I consider myself “good weird”. I am a level 10 foodie, I’ve worked as a matchmaker, and I’m happiest out on the ski slopes. I get fired up about fem-tech, food-tech, and lgbtq+ advocacy.
No 2 Work-wise
When I’m in work mode, I harness the power of teams to build future-proof businesses.
With an academic background in cross-cultural communication, decision making & social influence, I place emphasis and value on facilitation as a tool to be efficient and effective while leading teams to their “aha” moments.
My cross-disciplinary tech career background in product & engineering, UX & operations management, and consulting, gives me a holistic view in owning a product and creating a solid, future-proof business.
I love growing high-performing teams, and consider myself a people-centric leader, focused on helping people move fast & get results together.
No 2 Experience
I believe teams can make magic with the right ingredients.
Over the course of my 10+ year career, I’ve collected learnings, experiences, and stories. I spent time working in cross-functional roles at Google from operations to product management to user experience. Seeking a radical new adventure and experience in business and entrepreneurship, I quit my job and moved across the world to work in business design and innovation. I wrote about it and it went viral; I made so many connections with people who felt the same!
For the last few years, I’ve helped companies big and small challenge the status quo through super practical, hands-on collaboration methods to define their strategies and create new products, services, and business models. Favorite clients of mine include SOS Children’s Villages, Novartis, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, General Electric, Ahold Delhaize.
I’m also proud of having led the Google Design Sprint Master Academy in my 20% time at Google, training 500+ Google design sprint masters around the globe. I’ve spoken to audiences of all sizes all over the world about my experience, from South by Southwest in Austin, TX to Google’s annual Design Sprint Conference to user experience meetups in Cairo, Egypt. Some of my favorite keynote topics include Cross-cultural innovation & collaboration and Therise of mature UX teams in product development.
Ask me about how I:
Set common goals & values for our engineering organization
Created an innovation strategy for product launch excellence
Set a strategy for our product ecosystem in Pharma
Expose the magic of our content engine in a delightful way for users
Understand the IVF fertility journey from a patient & practitioner perspective
Make critical design architecture decisions for our joint systems
No 3 How I work
I practice what I preach
I believe focused teams are effective teams
I believe in the power of great communication
I believe that people together are more than the sum of their parts
I’ve just relocated back to San Francisco from Antwerp, Belgium, where I’ve spent my time cooking, learning Spanish, and going on photo walks while dreaming of names for my future pug. Luckily with an internet connection, I’m happy to work from anywhere!