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Special Edition Executive Women's Forum: Design Thinking Professional Development

  • 08/24/2023
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Parkwood Crossing 9 conference room, 2nd floor of 900 E. 96th St. (Suite 225).
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Please note the location for this event has changed. We will now be meeting for the session at Parkwood Crossing 9 conference room, located on the 2nd floor of 900 E. 96th St. (Suite 225).

Design thinking is a process for challenging assumptions. redefining problems, and creating innovative solutions. What are the benefits of design thinking for organizations and leaders? Here are a few words from our Executive Women's Forum presenter, Mark Caswell:

  • 71% of companies surveyed in a global study about design thinking adoption say this process has improved their company culture.
  • Data from McKinsey shows that companies which regularly follow design thinking practices achieve one-third higher revenues and 56% higher returns than those which don't.
  • Forrester found that design thinking companies get their products and solutions to market faster, cutting the costs of initial alignment and prototype design by as much as 75%. 
The non-linear process of design thinking encourages the innovation and free-thinking necessary to achieve groundbreaking solutions. Plus, this process helps those solutions get to market faster, with more longevity and market fit.

But is design thinking just for designers? How can leaders and other contributors harness the power of this process? 

Join Women & Hi Tech for a special edition Executive Women's Forum professional development session on design thinking. Mark Caswell, CEO of Resultant, will lead us in an all-day session at Parkwood Crossing. There is PLENTY of free parking - just make sure to bring a pen and your readiness to learn as we spend all day immersed in the principles and practices of Design Thinking. 

Event Agenda

  • 9:30 am -9:55 am - Registration and Coffee
  • 10:00 am - Welcome by Linda Calvin, Women & Hi Tech Executive Women's Forum Director (We will start PROMPTLY at 10 as this is an important session).
  • 10:10 am - Design Thinking Class begins
  • Noon - 12:30 pm - Lunch time, provided by Women & Hi Tech
  • 12:30 pm - 2:45 pm - Design Thinking Class continues
  • 2:50 pm - 3:00 pm - Wrap up

Immediately following the event, there will be a networking happy hour with members of the Women & Hi Tech Board. Please plan to join us until 4:30 pm if you are able!

Please note this session is in-person only and will not be recorded or redistributed in any way. The only way to get access to this content is to attend the session on Thursday, August 24th! 

If a need for cancellation arises, please contact whtinfo@womenandhitech.org. We will refund your registration fees, as there is a waitlist for the event. Those on the waitlist will be contacted in the order they signed up.

About Mark Caswell

Mark Caswell has led Resultant’s exceptional growth as CEO since 2019 and served as a leader throughout the organization, including for the technology services and professional services teams, since 2014. With his guidance, Resultant has grown to more than 400 employees while continuing to deliver mission-critical outcomes to its clients.

Mark is passionate about helping teams and organizations achieve their goals and deliver results in the face of complexity. To achieve this, he deploys a unique blend of business leadership, strategic thinking, innovation expertise, and technical depth. He firmly believes in Resultant’s mission of “helping clients, coworkers, and communities thrive,” and works diligently to ensure that Resultant’s teams are empowered to fulfill that mission.

A practitioner and supporter of continuous learning, driven by deep curiosity, Mark believes that ongoing development of the team is critical to the success of any organization. This is evident not only in his own learning path and leadership of Resultant, but also in his passion to teach and coach others. Mark is part of the EDGE Mentoring program, helping young professionals across Indianapolis develop their careers and leadership. He frequently speaks at conferences, sharing thought leadership on a broad range of topics. Mark has made it a personal mission to train as many people as possible in Design Thinking—from K-12 students to seasoned professionals, including the Resultant team.

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