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Design Dialogues is an engaging speaker series that showcases the application of design thinking in the Gulf South and greater New Orleans area. The Design Thinking Team has taken great care in curating a diverse lineup of speakers, offering attendees a unique chance to learn from and connect with a wide range of change makers from varied generations and backgrounds. These in-person events are open to all, providing an excellent opportunity to network and expand one’s knowledge base.  

  • The aim is to foster a community where learning and sharing are at the forefront. The guest speakers will bring unique perspectives and ideas to the table, ranging from their business or product to art and skill-sharing. They’ll lead 1-2 activities to engage the audience, the goal is to break down the traditional classroom model and create a more interactive learning environment.
  • Anyone can attend these events, regardless of their Design Thinking experience; all they need is an open mind and heart to connect with others in the local, regional, and international Design Thinking community.
  • Whether you’re a practitioner or educator, Design Dialogues is an excellent opportunity to collaborate, learn, and connect with like-minded individuals. Join us to expand your horizons and connect with the local, regional, and international design thinking community.


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Our Design Dialogues will continue to be held next door to Whole Foods in Mid-City New Orleans, at Liberty’s Kitchen.

Tentative list of upcoming Design Dialogue Speakers

  • Kwame Terra, MPH, bHER Systems, Inc.
  • Nicole Deggins, CNM, MSN, MPH, Sista Midwives

Email Asia-Vinae Palmer at if you have any questions about what we look for in a speaker and let us know if you’d like to nominate yourself or anyone else to be a speaker for this series!

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Past Workshops

May Design Thinking Breakfast with Glenn Fajardo

May Design Thinking Breakfast with Glenn Fajardo Friday, May 28, 2021 Glenn Fajardo led this month's Casual breakfast series to meet new folks, practice using design, design thinking, other designerly approaches to create social impact. 

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April Design Thinking Breakfast with Edson G. Cabalfin and Lesley-Ann Noel

April 2021 Design Thinking Breakfast with Edson G. Cabalfin and Lesley-Ann Noel Friday, April 30, 2021 This workshop is a casual conversation between Lesley-Ann Noel, Ph.D. and Edson Cabalfin, Ph.D. They talk about decolonizing design in and out of the…

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March 2021 Design Thinking Breakfast with Raja Schaar, IDSA

March 2021 Design Thinking Breakfast with Raja Schaar, IDSA Friday, March 26, 2021 This workshop explores the ethics of design as it relates to climate change, disasters, and possibly even a pandemic! Participants will imagine the artifacts of design that…

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February Design Thinking Breakfast with Louie Montoya

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Design Thinking Breakfast January 2021: De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats

De Bono's Six Thinking Hats: a brainstorming activity with Niesha Ford, Natalie Hudanick and Dr. Shaymaa Abdalal Friday, January 29, 2021 Imagine thinking with only emotion, and no logic. Or only logic and no emotion. Description: See things from someone…

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Design Thinking Breakfast w/ Marcelo Paiva: Designing for your future self

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Design Thinking Breakfast October 2020: Jacinda Walker

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September 2020 Design Thinking Breakfast with Johnny Saye

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