Pro Bono Perspectives S2E25: Shalu Umapathy,

Innovation & People-Centered Design for a More Just Tomorrow

SOURCE: Common Impact


Shalu Umapathy, Managing Director of New Ventures at, joins Pro Bono Perspectives host and Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly to share how her organization creates a more just and inclusive world through people-centered design. As the nonprofit arm of the  innovation and design firm by the same name, partners with organizations to pioneer new ways of working and builds tools that help millions of people learn and practice human-centered design.

Shalu explores what innovation means in the nonprofit sector in the context of COVID-19, how to make it stick in the long term, and how her team sees it as a path toward diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Visit to learn more about people-centered design and their philanthropic and humanitarian work.


Pictured: and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Women and Money project

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Tweet me: In today's new episode of #ProBono Perspectives from @CommonImpact, @IDEOorg's @shalu_u shares the power of people-centered design, what #innovation means in the nonprofit sector during #COVID19, and how it can be leveraged as a path toward #DEI.

KEYWORDS: Common Impact, Pro Bono Perspectives Podcast, Danielle Holly, Shalu Umapathy,, Ideo, Innovation, innovative ideas, Nonprofits, nonprofit sector, nonprofit innovation, nonprofit consulting, people-centered design, human-centered design, women & girls, nonprofit development, diversity, equity, inclusion, DEI, racial and social equity, Social equity


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