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Karen McGrane

If the internet is more awesome than it was in 1995, Karen would like to claim a very tiny piece of the credit. For more than fifteen years Karen has helped create more usable digital products through the power of user experience design and content strategy. Today, she manages Bond Art + Science, a user experience consultancy she founded in 2006, where she has led content strategy and information architecture engagements for The Atlantic, Fast Company, Franklin Templeton, and Fidelity.

Prior to starting Bond, Karen helped build the User Experience practice at Razorfish, hired as the very first Information Architect and leaving as the VP and National Lead for User Experience. There she led major redesign initiatives for The New York Times, Condé Nast, Disney, and Citibank, and managed a diverse team of information architects, content strategists, and user researchers.

Karen is the author of Content Strategy for Mobile, published by A Book Apart.

Karen is on the faculty of the MFA in Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she teaches Design Management, which aims to give students the skills they need to run successful projects, teams, and businesses. She is also on the management team of consulting and venture capital firm Ignite Venture Partners, serving as their VP of Digital.

Karen’s only real professional experience is in content strategy and user experience design, work she pursued after receiving an M.S. in Technical Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she focused her research on interface design and usability. Her unprofessional work experience includes working in a hat factory and doing mall appearances as the Muppet Ernie.

LinkedIn Profile

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kmcgrane

Examples of talks, slide decks
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Karen McGrane: Adapting Ourselves to Adaptive Content – An Event Apart from Jeffrey Zeldman on Vimeo.

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Juliana Lukasik

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In a film career that has spanned over 19 years, Juliana has produced projects that have won Emmy, Addy and Telly Awards. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day management of @Large Films and business development, she is also currently Vice President of the Central Eastside Industrial Council and serves on the board of the Portland Advertising Federation. Juliana’s many accomplishments, one of which is being named Small-to-Medium Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 by the Portland Business Journal, coupled with her dedication to supporting women in the production industry, has earned @Large Films the distinction of being one of the top woman-owned businesses in Portland. Juliana is a graduate of Oregon State University with a BA in Broadcast Communications.

Juliana speaks about the impact females make on household decisions and that most creatives involved with marketing to women are male. She provides professional tips anyone can use to implement diversity in their creative processes.

Juliana recently was a speaker at World Information Architecture Day on February 15, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. http://www.wiad.org

LinkedIn Profile
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/juliana-lukasik/12/653/243

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LEA ALCANTARA

If you want an experienced designer who will create engaging and effective sites, then I’m your gal. Respecting clients and building great relationships with them, as well as pinpointing design flaws that aren’t accurate reflections of my clients’ brand are all key to my process. My goal is design with sass and class: professional, attractive, hassle-free web solutions that fulfill client goals which helps formulate and deliver precisely the right business-building message.

This isn’t just fancy-speak: I was an active part of Capital Ideas, where small business help other small business. It’s important to me that I actually interact with business owners not necessarily related to the web to know how to a) discuss technical solutions in a language everyone understands, and to b) properly create solutions for them! Additionally, I’ve been interviewed by the press about entrepreneurship, branding, and competition. I understand where you’re coming from because I’ve been there.

LINKEDIN

www.linkedin.com/in/lealea

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Emily Lewis

I’m a craftsman. I not only care about what people see, I care about what they don’t see.  I believe expertise is more than just being an expert. It’s about knowing when, why and how to apply my skills. My goal isn’t to use every feature and technique. Instead I transform technology into websites and CMSes that deliver the best results for my clients.

Not only am I passionate about supporting my clients, I’m passionate about supporting my community. I serve as Managing Editor for Web Standards Sherpa, and am the author ofMicroformats Made Simple and a contributing author for the HTML5 Cookbook. Along with Lea, I host the CTRL+CLICK CAST, and I speak at conferences and events all over the country.

