Laura Weiss is a coach, mediator, facilitator, and strategist. She specializes in helping individual design leaders, teams, and organizations achieve their own unique innovation and growth objectives.
A former licensed architect, Laura spent a decade with the global design firm IDEO as a Practice Director and Associate Partner. An expert in service design, she subsequently assumed leadership roles inside a variety of enterprises in both the private and social sectors. In addition to her independent Design Diplomacy practice she is a Senior Innovation Advisor at award-winning consulting firm Slalom and an Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Laura holds a B.Arch. with honors from Cornell University, an M.Arch. from Yale University, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. A lifelong learner, Laura has also earned a Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from Champlain College in Burlington, VT. She is a CTI trained Co-Active coach and is in the process of completing her coaching certification.
Lead Brand Designer - Brand Building (Global) at UNICEF
Matías Delfino is a graphic designer who believes in the power of design to create a positive change in every corner of the world.
Originally from Buenos Aires (Argentina) and based in New York, he has been a United Nations international civil servant since 2000, and he is currently working as Lead Brand Designer at UNICEF (United Nations International Children Emergency Fund). He previously served the United Nations in-house Graphic Design Unit in New York for more than a decade.
His designs have been internationally recognized and translated into different languages, reaching the 193 Member States to the organization to bring about social impact at a global level.
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Visual Strategist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Co-founder, Museum of Awe
David is a three time TEDx speaker and sought after for his fruitful imagination and ability to create experiences that inspire. His skills in idea building have led to projects with worldwide acclaim, such as the Visions of The Future poster series, which has gone viral and become an iconic campaign for NASA/JPL.
David has been designing in future worlds for more than a decade. Prior to joining the The Studio at JPL, David led NASA’s Imagine Mars Project, where he gathered students, scientists and industry experts in cities throughout the United States to imagine our future life on Mars and then design solutions for living there.
Outside of JPL, David works as an artist and creative director. He is currently developing the Museum of Awe with creative partner, Dan Goods.