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Friday, May 19 • 10:15am - 11:00am

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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

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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
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 →

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Richard Beauregard

UX Lead, NetApp
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Matthew Belge

Principal UX Designer, Sophos
I have been a UX Designer for 30 years, serving in various local UX organizations since the mid-1990s. My focus has been on human centered innovation - helping people by listening and learning about them, and then creating better products based on that learning. With a background... Read More →

Kevin Berni

Senior Manager User Experience Design, DS SOLIDWORKS
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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 →

janelle estes

Chief Insights Officer, UserTesting
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Scott Faranello

Director, Digital Experience and Engagement, Save the Children

Jeff Goodsill

V.P. Product Strategy & Development, Dailybreak CP
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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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Peter McNally

Senior Consultant, Bentley University User Experience Center
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 customer... Read More →
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Susie Robson

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... Read More →
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Tania Schlatter

Lecturer, Northeastern Digital Media, Northeastern University
Talk to me about:Teaching interaction & information design"Visual Usability" bookDesigning with dataUser centered design strategy & processInformation Architecture before the Web
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Kyle Soucy

Founding Principal, Usable Interface, LLC
Kyle Soucy is the Founding Principal of Usable Interface, LLC (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... Read More →

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