Design Thinking and Project Management - What's in it for you?

Design Thinking and Project Management - What's in it for you?


Vera Rhoads

Senior Managing Consultant UX

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Event Date
Event Location

The George Washington University Virginia Science & Technology Campus, Enterprise Hall Room 175
44983 Knoll Square
Ashburn, VA, 20147

Agenda and Cost:

Networking begins at 11:30AM

Presentation begins at 12:00PM

1 PDU Credit can be earned

Attendance is free

About the Presentation

Participate in this interactive session to learn more about Design Thinking and how it impacts and enhances Project Management.

Learn to focus on the users and user desired business outcomes, how to solve complicated business problems through the power of Design Thinking. Learn what it is, learn about creative co-creation – personas, empathy maps, storyboarding and how all of this can make you a more effective and efficient Project Manager. Get practical advice from industry leaders in Design Thinking and long time effective project managers.

Design Thinking seems to be everywhere these days – Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg, and Fast Company as it has emerged as an innovative force. Join to learn how you can benefit from Design Thinking and Project Management.

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
Strategic and Business Management

About the Speaker

Vera Rhoads

Senior Managing Consultant UX

Vera Rhoads brings strong expertise in cognitive behavioral research to enhance the user experience. She has been working on improving the usability and optimizing web solutions for large-scale Fortune 500 companies, international finance organizations and non-profits (Fannie Mae, AARP, IMF) for 20 years.

Her specialties include: User Research, full life cycle User Experience (UX), IBM Design Thinking, Customer Experience (CX), Content Strategy, Web Strategy and Operations, Social Media, Usability, Branding, Multi-lingual Globalization and Localization, Web Content Management and Search.
Vera is CUA and CXA certified, PMP, PMI-PBA, PMI-ACP, ITIL and SCRUM master certified and works on enhancing process methodologies into the web development lifecycle. She has won many significant design awards in her career, including Nielsen Norman Top 10 Intranets.

Vera also frequently presents at UX conferences and has been teaching UX at the University of Maryland, College Park Graduate School for 14 years. She teaches Users and User Context, UX Research Methods (User Journey Maps, Personas, Surveys, Card Sorting) and Advanced Usability.

Vera is a board member at Byte Back – a non-profit organization that improves economic opportunity for low-income residents by providing computer training.

About the Ashburn Local Community

The Ashburn Local Community is sponsored by George Washington University. Join us at the George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus to network and earn a free PDU!

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