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Design Leadership Academy   

We are dedicated to helping design leaders like you solve the real-life challenges they face every day. As you know, a design leader handles much more than design problems: you juggle tasks ranging from change management, to communication; education to evangelism to morale building. That’s why we developed our Design Leadership Framework curriculum. Join other design leaders at one of our global workshops, where we offer a hands-on exploration of deeply practical methods and tools that equip you to effect the change you want to see in your organization.  


Why attend

Through focused, meaningful discussions and collaborative workshops and activities, we empower attendees with the tools and techniques they need to establish a culture where design thinking is highly valued and more tightly integrated into their organizations.


What to expect

An inspiring, highly collaborative, and interactive environment where you can expect to have fun, connect and work with others, and most of all—be present and hands-on! Through a compelling agenda with a varied mix of programming, from presentations to hands-on activities, you'll learn to apply a versatile system that answers:

  • Why should businesses invest in design teams and design thinking?
  • How is design valued?
  • In what ways can we measure the impact of design?
  • What do design teams look like in organizations?
  • How can you be a more effective design leader?
  • What does design innovation look like in a startup and a mature enterprise corporation?

Who should attend?

Product, business, marketing, engineering and design leaders, and executives who want to create a culture that delivers valuable and engaging customer experiences.


Leadership Design Academy: Oslo


We are thrilled to introduce the Leadership Design Academy first time in Oslo on April 11-12, 2018. The Leadership Design Academy is a unique workshop that helps business and design leaders—from larger organizations to growing startups—with their current challenges by sharing our expertise, techniques, and tools for how to create a culture of design thinking in sync with their company’s purpose and mission that delivers great user and customer experiences.


Wed, April 11, 2018, 8:30 AM –
Thu, April 12, 2018, 4:00 PM 

Hausmanns gate 16
0182 Oslo, Norway



Guest Speaker: Doug Powell
Distinguished Designer & Design Principal at IBM
Doug Powell is a designer with more than 25 years of experience in a wide range of design disciplines.  He is currently Distinguished Designer at IBM, directing the program to scale design and design thinking across the global tech company.


Past Academies

Leadership Design Academy: Munich


Guest Speakers:
The Academy will feature Klaas Bollhoefer and Florian Dohmann, two purveyors of data science coupled with artificial intelligence.  Bollhoefer was most recently the chief data scientist and evangelist with The Unbelievable Machine Company, Dohmann an independent consultant for data, AI, and digital transformation. Their talents lie in developing cutting-edge strategies, spaces, and products, building sustainable data and AI capabilities, art, and design thinking and coaching.

AI + Creativity – Why We All Need an Enterprise Muse

Hosted by:
This event is being hosted in partnership with Idean, the leading global strategy and experience design firm, recently joined forces with Capgemini Consulting.


Thu, Nov 23, 2017, 8:00 AM –
Fri, Nov 24, 2017, 4:00 PM CET

Palais Lenbach GmbH
Ottostrasse 6
80333 München


Past attendees

  • UX Design Manager, Honda R&D Lab
  • Design Strategy, Walmart
  • Director of User Experience, Siemens
  • Senior Manager of UX, LinkedIn
  • UX Team Design Manager, LG Silicon Valley Lab
  • Senior, Product Manager, Hilton Worldwide
  • Global UX Lead, Ericsson
  • Business Advisor, SEB
  • Head of Industrial Design, Rolls-Royce
  • HMI, Technical Specialist, Jaguar/Landrover
  • Director Digital Product Mgt, USAA
  • Head of BMW Advanced Technology Center, BMW
  • Senior Director of Digital Media Product, Accuweather
  • UX Lead, Bosch
  • Vice President of Innovation Network, Citi Ventures
  • Head of Design, Corporate Social Responsibility, Cisco
  • Director of UI / UX, Samsung Research
  • Head of Software, HP
  • CEO, Alma Media Partners
  • Head of Design, Ericsson
  • Executive Director, Hyundai Ventures
  • Global Digital Transformation Leader, 3M
  • VP of Design, Macmillan Publishers
  • SVP, Product Head, City National Bank

Instructors & mentors

  Risto Lahdesmaki    CEO, Idean

Risto Lahdesmaki  

CEO, Idean

  Michelle Trudo  Director, Idean Design Academy

Michelle Trudo

Director, Idean Design Academy

  Jesse Maula  Chief Design Officer, Idean 

Jesse Maula

Chief Design Officer, Idean 

What people are saying


The program is great for anyone who is building products - this is the perfect place to learn, hear from others about those experiences, and how to solve those in best possible way.

—Mika Majapuro, Product Marketing Director, F-Secure


As a Design Leader, what we all have in comm on whether in a small or in a large corporation, is that we have to learn the value of design, and design leadership, and a design-driven organizational culture. And that is something that was discussed a lot here at the Academy.

—Tobias May, Head of Banking Experience at Deutsche Bank


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We are committed to making all of our classes available to anyone who wants to leverage the power of design to change the world. If funding is stopping you from joining us, apply for a scholarship today!