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Mariana Somma

Evening & Weekend MBA Program
Full-Time MBA Program
Undergraduate Program
(415) 264-8064
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Academic Status: On duty
Office Hours: By appointment
Personal Homepage: http://www.marianasomma.com/
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BA, Architecture, UC Berkeley
MS, Industrial Design, ArtCenter College of Design
MBA, Claremont Graduate University

Positions Held

At Haas since 2015

2017- present – Lecturer, Haas Creativity Lab
2017- present – Coach, Mid Academic Program Retreat (MPAR)
2015- present – Lecturer, Design Thinking & Innovation in Business

External Service and Assignments

  • Senior Partner, Experience Design – Employera
  • Design Consultant/ Lead Researcher – Population Services International

Current Research and Interests

  • Art & Creativity
  • Creativity in Business
  • Design Thinking
  • Experience Design

Selected Papers and Publications

  • Candidate Journey: From Standard Sequence to Differentiated Experience Using Design Thinking; co-authored with Andy Getsey. www.employera.com


  • Haas Creativity Lab – Undergraduate & MBA
  • Design Thinking & Innovation – Undergraduate & EWMBA
  • Mid Academic Program Retreat (MPAR) – EWMBA

Honors and Awards

  • Design & Innovation Fellow, Nike Foundation 2015

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