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Every experience is an expression of your brand purpose and values. Let’s blow it out of the water.

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Introducing Design Studio

Design Studio by Maritz is an agency that brings the strategic perspective of powerhouse consulting to the world of meetings, events and human-to-human experiences.

We leverage event design, experience strategy and behavioral science to help clients solve problems and drive greater results.

Our Work is Multi–faceted


We’ve designed solutions to uncover specific risks and competitive advantages of your events or programs.


We work with you to uncover what your audience really wants from the experiences you design.


Together we craft a transformative event experience for your participants and your organization.


We work with you to bring the insights, analysis and design to life — from marketing to production.

Collaboration is at Our Core

We apply human behavioral science to gain a unique perspective on your every challenge, and your business and people dynamics. We then design a plan that focuses on delivering an experience which fulfills on your specific business objectives.

We have the style and the substance.

We have the style and the substance.

We’re not just chasing the latest trend — our work is rooted in design principles and behavioral science. We customize our work to your needs.

We promise the A–team. Every time

We promise the A–team. Every time

Every Design Studio engagement is led by a seasoned design leader who is dedicated to helping clients craft and deliver better experiences.

You benefit from our extensive experience.

You benefit from our extensive experience.

We’ve led more than 150 design engagements reaching more than two million guests. We partner with our clients to build transformative programs together.

Your Team

We’ve held over 150 client design engagements touching more than 3 million client guests. We’d love to put our 250+ years of collective experience to work for you.

Leslie McKee, Vice President

With over 30 years of experience in management and operations, Leslie brings focus and excellence to our process and procedures. She manages the day-to-day business and keeps the train on the tracks!

Tim Simpson, Design Strategist

A strategy leader who creates radical change, Tim breaks down broken go-to-market and business models to rebuild them better, faster and more relevant by helping brands understand who they want to be, what they need to do to get there, and how to connect authentically with their target markets.

Claire Lester, Design Strategist

A 20-year event industry veteran, Claire brings a wealth of experience to the table with her background in event management, technology, marketing, business strategy and design. In addition to running our Master Designer program, Claire’s expertise includes event destination strategy, enthusiast event design and incentive program design and strategy.

Jennifer O'Grady Jennifer O'Grady, Design Strategist

Jennifer’s superpower is her authenticity and ability to quickly connect with her audience. A maven for collaboration, she celebrates an inclusive process that engages, empowers and ensures the buy-in of diverse stakeholder groups. Jennifer is a seasoned Master Designer and has played a key role in our experience design education program.

Alan Bruun, Design Strategist

Rachael Riggs, General Manager, Environmental Strategy

For more than 30 years, Rachael has been dedicated to creating holistic event experiences that motivate people to be the best versions of themselves. She’s passionate about giving back to the events industry and improving the guest experience by keeping wellbeing at the heart of design. She certainly keeps us on our toes and feeling good.

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