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Stand Out Design Leadership Portfolios

A design leadership course to help you stand out in the job market, and create a compelling story that hiring managers and teams want to hear.

Stand Out Design Leadership Portfolios • Design Leadership Course


You know it. We know it. On paper, everyone looks the same… especially design leaders. The best practice guidance and templates aren't working like you'd hoped, and it's difficult to find your story of how you're the best person for the job.

You need a new approach.

In this course, you’ll position yourself as someone different, and awesome in a crowded job market.

  • Distinguish How You Lead
  • Position Yourself as Different
  • Ask Better Interview Questions
  • Strengthen Your Portfolio

Who is this for?

All levels

Program goal

Create a leadership portfolio and story that helps you stand out from the crowd. Create a story that leaves a lasting memory for hiring managers and teams. Learn how positioning can help you stand out in the crowd.

Topics Covered

The Situation-Complication-Resolution Framework

The SCR structure is a formative and easy-to-learn structure that is used in boardrooms across the world. Hiring managers value this structure during interviews because it focuses on how you succeeded despite challenging and difficult trade-off decisions. You will love this structure because you can leverage it to adjust your story for every interview.

Best Job Ever!

This exercise is fantastic to reflect on what makes work great for you. It’s meant to be an informative exercise that precedes interviews to ensure you know what you’re looking for in your next opportunity. 

Personal Opportunity Workshop (P.O.W.)

Use design methods to prioritize what matters most in your life right now.

3-Steps to Ask Better Questions in Job Interviews

A quick, 3-step process to figure out the questions I want to ask a potential employer about a role.

Job Comparitor Analysis

Conduct a Comparator Analysis of other designers or design leaders at your level or the level you want to be.

Job Interview Script

The best way to prepare for an interview is to prepare your questions and answers in advance. This preparation will give you the confidence needed to perform at the highest level during the job interview.

Portfolio Differentiation Analysis

Armed with this information, you will identify your strengths and weaknesses against others in the industry. Your focus here will shift from gathering information to developing insights about you—specifically, determining how you show up differently within your leadership portfolio.

Meet your Instructor

Ryan Rumsey

For 20+ years, Ryan worked as a designer and executive at Apple, Electronic Arts, USAA, Nestlé, and Comcast. He is also the author of Business Thinking for Designers.

Ryan spent 10+ years as the senior design leader charged with building and scaling design organizations.

For the last four years, Ryan has been teaching design executives, leaders, and teams as CEO of Second Wave Dive and lead instructor of CDO School.

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