The world is changing and the climate of well-balanced and open society is not as prevalent as many of us would like. Technology is developing alongside new political changes. This year, 2017 is a pivotal moment in history and we can help shape the course of events by the work we do.
For our 2017 event, we’re looking at issues of inclusion. In our field, we are uniquely positioned to research, understand, and solve complex problems that benefit thousands while working with, and for, an extremely diverse audience. While we celebrate our differences, sometimes they can cause conflict or confusion.
UXPALA invites a diverse group of speakers working in Tech, UX and complementary disciplines to discuss their perspective on the current state of Sex, Gender, Race, in regards to hiring practices, forming teams and productive development. We’ll discuss the types of changes we look to see in our field, and how inclusion benefits a company, team, product and user.
MARGOT DEAR – SENIOR DIRECTOR UX, ADP
Margot Dear the User Experience Director with 18 years’ experience in branding, strategy and user centered design methodologies. Her experience has ranged from start-ups to publishing and software application development. Over the years, Margot has worked and lived in Canada, the UK and California working at companies including Complinet Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, Citrix and ADP as a UX professional. Margot is actively involved in the UX community mentoring students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, University College London and the Pasadena Art Center College of Design.
BIANCA NASSER – ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR & MFA CANDIDATE ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN
Bianca Nasser is a Los Angeles-based community centered designer, multimedia strategist, and documentarian. In 2014 she founded a mobile-first platform for patient-generated health data management and in 2015 she developed a cultural trend forecasting tool based on social data for a global advertising agency. Previously, she served as Special Projects Assistant at Center on Communication Leadership and Policy researching the impacts of mobile technology on human trafficking.
Bianca is currently working on an interactive archive of mixed race & queer Americans, teaching as an adjunct instructor in the Product Design department at the ArtCenter College of Design, and organizing as a co-founder of the Antiracist Classroom, an initiative to counteract racism and white supremacy in design education and practice. She has worked with a variety of partners including Starbucks, The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and Airbnb.
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