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The Human Quotient: Designing for Emotional Security

Our panel event is today, Tues August 4th. Please click on this registration link to register for the webinar. Once you are registered, you will be sent a link to join the webinar.

Humans are defined by consciousness, gifted with creative insight and characterized by emotion. When individuals feel emotionally secure, they develop an increased trust in themselves and others. This serves as the foundation for building relationships and personal agency, both of which encourage creativity, the exploration of new ideas and the ability to take risks.

It is now more important than ever for designers to focus on social structures as much as physical space. As designers, we must start from a place of empathy and prioritize psychological safety for all members.

Join us for this panel discussion as we explore how to design for the human quotient, from building and interior design to organizational policies and practices.

Event proceeds will be donated to Rose Haven, a day shelter and community center serving women, children, and gender non-conforming folks experiencing trauma.


Bevin Savage-Yamazaki
Design Manager / Global Practice Area Leader, Foundations, Associations + Organizations, Gensler

Bevin specializes in a human-centered approach to design for cultural and mission based clients. She believes in the power of cultural spaces to be places for the open exchange of ideas, which educate, create community, and a sense of wonder. In her 20 years of experience, Bevin has worked with a range of cultural and not-for-profit institutions, including the New York Public Library, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Dia:Beacon, the Grace Institute, and the Ford Foundation. She has lectured at the New Museum, Pratt Institute, MAAM, and ACSA, and led panel discussions alongside many of the most renowned names in the arts.

Steph Farnum
Managing Director, Tusk Consultants

Steph (she/her) is a queer Asian woman who believes traditional HR no longer serves businesses or the individual humans who make them up (and that it probably never did). Steph is an experienced Organizational Development leader recognized for helping companies, executives, and teams identify where they are today, define who they want to be, and take big strides to close the gap. She has worked as a coach, facilitator, and one-stop HR shop at tech companies, churches, non-profit theaters, medical device manufacturers, and more. Skilled in training and meeting facilitation, experiential program design, organizational design, talent mapping and equitable policy creation, Steph has spent a decade helping organizations dismantle the old, toss out what’s not working, double-down on what is, and build for the future of work.

Avinder Deol, LMSW, MA
Program Director, Rose Haven

Avi has worked in the non-profit sector for over 10 years, particularly with marginalized and underserved populations. She has served as a Senior Housing Outreach Specialist in New York City while working with those experiencing chronic street homelessness, worked in the arenas of diversity, inclusion and representation among women and LGBTQIA folks at the University of Iowa, and also served as the Director of an emerging non-profit in Iowa as the only organization soley serving LGBTQIA survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Avi has been with Rose Haven for 3 years, serving as the agency's Program Director through oversight of guest programing, staff training and organizational development.

Kat Tacker, MD
Assistant Professor of Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry/Academic Chief of Psychiatry at OSH/Director of Psychiatry Clinical Experience for the School of Medicine, OHSU

Dr Kat Tacker approaches her work as a psychiatrist by considering biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors that interactively impact patients, their families, and healthcare workers. Over the past decade, she has served as a geriatric psychiatry specialist, supervising physician for Oregon State Hospital's neuropsychiatric inpatient program, OHSU Academic Chief of Psychiatry at Oregon State Hospital, core faculty member of the OHSU Psychiatry Residency Program, and Director of the Psychiatry Clinical Experience for OHSU medical students. In her current role as a medical educator, she is working to help ensure the next generation of physicians recognizes the incredible therapeutic potential to be cultivated within the spaces in which we live our lives.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Virtual Event


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