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(email) steven.lehmann@gmail.com

(mobile) +1 (219) 741-3570

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“EVERYONE

DESIGNS WHO DEVISES COURSES OF ACTION AIMED AT CHANGING EXISTING SITUATIONS INTO PREFERRED ONES.”

-HERBERT SIMON


FOUR THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ME The following pages show four projects where I’ve helped create business models, social innovations, innovative products, and technical systems that promote human flourishing in countries around the world. My ability to lead and contribute to these multi-disciplinary projects can largely be attributed to the following four traits:

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EXPLORER Always eager to find new ways to see and understand the world around me, I’m constantly wrestling with new ideas and subjects. VERSATILE THINKER My expertise is in business innovation and engineering design, but I’m well versed in a variety of subject areas including interpretation theory, philosophical ethics, and emerging market economics. As such, I’m adept at using mathematical, empirical, and interpretive modes of reasoning. CONNECTOR I bring together different types of ideas and people. I’m particularly skilled at taking messy, ambiguous problems, connecting insights from many disciplines, and actualizing a coherent solution through concrete actions. TRANSLATOR Thinking and working in many disciplines requires the ability to speak many languages. I can translate the ideas and concerns of engineers and business people into language that social influencers, intellectuals, or public servants can understand and identify with.


PROJECT 1

INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Boston, MA

PROJECT 2

URBAN FOOD START-UP

Chicago, IL

PROJECT 3

AUTISM SUPPORT DEVICE

Valparaiso, IN

PROJECT 4

OFF-GRID ENERGY SYSTEM

Turkana, Kenya

WHAT’S NEXT?

MY TOOLBOX


Challenge The Hult Prize and the Clinton Global Initiative screened 1000+ applications from around the world and selected 75 teams to compete for $1-million in seed funding for their social enterprise. The challenge? Significantly decrease food insecurity in urban slums by 2018. Approach Our design methodology was based on our belief that slum-dwellers are those best positioned to solve food related problems in their communities.

We

LOCATION: BOSTON, MA

borrowed heavily from IDEO’s Human Centred Design toolkit as well as the Community

Health

Education

(CHE)

framework. Solution

We designed a business that stimulates “trickle-up

innovation”

by

creating

slum-based innovation incubators and connecting them with corporate openinnovation platforms like General Mills’ G-WIN.


We scoured through stacks of research, watched 50+ hours of on-the-ground interviews, and filled whiteboards, notebooks, and sticky-pads with ideas.

LOCATION: BOSTON, MA

LISTEN. RESEARCH. CONCEPT.


LOCATION: BOSTON, MA

SHARE. PARTNER. REFINE.

After developing a minimum viable concept, we shared it with stakeholders, brought them into our thinking process, and relentlessly refined the idea. Our final concept was designed in partnership with the Kounkuey Design Initiative, Shack & Slum Dwellers International, and General Mills’ Open Innovation, External Partnerships, and CSR teams.


Lastly, we finalized our business model, created financial projections, and set social impact goals. We joined 20 other elite schools in pitching our idea to a selection committee composed of CEOs, public-policy influencers, and international business experts. In the next twelve months we will be presenting at several other competitions.

LOCATION: BOSTON, MA

PLAN. PITCH. REPEAT.


Challenge I joined a group of Merchandise Mart executives to launch Top Box Foods, a market-based hunger relief program that partners with local communities.

With

a one-year goal of reaching $1-million in revenue, we needed to develop a system to coordinate our sales effort and manage weekly

communications

with

3,000+

churches. Solution

Working with sales reps on a daily basis, we

LOCATION: CHICAGO, IL

developed a user-friendly CRM that tracked 25+ key metrics.

As business challenges

and sales strategies evolved, we integrated the CRM with cloud-based platforms for accounting

and

finance,

web

analytics,

e-commerce, email marketing, social media, and geographic sales prospecting. Insights from

this

integrated

enterprise

system

led to significant improvements in market segmentation and sales strategy.


