My name is pronounced Meg - na Khan - dey - kar. My pronouns are she / her.
I have 15 years of research and design experience working with startups of various stages, design studios, non-profits, federal and state government agencies, and international organizations. These years, I've had the privilege of leading research and design teams, coaching, mentoring, and managing individual contributors, design leads, and managers. I enjoy establishing teams and growing a people-centered and learning-centered culture where folks are empowered to consistently and flexibly deliver elegant and precise solutions to complex problems.
I believe people who can be well in their life and work at a sustainable pace create a great workplace. I also believe that inclusive and compassionate relationships and team environments lead to thoughtful, human-centered products and long-lasting businesses. I aim to create these environments in the spaces I'm in.
I aim to work in transparent ways that are sensitive to diverse forms of communicating and collaborating. This includes speaking honestly about what I know, what I don’t know, what’s working, and what isn’t. I believe that when we avoid talking about a challenge, the risk of not addressing it is even higher. I’m well versed in getting a team aligned on a common challenge and encouraging healthy discussion that inspires an adjusted collective understanding and a way forward.
Finding the gaps, feedback, collaboration across disciplines, asking questions, gaining a new perspective, committing to improving — all directly lead to product quality and life quality. Great teams prioritize time for reflection, understanding each other, and learning from their experiences. With these ingredients, a team can achieve incredible results.