Design Thinking for HR Workshops

Design Thinking Workshops


1 Day Bootcamps

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Want to tackle a strategic people initiative in 1-Day?

In just 1-day we unlock the magic of journey mapping, prototyping and empathy interviews in a highly-interactive workshop. 

Your opportunity to bring a strategic approach to your work in HR & Talent operations.

Design Thinking Workshops for Leaders of HR, Talent & Culture  

"I left with tangible outcomes and so many nuggets of inspiration to take back to my team.

We spent a day really rolling up our sleeves and experiencing design thinking in a way that left me with tangible outcomes.  

The workshops takes design thinking out of the buzzword category, and I left feeling like the human centered design approach was a pair of shoes I knew how to wear.”

– Tisha Leslie, Director of Employer Brand at T-Mobile

"In just the 1-day course, my view of problem solving and creative thinking expanded.

I got to learn new skills and try out a few ideas that have impacted my HR practice. I could to practice how I could collaborate with colleagues at my company.”

– Jeannie Chun, People Operations Lead at Tivix

Previous attendees include...

During this 1-Day Workshop You will...


Get practice conducting effective interviews to unlock powerful insights.


Develop your skillset so you can facilitate Design Thinking sessions back at work.


Expand your comfort in bringing creative problem solving to your most challenges.

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"The workshop made design thinking approachable, and dialed in on the core areas talent leaders should focus on.

I loved and appreciated how Vanesa simplified design thinking so it wasn't so cumbersome, complex and overwhelming, so that we can take action."

– Melissa Minecci, Senior Manager, Global Talent Operations at The Trade Desk

"Design thinking helps me showcase what our HR department does and how essential it is for the company.  

This workshop gave me a lot of examples as how design thinking is an important tool that I can take it back to leadership. It helps me showcase what our HR department does and how essential it is for the company.”

– Cici Simon at ChaiOne

Design Thinking for Employee Experience Workshop we will... 

⇨ DEMISTIFY DESIGN THINKING: Design Thinking Essentials Toolkit and pocket guide

⇨ COLLABORATE WITH CULTURE PEERS: 1-day in-person course (Previous attendees from companies like Expedia, T-Mobile, Lyft, Linkedin, Shopify, and more).

⇨ BUILD TEAM CONNECTION: Facilitation Techniques that master facilitators know  

⇨ PEER ACCOUNABILITY: Community of peers who share your passion for building culture with human centered design approach  

⇨ TANGIBLE ACTION PLANS Private resource library of worksheets you can bring back to work  

⇨ BUILD A JOURNEY MAP: Take home Journey Mapping example and templates to repurpose for your unique needs.


⇨ ONGOING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: An invite to be part of The Workplace Lab, the only online design thinking incubator for HR, People and Culture leaders.

*Note: Workshops consistently sellout. It's highly recommended to add yourself to the waitlist to be first notified when registration opens.

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"This was a fresh way to get to the root of a workplace issue and find a creative way forward. 

The only way this workshop could have been better was if there had been puppies! I mean in all seriousness – the material was great. The group interaction was another perk."

– Jessica Mansch, HR Manager 

"A great opportunity to collaborate with those who are transforming organizations. 

“Design thinking is a reminder for me to start with empathy and to understand the situation. To make sense of the data and to ask thoughtful questions."

– Craig Forman, People Science at Culture Amp 

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