Chicago Camps

Leadership by Design

August 7–9, 2019

Columbia College Film Row – Chicago

Conference Overview

Learn design leadership from the experts at
Leadership by Design.

It’s a two-day, single-track conference featuring inspiring keynote speakers, accomplished design leaders, and experienced professionals from major brands and organizations.

For 2019, we’re adding optional workshops on Wednesday, August 7th (workshops are a separate, additional cost from the conference itself) to help hone your leadership skills. More information soon!

Sign up now–these tickets go fast!

Meet Our Awesome Sponsors

These great sponsors help us make Leadership by Design affordable and accessible. These organizations see the value in design and design leadership—please show your support for the support they’ve shown us!

About Our Speakers

Great thinking on design leadership is found in many forms in many industries. We’ve curated an incredible lineup of design experts, mentors, and coaches from diverse fields to help you down your own leadership path. Our single-track format ensures you’ll get to learn from every one of them.


Andrea Mignolo

Andrea Mignolo
Head of Design & UX, Movable Ink

Andrea is a designer who has been exploring interactions between humans and technology for the last fifteen years. Her research interests center around the role of reflective practices in organizational design and development.Andrea is currently the Head of Design and UX at Movable Ink where she helps craft product strategy, innovation, creative direction, and development. She holds an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management where she concentrated on enhancing mutual intelligibility between the realms of design and business. She also holds a BA in Technocultural Studies from Oberlin College.

Prior to Movable Ink she was the Chief Design Officer at SimpleReach, a local leader for both the Vancouver and New York branches of the Interaction Design Association, and the Creative Director of NabeWise, a neighborhood-centric start-up acquired by Airbnb in 2012.

In previous lives she’s been a video game tester, an English teacher at the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, and was the developer of the once-popular Oulipo Wordpress Theme.

For more, keep up with Andrea at or on Twitter as @pnts.

Anne Hjortshoj

Anne Hjortshoj
Director of UX, CarGurus

‚ÄčAnne is the Director of UX at CarGurus, a global online automotive marketplace. During her 20+ year career, she’s successfully led design in the cybersecurity, online education, financial services, and advertising industries, among others. She enjoys demystifying design, building and managing teams, and applying product management strategies to UX challenges.

For more, keep up with Anne at or on Twitter as @annesaurus.

Chris Avore

Chris Avore
Head of Design & Customer Experience, Modus Create

Chris Avore is the Head of Design and Customer Experience at Modus Create, where he helps clients thrive by adopting customer-centric design and product development practices to grow and improve their business. Formerly, as a principal of InVision’s Design Transformation team, Chris advised the design teams of such world-class organizations as Netflix, frog, Morningstar, Boeing, Exxon Mobil, Verizon, AT&T, increase their strategic influence, while helping the larger enterprise better understand the business value of design. Prior to joining InVision, Chris led the design and user experience organization at Nasdaq, where he scaled the practice from a solo contributor to a team of more than 30 researchers, visual designers, interaction designers, and data visualization experts originally serving one line of business to the entire enterprise.

For more, keep up with Chris on Twitter as @erova.

Eduardo Ortiz

Eduardo Ortiz
Partner, Product, &Partners

Eduardo is a designer and an engineer. He has over 17 years of experience working as a software engineer, information architect, and user experience designer. For the past 10 years he’s been focused on developing design within social impact practices in order to help make a positive difference in the world. He’s co-founded Project 100, an organization dedicated to helping get progressive women elected to Congress, and PRTNRS, LLC a social impact design and engineering studio working with organizations that are helping improve their communities. He previously held several titles (Executive Creative Director, Director, Designer) at the US Digital Service, a White House startup launched under President Obama to use design and technology to deliver better services to the American people; he focused on immigration reform and developing new capabilities for NATO, prior to that he focused on helping veterans achieve financial security through technology and development of financial literacy at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a Technology and Innovation Fellow. He is the a Founder and Partner of &Partners. He is also a retired and decorated Marine Corps combat veteran.

For more, keep up with Eduardo at or on Twitter as @eduardoortiz.

Emileigh Barnes

Emileigh Barnes
Design Manager, Capital One

Emileigh Barnes is a poet and design strategist. These days, she leads financial empowerment projects at Capital One, where she’s a member of the Bank Design Senior Leadership Team. Before that, she worked at 18F and in the Department of Justice.

Emileigh is a lover of plain language and the Oxford comma, Emileigh led the content strategy for and the Federal Election Commission’s digital transformation. She’s spoken about her work at conferences like UX Week, IA Summit, and Confab.

For more, keep up with Emileigh at or on Twitter as @emileighoutlaw.

Jen Tress

Jen Tress
Author, You’re Not Pretty Enough

Jen Tress loves helping people and organizations realize their potential. She’s the author of You’re Not Pretty Enough, which sparked a self-esteem movement for women and girls, and was featured in Marie Claire, The Washington Post, and the Netflix series The Mortified Guide.

