Presented by Emily Obert, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Experience Design Director at Ford Motor Company.
Engineers and designers create new technologies, products, structures, medicines and more, but are there ways of working that can unknowingly marginalize groups of people? Even with the best intentions, we can fall short of creating equitable change with our innovations.
Emily Obert, a leading design manager with Ford Motor Company, will introduce and guide you through the Design Justice Network principles. Expanding on the concept of inclusive design, Emily will highlight its strengths and address its limitations. Emily’s experiences as a disabled designer will challenge you to reflect on and improve your own practice and process to create a more equitable world.
About Emily Obert
Emily Obert is the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Experience Design Director at Ford Motor Company. In this role, she ensures that human-centered design at Ford includes groups who have been historically marginalized and are underserved by present products.
Before her current role, Emily had positions working on Autonomous Vehicles, Systems Engineering, and Climate Control. For many years, Emily was Co-President of Ford Empowering Diverse Abilities employee resource group, and for her leadership, she received one of Ford’s 2021 Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Awards.
Emily holds both a BS (2011) and an MS (2013) in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and is currently pursuing an MBA at University of Michigan Ross School of Business.