Ideation Extravaganza Workshop: Designing The Employee Experience
2:00 PM14:00

Ideation Extravaganza Workshop: Designing The Employee Experience

Join Us For Ideation Extravaganza:

Designing Irresistible Employee Experiences

Thursday, November 1 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


“Let’s brainstorm.” Do those words give you the heebie-jeebies? “Let’s ideate” has a much better ring to it -- and its part of the growing movement to use Design Thinking to create irresistible employee experiences that make your bottom line sore and your employee engagement numbers sing.

Design Thinking is a process that walks us through 5 important steps -- empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test -- to uncover new insights and help us create human centered programs, processes, services, and experiences. The kind that win awards and that employees write home (or tweet) about!

Join this three-hour workshop to network with a growing community of Austin HR professionals who are using Design Thinking to create employee experiences that make a difference for their employees and their business. This workshop focuses on the Ideation step and is part of a series of workshops that covers the entire Design Thinking process. You do not need to have any experience with Design Thinking to benefit -- and you’ll probably find that you already practice some Design Thinking without even knowing it. You’ll walk away from this workshop with an understanding of the process and new tools you can use in the ideation step with your team and stakeholders.




  1. the formation of ideas or concepts.

Ideation is what we do after we recognize that we have a problem. Sometimes we skip a few key steps in coming up with the best solution though, or we fall back on old solutions that might have worked (or, never actually worked!) in the past. We often rely on brainstorming to come up with new ideas, but brainstorming has a bad rap because we succumb to a lot of bad brainstorming habits like groupthink, falling back on status quo, and loud extroverts who always know the answer to everything.

If that sounds familiar and mildly unpleasant (or moderately unpleasant, or downright hellish), then you’ll be happy to know there is another way! There are a variety of tools beyond just brainstorming that you can employ and teach your teams that will lead to bigger, better, effective ideas and more creative solutions to just about any problem.    

What to Expect at the Ideation Extravaganza:

We’ll open with a brief overview of the Design Thinking process before buckling down and ideating. The extravaganza is an opportunity to network and to practice using Design Thinking in your day-to-day world by collaborating and sharing with each other.

The Opener: Getting Ready for Great Ideation

  • Design Thinking Overview

  • Use Empathy to Understand your Humans (a.k.a Employees)

  • Dream Ideation Teams: Diverse and Empowered

The Main Act:  Ideate, Ideate, Ideate

  • Learn and practice a variety of different tools and methods to ideate

The Encore: Take it Back to Work

  • Walk away with new tools and templates to use in your own ideation practice and in supporting your business partners

What to Bring:

Yourself and your insights - and thoughts about a project or program you’re currently tackling.

Who you’ll Learn From

Dorothy Mankey of Coreisma Consulting helps clients bring heart to business. Dorothy works with individuals and businesses to develop entrepreneurs, leaders, teams, and culture; helping your company improve overall effectiveness in your quest towards a world-class employee experience.

Erin Ryan Mazcko is a communications pro with a background in HR who thinks the path to more meaningful and successful business is to make work more human.

Easy Networking

If networking leaves you in a cold sweat, fear not! This workshop is designed to help you learn and foster connections with your peers through an immersive, interactive, and fun agenda. Bring your business cards! (Or you know, your LinkedIn app.)

The Space

Thinkery is Austin’s home for “why” and “how.” A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing. It’s a foundry for a new generation of innovators and creative problem solvers. And it’s a heck of a good time.

Questions? Reach out!

We are here to make this day the best day of professional learning you join in all of 2018! Please reach out to Dorothy Mankey at if you have any questions or would like additional details about the event.


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4:00 PM16:00

Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle - Free Coaching Event

Are you a perfectionist? Does your fear of failure hold you back? Do you feel a lot of stress when you're under pressure? Do you spend so much time preparing and planning that you miss opportunities? Are you ready to learn some new tools to build your confidence and become more resilient in the face of adversity? 

Resilience is the ability to rebound from setbacks and adversity when faced with difficult situations. Everyone experiences setbacks. What makes resilient people stand out is that they anticipate the setback. They meet the setback head-on, they have the ability to withstand it, to stay positive and believe there is a path forward even when that path isn't obvious. It’s not what happens to you that matters, it’s what you make out of what happens to you. It is how quickly you learn, bounce back, and move forward.

