Tamara Christensen

Tamara Christensen is a passionate and expansive thinker who can evoke the inspiration and brilliance that lives in each of us. She combines 20 years of experience with design thinking, research and collaboration to deliver audacious work experiences that catalyze creative thinking, align diverse points of view, and accelerate decision making. 

With multiple degrees in design and research plus doctoral work in creative problem solving and education, Tamara masterfully synthesizes a theoretical understanding of design thinking with practical application in a variety of business contexts. An innovative leader, Tamara has demonstrated her dedication to utilizing insights as creative fuel for clients including Honeywell, Johnson Controls, VML, Anglo American The New York Times, Pharmavite, Bausch + Lomb, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and SRP (Salt River Project).

In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at Arizona State University and the University of Kansas, Tamara has offered presentations and workshops at numerous creativity and innovation conferences around the globe.


Topics & Programs

Meeting in the Middle:  Transform Tension into Innovation

In today’s fast-paced world, addressing complex business challenges requires diverse experts to work well together. Sadly, collaborative efforts often present a whole new set of obstacles to overcome. We often think about tension as something to minimize or alleviate, especially in cross-functional teams. But what if maximizing tension were actually the key to success? In this engaging presentation we’ll identify why meetings are critical catalysts for activating the potential of experts. We’ll explore 6 dimensions of tension that pose obstacles for organizations and teams in their efforts to creatively solve problems. Then we’ll turn our attention to how to leverage these competing forces to create a culture of energizing collaboration, creativity and engagement


Ideal for...

Professional conferences and association meetings

Professional development events

Leadership summits and retreat


An Innovative Look at Culture Transformation

Design Thinking AND Doing in Every Department

Engaging in Creative Cross-Functional Collaboration