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Embracing Radical Transformation

A global pandemic. The reckoning over racial justice. A volatile economy. The tightening grip of climate change. The last two years have been an extraordinary test of adaptation and resilience, both institutional and personal. How can we meet the moment and design our way toward a better, more equitable future?

The world’s leading businesses are discovering that in a rapidly changing world, the transformative power of design is a vital element of corporate strategy, shaping everything from the type of goods and services a company provides to an organization’s ability to build lasting customer and community relationships, nurture talent, and create inclusive cultures.

Fortune will bring together design-minded leaders across business, non-profit, and academia to explore the ways the design process can drive radical transformation in business. You will walk away with the experience, tools, community, and resources you need to examine your processes, successfully respond to the changing business landscape, and unlock the power of your investment in design.

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Brainstorm Design Co-chairs

Kate Aronowitz

Lead Operations Partner, Google Ventures; Co-chair

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Kristen Bellstrom

Features Editor, FORTUNE; Co-chair

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Jason Mayden

CEO and Founder, Trillicon Valley; Co-chair

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Brian O'Keefe

Senior Executive Editor, FORTUNE; Co-chair

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Brainstorm Design combines the editorial wisdom of Fortune with the business acumen of leaders across industries to deliver a lively and informative event. We bring together the Fortune 500’s most powerful executives and the world’s most talented designers.

Among the themes we’ll explore:
Work, Reimagined:
Collaboration fuels design. How does that dynamic evolve when we cannot physically come together? How can we exercise empathy from a distance and foster creativity, productivity and personal growth in this new environment? How has the pandemic highlighted the challenges of managing an increasing multigenerational workforce? And as we reemerge, how are leaders making physical working spaces safer and more inclusive?

Talent, Redefined:
Whether we call it a great resignation or a great awakening, there is no doubt we are witnessing a shift in workforce dynamics, one in which employees are taking more control of their careers and setting different standards for how, when, and why to be employed. How can we cultivate talent with more intentionality and how can we design learning and growth opportunities that foster connection and engagement among teams?

Digital Shifts:
Web3 and the metaverse are changing how we experience products and services, complete transactions and interact with each other. How can design be more effectively deployed to improve the user experience?  And how is design driving business to reimagine how a company should operate?

Creating Equity:
How do we develop a robust repertoire of tools to fight systemic bias within our organization or address structural weaknesses across our economy? How can design be deployed to rethink and reframe how products are made, talent is retained, and services are distributed? 

Building Resilience:
Chaos testing is key. How can design help an organization develop and encourage resilience—not just among its workforce but across supply chains, on manufacturing floors, and in studios? How can we both incorporate and concretely measure sustainability in design operations? And how should companies normalize rest and include restoration as part of their employee’s development strategies?

Past speakers at Brainstorm Design events include: Museum of Modern Art Senior Curator of Architecture & Design Paola Antonelli, IDEO CEO and President Tim Brown, Crazy Rich Asians Production Designer Nelson Coates, Future Shape Principal Tony Fadell, Airbnb Co-Founder Joe Gebbia, IBM General Manager of Design Phil Gilbert, Heatherwick Studio Founder and Design Director Thomas Heatherwick, Salesforce SVP of Product Design and UX Kat Holmes, Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian, WeWork Co-founder Miguel McKelvey, Samsung Corporate Design Center Head Don-Tae Lee, Adobe Design Vice President Jamie Myrold, Dyson CEO James Rowan, Hyundai Motor Group President and Head of Design Management Peter Schreyer, Stanford University Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( Executive Director Sarah Stein Greenberg, Walker & Company Brands Founder and CEO Tristan Walker, and Alibaba Research Director of International User Experience & Design Chen Zhao.


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Monday 23 May, 2022
10 AM - 12:30 PM

Join Fortune editors and your fellow community members for exclusive experiences, featuring the best of Brooklyn design and innovation. Additional details forthcoming.

1 - 2:30 PM
3 - 4:15 PM
4:15 - 4:45 PM
4:45 - 6:00 PM
6 - 7:30 PM
7:30 - 9:00 PM


1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
60 Furman Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

Contact Us

For Speaker Suggestions:

To suggest a speaker for the Brainstorm Design 2021, please complete the form at the link below. There are no exact deadlines for speaker submissions.
Please click here to submit a speaker suggestion.

For Participation:

Participation at Brainstorm Design 2021 is by invitation only, and subject to approval. Registration is non-transferable. The registration fee of US$3,500 includes the complete program, scheduled meals, activities, and conference materials. Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel charges. The staff for the event will provide information about accommodations.
Holly Brockerhoff
Tel: 1-866-661-3840

For Sponsorship Opportunities:

A limited number of corporate sponsorships are available. Please contact us for more information.
U.S. Inquiries:
Elizabeth Parks and Monica Sembler

International Inquiries:
Khoon-Fong Ang