Sally Dominguez

Program Designer & Facilitator

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Sally Dominguez is an award-winning designer, inventor, educator and entrepreneur.  An Australian living in the Bay Area, Sally’s skill is helping people realise their creative thinking potential and activating optimism and innovation.


Sally spent six years judging invention on ABC TVs “New Inventors”, and is a co-host of the upcoming Foxtel show “Australias Greatest Inventions that Changed the World”.  She has judged Car of the Year awards for Wheels magazine and Fairfax publications for over ten years, and is currently a cohost of the futurist podcast The Next Billion Cars.


In 2000 while working as an architect Sally invented the Nest highchair, bringing modern design to children’s furniture and inventing a new manufacturing finish in the process. Nest is held in Australia’s Powerhouse Museum  and the V&A in London. In 2005 she designed the Rainwater HOG modular tank, pioneering a new structure in flat-walled water tanks, winning several international design awards and being named one of the “Top 10 Green Building Products of 2008.  Sally has been an ambassador for Engineers Wihout Borders Australia and In 2012 Sally was named one of Advance Australia’s “50 for the Future” entrepreneurs in the USA.


In 2012 Sally pioneered her ADVENTUROUS THINKING methodology, designed to promote the agile mindset needed for consistently innovative practices. Using Five Lenses to alternately converge and proliferate thinking, ADVENTUROUS THINKING enables users to think outside their default “expert” neural pathways, and re-ignite the curious mindset that is the key to consistent innovation. ADVENTUROUS THINKING has been used internationally by the Shenzhen government, Genentech, Sandisk, Clif Bar and other corporates, runs every semester as a workshop at Stanford and was presented as part of the SXSW Frugal Innovation panel. Sally has taught ADVENTUROUS THINKING as a means to integrate innovation into the Australian school curriculum for the Association of Independent Schools and the Catholic Schools Office.

Sally has a degree in Science and a degree in Architecture from the University of Sydney, and she was the first Australian (along with her navigator) to drive the epic Rallye de Gazelles across Morocco.  Sally’s passion is inspiring optimism in others – and downhill skiing.