Laura Weiss

Innovator at the intersection of design and business strategy

Laura Weiss helps organizations get results from their innovation projects and initiatives through collaborative problem-solving, expert process facilitation, and conflict mediation. Leveraging her expertise in both design and management consulting, she has skillfully led interdisciplinary teams and guided both private- and social-sector organizations in product and service innovation, business process … [full biography]

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    Advancing Innovation Initiatives

    I have led key elements of the ‘discovery-driven’ innovation process including framing the challenge and determining an appropriate area of focus, assessing organizational readiness and optimal starting points, conducting project pre-mortems, planning innovation programs and guiding the end-to-end process, utilizing empathic research methodologies and data, facilitating key decisions and mediating disparate perspectives, designing prototypes and experiments, developing plans for pilot launch, and crafting strategic communication for engaging and mobilizing critical stakeholders and influencers.

    Developing Innovation Capabilities

    Through the types of activities listed above I have supported business leaders, founders and executive directors in growing new programs and consulting practices, creating talent development initiatives for next-generation organizational leadership, designing conference, retreat, and other workshop agendas, and enabling a culture of innovation that empowers individual and group creativity.

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    Laura Weiss

    Laura Weiss helps organizations get results from their innovation projects and initiatives through collaborative problem-solving, expert process facilitation, and conflict mediation. Leveraging her expertise in both design and management consulting, she has skillfully led interdisciplinary teams and guided both private- and social-sector organizations in product and service innovation, business process transformation, and talent development initiatives.

    Most recently Laura was a member of the executive management team of the Taproot Foundation, serving as its vice president of service innovation. During her tenure she advised on the evolution of the organization’s award-winning service grant program and oversaw the growth of its corporate advisory services practice.

    Prior to Taproot, Laura spent nine years as a practice director and associate partner with world-renowned design consultancy IDEO, where she focused on innovation for service industries. She is currently board chair of Public Architecture, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, and has served on the board of governors of the Association of Yale Alumni.

    Whether serving as an internal team member or an external adviser, Laura’s approach is highly collaborative and focused on three objectives: helping organizations leverage what they already know and do well; guiding them to adopt innovation practices by practicing innovation themselves; and enabling them to do all of this effectively and sustainably, utilizing their own resources.

    Laura holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an M.Arch from Yale University, and a B.Arch with honors from Cornell University.