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Karen Faith: Research, Strategy & Creative



Director of Strategy and Training
July 2019 to present

This newly created role focuses on writing and facilitating empathy training experiences for clients seeking to connect more deeply with their customers and collaborators. Using Sub Rosa CEO Michael Ventura’s book, Applied Empathy, as a structure for the work, these initiatives offer an experiential entry point for individuals and teams to practice human-centered problem solving.


Empathy & Intelligence Director
April 2016 - December 2017

In a unique position at the Moonshot Innovation Lab at Barkley, I conducted design research for projects ranging from interactive digital displays for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to the reinvention of a new health care brand for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City. This work included the facilitation of focus groups, ethnographic field work, contextual inquiries, qualitative interviews and experimental forms of insight generation. In addition, I created and conducted cultural initiatives including empathy training classes, internal studies on creativity, and exploratory research on consumer evolution.

Nelson Cash

Research, Strategy, Creative
July 2013 - January 2016

Diving into the agency’s work with Google, I pitched, executed, and presented qualitative research and brand strategy in order to inform creative campaigns for Google Fiber, Google Partners and Google Domains. For many projects I acted as project manager, account planner, user researcher, copywriter, facilitator and creative lead. Alongside client work big and small, I developed and implemented internal processes for creative brainstorming, conflict resolution, and communications. 

Design Cloud

Research, UX, Copy
December 2012 - July 2013

This temporary residency focused on a project for the International Code Council. Our challenge was to translate a highly complex live voting process into a web experience. My UX partner and I traveled the US interviewing stakeholders and documenting the procedure in order to design an effective experience. In addition to the ICC project, I led Design Cloud’s research and communications for branding and design projects.

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