Meredith Ingrassia

 

Meredith Ingrassia
Industrial Designer

Meredith's focus in industrial design is highly entrepreneurial. She started her career with a startup, running design thinking workshops for students and corporations. She later moved to agency work where she served entrepreneurs, SMBs, and corporations along the entirety of the design process—from concept development through to production. Some of her clients included Church & Dwight, Merck, Frito Lay, and Purina. Meredith now facilitates design sprints with Fortune 500 Corporations while working on her own entrepreneurial ventures on the side.

 


 

Statement of Candidacy (Chapter Director - Board of Directors | 2023-2024 term)

I am the IDSA Philadelphia Chapter Chair and have been a part of IDSA chapter leadership since 2012 at both the university and professional level. As a mentor, manager, and board leader, I take the time to personally know the people who donate their time and efforts to make this community flourish. Like a gardener who orchestrates the right environment for each plant to thrive, I take great pride in providing resources, giving guidance, and creating structure that allows each person I work with to achieve their fullest potential. When each individual is supported in this way, the entire organization benefits. I encourage others to consider new perspectives and voices, find strategic partners who succeed when they succeed, look for value outside of the monetary, and seek out opportunities in unexpected places.

In 2020, when I stepped into the Chapter Chair position, my chapter began a new, local mentorship program. The program is now in its third year. We have partnered with two of our members to host a new program called CandID: Quarterly Design Forum. This was created based on their interest in facilitating discussion around big topics in our industry. Our board has taken great strides to incorporate our local universities into our programming through the mentorship program, hosting speaker panels of experts on cutting edge topics, providing professional participation in an annual student-led conference, and facilitating multiple external connections between our student and professional members. If given the opportunity to serve as Chapter Director, I will support both chapter and individual member growth as well as our industrial design community as a whole.