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Friday, May 19 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm

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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 5 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: Maria Garcia, Katelyn Thompson
New to UX/Career changers: Elizabeth Rosenzweig, Four Hewes
New to UX/Career changers: Deanna Glaze, Tom Tullis
UX Career Development: Astrid Chow, Hal Shubin
UX Career Development: Meena Kothandaraman, Richard Wang

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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 →

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Astrid Chow

Senior UX Design & Research Lead, IBM Watson Health
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Maria Garcia

User Experience Lead, SimpliSafe
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Four Hewes

Principal, Four Hewes Studio
At Boston UXPA I hope to meet people who are looking ahead, beyond today's tactical needs, to their business' next problem or next opportunity. Also people who like running, ultra marathons, sailing, tap dance and reading the paper, abstract expressionism, Carlos Scarpa, Stan Lee... Read More →
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Meena Kothandaraman

Customer Experience Strategist, twig+fish research practice
With nearly 30 years of experience, Meena has consulted to emphasize the strategic value, positioning and practice of qualitative research in the design of product, space and service. Her experience spans multiple verticals, with companies who believe in the value of leveraging qualitative... Read More →
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Elizabeth Rosenzweig

Principal Consultant, Adjunct Faculty, Bentley UXC, HFID
Director of World Usability Day, Principal Consultant at Bentley User Experience Center and Adjunct faculty for Human Factors and Information Design Master's program.
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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 →
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Richard Wang

Associate Director, User Research, Curriculum Associates

Friday May 19, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm EDT
6-Liberty B/C