I am inherently collaborative as a designer. My diverse academic background means that I can communicate with researchers, designers, stakeholders, and clients, and consider their needs while making design decisions. Though I'm a proponent of the lean methodology I understand that real world limitations require adapting my process to circumstance. I'm also excited by thinking critically about the constraints and edge cases to make sure the solutions scale.
My startup experience as a product manager groomed me in the realm of timely actions. I believe in rapid iterations to ship the product quickly, measuring progress through set benchmarks and applying learnings to the next iteration. As a strategist, I am not afraid to ask the hard questions, and enjoy inspiring my team through potent discussions, and finding alignment between the vision and mission.
I am enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge with others. I have led series of public speaking workshops at a local newcomer centre focused on encouraging youth to think critically and speak confidently. I mentor new designers as well as design students as part of a co-op program I initiated. I believe that each of us has a part in collective growth for a better society and I take repsonsibility for mine.
Having a set of predefined core values definitely helps in answering this question without feeling ambushed. This is because your self-identity is directly linked to your observation of self and others and it guides your values, behaviors, decisions, making you more of who you want to be.Read the article on Medium
I’ve heard a lot of people talk about “speaking your truth” recently. So I Googled the phrase and understood this:
‘only speaking out loud what you believe is the truth’
At first, my heart went like ‘oh!’,
and then my brain went like ‘oh…’