Who We Are
Mae Sot, Thailand
Our team at DSIL is intentional about practicing what we teach daily- it is here that we truly learn. As a social enterprise, we always have our eye on the bigger picture for positive impact, and we value the diverse opportunities that arise at the intersections of many sectors working together.
Katy Grennier, CEO
Katy is the leader at DSIL and an expert practitioner of HCD with 12 years in the field, although she doesn't define herself there and believes that all of us have multitudes within us. Katy has dedicated herself to cultivating wisdom through a myriad of experiences that range from challenging the root of homelessness and youth systems that fail youth across the world; to coaching high-level leaders, entrepreneurs, teams, and organizations dedicated to challenging the status quo and building innovation. At heart, Katy is a well-known educator and her own pedagogy has built a following; one that relies on everyone in the room to deconstructing realities and than tackling complexity with fresh eyes and many voices. Her favorite pastime is leading HCD projects on tough challenges with a revolving team. She is a driver for the culture at DSIL and lives what she teaches as a leader. Katy is known for encouraging the importance of play which is why you will spot her inviting people into conversations anywhere she goes. Discover more here.
Courtney Savie Lawrence
Courtney is a catalyst and the reason that things begin at all. That was exactly what happened for the DSIL Course that has now brought well over 100 people from 50 different countries together to explore d.thinking and social innovation! Her career started long before that and has kept her moving around the corners of the world which is easily seen in the rich experience she brings to every project. As an expert in the field of design and innovation her focus is in leveraging business innovation and virtual technology. "How might we co-create more resilient and sophisticated impact systems to tackle critical problems?" is a driving question for her. Equally important is connecting people and cross pollinating ideas-especially to map ecosystems and intervention opportunities that serve the world. You can find her planning epic Sunday afternoons or on a Zoom call learning from the stories that people share with her. Discover more here.
Noemi is the data queen at DSIL! She knows that data will give us stronger information not only about the real problem at hand, but also what solutions can be imagined. With her focus on organizational development she has seen that creating fulfilling and meaningful careers are a key part of a happy life, and one of the main drivers of success for a company. Noemi is a creationist too! She creates environments, services and tools that support employees in new ways by approaching their problems with deep curiosity, strong critical thinking skills and the human-centered design methodology. She strives to design simple but significant solutions that integrate easily into the organization's daily life making habit changes less of a pipe-dream. Discover more here.
Lili Camacho believes in possibility. Lili envisions a world where everyone’s basic needs are met so they are free to make choices that allow them to live into their full potential. As an economist and environmentalist, her work looks towards improving challenges in communities on a local and global level using design thinking methods that put culture first. Lili has applied her many abilities to projects that affect the society-nature divide. Lili published a book chapter for ASEAN policymakers dedicated to engaging diverse viewpoints on the consequences of hydro dam development in Thailand and Myanmar. Lili has also worked with the international development sector in many ways from M&E to value chain systems; most exciting for her was designing programming for climate change resiliency with communities that allow people to see future possibilities, therefore encouraging stronger agency in their choices today. When Lili isn’t uncovering the lessons that many cultures can teach us, you will find her lifting heavy things at a CrossFit gym or building her own in remote locations she
travels to with DSIL. Discover more here
Stephen is an experienced Executive Coach with the mission of co-creating success with emerging leaders and organizations. After graduating from UC Berkeley as an engineer, Stephen spent time working and leading at some of the world's largest and most innovative technology companies. Those fast-paced, high-performance environments gave Stephen the skills and experience to handle anything. He later founded Consult to Thrive (C2T) and continues to serve his clients in new and exciting ways through exploration and collaboration. He is a certified Executive coach with Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute and credentialed with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Volunteering and participating in the community have always been key components of Stephen's life and he continuously looks for new ways to contribute his skills in meaningful ways.
Kelsey Lotus Wong
Kelsey Lotus Wong is a creative visionary, and soulpreneur, as she would call it, passionately curious about transformation. Kelsey works with people and organizations as they undergo a journey of evolution and discovery. Together, unlocking their unique gifts, developing their voice, and unleashing magnetic brands that attract the right opportunities at the right time. To date, Kelsey has worked with well-known consulting and co-working brands to increase customer reach and business revenue by 400%. After spending seven years building conscious companies and communities across the U.S., Kelsey answered her call to adventure, immersing herself in the cultural vibrancy of Southeast Asia. When Kelsey isn’t diving into meaningful work she’s writing, creating, or floating in the sea. Discover more here.