Conversations on leadership and design thinking

The IDEO U Creative Confidence Podcast hosts candid conversations with some of today’s most inspiring change makers, design thinkers, and creative minds. IDEO U Executive Design Director Coe Leta Stafford and Founder Suzanne Gibbs Howard speak with guests about their approach to leadership, creativity, innovation, and growth. Get insight into their success through personal stories and real-world examples, and learn how to bring a human-centered approach to your own work. Discover more at

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Latest Episodes


Generalist vs. Specialist: David Epstein

Learn how being a generalist can lead to career success with David Epstein, New York Times bestselling author of Range.
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A Framework for Impactful Presentations: Caricia Catalani

Learn how to incorporate improv techniques into your presentations for greater impact and engagement in this conversation with Caricia Catalani, Senior Design Director at Pear Therapeutics.
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Finding Creative Inspiration: Brandon Viney

Google Group Creative Director Brandon Viney shares how to use what inspires you to find your creative identity.
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Lead by Empowering Others: Lauren Collins & Frances Frei

IDEO’s Lauren Collins and HBS Professor Frances Frei discuss how to be a human-centered leader by empowering others.
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Scaling Affordable Child Care: Chris Bennett

Wonderschool CEO and Co-founder Chris Bennett shares his human-centered process for building and scaling a business.
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Frameworks for Organizational Change: Joe Brown

Joe Brown, Executive Director at IDEO, explains how to use three different frameworks to approach change in your organization.
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Mentor Moment: How do I onboard new team members to encourage collaboration?

Get activities and ideas for onboarding a team from IDEO’s Heather Currier Hunt.
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Maintaining Momentum with Mode Shifts: Katie Soven

IDEO Senior Portfolio Director Katie Soven shares a framework project leaders can use to shift their team’s thinking.
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Getting Started with Strategic Planning: Roger Martin

Strategy advisor Roger Martin shares how to identify your strategic problem and avoid common mistakes in strategic planning.
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Human-Centered Entrepreneurship: Brit Morin

Entrepreneur and CEO Brit Morin shares seven often under-valued qualities of successful entrepreneurs.
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Mentor Moment Podcast Series

Share your work challenge and get ideas and insight from an IDEO mentor.
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Storytelling for Entrepreneurs: Tom Kelley

IDEO’s Tom Kelley shares his storytelling tips and the 4 stories entrepreneurs need to know.
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Play at Work: Brendan Boyle & Michelle Lee

IDEO’s Michelle Lee and Brendan Boyle share small ways to experiment with play at work and how it helps surface new ideas.
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