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Season 3

Learn from top global leaders, and reach the next step of your design leadership

Shape the next 5 to 10 years of your career.

The Design Leadership is a hands-on program developed to improve your skills and knowledge as a creative leader.
WHY
DESIGN LEADERSHIP?
Design matured and became a large strategic part of all innovative and digitally oriented organisations.

Design leadership is a program to help you shape your abilities and skills to be an effective leader, and helps you to take design higher up within the organisation. Learn how design can create cultural change, how to shape better design teams, and how to lead delightful products and services.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS
ARE SAYING
hasan-habib
"The Design Leadership course has been a great transformative learning experience. The diversity of speakers/facilitators has been amazing. The online experience has enabled me to learn from others which I would not have been able to do otherwise due to my geographic location, and limited design leadership maturity in the region."
HASAB HABIB
Founder and Partner at Designist
Leah-Sass
“What I gain in participating in the Design Leadership program was confidence in myself that what I felt about design processes, and thinking, and user input and how that should impact the business and the importance of design in high tech in general was right, and to listen to myself and stand up for myself, and for my position.”
LEAH SASS
Lead Product Designer at Noble
Rich-Brophy
“Taking this course was amazing for two key reasons, one is hearing from these world leading designers who had been into different organisations and have robust frameworks to take away and apply, and use to think ahead, as well as to respond in the moment. And working alongside these other design leaders from around the world who are in imperfect design environments, who struggle, and sharing those experiences, and ways of thinking and working and combining those with the frameworks was super valuable to me.”
RICH BROPHY
Founder & CEO
Kenneth
"This has been an amazing and rewarding experience. The stories and new perspectives that I've gained, from the amazing presenters and facilitators, as well as my fellow classmates, will be invaluable as I apply them to my own journey in design leadership."
KENNETH ERICKSON
Principal Designer at UniSuper
Martina
"What an inspiring learning journey to dive deep into design leadership. I particularly liked the inspirational, cutting edge masterclasses from design and futures leaders from across the world. This program is filled with the latest research and knowledge, can only highly recommend!"
MARTINA OETTL
Co-Founder and Partner at ZUKÜNFTE
Sara
"Loved how the program was broken down week to week. It all comes together by the end. Echos provided a well-rounded crash course in design leadership. As a new design leader for my org, I feel confident in my newfound skills and feel like I have the tools to help my team succeed."
SARA TOKARCHUK
JUSTIN
"Having access to such incredible professionals where you can ask very direct questions, I am sure this could only happen here."
JUSTIN ADLEFF
JOANNE
"Taking this course was amazing for two key reasons, one is hearing from these world leading designers who had been into different organisations and have robust frameworks to take away and apply, and use to think ahead, as well as to respond in the moment. And working alongside these other design leaders from around the world who are in imperfect design environments, who struggle, and sharing those experiences, and ways of thinking and working and combining those with the frameworks was super valuable to me."
JOANNE MENDEL
Service Design Principal at Ascension
Program
outcomes
A unique 10-week program for design and innovation leaders that will change your career and practice.
Become a better leader
Build extraordinary teams and culture
Create great products and services
Articulate the value of design in and out of your organisation
Download our syllabus to learn more. Or, enrol now.
PARTICIPANTS’ EXPERIENCE:
shaping your design leadership to the next level
10 GLOBAL
MASTERCLASSES

MONDAYS, FROM APRIL 3RD
sessions in english, with live portuguese translation

10 masterclasses of globally renowned references.

Be inspired by the best global design leaders sharing their stories, best practices and references. Discover how the best design leadership minds work.

Global Masterclasses are a 2-hour session. Watch it live or recorded at any time for your convenience.

All global masterclasses will be held in one of two possible time slots:

10 regional
WORKSHOPS

WEDNESDAYS, FROM APRIL 5TH
sessions in english, except Brazil (held in portuguese)

Connect with others in your region, learn from local leaders and practice your design leadership.

You will learn by doing, networking, and enhancing your design leadership.

