A dual degree from Carey
Since joining the MA/MBA cohort, Carr says she not only approaches design from a visual aspect but now understands the consumer needs and how to utilize different business practices.
“With a background in design, I was looking for a unique program to develop a better understanding of the business needs and how certain design decisions are made. Knowing where to allocate resources is important for my venture right now. And having that business knowledge to take the next steps has helped me immensely,” Carr said.
For Breskin and Koramshahi, they emphasized their need for a program with business strategy mixed with social impact.
“My background is in fundraising, which is a very human-need and benefit-focused industry. So, finding a program with an emphasis in business but also a design thinking and human-centered approach was very attractive to me,” said Breskin.
Carey’s Design Leadership MA/MBA dual degree integrates a comprehensive curriculum of strategic problem-solving through creative, human-centered approaches.
“We hear the power of leadership and setting goals in our courses at Carey, and it all ties into how we approach Convo. A situation where you can set goals and have the at-speed feedback to find solutions or criteria for succeeding those goals,” Koramshahi said.
Koramshahi says she would not have done the last two years any different. “The dual degree has proven that human-centered design approaches are where businesses, products, and services should be headed,” she said.
Looking at the future
On the horizon for Convo, Breskin and Koramshahi are looking to use the funding to help pilot their platform and continue with concept testing.
“The long-term goal is to create a world with greater diversity and equity in corporations. Ideally, Convo will be used to create more equitable conversations in a variety of different industries,” said Koramshahi.
Breskin said they were able to connect with mentors and leaders within different industries, building relationships for future product testing. And they see Convo breaking into multiple industries for the future of virtual team conversations.
“Carey is great about encouraging you to build your network. Following up with our networks from both Carey and MICA and working closely with them on product testing will certainly help the development of Convo,” Breskin said.
Carr spoke much of the same, saying funding will help with continued development for Blvck Door.
“This funding will help us continue to enhance our business partnerships with both consumers and employers. We’re also looking to update our website and facilitate user testing through new software,” Carr said. “We’re fortunate that employers have been seeing the work we are doing and find such value that they want to connect with us.”