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Career Development [clear filter]
Thursday, May 10
 

11:15am

Mentoring Session #1
Need a little advice? Another perspective? Whether you are moving into user experience (UX) or have been there for years, we all have points in our career when talking to someone with a neutral perspective can help.
  • Are you looking for a way to re-tool your skill set? 
  • Are you trying to break into the field of user experience? 
  • Maybe you’re dealing with a difficult boss, colleague, employer, client, or company. 
Our group-mentoring sessions will give you another angle on how to advance your career or move beyond a difficult situation. You may think your issue is unique, but don’t worry: our mentors just may have a similar story to share. Our sessions will include mentors who have years of experience as UX directors, managers, designers, developers, and researchers – many of whom had to make that leap from a different career into the user experience field.

Mentoring will take place in groups of 2 mentors to 5-10 mentees. Mentoring groups will form on a first-come first-serve basis, so please show up on time to get mentored!

Each table will have its own focus, to meet your mentoring needs. Choose from "New to UX/Career Changers" or "UX Career Development." 

Speakers
avatar for Warren Croce

Warren Croce

Currently a Lead UX Designer at Staples Inc., Warren has over twenty five years design experience. In 1997 he worked on his first eCommerce site, for Hewlett Packard, as a member of KPMG Consulting’s eCommerce practice. He spent over twelve years at Intuit where he worked primarily... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Davies

Benjamin Davies

Principle User Experience Researcher, Fresenius Medical Care
avatar for Aaron Hatley

Aaron Hatley

UX Researcher, LogMeIn
I'm a UX Researcher for a segment-leading software company. Based in Boston, I bring an array of experience from industry, nonprofits, museums and cultural organizations, and academia. I hold a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University.
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Kerry Holeman

UX Strategy & Design, seeking new opportunity
avatar for Meena Kothandaraman

Meena Kothandaraman

Customer Experience Strategist, twig+fish research practice
With nearly 30 years of experience, Meena has consulted to emphasize the strategic value, positioning and practice of qualitative research in the design of product, space and service. Her experience spans multiple verticals, with companies who believe in the value of leveraging qualitative... Read More →
avatar for Jen McGinn

Jen McGinn

Director of User Experience, CloudHealth by VMware
avatar for Susan Mercer

Susan Mercer

Sr. Manager, Research & Usability, TripAdvisor
Susan has over 20 years of experience in UX, and has worked as a developer, designer, web producer, product manager, and now a user researcher. Until recently, she was a Principal User Researcher at Insulet Corporation, where she works with Type 1 diabetic patients to understand their... Read More →
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Heather O'Neill

Pixels for Humans
avatar for Tania Schlatter

Tania Schlatter

Lecturer, Northeastern Digital Media, Northeastern University
Talk to me about:Teaching interaction & information design"Visual Usability" bookDesigning with dataUser centered design strategy & processInformation Architecture before the Web
avatar for Kyle Soucy

Kyle Soucy

Independent UX Research Consultant, Usable Interface, LLC
Kyle Soucy is the Founding Principal of Usable Interface, LLC (www.usableinterface.com), an independent UX consulting company specializing in user research and usability testing. Her industry diverse client list includes Comcast, Hewlett-Packard, Intuit Inc., McGraw-Hill, and Pfizer... Read More →
avatar for Bob Thomas

Bob Thomas

Founder and Principal, User Research Consultant, LLC
Bob Thomas runs his own user research consultancy. Previously, he was Director of User Research at Liberty Experience, where he worked for 11 years building a user research practice and managing a team of 10 user researchers. His background includes user experience research, usability... Read More →
avatar for Tom Tullis

Tom Tullis

Head Geek, UXMetricsGeek.com
I'm a User Experience Research Consultant, Author, and Speaker. I have over 40 years of experience in the human factors, usability, and UX research fields. I’ve worked on things as diverse as the design of NASA’s International Space Station to a wide variety of web sites and... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Ward

Brandon Ward

Director of UX, Precocity
Let's talk about:Experience and Service Design, Leadership, Speaking, Teaching, Writing, Kung Fu, religion, The Philippines, family/kids, classic cars, singing, acting, voice-over, movies, music, sci-fi / fantasy literatureIn a nutshell:Brandon’s passion for software development... Read More →
avatar for Hanna Yehuda

