I’m Katie,

a creative design strategist.

I thrive on bringing creative new products, programs, and experiences to life, especially at the intersection of design, education, leadership, and women’s empowerment.

You can find me:

  • Collaborating with designers and engineers at IDEO

  • Teaching design research methods at Stanford University

  • Running a non-profit to empower girls

  • Balancing on my head in a heated yoga studio

At IDEO, I collaborate with cross-disciplinary teams to create impact through design.

My focus is enabling great design work to happen—by managing and developing effective programs, shaping and supporting cross-disciplinary product teams, and building strong client relationships. To do this, I help manage a multi-million-dollar pipeline of work with Fortune 500 companies and startups across industries.

Outside IDEO, I run a non-profit to empower girls.

A few years ago, with three amazing colleagues at the Stanford d.school, I launched Girls Driving for a Difference: a non-profit empowering girls to become the leaders and change-makers of tomorrow. Together we’ve had the joy of creating several products, programs, and experiences that have reached thousands of girls across 14 countries and in multiple languages. Fast Company, Lean In, Ms. Magazine, Gentry, Women of Silicon Valley have featured our work along the way.

Our journey first began with a cross-country road-trip. For 14 weeks, we drove across the US in an RV, teaching design thinking & leadership workshops for 1500 girls across 30 states. (Thank you, Kickstarter!)


Together, we’ve built a curriculum that continues to scale.

Our “workshop in a box” teaching toolkit and digital curriculum collectively guide facilitators to host our workshops in their communities. These materials have reached hundreds of schools and educators in 15 countries and in 4 different languages.

Last year, we ran our first summer program.

50 middle-school girls joined our week-long, superhero-themed summer camp, Girl Possible.

Let’s chat.

Do you have a design project, event, or other opportunity in mind? It would be great to connect: katiekirsch@alumni.stanford.edu