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Friday, May 15 • 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Mentoring Session 2

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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 focus, 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: Hal Shubin, Len Conte
New to UX/Career changers:
Warren Croce, Howard Davidson
New to UX/Career changers:
Melissa Appel, Azilah Baker
UX Career Development:
Tom Tullis, Diana De Marco Brown
UX Career Development:
Lisa deBettencourt, Melanie St James

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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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Melissa Appel

Senior Product Manager, EnerNOC
In my 10+ years making products I have gone back and forth between UX research and product management (usually combining the two disciplines under various titles). I start each project by asking "Why?" and try my best to eliminate personal opinion from product decisions, instead depending on customer needs, market trends, and business requirements.
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Azilah Baker

UX Researcher, Fidelity Investments
I'm a UX researcher at a financial services company with 4 years experience in the field. My background is in psychology and I spent a few years in the IT industry, hence my interest in human computer interaction. After taking time out of the workforce to raise my children, I found the Human Factors masters program at Bentley, which turned out to be a great fit for me and led me to my current position. I'm happy to talk about transitions, what... Read More →

Len Conte

Principal Usability Professional, MathWorks
The design of industrial strength software appications. | Workflow/task analysis | UX research and testing | Personas | Mobile UX
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Warren Croce

Principal UX Designer, Gazelle
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Lisa deBettencourt

Director of Product Design, Imprivata
Design for emerging technologies or healthcare, UX as a product differentiator, or career growth.
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Melanie St. James

Associate Director, Design and Usability, Tufts University
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Hal Shubin

Principal, Interaction Design, Inc.
UX design consultant in greater Boston and beyond. Design, customer research, usability studies & design workshops. And baseball, libraries, local politics, farmers' markets, cooking, music, newspapers (in print).
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Tom Tullis

VP, User Experience Research, Fidelity Investments
Tom has worked in the usability field for over 30 years. He manages a 40-person team of user researchers for Fidelity Investments.  He is coauthor of the books "Measuring the User Experience" and "Beyond the Usability Lab".  He is also an adjunct professor at Bentley University.  He has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from UXPA and has been inducted into the CHI Academy.

Friday May 15, 2015 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Liberty A/B - Unconference