WHAT I DO
Shana Leading a workshop at A/D/O, BMW Group's design space.
I design custom workshops for a variety of clients on topics which include leadership, team building, design thinking/human centered design and innovation training. Some of the conferences I’ve been asked to design workshops for include HarvardxDesign, The Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, The Social Good Summit, Adobe’s 99U, The Happy Startup School and A Better World By Design. A short list of my clients includes: BMW Group, 92Y, LMHQ, Consulate of The Netherlands, Merck, NYU's StartEd, New Inc, NYC Media Lab and Google.
Some recent workshops include:
Leadership Training for Women Entrepreneurs
Your Future Self, Career Transition Workshop for Women
Time Management + Goal Setting
Priority Setting + Productivity Hack
How to Launch a Social Impact Startup
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR NEW INC
We’ve all felt the effects of both good and bad leadership. Good leadership is the singular ingredient to having individuals and teams thrive. Bad leadership causes conflict, resentment, low morale, and people to leave their jobs. Effectively leading a company or a team is less about “tips and tricks” and more about emotional intelligence and intuition. A mindful leader is one who is self-aware of their strengths, weaknesses, fears, vulnerabilities, where they get triggered, what makes them angry, the origin of their insecurities, how their failures have affected them, and what they need in place to lead powerfully.
In July of 2017, I was hired by the director of NEW INC, an incubator launched by The New Museum in New York, to deliver a keynote and workshop on Mindful Leadership for their first annual retreat. As a believer of the power of experiential learning, after the talk I engaged 100 participants in an exercise called Wise Crowds. By the end of the 90 minute exercise, everyone left having identified their greatest leadership challenge and steps to overcome their most significant obstacles. I also led a 60 minute improv workshop I call “It’s Killing Me To Work With You.” Designed to help entrepreneurs productively deal with workplace conflict, this workshop took a humorous approach to classic office personalities – the know-it-all, the alpha wo/man, the interruptor, the rambler, the passive-aggressive, the classic asshole, and more.
I asked participants to engage critically with important questions like:
Who do you have to be in order to become a mindful leader?
How do you deal with colleagues who are clearly causing tension to the detriment of everyone else?
What type of training and interpersonal work does a mindful leader need to do in order to lead, inspire and build a company with positive social and environmental impact?
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
Parsons School of Design Strategies: Design Dichotomies 10/2018
Parsons School of Design Strategies: Design Research 10/2018
New Inc: Project Management 10/2018
New Inc: Time Management 9/2018
D&AD Impact Academy: Opportunity Mapping for Social Entrepreneurs 9/2019
LMHQ: Priority Setting + Productivity Hacks 4/2018
AIGA/NY: How to Launch a Creative Studio or Startup 3/2018
LMHQ: Bring Your Project To Life 2/2018
NYU EdTech Accelerator: Time Management + Goal Setting 11/2017
Techstars IoT Program: Leadership Training for Tech Entrepreneurs 10/2017
Ladies Get Paid: Leadership Bootcamp 9/2017
New Inc: Mindful Leadership 8/2017
LMHQ: Your Future Self, Career Transition Workshop for Women 6/2017
A/D/O (BMW Group): Navigating The New York City Design Ecosystem 5/2017
99U Conference: Designer to Founder: Rapid Ideation 5/2016
HarvardxDesign Conference: 30 Weeks: Fail Fast 2/2016
General Assembly: Bootstrapping Your First Year 2014 - 2015
Social Good Summit (UN Foundation/92Y): How to Build a First-Class Social Venture 9/2014
Social of Visual Arts’s Impact Design for Social Change: Resources for Startup Changemakers 9/2014
A Better World By Design: Superhero No More: Changemaking - A New Paradigm 9/2014
Harvard’s Social Enterprise Conference: How Long Is Your Financial Runway? 2/2014
Social of Visual Arts’s Impact Design for Social Change: Funding and Social Good Business Models 8/2013
Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Conference: Root Causes 2/2013