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Transformative change through innovation

Transformative change through innovation

Transformative change through innovation

Welcome to Designing Impact

Welcome to Designing Impact

Is your organization on the precipice of something innovative and new? Are you reimagining a new service or offering and don’t know where to get started?


Designing Impact works with organizations who serve historically marginalized communities to build their next big transformative solution. We work with teams for 6-12 months, where we help you envision the solution, test it, and build the right team to take it forward, setting you up for success and impact. We've already created real, tangible impact for clients like The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IDEO - See what our clients say!

We work across a range of sectors - from climate change, racial justice, and education to mental health, women’s rights and financial health. Our work seeks to build a just, equitable and resilient future.

Is your organization on the precipice of something innovative and new? Are you reimagining a new service or offering and don’t know where to get started?


Designing Impact works with organizations who serve historically marginalized communities to build their next big transformative solution. We work with teams for 6-12 months, where we help you envision the solution, test it, and build the right team to take it forward, setting you up for success and impact. We've already created real, tangible impact for clients like The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IDEO - See what our clients say!

We work across a range of sectors - from climate change, racial justice, and education to mental health, women’s rights and financial health. Our work seeks to build a just, equitable and resilient future.

Welcome to
Designing Impact

Is your organization on the precipice of something innovative and new? Are you reimagining a new service or offering and don’t know where to get started?


Designing Impact works with organizations who serve historically marginalized communities to build their next big transformative solution. We work with teams for 6-12 months, where we help you envision the solution, test it, and build the right team to take it forward, setting you up for success and impact. We've already created real, tangible impact for clients like The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IDEO - See what our clients say!

We work across a range of sectors - from climate change, racial justice, and education to mental health, women’s rights and financial health. Our work seeks to build a just, equitable and resilient future.

Services

Innovation Shepherd

Need to get your executive team on board and aligned before taking the leap to build new services or try new ways of serving your customer base? Designing Impact can help your team workshop ideas, identify possible directions, and align on a path forward.

Innovation Shepherd

Need to get your executive team on board and aligned before taking the leap to build new services or try new ways of serving your customer base? Designing Impact can help your team workshop ideas, identify possible directions, and align on a path forward.

Innovation Shepherd

Need to get your executive team on board and aligned before taking the leap to build new services or try new ways of serving your customer base? Designing Impact can help your team workshop ideas, identify possible directions, and align on a path forward.

Prototyping Magic

Have a few possible directions for what you want to build but don’t know how to get started? We can help your team get early feedback on possible directions for your organization’s innovation through pilot testing and user feedback.

Prototyping Magic

Have a few possible directions for what you want to build but don’t know how to get started? We can help your team get early feedback on possible directions for your organization’s innovation through pilot testing and user feedback.

Part Time Leadership

Know that you need to embed innovation throughout your organization but can’t afford a full time executive? Bring on a fractional part-time innovation executive who embeds on your organization’s leadership team for 6-12 months.

Part Time Leadership

Know that you need to embed innovation throughout your organization but can’t afford a full time executive? Bring on a fractional part-time innovation executive who embeds on your organization’s leadership team for 6-12 months.

Founder & CEO

Shalu Umapathy

Shalu is a seasoned executive in the social impact space with 20+ years of experience in emerging markets focused on topics like health, financial inclusion, women’s economic empowerment and agriculture. She’s excited to grow her experience in content areas including climate change, education, racial justice and mental health in the US. She is known for bringing a sense of humor to tough problems, showing up with authenticity, and leading teams from vision to execution.

Prior to her consulting practice, Shalu was Managing Director at IDEO.org leading a portfolio of work focused on Asia and Africa. She has also worked at Abt Associates, Bain & Company, and was a Clinton Fellow. She holds a BBA from Boston University and an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Founder_and_CEO_Shalu
Founder_and_CEO_Shalu
Founder_and_CEO_Shalu
Founder_and_CEO_Shalu

Founder & CEO

Shalu Umapathy

Shalu is a seasoned executive in the social impact space with 20+ years of experience in focused on topics like health, financial inclusion, women’s economic empowerment and agriculture. She’s excited to grow her experience in content areas including climate change, education, racial justice and mental health in the US. She is known for bringing a sense of humor to tough problems, showing up with authenticity, and leading teams from vision to execution.

Prior to her consulting practice, Shalu was Managing Director at IDEO.org leading a portfolio of work focused on Asia and Africa. She has also worked at Abt Associates, Bain & Company, and was a Clinton Fellow. She holds a BBA from Boston University and an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Founder & CEO

Shalu Umapathy

Shalu is a seasoned executive in the social impact space with 20+ years of experience in focused on topics like health, financial inclusion, women’s economic empowerment and agriculture. She’s excited to grow her experience in content areas including climate change, education, racial justice and mental health in the US. She is known for bringing a sense of humor to tough problems, showing up with authenticity, and leading teams from vision to execution.

Prior to her consulting practice, Shalu was Managing Director at IDEO.org leading a portfolio of work focused on Asia and Africa. She has also worked at Abt Associates, Bain & Company, and was a Clinton Fellow. She holds a BBA from Boston University and an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Founder & CEO

Shalu Umapathy

Shalu is a seasoned executive in the social impact space with 20+ years of experience in focused on topics like health, financial inclusion, women’s economic empowerment and agriculture. She’s excited to grow her experience in content areas including climate change, education, racial justice and mental health in the US. She is known for bringing a sense of humor to tough problems, showing up with authenticity, and leading teams from vision to execution.

Prior to her consulting practice, Shalu was Managing Director at IDEO.org leading a portfolio of work focused on Asia and Africa. She has also worked at Abt Associates, Bain & Company, and was a Clinton Fellow. She holds a BBA from Boston University and an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Meet our stellar extended team!

Meet our stellar extended team!

Meet our stellar extended team!

Shuya Gong

Technological Prototyper

A venture designer with a background in mechanical engineering and deep craft in interaction and systems design.

Jasmine Mitchell, PhD

Research geek, DEI engagement guru

A multilingual research maven, DEI facilitation expert, and thought leader that cultivates ways for stakeholders to transform their mindset and embed equity practices in their structures.

Tiffany Hopkins

Intuition Quantifier

I love to bring numbers into the design process and the design process into impact building.

Shuya Gong

Technological Prototyper

A venture designer with a background in mechanical engineering and deep craft in interaction and systems design.

Jasmine Mitchell, PhD

Research geek, DEI engagement guru

A multilingual research maven, DEI facilitation expert, and thought leader that cultivates ways for stakeholders to transform their mindset and embed equity practices in their structures.

Tiffany Hopkins

Intuition Quantifier

I love to bring numbers into the design process and the design process into impact building.

Case Studies

Case Studies

Customer Testimonials

Customer Testimonials

Customer Testimonials

Shalu helped our team get from a workshop and product brainstorm to a set of actionable prototypes that solidified our innovation strategy.

Rikin Gandhi

Founder & CEO, Digital Green

Shalu helped us craft a vision and strategy for a transformative program focused on digital finance.

Becca Carroll

Managing Director Last Mile Money, IDEO

Shalu’s commitment to co-creation with end users allowed us to build a lasting social enterprise in the DRC.

Abraham Leno

Executive Director, Eastern Congo Initiative

Clients

Contact

We’d love to connect! Send us an email at hello@designing-impact.com, or contact us using the form below

We’d love to connect! Send us an email at hello@designing-impact.com, or contact us using the form below

© 2023 Designing Impact

© 2023 Designing Impact

© 2023 Designing Impact