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Discover the people designing the future.

An inaugural gathering of
thinkers, makers, storytellers, and reinventors
who are shaping what's next right now

Doug Powell

Doug Powell is a Design Principal and Design Education Program Director at IBM in Austin, Texas where he is helping to build the vision for IBM Design, a global effort to bring design into one of the largest and most successful companies in the world. Prior to joining IBM in 2013, Doug was an independent designer, strategist, and entrepreneur leading successful projects for a wide range of clients and collaborative partners in health and nutrition, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, and Pepsico.

Doug is the past national president of AIGA, the professional association for design. With more than 25,000 members in 68 local chapters, AIGA is the largest and oldest design organization in the country. He has been a leading force in the successful launch of Design for Good, the AIGA initiative to ignite, amplify, and accelerate design-driven social change.

A 1988 graduate of the School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, Doug is a lecturer, commentator and thought leader on design issues, having presented at a variety of national conferences and forums including Bright Ideas on Minnesota Public Radio, the 2011 Mayo Clinic Transform Conference, and the 2012 TEDx ArtCenter.