Leticia Britos Cavagnaro
Creativity and Innovation
Leticia Britos Cavagnaro is fascinated with how we learn and the dynamics of creative teams. Growing up, one of the people who influenced her the most was her basketball coach, who taught her that perseverance and team play can do much more than just win championships. In design thinking she has found the ultimate team sport that pushes her onto greater challenges. She’s not sure what the next play will be and she’s comfortable with not knowing.She comes from the world of science, where she acquired a couple of degrees, strong analytical skills -which she balances with creative thinking-, and the ability to learn from failed experiments. Venturing outside of the biology lab, Leticia found that designing learning experiences was just as challenging, and even more rewarding. She isn’t planning to give up experimenting any time soon though.Leticia is adjunct faculty at the School of Engineering’s Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and the Associate Director of the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). She has collaborated with the d.school’s K-12 Lab and, as a former member of the Research in Education and Design team (RED Lab), explored ways to measure the impact of design thinking. As co-lecturer of the Creativity and Innovation course, she gets to witness the journey of students as they develop their creative confidence and go on to accomplish amazing things.
Her favorite thing in the world is to act as a catalyst, creating connections between people and helping build bridges between disciplines. If she were granted a wish right now, she would ask to bring her home country of Uruguay a tad closer to California. A teleporter to go back and forth in an instant would do too.