Hanna Yehuda

Director, Experience Research & Design, Dell
I'm a senior consultant user experience designer at DELL, based in Hopkinton, MA. I've made a career change 18 years ago from UI development to UX design. When I work on a project, I do the user research, interaction design, visual design and prototyping. I have of 30 US patents... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Liberty B/C

12:00pm

Lunchtime Table Topics
Facilitated roundtable discussions around UX topics. Grab your lunch early to secure a seat.
  • Agile/Lean UX (Amanda Stockwell)
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (Mahima Pushkarna)
  • Career Development Table 1 (Kate O'Connor & Megan Tierney)
  • Career Development Table 2 (Carol Szatkowski, Jonathan Tillliss)
  • Design for Social Change (Joshua Ledwell, Juhan Sonin)
  • Education UX (Alyssa Boehm)
  • Enterprise UX (Dani Nordin)
  • Manager Talk (Janelle Estes)
  • User Research (Azilah Iskandar, Suzanne Hillman)
  • UX Strategy (Michael Hawley, Colleen McCretton)

Moderators
avatar for Eva Kaniasty

Eva Kaniasty

UX Consultant, Red Pill UX

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Boehm

Alyssa Boehm

Head of Experience, edX.org
I lead a team of exceptional Experience Professionals at edX, and together we are working to bring affordable, accessible education to the world. Also, I'm into cats and Italian horror films.
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janelle estes

Chief Insights Officer, UserTesting
avatar for Michael Hawley

Michael Hawley

Chief Design Officer, Mad*Pow
As Chief Design Officer at Mad*Pow Mike leverages his background in interaction design, usability, and design strategy to lead a diverse team of talented experience designers through the process of creating engaging, interactive experiences. You might also call him “chief air traffic... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Hillman

Suzanne Hillman

UX Researcher and Interaction Designer, n/a
I am a user researcher and interaction designer who has recently changed careers from software quality assurance. Talk to me about career changing, the challenges of getting your first UX position, or UX research!
avatar for Azilah Iskandar

Azilah Iskandar

User Experience Researcher, Fidelity Investments
avatar for Joshua Ledwell

Joshua Ledwell

Principal User Experience Designers, Autodesk
Josh Ledwell is an experience designer who creates efficient, satisfying, and delightful software workflows at Autodesk. He pioneered the Customers in Sprint Reviews collaboration method used by over a dozen development teams. Josh has a master’s degree in Human Factors and Information... Read More →
avatar for Colleen McCretton

Colleen McCretton

User Experience Design & Research, Fidelity
I\'ve been working in UX since before I knew that was what it was called, first with IBM, then with Vistaprint and now with Fidelity. I\'m a big fan of Design Thinking, Agile and Lean practices and especially how they can impact enterprise software where the users don\'t have as much... Read More →
avatar for Dani Nordin

Dani Nordin

UX Strategy and Leadership
Design Systems, persona character sheets, Agile UX, design thinking, knitting.
avatar for Mahima Pushkarna

Mahima Pushkarna

UX Designer, Google AI
Mahima is a UX Designer on the Big Picture Data Visualization Group at Google AI, which specializes in information visualization to make complex data accessible, useful, and even fun. She tends to wear many hats – UI/UX, visual design, strategy and design research - to create... Read More →
avatar for Juhan Sonin

Juhan Sonin

Creative Sandpaper, MIT, goinvo
juhan@mit.edu, 617.504.3390Creative Sandpaper, Digital Shipper, Healthcare Wonk
avatar for Amanda l Stockwell

Amanda l Stockwell

Principal, Stockwell Strategy
Amanda Stockwell is President of Stockwell Strategy, a UX research practice focused on lean research methods and integrating user knowledge with business goals to create holistic product strategies. She has spent most of the last decade focused on finding innovative ways to understand... Read More →
avatar for Carol Szatkowski

Carol Szatkowski

Principal, Clear Point Consultants
Carol is President of Clear Point Consultants, Inc. and has been placing UX Designers, Researchers, Directors for over 10 years. In this lunch session, she will be sharing job search insights and answer questions on resumes, portfolios, interview best practices, and how to move... Read More →
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Megan Tierney