Join the ATX Success Coaching team for a panel discussion, moderated by Dorothy Mankey, SHRM-CP.

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The first 15 people to arrive will receive a 20-minute speed coaching session. Our team of coaches who will step up to face your challenges head-on and source ideas to build resilience in your own life.

The more resilient you become, the easier it will be to stay calm under pressure and bounce back after a difficult situation. You'll leave this event feeling empowered with new tools, fresh perspectives, and clear-cut action steps you can take to move forward with confidence!

About your Coaches:

Dorothy Mankey is founder and president of Coreisma Consulting, a strategic planning and leadership development firm that helps leaders increase productivity and find passion in their work. Dorothy’s mission is to help leaders feel happier, work smarter, and achieve more. See more about Dorothy at

Christie Hollis is a native Texas Austinite, a Transformational Coach, NLP Master Practitioner, & Hypnotist trained by the Empowerment Partnership and owner of Amplify Your Life Coaching. She enjoys helping people who feel like they are lacking a life's purpose find their joy & passion, so they can live their most fulfilled life. See more about Christie at

Alice Mar Rocher earned a Master of Adult Education and Human Resource Leadership Development from the University of Texas at Austin and has over twenty years of experience in Human Resources leading, coaching and motivating managers and employees to peak performance. As a Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming, consultant, and transformational breakthrough coach, Alice helps clients gain renewed energy and empowerment to take decisive action toward their goals.

Dr. Fred Blum is an expert and helping people live the lives they were made for. Dr. Fred has degrees in psychology and chiropractic, and he's helped people create amazing lives for over 25 years. When that deep inner voice calls and just won't leave you alone, he's your man. Find out more about Fred at

DeAnne Pearson, M. Ed. has more than fifteen years coaching experience in career and personal fulfillment. She takes great joy in supporting people in the change toward better careers and better lives. Find out more about DeAnne at

Ryan J. Schoenbeck, Ph.D., P.C.C. is a certified executive and mentor coach. Ryan works with leaders to expand their contributions and help create and amplify leadership with all those they contribute with around the world. He has been in business for over ten years, and he has worked, contributed to the professional development, and created innovations in organizations for over 33 years. Ryan has given 45 titled leadership and organizational development talks. He has taught 21 graduate and three undergraduate leadership courses in four universities. Ryan has convened global community leadership conversations for over 20 years. Ryan co-leads as the president of the International Coach Federation Greater Austin Charter Chapter. Explore more at

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9:00 AM09:00

Design Thinking for HR and People Leaders!

Join the HR Revolution: Use Human Centered Design to Transform your Employee Experience

We use design thinking to create new products and fuel our customer journeys—now we can apply it to creating employee experiences that excite, engage, and retain our teams too! If you haven’t heard the term “design thinking” yet, rest assured that you will soon. Design thinking is the concept that incredible organizations like Apple, IDEO, Pixar, and Airbnb use to develop their user-friendly technology, products, art, and more.

Those big-name companies understand that the way we work is changing. Shifting demographics and evolving technology is creating a radical shift in employee expectations as new generations join our workplaces. The way we approach human resources and people management needs to change too, or employees will leave our companies behind and move towards ones that offer more exciting and meaningful work experiences.

All this makes us ask:

  • What leadership can HR practitioners provide to support this shift in our work world?

  • How can we solve the complex problems facing our organization in new ways? The same-old-same-old isn’t working anymore!

  • How do we ensure that our companies build cultures, programs, and policies that excite and motivate employees, as opposed to confuse and frustrate them?

The answer? We use design thinking.

Join us for a one day workshop to learn the methodology behind design thinking (such as empathy and ideation), so you can start to transform how your team supports your organization. You will learn how some of the biggest organizations like Airbnb, Apple, and Pixar use design thinking to put their “users”—a.k.a. their employees—in the center of their creations to make services and products that delight their customers and engage their teams.

To learn more and to buy tickets head over to our EventBrite page...

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