Billie Mandel is a design strategy and management geek with nearly two decades of experience leading global teams of software creatives—in teams of up to 50, in four time zones and three continents, and in startups and established companies. Billie recharges her batteries teaching design to adult career changers at General Assembly and teaching the hard value of soft skills to her mentees and corporate clients. She is the creator of the Embodied Critique method, which helps designers, developers, and other creative professionals bring their whole selves to work, give and receive actionable feedback, and iterate their way to more effective designs and more productive work environments. Billie’s recent speaking engagements have included giving a talk at Designtrepreneurs (a lecture series at the intersection of LGBT leadership and design leadership, as part of SF Design Week), teaching Embodied Critique as a preconference workshop at Interaction16 in Helsinki, and curating a literary reading for San Francisco’s Litquake LitCrawl. Billie likes origami, anything flavored with lavender, and making tech a better place for women, queers, and folks of color.
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