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Design Thinking for the Mindful Leader

Awareness and action through human-centered creative problem solving

“If you want to innovate in a world that is constantly changing, you have to develop your ability to be fully aware of what is happening in the world around you, adopt an open state of mind, and learn to use effective tools.”

This course will teach you tools to be more present and aware of the world around you, and recognize the opportunity to solve challenges, adopt a beginner’s mindset, be open to and generate new ideas, and provide you with an overview of Design Thinking as a tool for creative problem-solving.

The methodology has been practiced and made popular by design firm IDEO and Stanford’s d.School. While Design Thinking has been employed by product designers for some time, increasingly, non-profits, government agencies, NGOs, and schools are using the methodology to drive change and innovation because of its accessibility and success in producing creative results.

You will Learn:

  • Empathy as a way to learn about challenges and opportunities for Design
  • User and need definition
  • Brainstorming
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Introduction to the development of self-awareness through Mindfulness

So You Will Be Able To:

  • Practice observations and interviews as an empathy gaining tool
  • Apply strategies to discern insights from empathy work
  • Practice strategies for brainstorming
  • Employ a framework for rapid prototyping
  • Practice strategies for cultivating an open state of mind
  • Practice elements of Mindfulness and articulate its usefulness in the design process

To register for this workshop

Visit the Design thinking for the Mindful Leader page.


This course will grow your creative confidence to get started solving challenges in your own work and life, even when those challenges seem overwhelming. You will leave with new approaches to problem-solving beginning by cultivating a state of mind that is open, impartial, empathetic, and non-judgmental and knowing that trusting the process is key. Whether you are leading a small team or a whole organization, these practices and tools will help you be resilient in the midst of constant change.


Learners who want to, or already do work as part of a team, and or lead teams that are dealing with change. Learners who are asking questions related to innovation and creating value for those they serve. Ideal participants are those that are excited about a hands-on and active learning experience and are ready to stretch their comfort zone.


Tue.-Wed., June 19-20, 2018
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Boise State Meridian Center, 2950 Magic View Dr., Ste. 188, Meridian, Idaho. View a map to Meridian Center for location and driving directions.


$625, includes all materials


Group discounts are available for three or more participants registering from the same organization for the same course at the same time. Call (208) 426-1709.


Dr. Luke Jones – Dr. Luke Jones serves in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Boise State University. Luke is the Director of Campus Recreation & Assistant to the Vice President for Retention Initiatives. Luke also serves as an adjunct faculty for the College of Innovation and Design where he teaches leadership and design thinking courses. His professional experience includes work in broadcasting, advertising, higher education, international education and non-profit management. Luke writes about organizational change and building the creative capacity of teams. He consults with international companies and local non-profits to help them integrate design thinking in their work and create cultures that encourage innovation. Luke holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, a Master’s degree in Student Affairs, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Washington State University. His research focus is on the intersection of undergraduate education and the development of meaning, purpose and community at public institutions of higher education. Luke has traveled extensively and has built transformative international education opportunities for college students. In his spare time, Luke enjoys brewing beer, making didgeridoos, and building playhouses for his three kids. 

Dana Menlove – A trusted leadership advisor, Dana Menlove works with high performers exploring human potential at the intersection of awareness, peak performance, and societal impact. Her work bridges the leading edge of neuroscience and ancient contemplative tradition and is in service of raising consciousness and authenticity by deep integration of inner and outer life. Dana helps her clients focus, reveal insight, remove blocks and uncover clarity and compassion while maintaining a competitive edge. In addition to ongoing work with individuals and small groups, Dana guides retreats in wild places, including an invitation-only Conscious Leaders Retreat at a pristine lodge on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River deep in Idaho wilderness. Her university degrees are in literature and her professional experience spans from raising and releasing peregrine falcons on a remote mountaintop to advising in high-level political circles and corporate business settings to naturalist guiding and meditation retreats in the wilderness, where getting to the heart of things comes spontaneously.


Contact Us For More Information About Boise State Center for Professional Development

Phone: (208) 426-1709
Address: 2950 Magic View Dr., Ste. 188, Meridian, ID 83642

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