LINKEDIN

www.linkedin.com/in/emilyplewis

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Laura Weiss

Laura Weiss is a strategist, designer, educator, and consultant who helps organizations grow through innovation initiatives. She has spent more than twenty years guiding all aspects of the innovation process and the operating activities that are associated with it. Leveraging her expertise in both design-thinking and management consulting, she has skillfully led interdisciplinary teams and guided both private and social sector organizations in product and service innovation, business process transformation, and talent development initiatives.

Laura provides independent advisory services that help organizations get results from their innovation projects and initiatives utilizing collaborative problem-solving, expert process facilitation, and conflict mediation. Previously she was a member of the Executive Management Team of the Taproot Foundation, serving as its Vice President of Service Innovation. During her tenure she advised on the evolution of the organization’s award-winning Service Grant Program, and oversaw the growth of its corporate Advisory Services practice. Prior to Taproot Laura spent nine years as a Practice Director and Associate Partner with world-renowned design consultancy IDEO where she focused on innovation for service industries and advised companies as diverse as AT&T, Morgan Stanley, and AAA.

In addition to her consulting and management career, Laura has been a registered architect with extensive experience as a designer, educator, and project manager. She is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of Public Architecture, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, and previously served on the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni. Laura holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an M.Arch from Yale University, and a B.Arch with honors from Cornell University.

LINKEDIN:
http://www.linkedin.com/in/lweiss212

BLOG:
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SPEAKING EXAMPLES:

Headlands Panel Discussion: Rethinking Service Delivery from Public Architecture on Vimeo.

http://www.slideshare.net/LauraXWeiss/linking-customers-to-the-design-process-mit-sloan-2012

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Jessica Ivins

Jessica a Philadelphia-based User Experience (UX) designer and researcher who speaks, writes, and volunteers for many things UX. She’s spoken internationally at conferences such as SXSW, IA Summit, UX Camp Ottawa, and UX Cambridge (UK). She teaches for Girl Develop It Philadelphia. She’s the main organizer for UX Book Club Philly, and she served on the board of PhillyCHI, Philadelphia’s UX community, from 2009-2010. She’s currently a senior UX designer/researcher at AWeber; prior to AWeber, she worked at Happy Cog as a senior UX designer.

Jessica is passionate about making everything she interacts with both easy and enjoyable to use. She drives her family nuts by complaining about the plastic film on food containers that can’t be removed without a knife.

Outside of work, she likes to cook and read. I’m also frequently enjoying a fine glass of Malbec or an IPA.

LINKEDIN

www.linkedin.com/in/jessicaivins/

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Designing For Users from AWeber Communications on Vimeo.

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Tracy Leigh Hazzard

Over the last two decades, Tracy Leigh Hazzard has developed unbeatable instincts for color, design and product markets. Her career has spanned five industries, including automotive and contract fabrics, furniture design, technology accessories and retail fashion, all contributing to her unerring ability to identify the right product strategy for any given market.

With her husband and design partner Tom Hazzard, Tracy has lectured at numerous universities and trade shows, as well as contributed to national consumer and trade publications. Their combined portfolio contains more than 200 retail products, nearly 60 market successes that have lasted a decade or more at retail, and 30 utility and design patents.

Tracy has also worked in-house multiple times, including at Herman Miller, where she was part of a team that originated groundbreaking work that applied bionomics to design. This effort led to the unveiling of an entirely new line of textiles developed to improve working conditions and productivity. As either an in-house designer or consultant, she has worked with companies such as Ameriwood, Bissell, Best Buy, Better Homes & Gardens, Bush Industries, Clark American, Costco, Ethan Allen, Martha Stewart Home Office, Sam’s Club, Staples, Steelcase, Whalen Furniture and many more.

After more than a twenty years of living and working together with husband and design partner Tom, Tracy values spirited debate between the genders that leads to greater creativity. She is an expert on the role of women in design and the challenges presented by a wealth of retail products bought primarily by women, but designed chiefly by men.

