Catherine Hills on design trends, developing people and building confidence in creative teams
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Catherine Hills is a highly experienced leader of people and practice in design and transformation strategy. With a master’s degree in business research and over 22 years in the tech and design industry, she has extensive experience in capability strategy, design operations, and enablement in a variety of industry contexts both within Australia and internationally.

A passionate pioneer of innovation and design strategy, Catherine joins us on the Naked Ambition podcast to discuss:

• How our understanding and application of design has changed over the past 20 years and current changes to ways of thinking in the design industry
• Why empathy is so important to create better communication and value exchanges for everyone in your system, leading to better outcomes both collectively and individually
• How careers in the design space are changing beyond the traditional and the pathway for designers looking to step into the industry or elevate their career
• Catherine’s reflections on her own leadership journey and her experience with leading a team strategically, while also tapping into individual motivations and needs
• The local aspects of design and how First Nations culture and thinking can be integrated with Australia’s contemporary thought processes

In recent years Catherine has been a finalist in the Women Techmakers Scholars Program and Victorian Premier’s Design Awards, has received a Peer Award in Teaching Communication Design Expertise – Digital UX at RMIT, and is a 2020 EMBA Scholarship Recipient at the University of Melbourne. Read more about her work with others in the design community via the links below.

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A recent article Catherine wrote for Future Shapers UK

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