Career snapshot & an evolving set of practices I bring to my work.
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 great privilege of leading research and design teams, and coaching and mentoring individual contributors, design leads and managers. I enjoy establishing teams and growing a people-centered and learning-centered culture where folks are empowered to ship elegant and clear solutions to complex problems, consistently and flexibly.
I believe people who are able to 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 model and advocate creating these environments in the spaces I'm in.
I aim to work in transparent ways that are sensitive to diverse ways 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 speaking 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 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.