Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya is bridging the worlds of design and neuroscience in totally unexpected and viscerally exciting ways. The creator of Beyond Curie, she highlights the rich history of women kicking-ass in STEM fields. And as the founder of The Leading Strand, she uses design to shine a light on breakthroughs happening in science. She was selected to be a TED Resident in 2016, and her work has been featured by Fast Company, AIGA, NBC, Quartz, Smithsonian Magazine, Global Citizen, Glamour, and The Verge. A champion of side projects, she is a cofounder of side project accelerator Ship Your Side Project and the creator of Creative Habit, her column on Inc.com and a daily illustration project designed to make the creative process more efficient.
Audiences love Amanda’s unique background—having studied neuroscience at Columbia University and conducted Alzheimer’s research at Columbia Medical Center before earning her MFA at Pratt. Whether addressing a corporate audience about how to promote innovation by busting out of silos or speaking to university students about how to carve out a unique career path in the STEM or design fields, she’s a breath of unexpected air.
Let’s inspire a generation of kids to go into STEM fields so they can take on the world’s new challenges and opportunities. But it starts with understanding. And design can lead the way.
I firmly believe that disruption often comes out of nowhere, and it's that defiant, rebellious spirit that drives things forward.