Business Development, Onward Search


Thursday May 10, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Liberty B/C

1:00pm

The Wallflower's Guide to Selling Your Soft Skills (or To Surviving Behavioral Interviews)
The Wallflower’s Guide to Selling Your Soft Skills is the next installation in the Wallflower Guide Series. The Wallflower Guides are back this year to continue teaching career soft skills for the UX nerd. Last year, we talked about Networking IRL. This year, we’re taking those skills to the next level by practicing how to use your soft skills to BYOBM - Be Your Own Best Marketer. If you groan at the words “behavioral interviewing”, come hone those skills during this interactive workshop. You’ll get some new tools to conquer the next interview or presentation. We’ll see you there!

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Moeller

Kelly Moeller

Training and Development Specialist, Aquent/Vitamin T
As a Certified Facilitator and Corporate Trainer with 12 years of making great connections happen, Kelly is an advocate, a matchmaker, a bundle of energy, a storyteller – and most importantly a relationship builder. Kelly is very well-versed in public speaking, giving presentations... Read More →
avatar for Bryn Schockett

Bryn Schockett

Producer, Freelance
Creative freelancer for over a decade. My gigs have run the gamut from reality TV to major apparel brands to education startups.



Thursday May 10, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Liberty B/C

2:00pm

Mentoring Session #2
Need a little advice? Another perspective? Whether you are moving into user experience (UX) or have been there for years, we all have points in our career when talking to someone with a neutral perspective can help.
  • Are you looking for a way to re-tool your skill set? 
  • Are you trying to break into the field of user experience? 
  • Maybe you’re dealing with a difficult boss, colleague, employer, client, or company. 
Our group-mentoring sessions will give you another angle on how to advance your career or move beyond a difficult situation. You may think your issue is unique, but don’t worry: our mentors just may have a similar story to share. Our sessions will include mentors who have years of experience as UX directors, managers, designers, developers, and researchers – many of whom had to make that leap from a different career into the user experience field.

Mentoring will take place in groups of 2 mentors to 5-10 mentees. Mentoring groups will form on a first-come first-serve basis, so please show up on time to get mentored!

Each table will have its own focus, to meet your mentoring needs. Choose from "New to UX/Career Changers" or "UX Career Development." 


Speakers
avatar for KD Singh Arneja

KD Singh Arneja

Director, UX / Product Manager
KD Singh Arneja has been in the Agile landscape since 2006. While working with large and small companies, he has built delightful products that have been the culmination of Agile Product Management and Design Thinking, all while working in and building high EQ teams. He is also a... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Bloomer

Sarah Bloomer

Principal, Sarah Bloomer & Co
avatar for Astrid Chow

Astrid Chow

Senior UX Design & Research Lead, IBM Watson Health
avatar for Ger Joyce

Ger Joyce

Senior Manager, UX Research, TripAdvisor
avatar for Nawaz Kamthewala

Nawaz Kamthewala

Senior UX Designer, Oracle, Health Sciences
avatar for Kenny Kutney

Kenny Kutney

Consultant
Enterprise UX, agile, healthcare, research, robotics, UX careers...
avatar for Mary Lee

Mary Lee

UX Manager, NetApp Inc.
As a UX Manager at NetApp, I lead a team of UX professionals focused on software that enables companies throughout the world to manage mission-critical data that helps their businesses to thrive. I previously served as a Product Manager and User Experience Researcher at Pearson, designing... Read More →
avatar for Jen McGinn

Jen McGinn

Director of User Experience, CloudHealth by VMware
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Jason Reynolds

UX Design Instructor, General Assembly
avatar for Susie Robson

Susie Robson

CA Technologies
Susie Robson is a Senior UX Architect at CA Technologies. Her previous positions include Robson Consulting, a usability consultancy, and MathWorks where she was responsible for the usability of internal business systems and web applications. She has over 20 years experience in interface... Read More →
avatar for Bob Thomas

Bob Thomas

Founder and Principal, User Research Consultant, LLC
Bob Thomas runs his own user research consultancy. Previously, he was Director of User Research at Liberty Experience, where he worked for 11 years building a user research practice and managing a team of 10 user researchers. His background includes user experience research, usability... Read More →
avatar for Timothy	Merrill

Timothy Merrill

UX Consultant, Self-employed
avatar for Rui Wang

Rui Wang

Sr. UX Researcher, NetApp Inc.
人生困境的挑战给了我们机会去表达,并藉此更深入认识自己就是爱的许多不同面向:同理心、宽恕、耐心、不批判、勇气、平衡、接受,以及信任.


