In addition to her role as Executive Director of the ILN, Christi is also the Founder and Managing Director of Aspen Labs in Colorado. Christi is an unusual mix of the science and practice of design, proven innovation leadership and team building, and a roll up your sleeves field tester of ideas. She is deeply curious about people, committed to social good and joy in the workplace and truly, a life long learner.
I "heart" logistics. As the ILN’s Events and Operations lead, I run the administrative back end of the Network to ensure everything is running smoothly. I also strategize on how to best create space for Innovators from all sectors to learn, bond, and create both in-person and virtually. Previously, I worked in the world of policy, coordinating a collaborative of foundation and health care institutions working to foster healthier and more equitable environments for all children and families as well as supporting the development of the Healthy Food Access Portal, a tool that harnesses data and information to support the successful planning and implementation of policies, programs, and projects to improve access to healthy foods in low-income communities and communities of color.
My work focuses on connecting people all over the world who are trying to impact their organizations in meaningful ways, through good design, innovation and improvement with the ILN. I love creating opportunities for people’s ideas to be shared, spread and scaled to make healthcare better for all. In the past I’ve enjoyed working with different teams to bring new sets of tools, culture and mindsets to organizations looking to expand their creative problem-solving capabilities. My recent focus is mining for nuggets of insight from our members about what’s important to them around innovation, and applying those to our programming.
As the Technology Guru of the Innovation Learning Network, I am responsible for leading and advancing the emerging technology and startup programs. In this capacity, I act as the technology futurist, focusing on emerging and exponential technology discovery and spread and scanning for emerging trends that will disrupt the status quo to propel the healthcare industry forward. I am also an Innovation Consultant on Kaiser Permanente’s Technology Innovation team where I lead the scanning and research functions and serve as the Medicare/Medicaid and Continuum of Care portfolio engagement manager.
As ILN’s Communication Designer, I work to bridge the gap between innovation and art — making sure our message speaks to our peers and looks good doing so. From a young age, I’ve been passionate about the role graphic design plays in conveying information. I pursued this field to do what I love - to educate, motivate, and inspire those around me.