Regional workshops are 2.5 hours hands-on session, that consist of a 40-minute talk by the design leaders who are changing the game in their regions, followed by 20 minutes of Q&A, and 90-minute practical workshop facilitated by Echos’ strategic designers, where you will learn by doing, networking, and enhancing your design leadership.

Check your track times below

1 global network
of design leaders

Join our Slack Community and connect with Design Leaders worldwide

Become part of a local and global design leaders community.

Share, learn, exchange experiences and get creative with your peers.

Network, get to know new perspectives and stories that will be invaluable in your design leadership journey.

Our Slack channel for Alumni only is a great way to connect and discuss throughout the course at any time. Discuss and connect with peers and ask questions to our facilitators.

CHECK OUT THE
10 GLOBAL
MASTERCLASSES

BRUCE
MAU

CEO & Co-Founder at Massive Change Network & Founder of the Bruce Mau Studio

STEPHEN
GATES

Global Head of Design
& Host of The Crazy
One Podcast

LESLEY ANN NOEL, PhD

Assistant Professor, College
of Design at North Carolina
State University

MARC STICKDORN

Co-Founder & CEO at
Smaply, Service Design
Consultant, Author

Anna Reeves & Ace Salama

Co-Founders
at Futureology

EMILIANO CHINCHELLI

Partner & Head
of Design
at XP inc

JULIANA PROSERPIO

Co-Founder & Chief Design
Officer at Echos Desirable
Futures Lab

CHECK OUT THE
10 GLOBAL MASTERCLASSES

BRUCE
MAU

CEO & Co-Founder at Massive Change Network & Founder of the Bruce Mau Studio

STEPHEN
GATES

Global Head of Design
& Host of The Crazy
One Podcast

LESLEY ANN NOEL, PhD

Assistant Professor, College
of Design at North Carolina
State University

MARC STICKDORN

Co-Founder & CEO at
Smaply, Service Design
Consultant, Author

Anna Reeves & Ace Salama

Co-Founders
at Futureology

EMILIANO CHINCHELLI

Partner & Head
of Design
at XP inc

JULIANA PROSERPIO

Co-Founder & Chief Design
Officer at Echos Desirable
Futures Lab

CHECK OUT YOUR
REGIONAL TRACKS
1. APAC & EMEA
Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa
Workshops will be held in English.
Wednesdays. From April 5th at 6pm Sydney / 9am Berlin time

Gjoko Muratovski

Director: Digital Futures at Deakin University

Service design is the new management

Stéphan Willemse

Strategy & Innovation Director at Digital Arts Network NZ

Progressive Futures

Michel Ferreira

Senior Product Designer at Atlassian

Design Language

Matt Johnson

Product Designer at Arbo Works

Leading great products

Manisha Amin

CEO at Centre for Inclusive Design

Inclusive Design

2. AMERICAS
North, South and Central America
Workshops will be held in English.
Wednesdays. From April 5th at 7pm New York / 4pm San Francisco time

Seth Perez

Service Design Manager & Digital Strategist

Service design is the new management

Stéphan Willemse

Strategy & Innovation Director at Digital Arts Network NZ

Progressive Futures

Ricardo Ruffo

Chief Executive Officer & Founder at Echos

Articulating the value of design

Matt Johnson

Product Designer at Arbo Works

Leading great products

Melanie Kahl

Director & Facilitator, Independent Faculty, School of Visual Arts

Ethics & Diversity

3. BRAZIL
Workshops will be held in Portuguese.
Please note that this cohort requires a minimum quorum to run. Otherwise, participants can either be allocated to a different cohort of their choosing or ask for a refund.
Wednesdays. From April 5th at 7pm Sao Paulo time

Maurício Manhães

SVP, Service Design Director at Truist

Service design is the new management

Juliana Proserpio

Co-Founder & Chief Design Officer at Echos

Designing Futures

Renato Paixão

Senior Product Designer at Roam Digital

DESIGN AND IMPACT

Michel Ferreira

Senior Product Designer at Atlassian

Design Language

Leandro Gejfinbein

Director, Head of Experience - Design & Research at Globo

Metrics for articulating the value of design

JOIN US TO ELEVATE YOUR
DESIGN LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Access to 10 Masterclasses

Receive full access to 10 Masterclasses and 10 Regional Workshops

Receive full access to 10 Masterclasses and

20 Regional Workshops

ENROL YOUR TEAM
Empower your team with our Design Leadership program.
Discover our discounted pricing for corporate groups.
10-WEEK
PROGRAM
A unique 10 -week program for design and innovation leaders that will change your career and practice.

