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Ivy Ross

VP of Hardware Design at Google; Renowned Fine Artist; New York Times Bestselling Author

Ivy Ross is the Vice President of Design for the Hardware Product Area at Google, which was officially formed in 2016.

All of Ivy's presentations are in conjunction with Susan Magsamen, the coauthor of their New York Times bestselling book, Your Brain on Art (March 2023).


Since 2017, she and her team launched a family of consumer hardware products ranging from smartphones to smart speakers, earning over 200 global design awards.


This collection established a design aesthetic for technology products that is tactile, bold, emotional, and undeniably Google.


Previously, Ivy has held executive positions spanning from head of product design and development to CMO and presidencies with several companies, including Calvin Klein, Swatch, Coach, Mattel,, Bausch & Lomb, and Gap.


Ivy has been a contributing author of numerous books, including The Change Champion’s 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 has appeared as a speaker at  Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit, and has been cited by Businessweek as “one of the new faces of Leadership.”


Most recently she was ninth on Fast Company’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business 2019.


A renowned artist, her innovative metal work in jewelry is in the permanent collections of 12 international museums.


A winner of the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts grant, Ivy has also received the Women in Design Award and the Diamond International Award for her creative designs.


Ivy’s passion lies in 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.


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Your Team on Art

Did you know that 45 minutes of working on any art activity reduces stress hormones by 25 percent?


In this timely presentation, rooted in years of research and practical application, Ivy Ross and Susan Magsamen share their combined experiences and content from their New York Times bestseller, Your Brain on Art.


In this customizable talk, Ivy and Susan share with audiences how to enhance work culture, build stronger collaborations, create more intuitive leaders, design optimal workplaces, increase cognition and creativity, and reduce burnout, stress, and anxiety.


The result? A happier and healthier workforce. All by practicing, participating in, and understanding the science of the arts.




What if someone told you that one or more art experiences each month could extend your life expectancy by ten years?


In this talk, Ivy and Susan focus on personal wellbeing, teaching audiences how participating in the arts can reduce stress and anxiety, build greater resiliency, deepen relationships, combat loneliness and enhance sense of belonging and increase focus and energy, through building an aesthetic mindset.


Designed for individuals who want to reach their fullest potential and live their “best lives,” this talk on the science of neuroaesthetics serves as a foundation and spring-board for simple changes that we can all make to live longer, happier, fuller, more meaningful lives.

The Neurobiology of the Arts: Health, Community, and our Collective Future

In our evolving world, global leaders are facilitating peace talks and conflict resolution with improv theatre, multi-sensory virtual reality experiences are becoming the next frontier in chronic pain treatment, and museum visits are being prescribed by doctors to engage sensory perceptions and cognitive skills.


In this presentation, Susan and Ivy explain the science behind neuroaesthetics, and provide fascinating examples of how art and art-related activities are being used to address some of the most critical issues of our time—from mental health and trauma to community building, and from physical wellbeing to solving global challenges.


Based on their New York Times bestselling book, Your Brain on Art, the authors explore the concept of “whole health,” share astonishing (and entertaining) anecdotes and case-studies, and ask audiences to imagine what our collective future might look like if we all took a little bit of time to engage in simple art practices.

Amplifying Potential: Your Brain On Art


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