Friday, Apr 30, 2021
9:30am – 10:45am
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Designing Your New Work Life: Ideas & Tools for Thriving at Work Now & After the Pandemic

Dave Evans, coauthor of “Designing Your Life,” returns to share how design thinking can help you find more meaning and satisfaction in your work life today and in an uncertain future.
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One of the most common inquiries received by Dave Evans and Bill Burnett in response to their worldwide bestseller Designing Your Life was, “I don’t really want to redesign my whole life, but I sure would appreciate some ideas for making it work better at work!” So was born their second book, Designing Your Work Life in which they discuss a range of ideas for getting more satisfaction and meaning from work — without having to quit and start over.

DYWL was released just days before COVID-19 landed in North America. Soon after, Evans and Burnett started getting questions about “How do we design things NOW?!” which turned into their YouTube channel “Designing Your Covid Life” and the impetus for the second edition of DYWL for release later this year.

In this workshop, you’ll:

  • Learn ideas and tools to build more fulfillment into your current work
  • Apply design mindsets to navigate an uncertain future
  • Complete a mini self-reflection exercise

After the workshop, you’ll have the option to join a Stanford GSB alumni peer group to continue the design process.

Who Should Attend

Stanford GSB alumni seeking more meaning and fulfillment at work.


Cofounder, Stanford Life Design Lab
Coauthor, Designing Your Life & Designing Your Work Life

From saving the seals to solving the energy crisis, from imagining the first computer mice to redefining software — Dave’s been on a mission, including helping others to find theirs. Having participated in forming the corporate cultures at Apple and EA, Dave decided his best work was in helping organizations build creative environments where people could do great work and love doing it. So he went out on his own; working with startup teams, corporate executives, non-profit leaders, and countless young adults. They were all asking the same question: “What should I do with my life?” Helping people get traction on that question finally took Dave to Cal and Stanford and continues to be his life’s work.