Erin Huizenga-Design Thinking Facilitator

A designer, professor and entrepreneur, Erin enjoys using the human-centered design approach to build, brand and share new places, communities and experiences that connect and empower people. Partnering to create the services and systems needed to launch and sustain new socially-minded enterprises, initiatives, organizations and programs, she works within education and healthcare, nonprofits, government, foundations and purpose-minded businesses. She authors and teach graduate design courses at Northwestern and Institute of Design and founded Till School, EPIC, and built the design program for Chicago Portfolio School.

Pete Smithhisler-Keynote

Highly accomplished Executive with over 25 years of experience building successful programs, leading teams and delivering results. Outstanding assessor of risk and opportunity, innovative in spearheading new initiatives and especially effective in designing and messaging change. Led explosive growth of a trade association, created leadership education models and is a sought after convention and keynote speaker. Earned a reputation for high integrity and being a passionate advocate of people, causes and communities. Builds strong relationships and navigates organizations through complex issues into mission alignment. Strategic thinker who is adept at translating strategy into meaningful messaging, programs and relationship-building opportunities. Trusted advisor to internal and external contacts. Strong team leader and an articulate individual with excellent writing and interpersonal skills. Passionate about helping other people, causes, and organizations succeed.