Experience is for everyone.

And we believe learning through experience leads to better work, better careers, and better lives. Here are some of the people who have pursued those beliefs to the fullest.

A team of makers, educators, and learners.

Ei began on airplanes and commuter trains during Victor’s self-designed “Master’s” in 2012, Leap Year Project. His interest in reimagining learning through risk has created space for a team of educators, students, and collaborators to consider how to place students in the designer’s seat of their education. Now, Ei works with institutions and companies to help define experience-based learning paths at various seasons of life and work.

For the first 4 years, Ei ran a year-long program. Here are the stories of the first individuals who designed their education at Ei and the community that supported them. Their stories are incredible.

Staff, Coaches & Instructors

Victor Saad
Founder
Aaron Wilson-Ahlstrom
Director of Programs
Toph Carter
Coach
Seamus Yu Harte
Storytelling Instructor
Jake Jones
Co-Coach
Michelle Krasny
Co-Coach
Adrian Reif
Business Operations Instructor
Heather Baker
Coach
Pilu Sanchez
Coach
Eli Sidman
Self Awareness and Design Thinking Instructor
Kevin Von Qualen
Visual Documentation Instructor
Morgan Bortz
Co-Coach
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David Malkin
Intern
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Katie Crain

Connectors

Charles Adler
Kickstarter
Deborah Alden
Brooklyn Fashion & Design Accelerator
Alex Bogusky
Made Movement
Valerie Carlson
Sapient
Jordan Fischer
Gravitytank
Dave Hoover
Dev Bootcamp
Erin Huizenga
Borough & Block
Jamie Jones
Impact Engine
David Kelley
IDEO + Stanford d.school
Seth Kravitz
Technori
Tim Leberecht
NBBJ
Charles Lee
Ideation
AJ Leon
Misfit Inc
Andrew Means
Groupon
Jake Nickell
Threadless
Drew Noble
Airbnb
The Post Family
Artist Collective
Ben Rugg
Clover
Stefan Sagmeister
Sagmeister & Walsh
Aron Solomon
Educational Strategist
Samuel Stubblefield
Artist & Designer
Phil Tadros
Doejo
Javan Van Gronigen
Fifty & Fifty
Tanner Woodford
Chicago Design Museum
Teddy Zmrhal
Salesforce

2017 Fellows

Chelsea Badiola
Design & Research
Asad Bandeali
Business Strategy
Daniel Bender
Business Strategy
William Ferguson
Design & Business Strategy
Paul Girgis
Business Strategy
Michael Lawrence
Writer & Brand Strategist
Carlos Meza
Design & Web Development
Rebecca Nowiszewski
Design & Research
Janna Roloff
Writing & Film
Kaori Sato
Designer & Researcher

2016 Fellows

Sami Ahmed
Business Design
Morgan Bortz
Design Strategy
Gareth Gwyn
Communications
Claire Montana Jencks
Experience Design
Jake Jones
Biomimicry
Derek Kessinger
Storytelling
Michelle Krasny
Design for Social Impact
Kali Lewis
Human Centered Design & Research
Leandro Martínez
Design Thinking & Storytelling
Kacie McGeary
Writing
Lan Nguyen
Service Design
James Paek
Design

2015 Fellows

Zeke Bogusky
Sound & Art
Toph Carter
PR & Communications
Olenka Hand
Hospitality & Events
Lance Henderstein
Writing & Content Creation
Melanie Kahl
Design Strategy
Stephanie Kang
Organizational Design
Jonathan Lazatin
Engineering & Design Education
Nicole McCabe
Digital Storytelling
Zak Tracy
Social Entrepreneurship
Chevy Williams
User Research

2014 Fellows

Joe Burgum
Organizational Strategy
Dane Johnson
Writing
Carisa Leal
Social Entrepreneurship
April Soetarman
Experiential Design
Muffadal Saylawala
Sustainable Design