Thanks for visiting my personal blog, on all things social innovation, design and systems thinking, and careers.
I’m a systems thinking, intrapreneurial problem-solver, and a design thinking facilitator. My short bio is that I currently work in Market Development at IBM, and as a Technology and Democracy Fellow at Harvard’s Ash Center. I’ve previously worked in innovation, strategy, and partnership roles in New York, DC, and India. I’ve also facilitated design workshops in the private and public sector, and researched civic innovation. I hold an MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a BA with General Honors from the University of Chicago. I’m a StartingBloc Fellow in Social Innovation, and I’ve been published in Forbes and the Huffington Post.
Here’s my longer bio:
Hila is a systems thinking, intrapreneurial problem-solver, and a design thinking facilitator. Her current role is in Market Development and Design Thinking for the Cognitive Solutions Market Development and Insights team at IBM, where she focuses on the emerging technology market. She is also a Technology and Democracy Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Prior to joining IBM, Hila served as a Research Assistant on civic innovation for the President of Living Cities. She was also a Graduate Intern in the Office of Leadership and Organizational Development in the Department of Defense, where she used design thinking for innovation initiatives and organizational change management. Previously, she served as the Director of Operations for MFA Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts–the first MFA program for designing solutions to problems in business and society.
Hila previously lived in Hyderabad, India for ten months as an IDEX Fellow in Social Enterprise, where she co-authored the report Education Technology in India: Designing Ed-Tech for Affordable Private Schools.
Hila decided to move to India after working in DC, where she was a Development Officer for the Institute for the Study of War, a think tank that conducts open-source analysis of military conflicts and emerging threats. While in DC, she co-founded and managed membership outreach initiatives as a professional volunteer for the global non-profit Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. She has also interned for a U.S. Congressman, contributed research to a book on globalization and development in the Middle East and North Africa, conducted foreign policy research for think tanks, studied in Prague, and volunteered for INKtalks.
She is a self-taught design thinking facilitator, and has facilitated creative brainstorming and rapid prototyping sessions for Fortune 500s, start-ups, educational institutions, and non-profits. Hila has also worked as a resume reviewer and career coach independently and through The Muse.
Hila’s articles have been published in Forbes, Huffington Post, The Muse, Brazen Life, NextBillion, and the Journal of Culture, Language, and International Security, among other publications.
She is a proud StartingBloc Fellow in Social Innovation, and founded and moderates the Design for Social Innovation Facebook group. Hila holds an MPA from Columbia SIPA, where she studied Management and Urban Policy, and a BA with General Honors in Political Science from the University of Chicago. She also holds a Certificate in Social Enterprise from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS). Hila was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA.
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