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Kenya Freeman Oduor, Ph.D.

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About Me

I am a problem solver and solution designer that explores divergent possibilities and connects the dots to converge on solution options. I do this by:
- Gathering and understanding the needs and goals of others (e.g., external customers and internal partners)
- Looking for opportunities to progress from the vague to the concrete by identifying root problems, generating ideas, and designing solutions
- Leveraging keen observation and matchmaking skills to identify opportunities and solutions for products, people, and processes.

Leading organizational change and business strategy in human-centered solution ideation and design (Design Thinking) is my interest and strength. I enjoy working with others across organizations from the top down and bottom up on defining and implementing processes that lead to better problem definition and improved solution outcomes. Cultivating the differing strengths and capabilities of user experience research and design talent is key. Supporting their ability to successfully work with product management and development is important to the product team's ability to collaborate and create successful outcomes.

Technical expertise: Sensemaking, broad thinker with experience in user research, requirements gathering and elicitation, information synthesis, ideation, software interface design, product design, innovation, research & development, and process improvement

Interpersonal skills: Adaptable to changing requirements and unexpected obstacles, strategic thinker, risk taker, facilitator, capable of delivering clear and useful feedback, inspire and coach others

Interests

  • Provide feedback and consulting to start-up entities on strategies to improve their understanding of users and application of these insights
  • Volunteer with non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity, Shepard's Table Soup Kitchen, Food Bank of Eastern and Central NC, Housing for New Hope, among others
  • Mentor/mentee relationships with several women in tech and entrepreneurship
  • Planned and led 5-day STEM camp for 25 middle-school girls that included 50+ corporate volunteers and presenters
  • Partner in agricultural venture that strives to support economic development in Western Kenya by providing business education and individual empowerment to be self-sustaining