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Jenie Gao

“My favorite quote: Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. - Rumi”


Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America

Professional title:

Professional artist. A literary old soul with a foul mouth. An animal lover. An explorer. A hiker, climber, and bottomless pit. Headstrong and inquisitive. Idealistic and also realistic. Insatiably curious. My friends will tell you I'm reliable but also unpredictable, easy going but also intense, compassionate but also firm. I'll tell you that I'm an unapologetic joker, straightforward for both better and worse, and undoubtedly a lucky-ass human being.

What do you do?

Artist. Writer. Lean methods teacher. I challenge conventional wisdom to find ways to do things more efficiently, simply, and beautifully.


To learn how to see things differently. To ask better questions. To get my hands dirty. To prove that the impossible is not only achievable but simpler than people think. To be diligent in my studies, so that I may better teach and share with others.

What should we read?

The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster