Katie Kirsch works in marketing at IDEO and is a designer, writer, and girls leadership coach. She recently graduated from Stanford University (June 2016) with a BS in Product Design Engineering (Phi Beta Kappa). At graduation, David Kelley honored her as the first recipient of the Robert H. McKim Award and the top undergraduate design student of the year.

As the co-founder of Girls Driving for a Difference (GDD), an organization empowering girls to become leaders of social change, Katie and her team drove across the US in an RV for 14 weeks, coaching design thinking and leadership workshops for more than 1200 girls. Today, Katie directs product design and marketing for the Teaching Toolkit—a "workshop in a box" that enables educators, organizations, and individuals globally to bring this curriculum to communities of their own. This work has been recognized in Fast Company and shared in conferences such as GEL and SXSWEdu.

Katie's passion for design has guided her through a range of projects in design research, marketing and branding, communications design/storytelling, curriculum construction, and teaching design methods. She works across multimedia platforms, including the Adobe Creative Suite for digital and print materials, and Final Cut Pro / Adobe Premiere Pro for film editing and production.

Contact Katie at katiekirsch@alumni.stanford.edu.