Charlene McBride is Sr. Experience Designer at Mullen where she dances with complexity for brands large and small. A lifetime ago, she spent a decade working in children’s television and animation. Charlene grew up in the Midwest at the caramel center of urban and suburban life and where she learned that the cure for boredom is curiosity. She is co-author of Sketchnotes: A Field Guide for the Busy Yet Inspired Professional and spends her spare time making stuff in her loft in Lowell, MA.
For the past 20 years, Indi Young has been pioneering ways to understand customers and employees in order to support them better. Most organizations have developed awareness and expertise at gathering big data–the numbers that track what and how people have done things. These same organizations, however, are inexpert at understanding why. The messy and divergent reasoning and motivations that drive people’s decisions are what Indi helps you tune in. She is expert at gathering the thoughts that lie deeper than simple preferences, opinions, and desires. And she is expert at helping you solidify patterns and sort through the wavelengths to focus on particular channels so you can support people in more powerful ways.
In 2001 Indi was one of the founders of the user experience agency Adaptive Path, which has provided leadership for the experience and strategy design field. During her career, Indi has worked with clients in many industries, including higher education, and has seamlessly embedded with teams at multi-national organizations as well as with tiny start-ups. Clients are pleased with the efficient way Indi engages and with the tremendous knowledge she imparts to team members.
Indi blogs at www.indiyoung.com, where you can also find links to helpful articles and presentations she has written over the years, and you can follow her on Twitter @indiyoung.
Sunni Brown was named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” and one of the “10 Most Creative People on Twitter” by Fast Company. She is founder of a creative consultancy, an international speaker, the co-author of Gamestorming, and the leader of a global campaign for visual literacy called The Doodle Revolution. Her TED Talk on doodling has drawn more than a million views on TED.com. She lives in Keep Austin Weird, Texas.
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Meri is a geek, a manager, and a manager of geeks. Previously she led the Delivery Team at the Government Digital Service and worked in Procter & Gamble’s Global Business Services organisation for 10 years, starting out as a Developer, moving on to Product Management, and finally Programme& Engineering/Operations Management. She’s led teams ranging in size from 30 to 300, mostly with folks spread across the world.
She studied Computer Science with a focus on artificial intelligence, so she still thinks of herself as a proper geek and imagines she always has a soldering iron in her back pocket—though sadly the reality isn’t so cool.
A published author and previous winner of the BCS Young IT Professional of the Year in the UKITIndustry Awards, she sponsors scholarships to help more girls start STEM careers in her hometown of Stellenbosch, South Africa. In her spare time she enjoys baking, gaming, surfing and her obsession with hot smoking Texas-style BBQ.
Ummul is co-founder of Bidna Capoeira, a charity that uses the Brazilian art-form of capoeira to help traumatised children deal with the devastating psychological and physical impacts of war and conflict. Ummul runs projects in Syria and Palestine.
As an evangelist for design ethnography, Kelly is dedicated to understanding how real people integrate products and services into their daily lives. Kelly is principal of gotomedia LLC, a global leader in research-driven, people-friendly interface design and strategy for web, mobile, and product solutions for clients including Samsung, Hyundai, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Adobe, and Seiko Epson Japan.
Her style and passion make her a popular keynote speaker, instructor and consultant on Applied Ethnography, Lean UX Processes and Emotional UX. Her book, Web Redesign 2.0: Workflow That Works, is a standard for user-centered design principles., is used in corporations and university curricula in 22 languages.
Laura Klein is a Lean UX and Research expert in Silicon Valley, where she teaches companies how to get to know their users and build products people will love. She blogs about UX, metrics, customer development, and startups at Users Know. Her book, UX for Lean Startups, was published by O’Reilly and is aimed at helping entrepreneurs learn enough research and design to let them validate their ideas.
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University.
Her recent books are ‘Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages’, ‘A Sociology of Globalization’, and the 4th fully updated edition of ‘Cities in a World Economy’. Among older books is ‘The Global City’. Her books are translated into over 20 languages. Her forthcoming book is ‘Expulsions: When complexity produces elementary brutalities’.
She has received diverse awards, from multiple doctor honoris causa to being chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy and as the 2013 winner of the Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences.
Jen Meyers is a web designer/developer, teacher and speaker. She’s part of the instructor team at Dev Bootcamp in Chicago. In 2011, she founded the Columbus, Ohio chapter of Girl Develop It, a group that provides introductory coding classes aimed at women, and she currently serves GDI as an advisor and sometimes teacher. She speaks regularly about topics related to design, development and diversity in the technology field, and focus on finding new ways to make both technology and technology education accessible to everyone.
Glenda Watson Hyatt has cerebral palsy. She’s known as the left thumb blogger because she writes a blog and wrote her best selling book I’ll Do It Myself using only her left thumb. She uses computerized voices to communicate. She’s a Canadian activist who is working to get communication disability access written into the disabilities laws.
Glenda works for Soaring Eagle Communications, Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC). The organization runs a national campaign to promote accessibility for people who have speech and language disabilities.
Glenda gives motivations talks, leads workshops about web accessibility and is well-versed in the internationally-recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. She’s presented talks at Open Web Camp IV and The Cerebral Palsy Association. She uses Power Point and a computerized voice to deliver her motivational messages. She aims to inspire or to motivate an audience to strive for their potential and to live their life more fully.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Communication from Simon Fraser University.