As a long time practitioner in organizational development and talent management, Jen has guided countless organizations through high growth cycles and significant change, including at FedEx, Nationwide Insurance, The Nature Conservancy and most recently at 18F, Ad Hoc and digitalundivided.

For more, keep up with Jen at or on Twitter as @jdtress.

Karen VanHouten

Karen VanHouten
Senior UX Designer, Truss

Over 20 years in UX have left Karen a tiny bit unhinged, kind of sweary, and intensely committed to designing better ways for teams to work together. After years working in enterprise software, for some reason she decided that work wasn’t challenging enough and is now tackling UX in the government sector. Taking the best from human-centered design methodology and combining it with an almost unhealthy level of affection for complex, messy, human problems, she helps teams identify roadblocks and barriers to their potential, and helps them become more productive, more innovative, more collaborative, and most importantly, more human with each other. She can be easily won over with red wine, dark chocolate, or 80’s alternative music.

For more, keep up with Karen at or on Twitter as @designinginward.

Maggie Hsu Wagner

Maggie Hsu Wagner
Head of Business Development, Fluidity

Maggie leads Business Development at Fluidity, a blockchain-based technology provider for tokenizing real world assets. Prior to that, Maggie was Chief of Staff for Tony Hsieh of Zappos, the e-commerce retailer, and of Downtown Project, an effort to revitalize Downtown Las Vegas. Prior to that, Maggie was Director of Strategy for Brands & Commercial Services at Hilton Worldwide and a consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York. Maggie co-founded Mochi Magazine, an online magazine for young Asian American women. She holds undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard University.

For more, keep up with Maggie at

Pasha Moore

Pasha Moore
Founder & Principal, Holland Taucher Consulting Group (HTCG)

Pasha Moore is the founder of Holland Taucher Consulting Group (HTCG), a full-service political and not-for-profit fundraising and event planning firm. Pasha covers all aspects of fundraising and strategy, with a focus on major donor cultivation and corporate partnerships; event production and execution; public affairs and advocacy in various roles.

With over 15 years of political experience, Pasha has previously worked in various roles with over 120 campaigns, political organizations, tech organizations, and not-for-profits. Under the HTCG masthead, Pasha has directed the fundraising and development of numerous national, state, and local campaigns and political organizations in Texas and beyond, including state judicial campaigns, legislative races, and congressional races; national campaigns and PACs; and state-based political GOTV organizations. Outside of development, Pasha has produced scores of multi-day corporate, political, and tech conferences as well as hackathons and symposiums.

Additionally, Pasha is a member of the Advisory Council of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas at Austin, where she has taught at the ASI Campaign Bootcamp for the last eight years; as well as engaged in the Austin community via memberships in the Junior League of Austin and the Women’s Symphony League.

Todd Zaki Warfel

Todd Zaki Warfel
Executive Coach

As an executive coach, Todd Zaki Warfel works with individuals and companies who are interested in personal growth, leadership development, and organisational transformation. Having held leadership roles at Twitter, Cisco, and Workday, he’s learned a lot about building teams, developing purpose-driven leaders, and navigating the seas of change.

For more, keep up with Todd at or on Twitter as @zakiwarfel.

Location Details

Columbia College Film Row

We are big fans of our venue and sponsor: Columbia College in Chicago. Columbia is a great place to learn and upgrade your design skills and we’re excited to host our inaugural Leadership by Design with them!

Columbia College

About Columbia College

Columbia College Chicago is an institution of higher education specializing in arts and media disciplines, with nearly 12,000 students pursuing degrees within 120 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Check out Columbia College.

Where to Park?

There are several easy-access parking garages available in the surrounding blocks.

The Congress Plaza Hotel

Coming from out of town? We’ve set up a special rate for attendees at The Congress Plaza Hotel on Michigan Avenue in the heart of Chicago.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We want to be the easiest partner you’ve ever worked with–even at the traditional conference level! With that as our guiding mantra, all of our Leadership by Design sponsorships are $1,500.

Leadership by Design has many different options available that are comparable to any other large scale event, and we’re happy to work with you to create something custom to meet your needs. We’ve got a great event planned and we’d love to talk to you about how we can partner with you!

If you’re interested in sponsoring Leadership by Design and getting in front of the people who are driving the future of design, contact us or download our Sponsorship Packet.

Chicago Sponsors Camps

  • Rosenfeld Media
  • Simplecast
  • Lead Honestly
  • Columbia College Chciago

Code of Conduct

All delegates, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at any Chicago Camps, LLC event are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.

The Short Version
Full Version

Be respectful of other people; respectfully ask people to stop if you are bothered; and if you can’t resolve an issue contact the organizers. If you are being a problem, it will be apparent and you’ll be asked to leave.