The Experience

Dr. Amanda Parkes will share how a team of engineers and fashionistas built the world’s most comfortable high-heeled shoe.

She will lead a discussion on how “Difference” within teams brings the skill sets for real innovation. But “difference” only flourishes in an inclusive space.

Your team with learn about ‘inclusion’ from three dimensions – (1) Inclusion through Exclusion, (2) Inclusion through Revelation, and (3) Inclusion through Curiosity.

This Experience will show that creating “inclusive space” requires investment and a changed mindset from everyone.

International-Ready International-Ready
$1,200 for up to 10 people
Artboard 1 48-hour hold available

The Creators

Dr. Amanda Parkes is a fashion technologist with focus on wearable technology, interaction design, and smart materials.

She is the Chief Innovation Officer of Future Tech Lab, a hybrid investment fund, agency and experimental lab focused on the future of sustainable and interactive fashion. She is also the Chief Innovation Officer of PANGAIA, a materials science company.

Dr. Parkes is a Visiting Scientist at the MIT Media Lab and an Adjunct Professor in the Columbia University Department of Architecture.

She received a PhD & M.S. from MIT and a B.S. & B.A. from Stanford University. She is one of Vanity Fair’s 8 Wildest Women of Silicon Valley and Alleywatch’s 10 Most Influential People in Fashion Technology.

Use Cases

This experience can help your team accomplish several goals. Read more about the needs this experience could fill for your team.

Kickoff, Execute and QBR

Run an Agile Project


Ying • February 2021

VP Engineering of a team of 12

“…by abstracting ‘inclusion’ to the high-heeled shoe project or the cotton-from-seaweed program, the pattern of how you approach this becomes really clear…”


Benjamin • January 2021

Director FP&A of a team of 8

“…this was just a GREAT facilitation. we all talked more than Amanda – though her examples are what got all of us going. Really, really outstanding!”

Tristan • February 2021

Director Sales of a team of 8

“…Amanda’s stories are self-deprecating and endearing. We have continued to talk about it for days after the experience…”