Allow me to introduce myself, in case we haven’t already met.

At my core, I am a designer. I found design in my early twenties and fell in love. Design helped me to understand what I was meant to do in the world and gave me focus and purpose.

Shortly into my career as a Graphic Designer I was recruited by a global bank. What was meant to be a three-month gig turned into a 13-year career, where I had the privilege of leading some pretty exciting technology and regulatory transformations.

I’ve always been fascinated with problems and during my time in transformational work, I developed a fascination with how humans solve problems. This fascination eventually led to my PhD work where I explored how we might use design thinking capabilities to solve complex organizational challenges. Research has shown me that design capabilities can help us solve the big scary problems we face in the world today.

In 2022, I made the leap from corporate to start the Design Thinker Institute. These days I leverage the learnings from my research and my corporate experience to help leaders unravel complexity to create future ready organizations. Curious to learn more about how to apply design thinking? Check out my podcast here 👉🏽 https://www.designthinkerpodcast.com/ or on your favorite podcast platform.

A chronic sufferer of wanderlust, proud human to three awesome dachshunds, a foodie, a wine enthusiast, an avid exerciser, with a love of music and binge watching tv, a serial book worm...a New Yorker living in New Zealand constantly at awe by its natural beauty.

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The Official Bio

Founder of the Design Thinker Institute, Creator of the Design Thinker Profile, Co-Host of the Design Thinker Podcast, Dr Dani Chesson is a human-centered designer who leverages the power of behavioral science to help organizations drive innovation and create change. She has worked with corporates and government agencies in the USA and NZ. Dani is also an adjunct faculty member in graduate programs at Denver University and Antioch University where she lectures on organizational science and research methodology. Realizing that much of her success in the corporate world stemmed from her roots as a designer inspired her research path and establishing the Design Thinker Institute, with the mission of helping others unlock the human power of design.

My Story

Because a bio can only go so far, here's more about me and my journey.