Tamara Christensen, IDSA | R&D Leverage
Tamara Christensen is Leverage Director of Research for R&D Leverage in Lee’s Summit, MO where she specializes in qualitative, participatory consumer insight research. Her colleagues call her ‘the bonding agent’ due to her passion and ability for facilitating the integration of research, design, engineering, and manufacturing for a global client list. Her son just calls her ‘silly’ and ‘weird’. Tamara has designed and taught courses on creative problem solving, design research and methodologies, design pedagogy, sustainable community development, emotional intelligence, and Italian language & culture. She has recently completed her facilitator training with the annual Creative Problem Solving Institute.
In a recent survey of those in the know, Tamara was metaphorically described as a hotpot, a glass of prosecco, an Energizer bunny, a sharpie, and a whirling dervish. She is particularly fond of bold gestures, belly laughs, inventing acronyms, sing talking, staying up late with a good tribe of like-minded (chatty) thinkers and opportunities to experience these things together.