UX in Review: How to Advocate for Yourself and Your Work

  • 18 Oct 2018
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • MOZ, 1100 2nd Ave, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98101

Thursday, October 18 @MOZ in Seattle

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ux-in-review-how-to-advocate-for-yourself-and-your-work-tickets-50989422736#tickets

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  • General admission (non-members) goes on sale 10/6: $8.00. Tickets are nonrefundable.


As User Experience Professionals we are adept at advocating for our users, but we may be unsure how best to advocate for ourselves when it comes to performance reviews, contract renewals, the presentation of our work in job interviews or the opportunity to lead an exciting new project. A panel of UX Managers from several leading companies in Seattle will share their strategies for preparing for these situations and inspire you to take charge of these opportunities. This talk will appeal to designers, researchers and other members of a UX team.

Insights we hope you’ll gain from this panel:

  • Strategies to prepare for annual performance reviews at your workplace.

  • Techniques for advocating for yourself as a UX contractor or vendor when your contract is up for renewal.

  • Ways to deal with imposter syndrome and keep your confidence up when taking on new project roles and leadership opportunities.

  • Tips for talking about yourself and your work in interviews, annual reviews and cross-team communications within your organization.

About our panelists

Mila Milam

Jennifer "Mila" Milam is a Product Designer and design team lead at Microsoft OneNote. Her passion area is Productivity, with a capital 'P'. Prior to her current role at Microsoft, she designed—and sometimes developed—software  for YouTube/Google, Apple, IBM, the City of Seattle, and Starbucks. She received an MS in Human-Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech, and a BS in Applied & Computational Math from UW, Seattle, where she also worked in the Human-Interface Technology Lab (HITLab) and was a proud eater of free [dub] lunches.

Danielle Teska

Danielle leads the UX and visual design teams responsible for Amazon Homepage, List, Cart, and Checkout experiences for customers around the world. In the last 15+ years, she's listened to hundreds of users, designed for screens large and small, and solved problems using a variety of technologies such as machine learning and natural language processing.  Over the last ten years, she’s built and scaled UX teams to design for positive impact at startups, agencies, and Fortune 500 companies.

Jerrod Larson

Jerrod's been in the field of UX for more than 15 years. He's presently a UX Research manager at Google, and he has held UX leadership roles at Alaska Airlines, Amazon, and Boeing. Jerrod has a PhD and Master’s in Human-Centered Design from the University of Washington.


6:30 PM: Doors open

6:30 - 7:00 PM: Food and networking

7:00 - 8:00 PM: Panel discussion

8:00 - 8:30 PM: More food and conversation

8:30 PM: The event concludes

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