2014 IIT Institute of Design Strategy Conference

May 14-15, 2014

Venue SIX10, Spertus Institute
610 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

The annual IIT Institute of Design Strategy Conference connects thought leaders from industry, civic organizations, and government to explore how design can address the complicated problems facing society and business. Speakers will bring to light numerous challenges that need the creative rigor of design. 

The audience is as diverse and interesting as the speakers, with many regular attendees coming from Brazil, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, and the UK. They represent a wide range of industries, finding shared interest in linking the strategy of their organization to insights about the people who use their products and services. 

There are numerous conferences where designers talk about business.  The Strategy Conference is different. It is the best event to hear senior executives, authors, and leading academics talk about how they use design.


Meet fellow conference attendees at a downtown tapas spot Tuesday night.
Discuss innovation and strategy with executives, speakers, and colleagues.
Spend Friday with fellow alumni discussing current topics relevant to design professionals.
Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, IIT Institute for Science, Law and Technology
Vice President, Innovation Competency, UnitedHealthcare
CEO, UnitedHealthcare
President and CEO, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, C-Change Media Inc.
Founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Intuit
President and Chief Executive Officer, Logitech
Kim Erwin Assistant Professor, IIT Institute of Design
Chris Gladwin Founder and Vice Chairman, Cleversafe
CEO and Director, Steelcase Inc.
Vice President of Design Innovation, Intuit
Senior Partner, ReD Associates
Premier’s Chair in Productivity and Competitiveness and Academic Director, Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management
Breed Professor of Design, Emeritus, Northwestern University and Cofounder, Nielsen Norman Group
CEO and Founder, The World Database of Innovation Founder, Innovators International
Chairman, Board of Directors, Steelcase Inc. Chairman, Board of Overseers, IIT Institute of Design President, The Manaus Fund Owner and Director, Trew Gear Inc. and Voke Tabs Inc.
Founder, Kairos Capital Advisors