Vice President, Head of Design / User Experience for all Hardware Products, Google
Ivy Ross is currently a Vice President at Google and Head of Project Aura working on “Glass and beyond”, exploring wearables that amplify our senses. In addition, Ivy was invited in 2015 to be one of 40 people on the Vatican’s art and technology council created by Pope Francis.
Previously, she held executive positions ranging from head of product design and development to CMO and presidencies with several companies, including Calvin Klein, Swatch, Coach, Mattel, Old Navy and Gap and Art.com.
As an innovative entrepreneur and creative thinker, Ivy creates unique collaborative environments with her teams. To maximize her collaborators’ creative potential, Ivy draws upon her personal studies in a diverse range of fields, including sound vibration, quantum physics, play, psychology and living systems. One of her most notable innovation methodologies is Project Platypus, which has been adopted Mattel, where she was head of innovation, and Procter and Gamble, where she serves as a member of its design board.
Ivy has been a contributing author to numerous books, including The Change Champions Field Guide and Best Practices in Leadership Development and Organizational Change. She has also been referenced in Ten Faces of Innovation, Rules of Thumb, and Unstuck among other books. Ivy was the keynote speaker at the Nokia World Design Conference and Fortune Magazine’s Women Conference, and has been cited byFast Company and Business Week as “one of the new faces of Leadership.”
A renowned artist, Ross’ innovative metal work in jewelry is in the permanent collections of 12 international museums, including the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the Victorian and Albert Museum in London and the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City. A winner of the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts grant, Ross has also received the Women in Design Award and Diamond International Award for her creative designs.
Ivy’s passion is human potential and relationships. She believes in the combination of art and science to make magic happen and bring great ideas and brands to life.