Reimagining Learning Through Design Thinking

  • 24 Sep 2014
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC


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Is your training strategy relevant to today's learners? Does it allow learners to absorb information in a 24/7 world? What if learning was truly integrated into the everyday work of your organization? What would it look like if employees were consistently inspired and motivated to seek new perspectives? How could your training products more deeply meet learners' needs?

During this 90-minute hands-on session, we will address these questions using design thinking (DT), a way of reframing problems that has been adopted by many top Fortune 500 companies, and has been featured on CBS's 60 Minutes twice in the last two years. Working in small groups, you will use DT techniques to reimagine what learning could be. Take the ideas that your team generates back to your organization to inspire new and meaningful ways of reaching learners.

Amanda Chavez has blended design thinking (DT) and instructional design principles to help foster growth and innovation for a group of healthcare/IT consultants at Cognosante, where she is a Director of Training and Development. Prior to her work at Cognosante, Ms. Chavez also used a hybrid DT/instructional design approach to address some of the toughest problems facing our nation, including Veteran unemployment, active shooters in public spaces, sexual assault, and suicide.

Katarzyna Siedlecki is a learning experience specialist and design thinking practitioner with Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Innovation Group (SIG). She has spent the last decade consulting with the U.S. military and federal agencies on their training and education needs. Ms. Siedlecki combines her experience in learning with design thinking, a discipline that involves applying a human-centered to ensure solutions are meaningful and profoundly meet user needs.

A light dinner will be served.  Contact for questions

Cancellation Policy

Metro DC ASTD will refund your registration fee when cancelled by the end of the "Early Bird" registration window. Cancellations after this time will not be refunded.


Special Accommodations

If you have dietary or accessibility restrictions, please email so that we can accommodate your needs.


Metrorail: The closest Metro stations are: 

  • Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station serves the Green, Yellow and Red Lines. It is a seven minute walk from the station. Head east on H Street, NW, toward Hu Tong Court, NW. Turn left onto 5th Street, NW. We’re on the right.
  • Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street-Convention Center Station serves the Green and Yellow Lines. It is 9 minute walk from the station. Head east on M Street, NW toward 6th Street, NW. Turn right onto 5th Street, NW, and then left onto K Street, NW. We’re on the left.