Mekayla I. Beaver
Mekayla I. Beaver is a senior design researcher and strategist with over a decade of experience using human-centered design methods to create customer-centric services, programs, products, and systems. Mekayla draws on experience across a broad set of industries, with particular depth helping community based organizations better serve their stakeholders in issues around sustainability, health and wellness, and education.
Mekayla has an insatiable curiosity which translates into constantly asking both WHY and WHY NOT? She has spent 1000s of hours around the world helping individuals and communities get to new levels of understanding about what is really important to them. She is a leader in developing new methods of generative research, participatory design activities, and customer engagement to help people move from the mindset of what currently exists and into the mindset of what could be. This has enabled her to help organizations transform how they deliver essential services such as green building credentialing, primary education, and prenatal care.
She has developed and guided people-centered innovation projects for a wide range of companies, non-profits and governments within the U.S. and abroad, including Johnson & Johnson, Design that Matters, Landcare New Zealand, Eli Lilly, and Target. Additionally, she has helped many leading institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, The Denver Foundation and The Unreasonable Institute incorporate design thinking into their culture and processes.