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Monday, October 9 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
EXPLORATION x DESIGN: Design Leadership | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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2 Hour Power Session, Yoga Fusion & Design Leadership

Our bodies are the closest form of perfected design we have at our disposal for inspiration and growth. When we practice wellness we are cultivating the intuition necessary to take care of ourselves. Our goal is to be our most efficient selves so we can have energy and time for work and play.
We mix traditional yoga poses with Pilates, resistance training and motivating music. This blending of techniques focuses on combining mind and body exercises with the benefits of strength, aerobics, balance and flexibility.

Designers are moving out of the studio and into the C-Suite. This trend has picked up as our applications of design thinking broadens. But knowing the principles and methods doesn’t make you a design leader. Leadership involves inspiring others to develop their own practice. Leadership isn’t about competition or ego. It’s about cultivating trust amongst peers to bring out the best in people.
Leadership takes the stance that you hire smart, capable people and support their ability to work autonomously without the need of managing every detail. It’s focusing more on outcomes. This can be supported through shared methodologies and aligned principles. But at the end of the day, there are lots of ways to cut an onion and reasons to slice rather than dice. Effective leaders bring out the best in people to make the best decisions possible. Efficiencies are co-created through aligned thinking.

This intensive 2-hour session is about exploring through meaningful contemplation the qualities of authentic design; as well as, the deeply unique nature of your own personal design practice. You will be guided through an excercise that will provide you with the building blocks to tap into your well of compassion and empathy. Our program will teach you the art of listening and how to incorporate it into your daily practice.

The design track is curated by Austin Design Week, a week of free workshops, studio tours, talks, events and installations celebrating Austin design November 6-10.

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Jessica Lowry

Founder, Exploration x Design
Jess is the founder of Exploration x Design; which operates under her company Clave LLC. Clave is responsible for Key to the StreetSheHacksATX, SheDesignsATX and Velma Magazine. Jess has worked in tech and innovation for the past 12+ years. As a consultant she has worked with a broad range of companies and organizations. She believes we are all designers. Each of us holds the capacity to be creative. She works to create a safe place for you to explore your own personal design practice. Deepen your connection to your inherent skills. Practice the art of... Read More →
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Melissa Phillips

Instructor, Barre3
Melissa has been dedicated to movement since a very early age. She's studied nutrition, wellness and yoga for over 10+ years. This former dancer will inspire you to move with grace and beauty. Her classes can adapt to every level of fitness and ability. Melissa modifies for each... Read More →

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Hey startups! SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event applications due November 10. Also mark your calendar for the Startup & Tech Sectors track, which runs March 9-15... Read More →

Monday October 9, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Soma Vida 2324 East Cesar Chavez Street Austin, TX 78702