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Friday, May 15 • 11:15am - 12:00pm
Mentoring Session 1

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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 8 mentees. Mentoring groups will form on a first-come first-serve basis, so please show up on time to get mentored!

There will be 5 tables at this session, each with their own focu, to meet your mentoring needs. Choose from New to UX/Career Changers, Team of One/Solo Practitioners, or UX Career Development.

The mentors for this session will be:

Solo Practitioners/Team of One: Janelle Estes, Kenny Kutney
New to UX/Career changers: Susan Mercer, Gideon Goldin
New to UX/Career changers: Mary Lee, Jesse Morano
UX Career Development: Jeremy Kriegel, Sarah Bloomer
UX Career Development: Amy Kidd, Staci Dubovik

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Jen McGinn

Director of User Experience, Veracode, Inc.
Jen McGinn is Director of User Experience at Veracode, an application security startup, where she leads a 10-person UX and UA team. She has presented at local and national UXPA conferences, holds an MS in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University, and been the Co-Lead for the Boston UXPA Mentoring programs for several years.
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Bob Thomas

Director of User Experience, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Bob Thomas is Director of User Experience at Liberty Mutual, a Fortune 100 company, where he has worked to expand usability best practices and build a UX team. He has presented at local and national UXPA conferences. He holds an MS in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University and an MBA from Suffolk University. He is on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire UXPA, and is Co-Mentoring Lead for the Boston UXPA.

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Sarah Bloomer

Principal, Sarah Bloomer & Co
User experience practitioner and coach with years and years of experience in Australia and the USA. The best part is continually discovering new ways to be good at UX. I coach UX teams, run design courses in design research, sketching, facilitation and visual design, and am an adjunct professor of collaborative design at Olin College. We hold meetings for UX managers to share their solutions and challenges. And when I get the chance, I speak... Read More →

Staci Dubovik

Principal UX Designer, Vistaprint

Janelle Estes

Director of Research Strategy, UserTesting

Gideon Goldin

UX Architect, Tamr
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Amy Kidd

Senior Manager of User Experience, MathWorks
Director of Events & Treasurer @ UXPA International
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Jeremy Kriegel

UX Manager, BzzAgent
Jeremy Kriegel has been designing great user experiences (UX) for 18 years. Just as we need to understand the needs and context of users to craft a design solution, Jeremy believes that success also requires us to look at the business context to craft an appropriate design process. From start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, as a consultant or on an internal team, he has seen a lot of different scenarios that each required their own approach. He... Read More →
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kenny kutney

UX Architect, Imprivata
Kenny has been making life a little better for software users of all kinds since 1987, working for small startups, large corporations, and even as principal of his own design shop. Kenny holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, and has contributed to the design and development of multiple CAD, network management, development, learning, telecomm, non-profit, retail and healthcare enterprise-grade software products for desktop, web and mobile.
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Mary Lee

Senior Usability Engineer, NetApp
I conduct UX research and promote a more user-centered approach to building data storage products at NetApp, a leading vendor of innovative storage and data management solutions that help organizations around the world store, manage, protect, and retain their data. I previously worked at Pearson as a Senior User Experience Researcher and Senior Product Manager focused on homework and assessment applications used by millions of students worldwide... Read More →
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Susan Mercer

Experience Research Director, Mad*Pow
After starting a career in geophysics, Susan discovered that she enjoyed visually communicating her data more than she enjoyed researching the science. She has over 20 years of expertise in user experience, working both as a consultant and in-house designer and researcher. She has several years of experience in conducting user research, using a diverse set of research methods from contextual inquiry to ethnography to collaging across... Read More →
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Jesse Morano

Sr. UX Designer, Curaspan
HealthCare UX, Mobile UX, Animation, Rapid Prototyping, Minimalist flow diagrams, White boarding, Hiring the right UX people, Interview techniques, UX with a purpose

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