Now more than ever, leaders recognize the value of creativity and its role in organizational successes.

Enter design thinking — a human-centered process utilized by many of today’s most creative and competitive organizations. With an emphasis on research, ideation and prototyping, design thinking helps teams leverage their collective expertise to achieve innovative solutions to challenging problems.


Why you should attend

  • Work in teams to solve a complex problem while applying the entire design thinking process.
  • Understand multiple academic perspectives (design and design theory, organizational behavior and social psychology) through a rich, hands-on learning experience.
  • Master skills and knowledge needed to use design thinking in your own teams and organizations.

Program highlights

  • Discover the history,  process and psychology of design thinking
  • Apply the design thinking methodology in a team challenge
  • Learn to test, refine, and improve new ideas, business models, and processes


Courses are held in Room 201 at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Harbor East campus, located at 100 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Check-in and breakfast for this course is from 8:30-9:00am each day. The seminar begins promptly at 9:00am and ends at 4:00pm. 

The registration deadline is one week prior to the first day of class. 


Innovative problem solving, understood in theory and practice, can drive greater success in any organization.

This seminar best serves individuals who participate in teams of any size as well as leaders who want to incorporate design thinking into their core methodology. This unique experiential learning opportunity teaches participants how to leverage diversity in experience, expertise, and work styles.


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Sharon Kim

Assistant Professor of Management at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Sharon holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Cornell University. Sharon’s research focuses on creativity of individuals and groups in organizations. It has been published in several academic journals as well as featured in popular media outlets like Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, and Fast Company.

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Laurie Churchman

Principal, Designlore

Laurie Churchman is the principal of Designlore, a place for making, thinking and writing about design. She has over 25 years of branding and corporate design experience with work recognized by Communication Arts, Creativity, How Magazine, PDN: Nikon, UCDA, and others. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design at MICA and Philadelphia University. She is an AIGA Fellow and holds a BS from the University of Delaware, an MFA from Yale University and a certificate from AIGA/Harvard Business School Design Leaders program.


$3800 for the 3-day seminar. This fee includes materials, gourmet breakfast and lunch and on-site garage parking.

JHU employees can submit for tuition remission for the entire cost of the course. JHHS employees receive a 20 percent discount on all seminars. 

The new JHU tuition remission form is available online here. Please return completed forms to


Program Dates: December 6-8, 2017. Register now.
                          April 11-13, 2018. Register now.
                          October 22-24, 2018. Register now.

To cancel or transfer your registration, please write to Registrants who do not cancel and do not attend the program will not receive a refund.

JHU employees should refer to the Non-credit Courses section of the Tuition Remission policies (available on the JHU Benefits page) regarding cancellation policies. Registrants not employed by JHU must notify the Office of Executive Education of cancellation at least two weeks prior to the program in order to receive a full refund.