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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

Head of User Experience, Veracode
Jen McGinn is the Head of UX+UA at Veracode, a 700-person cyber-security company, where she leads a 15-person team of UX designers, researchers, and writers. She has spent the last 15 years working as a UX leader, designer, and user researcher at companies including Oracle, Nokia... Read More →
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Bob Thomas

Director, User Research, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Bob Thomas is Director of User Research at Liberty Mutual Insurance, where he has worked for the last 11 years expanding usability best practices and building out a user experience team. His background includes user research, usability testing, graphic design, and product management... Read More →

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Sarah Bloomer

Principal, Sarah Bloomer & Co

Staci Dubovik

Principal UX Designer, Vistaprint

janelle estes

Chief Insights Officer, 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, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
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... Read More →
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kenny kutney

Information 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... Read More →
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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 →
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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... 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

Friday May 15, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
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