and design at The Henry Ford and an IDSA International Design Excellence Awards 2016 juror.

Panelists come from a rich and varied background of making and will discuss and ponder—not just the industrial design mechanics—but also the overarching positioning of design as it affects the world of products, mobility, interiors, spaces, architecture and literally everything in between. Read more.

Auto Expert
The Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company