SAMANTHA LLESES (SISA)
Visual Designer and Strategist | Co-founder, Design Off The Boat
Design Strategist for Startups, Cities, Incubators, and Innovation Hubs
Samantha's multi-faceted design & research-based experience in social entrepreneurship, advertising, urban planning, education, journalism, and UX/UI design has led her to pursue her penchant for city-building & incubation.
She plays both strategist and ambassador as she contributes to creating incubators and innovation ecosystems as well as facilitating global partnerships for under-served cities. She enjoys the thrill of facilitating sprints, rapid prototyping, and cultivating breakthroughs through her ability to custom-design solution-based frameworks, transforming dead ends into strong foundations. She has a soft spot for SDG-related projects and co-creating solutions that transmute digital experiences into physical products and public spaces. She is able to address a wide range of problems on any scale by constantly updating her arsenal, the latest addition being an understanding of the role Artificial Intelligence can play in Social Innovation. She is also a skilled writer & illustrator.
As the culmination of a decade of consulting experience, Samantha founded DotB, a global collective of experienced creative and strategic crews ready to help startups cruise through the enterprise seas. DotB supports social innovation by linking talent from developing nations to startups in North America, nurturing their skills and professional development as well as motivating them to pursue entrepreneurship in their home countries.
PROJECTS NEAR & DEAR: THE HUB OF INNOVATION FOR INCLUSION, MANILA
UNACTO’s Global Goals Creative Workshop
(Startup Weekend Peel)
Hacked the rules and co-founded a rapid prototyping service by recruiting all design participants in one team dedicated to serving competing hackathon teams, acquired clients, and delivered products under 24 hours. Teams served become top-placers.
FRAMEWORK DESIGN & SPRINT FACILITATION
Our solutions-oriented frameworks help you reach your goal by breaking down concepts into tools and actionable strategies. Our process reveals the often overlooked and hidden steps to achieve what you need to thrive. This reveals opportunities for innovation and transforms risks into advantages.