Design Thinking: Unlock the Power of Collaboration

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023 | 6:30–8 p.m.

Networking happy hour 5:30–6:30 p.m. 
Workshop 6:30–8 p.m. 
CCAD Design Studios on Broad, Room 127, 390 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215

The Institute for Creative Leadership at Work, a professional development collaboration between Capital University and Columbus College of Art & Design, presents Design Thinking: Unlock the Power of Collaboration. The workshop objective is to apply design thinking principles to real world scenarios facing the HR professional community. Participants will apply the design thinking process to relevant scenarios established within the class by utilizing empathy mapping and user-centricity in the context of employees, identifying pain points, designing innovative solutions, and exploring opportunities to iterate potential solutions effectively. By the end of this workshop, participants will have the knowledge and capability to enhance employee experiences, streamline HR processes, and positively impact the organization's overall effectiveness, further reinforcing HR as valuable agents of transformation.

Workshop registration is $150. For more information and to register, visit

This workshop will be led by John Youger, who has over twenty years of industry experience and teaches Product Design Studio, Design Methodologies, and Advanced Consumer Insights & Synthesis at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).

His extensive professional background includes roles at Fitch, Lextant, Resource, WD Partners, and work as an Independent Consultant. Currently, John also serves as a Partner at PINE | Strategy & Design. John’s areas of expertise encompass future forecasting, design thinking, product development, brand strategy, shopper insights, packaging and consumer goods, retail design, and customer experience.

He has collaborated with Fortune 100 clients such as McDonalds, Microsoft, Starbucks, Intel, Procter & Gamble, Home Depot, Mahindra, and Mars to name a few. John excels in co-creation methodologies, ethnography, design thinking, and customer experience as part of his key insight and strategy specialties. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to CCAD, he was awarded the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award and holds a BA in Industrial Design from The Ohio State University, earned in 1997.