This fireside chat brings together two of Silicon Valley’s heaviest hitters in design. Khosla Ventures’s Irene Au interviews Ivy Ross, VP of design and user experience for hardware products at Google. Expect a lively discussion about the future of hardware design, how to design products with soul, and lessons on design leadership that pulls on threads from both of their experiences.
Irene Au is design partner at Khosla Ventures, where she works with early-, mid-, and late-stage startup CEOs. Irene has unprecedented experience elevating the strategic importance of design within internet companies, having built and led the entire User Experience and Design teams at Google, Yahoo, and Udacity. She began her career as an interaction designer at Netscape Communications, where she worked on the design of the internet’s first commercial web browser. Irene also teaches yoga at Avalon Yoga Center in Palo Alto, where she is part of the teacher training program faculty, and is a frequent author and speaker on the relationship between mindfulness practices, design, and creativity. Irene graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina with a degree in electrical and computer engineering and holds a master’s degree from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where her worked focused on human-computer interaction .
Ivy Ross is the vice president of design and UX for the hardware product area at Google. Previously, Ivy was vice president of Project Aura (Glass and beyond) at Google and held executive positions ranging from head of product design and development to CMO and presidencies with several companies, including Calvin Klein, Swatch, Coach, Mattel, Art.com, Bausch & Lomb, and Gap. Ivy has been a contributing author to numerous books, including The Change Champion’s Field Guide and Best Practices in Leadership Development and Organizational Change, and has been referenced in many more, including Ten Faces of Innovation, Rules of Thumb, and Unstuck. Ivy was the keynote speaker at the Nokia World Design Conference and Fortune magazine’s Women Conference and has been cited by both Fast Company and Businessweek as one of the new faces of leadership. A renowned artist, Ivy’s innovative metal work in jewelry is in the permanent collections of 12 international museums. A winner of the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts grant, Ivy has also received the Women in Design Award and Diamond International Award for her creative designs. Ivy’s passion is human potential and relationships. She believes in the combination of art and science to make magic happen and bring great ideas and brands to life.
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