Annahita Varahrami is Design Director at Procore Technologies, where she brings her passion for good design and human-centred approaches to lead teams and create innovative solutions to improve the lives of everyone in construction. She is passionate about cultivating positive workplace cultures that foster psychological safety, effective leadership, and high-performing teams.
With over seven years of experience at IBM in various design leadership roles, Annahita has a proven track record of success in developing programs that impact the business and cultivate rich, compassionate cultures within IBM Garages and on product teams. She is known for her critical thinking skills, her ability to connect with people, and her deep understanding of the importance of human-centred design.
In addition to her work in the tech industry, Annahita has had a rewarding career as a clinical social worker and psychotherapist in private practice. Her background has given her a unique perspective on the power of relationships to transform lives and business alike. She has also recently served as an Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, where she brought her various experiences to help students explore the intersection of social work, tech, and design.
Annahita is a certified yoga instructor and loves practicing and guiding others in meditation. She believes that a healthy body and mind are essential for success and happiness and she works to promote these values in both her personal and professional life.
The leadership qualities of the past don't work anymore. A future design leader must be personable and proactive, with clear ethics and values. A servant leader who motivates and strives to empower their teams. A humble leader who is accessible, sitting among their team members and initiating dialogue with them. By creating an environment in which individuals feel empowered to take ownership of their work and contribute to the collective mission of the organisation, design leaders can create a culture of resilience that can withstand the challenges of a complex and uncertain world. This track focuses on developing self-awareness and being mindful – fully present and aware – to become a more effective leader, making wise and brave choices for the future.
Saturday, September 16, 15:00 - 18:30