Starting on October 10th, the Design Leadership program runs over the course of 10 weeks for those looking to advance their leadership skills. You’ll discover how creative leaders excel by bringing clarity and vision, advocating for design within their organisation, bringing out the best of their teams and keeping projects on track through the last mile.

Download our syllabus to learn more or enrol now

Enter the C-suite, measure and show results of design, manage and scale design teams.
BE READY to GROW and become a memorable design leader.

PARTICIPANTS COME FROM
GREAT COMPANIES
JOIN US TO ELEVATE YOUR
DESIGN LEADERSHIP SKILLS
contact
the echos team

Please feel free to reach us out at designisleadership@echos.cc

Or just send us a message using the form below and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.

STILL UNDECIDED?
learn more with our
design leadership ebook
Essential reading for both seasoned professionals and designers who are new or aspiring leaders.

This eBook will provide you with an overview of the position and responsibilities of design leaders, and offer you practical tips from local and global leaders.
FIRESESSIONS
A series of
free webinars
to warm up the conversation about Design
Leadership in our community.
to warm up the conversation about Design​ Leadership in our community.
FAQ

Q: Can I pay for the Design Leadership Program on an installment plan?
A: Unfortunately at the moment we are only accepting payment in full.

Q: Are there discounts for teams?
A: Absolutely! We offer a progressive discount when enrolling with a team. We have had many teams go through our courses together with great success.
For more information, send an email to designisleadership@echos.cc

Q: Why should I invest in the Design Leadership Program?
A: From the business perspective, the Design Leadership Program was designed to help the participants be able to bring more value to the business they lead by taking more strategic decisions, as well as bringing design to these strategic decisions. The participant will be also able to manage and grow teams, and help them perform better, enhance the quality of the design in the business, and operations, and evolve the design maturity within the organization. The program also aims to equip the participants to strengthen the organization business model, bring more diversity, ethic, innovation to the design practice as a consequence.
On a personal level, the Design Leadership Program was created to help designers become more confident in their practice and leadership, more experience in facilitating teams, managing teams and giving feedback. The program aims to guide the participant in how to develop diverse teams, articulate the value of design to their internal team and key stakeholders. The Design Leadership Program is a whole leadership training, going through facilitation and articulation of design as a strategic asset.

Q: What are the learning outcomes can I expect after the end of the Design Leadership Program?
A: The learning outcomes we expect to be acquired after the completion of the program are:
– creating a future strategic vision for your company or product
– leading and growing design teams
– pushing creativity and innovation boundaries
– setting up a team practice and culture
– measuring the value of design
– shaping your organization through design ops
– creating better digital products
– articulating the value of design and navigating the C-suite

Q: What is the difference between Basic, Premium and VIP tickets?
A: What does the Basic ticket offer:
The Basic ticket offers access to the 10 masterclasses only, excluding the regional hands-on workshops. All masterclasses happen live, and you also have access to the echos online platform where you can watch the recorded classes and surf other materials supporting the experience. With this ticket you become part of the Echos community on Slack where we deepen the exchanges that happen in the live meetings.

What does the Premium ticket offer:
The Premium ticket corresponds to the program in full, it combines the masterclasses, which are the inspirational aspect of the program, with practical exercises brought in the workshops, it includes 10 masterclasses and 10 regional workshops. All masterclasses happen live, and you also have access to the echos online platform where you can watch the recorded classes and surf other materials supporting the experience. You also become part of the Echos community on Slack where we deepen the exchanges that happen in the live meetings.

