The Evolution of Design Leadership and the Responsibilities it Demands

Tuesday / October 05 / 12:00 PM


Human-Centered Design (HCD) has become a ubiquitous skill present in most IT teams today and is a skill found within all levels of an organization; although, these skills were not always present and the transition didn’t happen without friction and negotiation between cross-functional teams over the years. In this discussion, we will explore what the panel has learned during our experiences integrating HCD into traditional IT environments.

This event was put together in partnership with Metrostar.


Date & Time

Tuesday, October 05

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




  • Iva Hutson

    Sr. Manager of Experience Strategy

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    Iva helps organizations build successful digital products and services by aligning cross-functional teams around a deep understanding of the end-user.

  • Asha Singh

    Project Manager

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    Asha has served federal, commercial, and nonprofit clients as a Project Manager by day and moonlights as a design event organizer.

  • Jason Glisson

    Drupal Developer

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    Jason has been navigating web development for nearly 20 years and enjoys collaborating with designers and data specialists.

  • Michelle McLain

    Program Manager

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    Michelle is a Program Manager with over 20 years of experience managing federal government projects for digital, training, and communications on design and development.

  • Anne McCombe

    Business Relationship Manager

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    Anne is a Business Relationship Manager who fosters connections between MetroStar and the Midwest. She enjoys growing relationships with community organizations, educational institutions, and potential customers.


Virtual Platform & How to Prepare

This event will be streamed via Zoom:

  • In order to participate fully, plan to join on the Zoom app via a computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video.
  • Only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room, in order to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations.
  • This event will be recorded unless technical issues occur. The recordings will be shared in the AIGA DC recordings archive for AIGA members to rewatch or catch up on at a later date. (You can register for a membership on our website for just $50 for a year.)
  • Questions for the speaker can be asked live during the event through the chat.

You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy in our FAQs.

Accessibility and Accommodations

This event will have real time CART (live captioning) services and transcriptions provided by Verbit.

A sign language interpreter will not be present unless requested. If requested, we will do our best to employ a sign language interpreter for the event.

If you need any additional accommodations, please contact us using a method that works best for you:

We honor your privacy. No identifying information like your name is required to request an accommodation, and all details will be deleted once completed.

You can learn more about how we’re making DC Design Week an accessible experience by visiting our page on accessibility.

Code of Conduct

All AIGA DC events adhere to our Code of Conduct.


DC Design Week looks different this year, so you might have questions. Maybe it’s how to find the streaming link or how to get the most out of our remote events. We’ve got answers to those and more FAQs.

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