Hannah du Plessis

Hannah’s work blends business, design, community and the arts. This blend developed through eight years experience in community leadership in South Africa, ten years of design leadership (including partnership in an architecture firm), and consulting experience in the U.S., Europe and Africa.

Hannah’s first career as interior architect spanned a decade and three continents, and includes 18 built projects. Her love for the creative process has taken her drawings into publications and art galleries and herself onto stage as presenter, actor, improviser and dancer.

Hannah is a founding faculty member of the Masters in Design for Social Innovation program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. And she is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Practice in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Design. She has taught internationally in the field of design and innovation at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, at Cedim in Mexico and at the University of Pretoria. She holds a Masters in Design Methodology from IIT, a degree in interior design from the University of Pretoria and a diploma in fine arts.

You can learn more about Hannah on her LinkedIn profile.
She is @hannahdup on Twitter.

Marc Rettig

Marc’s 35-year career has been guided by an interest in people, systems, communication, anthropology and the power of design. He co-founded Fit Associates in 2005, and has since helped steer it from questions of business and strategy to questions of profound social shifts. These questions put him on the frontier of applying design methods to social and strategic questions.

A masterful teacher and facilitator, Marc brings a tremendous kit of tools to any gathering. He takes a gardening or conversational approach to leadership, believing that groups of people who are aligned to a common purpose hold more possibility of innovation and transformation than any individual, and that tending to the essential conversations is more potent than any single method or process.

Marc has been a leading figure in interaction design, user experience, and the use of ethnographic methods for strategic design. So far as he knows, he was the first person to hold the job title, “Chief Experience Officer.” His early writings on paper prototypes influenced a generation of design students.

Marc is a founding faculty member of the Masters in Design for Social Innovation program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Formerly a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Practice in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Design, where he was the 2002 Nierenberg Chair of Design, he now serves there as a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Practice.

You can read more about Marc on his LinkedIn profile.
He is @mrettig on Twitter.