Thursday May 10, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Liberty B/C

3:15pm

Design & Diversity: Why does this matter and what can we do?
Diversity and inclusion is a hot topic in today’s society including the world of design, business and product development. How do we create more inclusive spaces for diversity in design? How do we encourage the next generation of diverse talent to pursue careers and leadership in design? How can we become more effective in building bridges between colleagues of different cultures today in the design field?

Speakers
avatar for Farah Bernier

Farah Bernier

Head of Diveristy and Inclusion and Global Business Organization, Google
Farah Bernier is the Head of Human Resources for Google Chrome. In this role, she is responsible for leading talent initiatives to further attract, retain, develop and advance historically underrepresented professionals in the technology industry. Based on her extensive human resources... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Kituuma

Nathan Kituuma

Technical Product Manager, IncluDe Innovation
avatar for Matthew Laurence

Matthew Laurence

Principal UX Designer, Akamai Technologies
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Anoush Najarian

Software Engineer Manager, MathWorks
avatar for Hema Seshadri

Hema Seshadri

Data Analyst, Akamai
avatar for Shanae Ullman

Shanae Ullman

Senior UX Designer, The Boeing Company
Shanae Ullman, MPS, is a Senior UX Designer at The Boeing Company. During the past 12 years she has built engaging user experiences for global corporate high-tech companies, academia and small businesses. She has also taught classes in UX/UI at Northeastern University, Maryville... Read More →


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Thursday May 10, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Back Bay C/D

3:15pm

Listen up! Improving your listening skills and awareness
In school, we are explicitly taught how to read, write and speak, but we are just assumed to know how to listen effectively with unstructured practice. In our work lives, speaking is considered contributing to the work, but listening is undervalued. Advice on good listening habits is often very high level and general. To be effective at user experience, though, we have to be excellent listeners in a variety of situations.

The good news is that listening is a skill that you can always improve to become more effective at listening in all the ways our work demands. Attending this session will help you:
  • Understand what makes or breaks effective listening
  • Identify and counter barriers to good listening
  • Increase your listening skill using pragmatic exercises

Attend this talk to take your listening skill to the next level!

Speakers
avatar for Karen Bachmann

Karen Bachmann

Design for Context
I help my clients build trust and engagement with their customers. Using research to understand who users are, what they need to accomplish, and how they expect to accomplish it, I design and deliver satisfying user experiences across all interactions a customer has with a company... Read More →



Thursday May 10, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Back Bay A/B

5:15pm

Sketching and Designing Your Career Path
In this session, you will learn how to confidently plan the next steps of your UX career. The presenters interviewed 5 industry leaders to learn what matters, and what doesn’t, in succeeding in the field of UX.

We will share easy ways to get started with networking and why it matters. We will share what hiring managers want to see in your portfolio and quick steps on getting started immediately.
We will discuss why you must apply for out of reach jobs, tips on landing the job right for you, and ways to develop your role or create a new one that grows with you.

What you’ll learn from this session:
● How to plan your next career move
● What hiring managers are looking for when reviewing portfolios
● Navigating the job hiring process

Speakers
avatar for Erin Freeburger

Erin Freeburger

Sr. UX Researcher, Akamai Technologies
I create solutions to real problems through research, design thinking, innovation, and good ol’ common sense. I am proud that my research and insights have made a difference in the lives of millions of people around the world—and even helped save lives—by bringing simplicity... Read More →
avatar for Lis Pardi

Lis Pardi

Director, Experience Design, Mad*Pow
Lis is an Experience Design Director at Mad*Pow and in past roles has been an information architect, usability researcher, interaction designer and general supporter of the floppy disk save icon. She has an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and has worked... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Liberty B/C