In my Tedx Talk, Embracing Your Awkward Moves, I shared how I went from a Division III athlete to an Olympic Silver medalist in fencing by developing unconventional moves.

At the time, I didn’t realize I was engaging in the same process that designers at IDEO and other world-renowned technology think-tanks used to create ground-breaking products like the first Apple Mouse and Crest’s no-squeeze toothpaste tube. That process, I’ve come to understand, is called design thinking, and it’s not just for design. I used it then to achieve athletic success and I’m still using it now as an entrepreneur, working to make the sport of fencing accessible to children in low-income communities with my foundation Fencing in the Schools.

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