Fall 2011 Distinguished Speaker Series
Gordon Program

On Friday, October 21st, our Distinguished Speaker will be Scott Stropkay, Founder of Essential Design.

Time: Noon – 1pm

Location: 431 Stearns Center

RSVP: Please contact Jennifer Kaddy at for additional information.

Scott Stropkay, founding partner of the research, strategy and development consulting firm Essential, helps business leaders create innovative products and services in consumer, healthcare, and commercial markets by augmenting client teams with his team of researchers, interaction designers, industrial designers and engineers.

Stropkay advises companies on cross-functional innovation strategies. His key strengths include helping companies build better discovery processes, define innovation opportunities, and leverage design-thinking skills to inform business strategy. His work guides the selection and development of market leading products and services for clients including AARP, iRobot, Owens Corning, P&G, Philips, Puma, and Shure, among others.

Prior to Essential, Stropkay led an integrated design, human factors, and interaction design team at IDEO; and served as Director of Design at Gillette, and designer at Fitch. He earned his Bachelors of Fine Art in Industrial Design at The Cleveland Institute of Art.

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