After working as a project lead on a healthcare project designing for people with disabilities, she knew she needed to explore public health and “design” further. She left home to attend Brown University and pursue a Masters in Public Health degree.
Now, as the Senior Behavior Change Analyst at Mad*Pow, Olga says the most rewarding part of her job “is seeing the positive impact that design can make in the lives of people we are designing with.” Similar to the sense of joy and happiness she experienced while working as a dentist, Olga explains that in being able to design solutions for thousands or millions of people, “the rewarding feeling is growing logarithmically.”
Olga sees behavior change “interventions” all around us, in everything from laundry detergent branding to incentives to invest in 401k’s, and is drawn to understanding them. She says, “I find it exciting to learn more about how they work, how they change us, because through this we can learn more about ourselves and our differences.”
When not designing a healthier world, Olga enjoys traveling, learning new languages (she’s currently working on Portuguese), or volunteering. Says Olga, “There is nothing more rewarding than knowing that you made a positive change in someone’s life.’
James Gardner, Pamela Bump, Olivia Tardif, Sarah Schroeder and Shreya Iyer all contributed to this year’s 40 Under 40. Learn more about their work in the “About the Authors” section!
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