Cynthia Benjamin has recently been the Director of Design and Innovation at the Thrive Foundation, with responsibility for developing the Foundation’s innovation tools and R&D efforts. Collaborating across grantees, youth, community adults and other networks and partners, she identified and developed high-impact new products, services, and approaches that can help disadvantaged youth to thrive.
Previous roles included Director of Innovation at IMS Health, where she led creation of their Innovation Labs and initiatives to create major new growth platforms in technology and healthcare analytics. 12 years of Management Consulting experience at Strategic Decisions Group and IMS Health focused on growth and innovation strategy for a wide variety of life science and technology clients such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Proctor & Gamble, Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, IBM and Federal Express, as well as multiple small biotech companies and pro bono work in Global Health and Diversity Education. Cynthia has also worked as a Design Engineer at IDEO, and founder of Samson-McCann, designing and manufacturing furniture “for kids and those who want to be.”
She is currently a Lecturer at Stanford University, teaching Designing for Impact and Forecasting for Innovators and professional education classes such as Strategic Innovation. She is also a guest lecturer at the University of San Francisco and at Singularity University.