Examples of Tracy Hazzard’s design work and process can be viewed at http://www.hazzdesign.com. The Hazz Design Blog, “Design for the Masses,” written chiefly by Tracy, offers strong examples of her grasp of complex business, design and social issues.

LINKEDIN
http://www.linkedin.com/in/tracyhazzard

SPEAKING EXAMPLES

Brainstorm to Box (1) – Secrets to Working with Your Spouse from Hazz Design on Vimeo.

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Aviva Rosenstein

Aviva Rosenstein began researching how people use technology during the earliest days of the Web, and she started creating, collecting, and iterating on lean UX techniques in 2005. By helping product developers at Yahoo and Salesforce.com understand and empathize with the people who buy and use their technology, Aviva’s teams have helped launch hundreds of features for dozens of successful cloud services developed using Scrum and other Agile approaches— for media portals, social networking sites, and enterprise platforms and applications.

Aviva currently specializes in helping design agencies and enterprise companies use customer insights to inform product strategy, enhance their user experience, and increase profitability and customer satisfaction.

LINKEDIN
http://www.linkedin/in/avivarosenstein

SPEAKING EXAMPLES

Dr. Aviva Rosenstein – “Fake Ethnography vs Real Ethnography” at URF08 from bolt peters on Vimeo.

Dreamforce 2011: http://www.slideshare.net/AvivaRosenstein/practicing-what-we-preach-designing-usage-centered-deliverables

Web App Masters Tour 2011: Designing the experience of the clouds: http://www.uie.com/events/web_app_masters/2011/master/aviva-rosenstein/

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Lisa Welchman

Lisa helps organizations clarify decision-making authority for all things related to web development—web governance. That means she’s often in the middle of organizational disputes, and she likes it. Lisa’s core strength is helping to resolve differences of opinion among digital stakeholders. She works closely with organizations to understand why there are challenges around managing the organization’s web presence and then works collaboratively with her clients to create solutions to resolve those challenges.

Lisa works with all sorts of organizations: large governmental and non-governmental agencies, global for-profit businesses, and universities and colleges. Web governance is an equal-opportunity concern.

Lisa has been focused on large web site management and web governance since 1999, when she started an independent consulting practice after being a web publishing manager for Cisco Systems. At Cisco, Lisa was fortunate enough to work with multi-channel content delivery and portal, web content management and other technologies in their infancy. She also experienced first-hand the dynamics that occur between various stakeholders—business units, marketing communications, IT—when they all have an interest in the web.

Lisa is based in Baltimore and supports clients all over the globe. She keeps a blog. on corporate web strategy and governance at the WelchmanPierpoint website. She’s also writing “Managing Chaos: Web Governance for the Enterprise”.

Lisa can be hired through Rosenfeld Media

LINKEDIN

www.linkedin.com/in/lisawelchman

SPEAKING EXAMPLES

Lisa Welchman — On All the Different “Web Governances” in the Universe from Together London on Vimeo.

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LUCILLE TENAZAS

Lucille Tenazas is both an educator and graphic designer. Her studio, Tenazas Design was based in San Francisco for 20 years but relocated to New York in 2006, returning to the city where she originally began her practice in 1982. She is the Henry Wolf Professor in the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design where she is developing a graduate concentration in Design, Craft and Technology. Previously, she was the Founding Chair of the MFA program in Design at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Lucille’s work has been featured in many publications and exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including a 2003 retrospective of her work from the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Among her clients have been the San Francisco International Airport, Princeton Architectural Press, Rizzoli International, Neue Galerie Museum for German and Austrian Art and projects for numerous non-profit organizations and institutions.From 1996 to 1998, she was the national president of the AIGA and is currently on the board of the AIGA/NY chapter involved in education initiatives. In 2002, she received the National Design Award for Communication Design from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and has been honored in 1995 as one of the ID Forty, ID Magazine’s selection of America’s leading design innovators.Lucille studied at California College of the Arts and holds an MFA in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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Tenazas Design

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