Conferences/Speaking Engagement

UNT Residence Hall Training Day

August 18, 2016

I was asked to come and speak to the Residence Hall advisors during their training before the semester began. As an alumni of UNT, I have been so thankful for their support on my research and the opportunity to speak and engage with students at this event.

Conferences/Speaking Engagement

Presented at the Design Management Institute (DMI) Academic Design Conference

July 29, 2016

This conference was hosted by Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston, MA. I presented my research and was the chair of two sessions focused on the topic of Leadership, and Organization Design. The cross disciplinary attendees did not go unnoticed by everyone there. It was really nice to hear different perspectives on design, collaborations, and design research. The Design Management Institute (DMI) is an international membership organization that connects design to business, to culture, to customers and to the changing world.

Conferences/Speaking Engagement

Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference

June 30, 2016

The Design Research Conference was held in the summer of 2016 in Brighton, UK. Not only was the conference full of wonderful speakers and workshops, but I loved the culture in Brighton. I was invited to present the process and methods used in my research and how the factors gleaned from that research guided my design for the mobile application “Operation Compass.” I was also invited to publish my paper presented in the conference proceedings. Out of 500 papers submitted 40% were accepted, and mine was accepted without revisions. The Design Research Society was founded in 1966, and facilitates an international design research network in approximately 40 countries.


NBC DFW Facebook Chat with Noelle Walker and Tonya Stafford

May 7, 2016

After part 1 of Noelle Walker’s piece aired on NBC DFW we continued the discussion with a Facebook chat. We initially had planned on chatting for 15 minutes, however due to the amazing Dallas/Fort Worth community we spent over an hour and a half answering questions!

Tonya created the organization, It’s Going to Be OK, Inc., I’m going to add another post on all the amazing work Tonya and her team are working on!


NBC DFW 5, Noelle Walker Part 1

May 5, 2016

So excited to post this segment Noelle Walker and her team at NBC DFW produced! Since this segment aired we have had a 100% increase in the number of downloads of the mobile application!

Conferences/Speaking Engagement

Invited to be a Panelist member at the Slave Free City Summit in Austin, TX

April 8, 2016

It was an honor to be on the panel:
The Role of Technology in the Movement to End Modern Slavery

Panel Members Included:
Bradley Myles – CEO of Polaris
Kay Firth-Butterfield – Chief Officer, Ethics Advisory Panel, Lucid Holdings Inc.
Kristin Boorse – Sr. Product Manager at Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children

Description of Panel Topic:
There are increasingly few areas or issues in society and culture that aren’t impacted by the ubiquitous nature of technology. Human trafficking is no different. From traffickers’ use of the internet and other tools to exploit victims to the demand for cheap goods and the perceived anonymity of sex buyers, technology has in many ways fueled the rise of human trafficking around the world. Yet innovative technologies are also being leveraged to fight and stop human trafficking. From big data and financial networks to supply chain insights and consumer apps, it is clear that technology will shape the future of the movement. This dialogue will explore these ideas with panelists who are the leaders behind some of the leading technology being used to combat trafficking today.


UNT, North Texan, President’s Newsletter

March 28, 2016

It was an honor to be included in the North Texan, a publication for Alumni and Friends of the University of North Texas. I am very grateful for my time at UNT, for working with both my advisors Michael Gibson and Keith Owens, and for the support I have received from the College of Visual Arts & Design!