I’m Chetana Deorah, currently a Fellowship Partner at Coho, previously known as On Deck Design where I create and facilitate UX design strategy and leadership learning curricula. I facilitate a monthly series called “Steer your job, career and calling” as a collective dialogue for our global community of design fellows. I have over 14 years of experience in product design innovation, with a focus on leading design for growth, content design, and customer-focused research.
Before Coho, I led design teams at Scribd, Netflix, and Coursera where I jokingly say I went from enabling binge-reading (Scribd, digital reading subscription app) to binge-watching and binge-learning with Coursera in the edtech domain! I have served as a board member at Inneract Project where we focused on design education for less privileged black and brown youth. As the board for the non-profit AVIUSA (Auroville International USA), I helped with fundraising and awareness for Auroville, an international city in South India exploring human unity via Integral yoga and spirituality.
During my downtime, I recharge by doing pro bono graphic design projects, making mixed media collage, cooking vegetarian recipes, traveling, mining eclectic music, hiking, and working on my passion project “Poetry By Design”. I am currently in Auroville, India, part of an intentional community and exploring the intersection of design, art, education, and yoga.
Ask me anything about product design, building diverse teams, leading remote and distributed teams, equity and inclusion in the workplace, managing a team’s perception of you (personal brand), product-led growth, designing for global audiences, content design, digital branding, visual design, impact and effectiveness as a leader, the job hunt lifecycle, hiring, and negotiation, compassionate leadership, sabbatical, ikigai, growing your career, changing careers, design education…and more!