Maria Giudice

Co-Author Rise of the DEO and Changemakers


Throughout her illustrious career, creative teams and business leaders have sought the provocative vision and mentorship of Maria Giudice.

As founder and CEO of the pioneering experience design firm Hot Studio, Maria built a thriving practice around the principles of human-centered design. Today, former “Hotties” can be found leading teams at Adobe, Google, McKinsey, Airbnb, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and more.

After Hot Studio’s acquisition by Facebook in 2013, Maria led global design teams at Facebook and Autodesk, building digital experiences for millions worldwide. And now, after three decades at the forefront of business and design, Maria has a new mission: Build the next generation of creative leaders.

Through one-on-one coaching and team-building workshops, Maria unlocks the potential hidden in executives and the people they lead. A popular speaker at design and business conferences, Maria is also the author of four books, including Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design, and Changemakers: How Leaders Can Design Change in an Insanely Complex World, with co-author Christopher Ireland.