I was joyously duped into founding the ILN way back in 2005. That happy accident created an organization that is a respite for innovators, a friendship-machine for leaders, and a ton of innovation/design knowhow for the rest of us. But wait! There’s more. I am also the VP of Strategy & Design at Hopelab – blending design, science and business acumen in the service of young people’s health and well-being. These two roles let me straddle the world of making with the world of connecting - a perfect duo. I also run fast, lift heavy weights and ski through the trees.
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 role focuses on supporting the ILN’s core pillars of sharing, teaching, and cultivating friendships through communications and community-building. I produce content for our monthly newsletter and online magazine and curate our Virtual Thursday webinars. I also guide and support our PopUp communities - from regional chapters of the ILN to our ILN Network Weavers and beyond. I’m love playing matchmaker, connecting brilliant ideas and individuals to accelerate innovation. In my spare time, I nerd out over backpacking and craft beer.
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.