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Friday, May 19 • 10:15am - 11:00am
Mentoring

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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 5-8 mentees. Mentoring groups will form on a first-come first-serve basis, so please show up on time to get mentored!

There will be 6 tables at this session, each with their own focus, to meet your mentoring needs. Choose from New to UX/Career Changers or UX Career Development. 

The mentors for this session will be: 

New to UX/Career changers: Kyle Soucey, Rich Beauregard
New to UX/Career changers: Matt Belge, Mary Lee
New to UX/Career changers: Peter McNally, Susie Robson
New to UX/Career changers: Tania Schlatter, Jeff Goodsill
UX Career Development: Diana DeMarco Brown, Scott Faranello
UX Career Development: Janelle Estes, Kevin Berni

Moderators
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Jen McGinn

Director of User Experience, Veracode (CA Technologies)
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... Read More →
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Bob Thomas

Director, User Experience, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Bob Thomas is Director of User Experience Research at Liberty Mutual Insurance, where he has worked for the last 8 years expanding usability best practices and building out a user experience team. His background includes usability research, usability testing, graphic design, and... Read More →

Speakers
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Richard Beauregard

UX Lead, NetApp
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Kevin Berni

Senior Manager User Experience Design, DS SOLIDWORKS
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Diana DeMarco Brown

UX Manager, DrugDev
Diana DeMarco Brown, author of the recently released book, Agile User Experience Design: A Practitioner's Guide to Making It Work, currently works as a User Experience Manager, at DrugDev. She is also an adjunct lecturer at Northeastern University. Prior to DrugDev, she worked as a designer and design manager for Nuance, Aspen Technology, Autodesk, Raytheon... Read More →
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janelle estes

VP, Solutions Consulting, UserTesting
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Scott Faranello

Director, Digital Experience and Engagement, Save the Children
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Jeff Goodsill

V.P. Product Strategy & Development, Dailybreak CP
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Mary Lee

UX Manager, NetApp
As a UX Manager at NetApp, I lead a team of UX professionals focused on software products that enable users to manage, monitor, and troubleshoot data management systems. I previously worked at Pearson as a Senior UX Researcher and Senior Product Manager, the Volpe National Transp... Read More →
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Peter McNally

Senior Consultant, User Experience Center, Bentley University
Peter McNally is a Senior UX Consultant at the User Experience Center. Pete has more than 20 years’ experience in usability, information architecture, accessibility, and software engineering. His current areas of interests include the intersection of user experience (UX) and cu... Read More →
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Susie Robson

UXPA Boston Treasurer, 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 design and usability for both web-based and application-based software, and has established Usability departments at two different companies. Susie is treasurer and past secretary of the Boston UXPA chapter, contributor to UXPA Voice, and was co-organizer of both the Boston UXPA Chapter Conferences and World Usability Day Boston (2005-2008). She has an M.M. in Business Management from Cambridge College and has taken Information Design courses at Bentley College, as well as courses from New England School of Art and Design/Suffolk University. She is also Vice President of, and an artist with, the Hyde Park Art Association. | Candidate Interests... Read More →
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Tania Schlatter

UX & UI Lead, Part-time faculty, Harvard IQSS/Northeastern University
Talk to me about: | Teaching interaction & information design | "Visual Usability" book | Designing with data | User centered design strategy & process | Information Architecture before the Web
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Kyle Soucy

UX Research Consultant, Usable Interface
Kyle Soucy is the Founding Principal of Usable Interface (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 to name a few. She has spent the last 17 years helping create intuitive interfaces for a variety of different products, ranging from websites to touch screen devices. Kyle is the Founder and Past President of the New Hampshire Chapter of the User Experience Professionals' Association (NH UXPA) and she has served as the Chair of PhillyCHI, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association for Computing... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 10:15am - 11:00am
6-Liberty B/C


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