Cultivating Agency

Innovation Diploma (iD) is a student-led, transformation design studio that inspires, creates, and implements high-impact work. iD is a 3 to 4-year program that culminates with students creating long term professional relationships, facilitating positive change in partnered organizations and communities, and having an active role in changing the world around them.

Innovator Profile

Harriet Middleton

Team and Collaborators

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  • Social Media Manager, Reach Records
  • Executive Director of a Non-profit
  • Senior Innovation Lead, Chick-fil-A
  • Global Innovation Lead, Delta Air Lines
  • 9 Innovation Diploma Facilitors
  • 8 other Gates Cohort members

Partners and Clients

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Buckhead Christian Ministry
Chick-fil-A’s Hatch
Delta Air Lines
Reach Records

Project Work

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Prototyped costumer service app

Designed tools and protocols to facilitate innovation and design at Chick-fil-A headquarters

Led a team that redesigned the boarding and waiting experience for Delta

Created marketing campaign to attract listeners to new music artists.

Real World Work

At Mount Vernon, a design brief starts with a creative conversation and ends with an impactful relationship. Through this process, Innovation Diploma exercises our expertise in design thinking and problem solving to identify opportunities to create better solutions that meet the specific needs of our clients. So if you’re willing, share your dream with us, give us a deadline, and we’ll help you take it the rest of the way.

Chief Admissions Officer

Kirsten Beard

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