Creating Organizational Change That Lasts, with Stephanie Rowe

On this week’s episode of “The Innovation Engine” podcast we look at creating organizational change that lasts – why it’s important that companies be able to implement change successfully at scale, the role of design thinking and human-centered design in bringing about lasting organizational change, and what anyone in the government space should know about affecting change at government organizations.

To help us get to the bottom of all of this and more is Stephanie Rowe, innovator, entrepreneur, business transformation expert, and MIT Sloan Fellow. Stephanie is the Founder of Design Thinking: DC, a Meetup group with more than 2000 members that brings together innovators with backgrounds in business, design, technology and beyond to learn and share best practices in the world of design thinking and innovation.

Stephanie has over 20 years of management experience, including a 15-year stint as a Senior Executive at Accenture, where she specialized in managing complex, large-scale transformation initiatives for Fortune 100 companies across multiple industries. Stephanie also spent just over 3 years at the TSA, where she led a complete re-engineering of the passenger screening process and culturally transformed the 50,000-plus TSA security operations workforce.

Here are some highlights from this podcast episode with Stephanie Rowe:

  • We open the discussion by asking Stephanie about organizational change and why it’s a necessary skill for companies to thrive in today’s business world.
  • We ask Stephanie what she thinks is the root cause – or root causes – of the difficulty in making successful large-scale change in most organizations?
  • Stephanie talks about human-centered design, which is largely synonymous with design thinking, and how human-centered design can be applied to bring about organizational change?
  • We discuss her time at MIT, where Stephanie was an MIT Sloan Fellow. She tells us about her experience in particular with the MIT Media Lab and some of the cutting edge work she saw during her time there.


Interested in hearing more? Tune in to the full episode of “The Innovation Engine” podcast via the SoundCloud embed below.

You can also download and subscribe to The Innovation Engine on iTunes or tune in via the podcast’s home on Stitcher Radio to listen online, via Android or iOS, or on any device supporting a mobile browser.

Will Sherlin

Will Sherlin

Senior Manager of Digital Marketing

Will Sherlin is the Senior Manager of Digital Marketing at 3Pillar Global. He oversees the 3Pillar website and other web properties, hosts 3Pillar’s ‘Innovation Engine’ podcast, and manages 3Pillar’s social media accounts. Prior to its acquisition by 3Pillar, Will was an Account Manager at PointAbout, a DC-based mobile app boutique that specialized in developing iPhone and iPad apps. He holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina.

Leave a Reply

Related Posts

Designing the Future & the Future of Work – The I... Martin Wezowski, Chief Designer and Futurist at SAP, shares his thoughts on designing the future and the future of work on this episode of The Innovat...
The 4 Characteristics of a Healthy Digital Product Team Several weeks ago, I found myself engaged in two separate, yet eerily similar, conversations with CEOs struggling to gain the confidence they needed t...
Recapping Fortune Brainstorm Tech – The Innovation Eng... On this episode of The Innovation Engine, David DeWolf and Jonathan Rivers join us to share an overview of all the news that was fit to print at this ...
4 Reasons Everyone is Wrong About Blockchain: Your Guide to ... You know a technology has officially jumped the shark when iced tea companies decide they want in on the action. In case you missed that one, Long Isl...
The Connection Between Innovation & Story On this episode of The Innovation Engine, we'll be looking at the connection between story and innovation. Among the topics we'll cover are why story ...