Elevated Talks 02

Design Thinking:
Spark Your Creativity

Join us for the second Elevated Talk at the Harmon Guest House Rooftop. Produced in association with Harvest Summit, Sonoma County’s premiere Innovation Field Trip like no other, we welcome Design thought leaders Catherine Courage, Vice President of User Experience at Google and Maureen Carroll, Ph.D., Founder, Lime Design Associates and Stanford d.school professor.

At this exclusive Elevated Talk you will explore design thinking and the opportunity to spark your creativity to inspire innovation.

Design thinking, first described by the late Nobel Prize Laureate Herbert A. Simon in his 1969 book Sciences of the Artificial, is a human-oriented approach to problem-solving, which means that designers have to empathize with the people whose issues they are trying to address. Design thinkers have to place human needs at the core of their final product. Design thinking also allows people who aren’t trained as designers to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges and taps into abilities we all have but get overlooked by more conventional problem-solving practices.

Enjoy the rare opportunity, in an intimate and inspired setting, to learn from design thinking professors and practitioners. You’ll understand the pillars – empathy, ideation and experimentation – and have some fun unlocking your own creative potential.

Post-Talk Reception

After the presentation and discussion, guests are invited to continue the conversation and enjoy local wines, craft cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on The Rooftop Terrace.


Saturday, April 06, 3-6p


Merritt Hall

Hosted by

Circe Sher
Harmon Guest House

Jessica Kilcullen
Harvest Summit


At this exclusive Elevated Talk you will explore design thinking and the opportunity to spark your creativity to inspire innovation.

Featured Speakers

Maureen Carroll, Ph.D.,

Founder, Lime Design Associates and Stanford d.school professor

Maureen Carroll, Ph.D., is the Founder of Lime Design and a lecturer at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) where she co-teaches Hacking Your Innovation Mindset and worked with the d.school Fellowship Program as a Design Ally. She began Lime Design, which works in the corporate and education sector, as a way to support the building of sustainable cultures of innovation. Lime Design clients/partners include businesses—Oracle, Google, Microsoft, Citrix, Southwest Airlines, SAP, Adobe, Kaiser Permanente, DesignSingapore Council; schools—Marin Country Day School, East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy, The University of California at Berkeley, The East Bay Innovation Academy, Santa Monica College; and nonprofits—Culture Summit, The Aspen Institute, Venture Greenhouse, Scottish Enterprise, The Newfoundland Labrador Association of Technology Industries, Design Thinking Hawaii, and First Nations’ Futures.

At Stanford, Carroll was the Director of REDlab, which conducts research on the intersection of design thinking and learning at Stanford University from 2008-2016 and received a National Science Foundation grant. She was also a lecturer in Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, where she co-taught Educating Young STEM Thinkers – a course that integrated design thinking and STEM and gave Stanford students the opportunity to mentor East Palo Alto middle schoolers. Carroll is an ethnographer who has published research in Design Studies, The International Journal of Art & Design Education, The Journal of Research in STEM Education, The Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, and and has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in Education: Language, Literacy and Culture.

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Catherine Courage

Vice President of User Experience at Google

Catherine’s passion is delivering world-class products and services that drive customer delight, adoption and loyalty. As VP of Product Design and Experience for Google Ads, Payment and User she is responsible for defining the end-to-end experience across these critical business and user products. Catherine held similar executive positions previously at DocuSign, Citrix and Salesforce.com. Catherine co-authored the book Understanding Your Users, and is an active writer and speaker on creativity, innovation and design. She has been featured in Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Huffington Post and TEDx. She has twice been selected by the Silicon Valley Business Journal – as one of Silicon Valley’s "40 Under 40" young tech leaders, and as one of Silicon Valley’s 100 Most Influential Women. Catherine made Forbes list of “Top 10 Rising Stars at The World’s Most Innovative Companies.” She currently sits on board of directors for Insight Enterprises and the California College of the Arts.