Amanda Schneider
School of Art + Design
BFA Industrial Design 2001

Amanda Schneider, LEED AP, MBA, is a researcher, writer, and founder of Contract Consulting Group, a research-led strategy firm serving the contract interiors industry. Amanda is a strategic thinker with a strong background including industrial design, market research, product management, sales, and strategic launch practices with a breadth of furniture companies within the interiors industry. She is fueled by red wine, decaf coffee, and very little sleep.

Amanda's creative process stems from her education in industrial design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, while her natural business sense is augmented by her MBA from the University of Iowa. She is passionate about studying the latest workplace trends and regularly blogs about them for the Huffington Post and various other industry publications. 

Stemming from her Huffington Post article titled "GigaMom: How the 'Gig Economy' Is Opening up Opportunities for Women Who Love Work and Life," Amanda is becoming an advocate for women freelancing in the gig economy, most recently speaking at the 2016 Global Women's Forum in France. 

Amanda will be returning to the U of I during the spring 2017 semester as a guest speaker in the Foundations of Business for FAA course (BADM 395, BADM 590).