“Steve joined the Top Box Foods team from its very beginning, and his profound mark will be felt throughout its existence. Fueled by his passion for charitable work and his expertise in business and technology, Steve drove the strategy, development and implementation of our customer acquisition and servicing tools and processes, working dayto-day with the organization’s leadership and its volunteers and interns. His work leaves Top Box Foods positioned for long-term, efficient growth and management of its customers and their relationships, using leading solutions integrated with mainstream tools. Within the team, he was a natural leader who quickly endeared himself and earned the highest respect for his sense of practicality layered by a sense of adventure, for the project, the team and most importantly the customer.

Steve is truly a consummate

professional, a valued friend and a good person, and I am proud to know him.” - Christopher Kennedy

LOCATION: CHICAGO, IL

always willing to do what it takes and then some


LOCATION: CHICAGO, IL


Previous Page: At the end of each week, an algorithm searches the CRM database and displays information about key marketing and sales metrics. The first iteration of this dashboard led to insights that prompted a crucial rethinking and revision of our sales strategy. Within one month, we were able to increase an important sales metric, expressions of interest per week, by ten-fold.

LOCATION: CHICAGO, IL

We developed a geographic sales prospecting tool that enables sales teams and community organizers to determine key information about current and prospective partners from their smartphones. After releasing the tool, the number and quality of sales visits increased dramatically.


Challenge

Children struggling with Autism often have difficulty integrating into classrooms due to Sensory Processing Disorders. Sensory stimulus machines can help, but current

LOCATION: VALPARAISO, IN

models are too large and expensive. Approach Design a sensory device that can be comfortably

worn

on

the

wrist

and

manufactured for less than $50 per unit. Solution

Our design team, composed of eight engineers

and

two

psychologists,

developed a Point Vibration Therapy Device (PVTD) containing two disk motors in a polycarbonate body.

A team of medical

researchers used our prototypes in large scale tests with students in the classroom.


Our team spent eight months working with child psychologists, special-needs educators, and children with autism to develop a concept. Each iteration of the concept was digitally modelled and then vetted by our stakeholders.

LOCATION: VALPARAISO, IN

LISTEN. RESEARCH. CONCEPT.


LOCATION: VALPARAISO, IN

PROTOTYPE. MANUFACTURE.

We developed a multi piece manufacturing system with computer generated tool paths to manufacture 30+ test units on a multi-axis CNC mill.


Our bare-bones user interface helped researchers test a wide variety of vibration combinations and develop a set of four pre-set options for teachers and parents to select from.

LOCATION: VALPARAISO, IN

TEST. INTERACT.


Challenge A 10 year, 3-fold reduction in rainfall caused seasonal rivers in Northern Kenya to disappear. Locals were relying on pit wells for water, further increasing child mortality and water borne illness. Malnutrition was widespread.

LOCATION: TURKANA, KENYA

Approach Our team met with Kenyan nationals and

long-term

missionaries

and

used

the Community Health Education (CHE) framework to determine the needs and capabilities of the community. Solution

Engineers worked in teams, led by village influencers, to rejuvenate wells and retrofit them with solar, wind, and merry-go-round powered pumps. The system was connected to a network of drip irrigated sorghum and tomato fields.


LOCATION: TURKANA, KENYA


LOCATION: TURKANA, KENYA

Women and men work together to install a new drip irrigation system. This small plot will feed five large families for the entire year.


LOCATION: TURKANA, KENYA

The casing goes into our first well.


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EXPLORER

VERSATILE THINKER

CONNECTOR

TRANSLATOR

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Areth

Eudaimonia

The Ancient Greek notion of Arete, often translated “virtue” or “excellence”, suggests that the universe is human-centered but filled with problems and struggles. The person of Arete struggles to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary to combat these challenges and bring about a society characterized by Eudaimonia (human flourishing). I am committed to working passionately and unceasingly toward this end. Upon graduating from Notre Dame, my goal is to join an organization that shares this passion: to help others think, innovate, and create for the benefit of society. I’m confident that my skills, experience, and passions make me well STEVEN.LEHMANN@GMAIL.COM suited to this task.

(email)

steven.lehmann@gmail.com

(mobile)

+1 (219) 741-3570

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FLASH

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TECHNICAL DRAWING FINITE-ELEMENT ANALYSIS

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