Prepare to Design the Future
March 19–20, 2017: Training
March 20–22, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Francisco, CA
Billie Mandel

Billie Mandel
Mentor, Design Equation


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.


2:05pm–2:45pm Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Building & Managing Teams
Location: Tower Salon A
Level: Intermediate
Billie Mandel (Design Equation)
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With the industry booming and fresh designers flooding the job market daily, the gap between education and employment has never been more evident. How can managers mentor junior hires to maximum effectiveness? How can junior designers stand out in the crowd? Billie Mandel explores the impact of strong mentorship in creating successful designers. Read more.