Speaker Series


Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

Date: March 12, 2015
Time: 5:30 - 7:00pm
Cost: Free and open to the community
Location: FOX Theatre, Downtown Redwood City, 2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA 94063

Tickets available in early 2015

David Kelley | Founder, IDEO
David KellyAs founder of IDEO, David Kelley built the company that created many icons of the digital generation—the first mouse for Apple, the first Treo, the thumbs up/thumbs down button on your Tivo’s remote control, to name a few. But what matters even more to him is unlocking the creative potential of people and organizations so they can innovate routinely.

David’s most enduring contributions to the field of design are a human-centered methodology and culture of innovation. More recently, he led the creation of the groundbreaking d.school at Stanford, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

Kelley was working (unhappily) as an electrical engineer when he first heard about Stanford’s cross-disciplinary Joint Program in Design, which merged engineering and art. What he learned there—a human-centered, team-based approach to tackling sticky problems through design—propelled his professional life as a “design thinker.”

In 1978, David co-founded the design firm that ultimately became IDEO. Today, he serves as chair of IDEO and is the Donald W. Whittier Professor at Stanford, where he has taught for more than 25 years. Preparing the design thinkers of tomorrow earned David the Sir Misha Black Medal for his “distinguished contribution to design education.” He has also won the Edison Achievement Award for Innovation, as well as the Chrysler Design Award and National Design Award in Product Design from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineers.

Previous Sessions

October 2014 | Mindset: The Psychology of Success

Carol Dweck | Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

May 2014 | Leadership Innovation Education

JB Straubel | Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Tesla Motors

James Tynan | Community and Partnerships, Khan Academy

Tara VanDerveer | Director of Women's Basketball, Stanford University

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This event is associated with a multi-year speaker series that is part of a continuing relationship with Redwood City and Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education.