What does the VIP ticket offer:
The VIP ticket offers access to the whole journey of 10 masterclasses and 10 regional workshops (that happen live on a weekly basis), as well as access to the recordings of 1 more regional workshop included in the current cohort. For example, if you choose to participate in the workshops with the Americas region, you can still have access to the recordings of the APAC+EMEA region. With the VIP ticket you will have a 3 hour mentoring session with Andy Polaine, where you can explore your current challenges as a leader, focus on the professional traits that will help you grow in your leadership trajectory, or be guided in a personal design project you would like to strengthen.

Q: Will we have direct contact to the experience facilitator?
A: Yes, all program experiences happen live and synchronous which allow direct contact with the workshop facilitator, or masterclass speakers.

Q: What is the weekly time commitment?
A: Basic track: 2 hours a week for the masterclasses.
Premium track: 4 to 5 hours a week for masterclasses + workshops.
VIP track: 4 to 5 hours a week for masterclasses + workshops, plus extra time to watch the recordings of your second regional workshop of choice (around 2 more hours). All sessions are recorded and you can watch them until 6 months after the live program resumes.

Q: How long do the meetings last?
A: Masterclasses: between 90 and 120 minutes long.
Regional Workshops:
120 minutes

Q: How is the interaction? Is there exchange among peers?
A: During the masterclasses there are designated moments for peers to interact, either among themselves, or with the global masterclass speaker, through questions and answers.
The majority of the interaction between participants happens during the regional workshops. These workshops are 100% based in exchange. Almost all of them happen in groups of 2 or 3 people. Echos also allocates reflection moments, which are extremely important. These reflection moments can happen individually or in groups or pairs.

Q: What will happen if I miss a class?
A: All sessions are held live, but don’t worry as all classes will be recorded and easily accessible on echos online platform for you to catch up later. We strongly recommend that you watch the missed masterclass sessions prior to attending the workshop for a better understanding and applicability of the concepts, even if it is not mandatory.

Q: Which ticket gives me a certificate of competion? And which ticket corresponds to the program in full?
A: All tickets offer a participation certificate. But only the Premium and VIP tickets are eligible for the certificate of the complete program, which comprises all 10 masterclasses and 10 regional workshops.

Q: Where will I be able to access the program materials during the journey?
A: The content will be available at Echos online platform, where we share videos, activities, support materials and other information. Each participant has a profile where you will be able to manage the content and the journey evolution.

Q: Will I be able to access the program materials after the journey?
A: Ticket Basic: you will be able to access the content on the same platform for 3
months after the end of the course.
Tickets Premium & VIP: you will be able to access the content on the same platform for 6
months after the end of the course.
After this time frame your access will expire and you no longer be able to access the content. You will only have access to the content you already downloaded, the slides. It isn’t possible to download the video content.

Q: Can I download the content?
A: We will share different content for you to be inspired, to explore and jump in the design leadership world. Some of these materials will be available for download, some to be experienced only on the platform.

Q: How is the program structured?
A: The program happens in two allocated moments every week. On Mondays the class time can fluctuate depending on the week (only one class for the whole group), and on Wednesdays always on the same local time (one workshop per region, respecting the timezone).

Q: Is it okay for me to enroll on that track if I can’t make the live sessions?
A: For you to receive the certificate of completion of the program Echos will be considering both live attendance and asynchronous attendance, so you can navigate in the best way that fits your work and personal schedule.

Echos is a desirable futures lab driven by design.

Design is the new leadership. It offers a comprehensive and practical approach to innovation and is a pivotal contributor to successful organizations.

Instead of predicting the future, we speculate, design and help activate desirable strategic futures. Our approach combines the best business strategies, futurism and emerging technologies with the best human-centred design from an ethical and inclusive perspective when building new possibilities for the future.

We use technology to bridge the digital and physical worlds to provide unique and seamless interactive experiences for the user.

Echos offers a complete response to the field of innovation and design. In the lab, we partner with different industries and organizations to foster innovation, transform realities and design human-centred products and services. At Echos School, we teach innovation and design in practice, shaping the next innovators and helping leaders to excel.

Welcome to Echos, and help us create a desirable and diverse future for all.

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