Design Thinking Fundamentals
A free, exclusive workshop introducing design-led approaches to solve industry problems
Sponsored by Global Executive Master of Science in Strategic Design and Management
Hosted by Melissa Rancourt, Academic Director, Global Executive MS-SDM
It seems like "Design Thinking" is all the buzz these days. Curious to learn more about what exactly "Design Thinking" means, and how you can apply design-led methology to inspire meaningful solutions to some of your business challenges?
In this seminar, you will be introduced to the methodology and develop the mindset that will equip you to better understand problems, unlock hidden needs, and design breakthrough innovations to address those needs.
Want to go deeper? Stay for our hands-on workshop to follow, from 2:15-3:00 pm, or gain an in-depth perspective on our Global Executive program in our Info Session from 5:00-6:30 pm.
This event is part of The New School's Day of Learning.
Academic Director, Global Executive Master of Science in Strategic Design and Management
Paris, New York & Shanghai
Prior to joining Parsons, Melissa Rancourt taught a wide range of courses in master's, MBA, and executive education programs on subjects including global business strategies, business design planning, entrepreneurship, operations management, negotiations, project management, communication, e-commerce, international marketing and branding, data-driven decision making, and business statistics. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College as well as creative writing studies in Oxford University.
Over the past several years, Melissa Rancourt has had the opportunity to address professional audiences as a keynote speaker, conference moderator, and graduation commencement and award presenter on various business and social subjects. She is a two-time TEDx speaker for Brussels and Luxembourg and a United Nations speaker on human rights and has presented at various events of all sizes in Europe, the United States, Brazil, India, and the UAE. In addition, she has appeared on the U.S. TV show Living Abroad, Bloomberg, Euronews and several other media outlets.
In addition to working at Parsons, Melissa is also a philanthropic entrepreneur who founded an international nonprofit a few years ago to encourage girls around the world to study math and science. The organization now has 1,300 volunteers operating on five continents; it has reached more than 10,000 children and provides university scholarships to children in need.
Melissa is a dual citizen of Belgium and the United States, Italian-born and of Greek and French heritage. She is an entrepreneur, social activist, engineer, and public speaker. Her expertise is in creating, designing, and developing international businesses.