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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

Moderators
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Jen McGinn

Director of Cloud Management Product Design, VMware
Jen McGinn just started a new role leading a 45-person product design organization for the Cloud Management business unit of VMware. She is on two panels at this year's conference - one on the state of Agile UX and another debating the benefits of high-fidelity design (on the side... Read More →
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Bob Thomas

President, UXPA Boston Board of Directors
Bob Thomas runs his own user research consultancy. Previously, he was Director of User Research at Liberty Mutual Insurance, where he worked for 12 years building a user research practice and managing a team of 10 user researchers and interns. His background includes user experience... Read More →

Speakers
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Melissa Appel

Director of Product, Divert
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... Read More →
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Azilah Baker

Senior User Experience 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... Read More →
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Diana Brown

Product Design Director, New Relic
Diana DeMarco Brown currently works In a fully remote role as the Director of Product Design for Applied Intelligence at New Relic. She has worked as a designer and design manager for SmartBear, Nuance, Aspen Technology, Autodesk, Raytheon, and The MathWorks. She has also served... Read More →
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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

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 →
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Lisa deBettencourt

Founder & CXO, Forge Harmonic, LLC
Lisa is a design executive and strategy consultant. She works with healthcare companies to discover, develop, and operationalize innovative ways to improve patient experience and outcomes amidst increasing regulatory demands, consumer expectations, and technological complexity... Read More →
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Melanie St James

Chief Experience Officer, The Co8 Group
Melanie is a forward-thinking customer experience leader with a business strategy and product management mindset. Her ability to help teams integrate Service Design, User Experience, Agile, OKRs and Design Thinking allows for the rapid alignment of customer and business needs while... Read More →
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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... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2015 4:15pm - 5:00pm EDT
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