Sandy Speicher is CEO of the global design firm IDEO. As a practicing designer and educator, Sandy is internationally recognized for her expertise in designing large-scale systems.
Sandy has stewarded some of IDEO’s most significant client relationships creating impact for business and society. Her iconic work in Peru designing a school system from the ground up has been lauded as a game-changing example of systems design. Her approach has been to equip students, educators, and families as agents of change—enabling our learning environments to continuously evolve and adapt to new challenges. Her teams have designed many innovations, including a digital platform to help first-generation college-goers thrive, a new vision for the food system in San Francisco’s schools, and a curriculum to bring more empathy into the criminal justice system. Drawing on these insights, she now works with businesses and governments and institutions around the world to cultivate resilience in the face of complexity and disruption through this human-centered lens.
Sandy has been widely cited in publications such as the New York Times, Quartz, and the Wall Street Journal, and has taught at the Stanford d.school, Washington University in St. Louis, and Redding Elementary School in San Francisco. She serves as a member of the Thought Leadership Council at the Khan Academy, is a strategic advisor to Pearson, and frequently speaks about the value of design thinking to designers, educators, and leaders in business and government around the world.