Designing services for the moments that matter
The Power of Design and of Designed Services
We believe in the power of design to improve how people navigate and experience the world in pursuit of their goals. Good service is purposefully designed and co-created with your customers - students, faculty and staff.
We know that students must navigate many administrative service touchpoints before entering, and while attending college. In delivering these services, there are moments that matter to students and where service failures can negatively impact reputation, erode trust and lower retention.
We are a human-centered service design agency.
We work outside-in at the intersection of people and technology.
We help you navigate complex ecosystems (people, policy, process and technology). We understand what it takes to make changes to large business systems, and that success or failure will be evaluated at the many touchpoints and through the service experiences of the people being served.
We know that strategic design choices enable an organization to realize the greatest value and impact from their technology investments and that good design can be measured and create a return on experience (ROE).
I am a service design strategist and change maker. I created Power of Design Services to focus on improving service experiences in higher education. My passion is in finding ways to improve student experiences and to support students' academic successes.
I have worked in Higher Ed for more than 11 years and most recently as the Design Lead for a large and complex Student Information Systems replacement project (SIS) at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to service design, I have an extensive background in information technology and in a variety of product management, engineering management, marketing and business development roles. Throughout my career, I have been known as a problem solver and for my strong customer advocacy; always striving to remedy poor service experiences.
BA and MBA - University of California, Berkeley
Service Design Network - Co-founder of the San Francisco chapter
“Service Design at Scale.” An Introduction to Industrial Service Design, edited by Satu Miettinen, Routledge, 2016, pp. 44-51
“Humanizing an Organization through Digital Experiences,” IASDR, October 2017
“Designing for Value and Impact,” Touchpoint Magazine, November 2017
"Humanizing Organizations - the Pathway to Growth," ServDes18, June 2018
I am a self professed user advocate. I have specialized in creating positive user experiences for over 20 years as both a consultant and as an internal designer.
I have broad experience within the user experience umbrella (including roles such as business analyst, high tech anthropologist, usability expert, ‘voice of the customer’ strategist, project manager and experience design lead) that allow me to see a problem from many different perspectives. In my current role as a Senior Service Designer, I co-design holistic customer-focused services with users and stakeholders.
I have worked in a variety of industries such as education, healthcare, pharmaceutical and security, allowing her to leverage successful approaches across industries.
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Masters in Human-Computer Interaction - University of Michigan.
I am a service and content designer and an agile coach. I am driven by championing the goals of others, co-designing high performing teams through collaboration and using the power of language to communicate with awesome clarity.
I continually build my competencies in leadership, communication and innovation. In my work, I practice listening with an open heart to empathize with clients and users. I believe the best solutions come from tapping into people’s motivations. My strengths are mapping a strategy, building agile teams, powerful writing and having fun. I get fired up when tackling big and small problems and designing a solution so others can reach great heights.
I have worked in both the private and public sector across a variety of industries-beauty, high tech, financial, retail, entertainment, the literary arts and sexual assault services.
BA in Liberal Arts, MFA in Creative Writing
Certifications and Affiliations
Service Design, Content Marketing, Agile Coach, Professional Writing
Active volunteer and leader for Service Design Network
We work with a number of associates that collectively have decades of experience in Higher Education, plus in service and experience design.