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Calendar@2x.png Feb 3rd, 9:00AM - 11:00AM, 700 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN


This month we have assembled a crew of leading design innovators in the Twin Cities.  We will be discussing Collaborative Design as a way to Get to the Future Faster.  The discussion will be moderated by top futurist Cecily Sommers.  Together with panelist experience in both start-up and large corporation Design Innovation positions, they'll talk about the importance of collaboration and knowing when it is critical to success and when it may impede forward momentum.  There will be a question & answer session in the second half of the panel discussion and plenty of time afterword to for extended conversation and coffee.  Come and join us and share your story with some of the Twin Cities leading thinkers + makers.


Cecily Sommers
Innovation Strategist
There’s only one thing Cecily Sommers loves more than solving big, sticky innovation problems for some of the world’s great brands: getting others excited about doing it for themselves. In her work, Cecily targets brand-specific growth opportunities and ways to market for clients including Accenture, American Express, Best Buy, Dow Chemical, General Mills, Google, Great River Energy, HealthPartners, JP Morgan Chase, Kraft Foods, Nestle Purina, Sigue Financial, Target, among others.


Ryan Ambruster
Design and Innovation Leader; Vice President Innovation, Optum
Ryan Armbruster is Vice President of Innovation at Optum, a UnitedHealth Group company, and leads a service design group that is focused on designing health services that improve health care value and experiences for people.   Prior to his current role, Ryan co-founded Harken Health, a new type of health care organization designed to restore caring to health care services and experience and previous to that he created and directed the SPARC Design Lab at Mayo Clinic, a groundbreaking center for innovation in health care services.  For the past decade, Ryan has taught health care service design and innovation at the University of Minnesota, the school that granted him a Masters in Health Care Administration and, more recently, the inaugural Alumni Innovator Award in 2014.
Emily Callaghan
Design Officer, 3M Design
Emily is a design leader who thrives on empowering ideas and individuals to grow into their greatness while business driving results and building creative culture. Her experience spans across brand and product development, strategy, customer experience and culture development. She has built global design thinking programs for Fortune 100 companies, investigated creative culture across the U.S. and Europe as an EU Marie Curie Fellow and her earlier research focused on personalities of design thinking (MBTI) and brainstorming performance.
Patrick Groessel
Experience Designer, Design Lead, bswing
For the past six years, Pat has had the pleasure of helping organizations discover what is possible and bring it to reality. From helping non-profits define & operationalize new ventures, to re-focusing entire product suites with large healthcare and retail organizations, Patrick has seen the power of a well-designed solution – to empower the people that use it – and inspire the organization that built it. Lucky to discover this world through a mentor himself, Pat engages the next group of young leaders through speaking & mentorship at the University of Minnesota, his alma mater.

About Think + Make Forum

Think+Make Forum is a monthly event hosted by bswing. Every month we invite people who are changing the game to discuss a topic revolving around our motto: Think. Make. Innovate. After the panel we will have time to ask questions and meet other thinkers + makers.

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