Plan your UX future.
Hear from industry leaders on the extremely cool future of UX, that is very not lost, is really certain, and so mature.
Led by our very own Nate Jensen, Direct Hire Recruiter at The Creative Group, this panel will delve into panelists’ perspectives (in-house, startup and innovation education) on the challenges we’re facing and the opportunities that await us as the UX industry matures. Our panelists will be guided by Nate’s insights from placing talent across the San Diego region. The panelists include: Sarah Hernholm, Whatever It Takes (WIT); Ali Hussain, American Specialty Health; and Brant Cooper, Moves the Needle.
As we look forward, one thing is for certain, the UX that got you here isn’t the UX that you will drive your future. As Ben King says, ‘Adapt or Die.’
- 6-7 Networking
- 7-8 Panel Discussion
- 8-9 Networking
Special thanks to Blink UX for providing food and beverages at the event.
Facilitator: Nate Jensen
Direct Hire Recruiter @ The Creative Group
Nate is a former Marketing & Communications professional with nearly a decade of experience in full-cycle content strategy and development for traditional and digital channels. He has spent the last three years in staffing and recruiting within the San Diego marketplace specific to Marketing, Interactive, and Technical.
Panelist: Sarah Hernholm
Founder/President @ WIT and SCS
Sarah is Founder/President of WIT – Whatever It Takes & Smart City Saturday (SCS). Both organizations focus on empowering youth entrepreneurship and activism. WIT provides a 9 month college credit social entrepreneur and leadership program. SCS hosts one day, teen only hackathons focused on hacking the city’s greatest challenges. Sarah is committed to providing platforms for teens to use their voice and make an impact.
Panelist: Brant Cooper
CEO @ Moves The Needle
Brant is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Lean Entrepreneur” and CEO of Moves the Needle. With over two decades of expertise helping companies bring innovative products to market, he blends design thinking and lean methodology to ignite entrepreneurial action within large organizations. He has experienced monumental milestones such as IPO, acquisition, rapid growth, and crushing failure.
He serves as a keynote speaker, advisor to entrepreneurs, accelerators, and corporate leaders, and his current venture, Moves The Needle, empowers organizations to be closer to customers, move faster, and act bolder.
Panelist: Ali Hussain
VP & Head of UX @ American Specialty Health
As VP and Head of User Experience & Design for American Specialty Health (ASH), Ali is responsible for leading product innovation and experience design across ASH’s portfolio of websites, mobile apps and internal tools.
Ali has over 20 years of experience in digital product innovation and design leadership at companies like Monster, AOL and Yahoo. Prior to joining American Specialty Health, Ali served as Senior Vice President of Global Digital Customer Experience for Citibank, focusing on maximizing customer engagement and satisfaction through emerging technologies. He also led the strategy and design of industry-leading apps for iOS and watchOS, making Citi the first banking app on the Apple Watch.
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Venue, Food, & Beverage Sponsor
Blink is a UX research and design firm that works with great companies to create meaningful digital products, brands, and experiences. With studios in Seattle, San Diego, Boston, and Austin, Blink brings two decades of experience using our evidence-driven design process to projects for clients such as Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, and NASA.
Join us to make new connections, share ideas, learn best practices, and be inspired. We meet every 3rd Wednesday evening Jan – October. Our meetings are free and open to the public. We welcome people from all fields; you do not have to be an XD professional to attend.