Why Isn't Innovation Happening

  • 07 Apr 2015
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • MRY, 11 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011


  • For Annual Members
  • Volunteers, presenters, and presenter's guests
  • For general public

Why Isn't Innovation Happening

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Mona Patel, CEO of Motivate Design and author of the upcoming book "Reframe: Shift The Way You Think, Work and Innovate" will walk you through her process for helping clients overcome internal corporate blocks and personal barriers. Mona will go over what it means to be creative and how she has come to define it for herself and for Motivate Design. This talk will also explore key components from Motivate Design's What If Technique Studio to help you assess your ideas and distill them into impactful and cogent solutions for your career and personal life. 

Mona will touch on the creativity framework which includes the Problempathy Map, Funnel Vision Placemat, and HOWWOW Matrix, and how to use them when approaching your day-to-day problems. Using examples from the crowd she will talk through the barriers that hold back companies both small and large, as well as, people and teams.


Mona Patel is CEO of Motivate Design, an experience and design agency, and UX Hires, an experience recruiting firm. For over 15 years, her ability to strategize quickly and customize solutions has set her apart in the industry. She has delivered user experience strategies and in-house usability programs for hundreds of clients through training and consulting. Her core expertise is in understanding why people do what they do and helping people find creative ways to solve problems through user research and design thinking. 

A 2015 NYC Venture Fellow and instructor at Parsons The New School for Design, Mona is an accomplished speaker on user-centered design, experience strategies, usability, lean startups, and business management. Her writings are featured on Forbes, Fast Company, The Huffington Post Blog, and UXmatters. She holds a M.S. in Marketing Communications from Boston University and a B.S. in Engineering Psychology from Tufts University.


6:00 - 6:45PM Registration and Snacks
6:45 - 7:00PM Chapter Announcements
7:00 - 8:00PM Speaker Presentation and Q&A
8:00 - 8:30PM Post-Event Networking


11 West 19th Street, 3rd Floor
(between 5th and 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10011



  • $10 for annual members
  • $25 for event ticket & annual membership
  • $5 for students 
  • $20 for non-members/general public

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