Anne Marie Sumner
About the speaker
A lateral thinker, avid traveler, proud military spouse and Design Strategist with nearly a decade’s worth of work in helping people frame problems and uncover solutions that inspire action – Sarah is a lover of climbing big rocks, walking meetings and the 3 P’s (people, planet and profit). Too many bad decisions happen while sitting behind a computer so she tries to put herself “outside” – amidst the issues she’s tackling – whenever possible. Originally from the Metro Detroit area, Sarah is now living in West Village with her husband Nate, Blue-dog and a new little on the way!
Over the past 10 years, she has had a dynamic career as a design strategist, product manager, UX/UI designer, business consultant, communications manager and visual designer for local, national and multinational companies. Her interests these days focus on the great outdoors, urban recreation, civic engagement, tactical urbanism, and women’s issues. She is the founder of MOR & Co. and Sunrise Club Detroit.
Sarah works for people - not for design/tech/brands/etc - for the person on the other side of what we create. She thrives at the intersection of community, design and business strategy - helping businesses figure out what to make/do next, why it’s important to people and how to communicate that. She has a knack for digesting complex challenges with fresh eyes and is unafraid of getting her hands dirty and knees scraped in the name of exploration. Sarah loves digging between the lines for elusive-yet-meaningful patterns and is an avid planner and natural strategist in both the workplace and her life outside of it – constantly working towards definitions of ideal futures that can become “north stars” for aligning efforts.
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If you move in a certain direction and never retrace your steps to try a different path - there's a whole lot that you may miss. — Sarah Gallimore
If you can't understand your current perspective, your current framing, before you start digging into the unknown, you're basically positioning yourself down one road only. — Sarah Gallimore
...context is boundless - while it is boundless, the human mind has certain ways of framing things. As people we love to look at things as specimens...that's rarely the entirety of the story. — Sarah Gallimore
The thread that has allowed me to work across different disciplines and industries has been my curiosity for understanding context. — Sarah Gallimore
There's two parts to our role as creatives... and that's in understanding context...but then there's also the really critical part in creating context and that goes outside of what we classify as work in our "jobs". — Sarah Gallimore