Ayse Birsel is co-founder and creative director of Birsel + Seck, an empathy-driven product design studio in New York City that partners with Fortune 500 clients to bring innovation to market. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and has received numerous awards, including the IDEA Gold and ID Magazine Excellence Awards. She is the recipient of the 2001 Young Designer Award from the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the 2008 Rhode Island School of Design's Athena Award in Furniture Design. She has spoken on design at numerous conferences, including the Aspen Design Conference, Design Indaba, AIGA, and IDSA Conferences. Birsel is the author of Design the Life You Love: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Meaningful Future.