With around 75% of the People for Research team powered by some mighty female brainpower, we’re no strangers to being a woman working in tech. So, we’re always excited to see other women representing within the UX industry, giving their insight into the digital landscape and roles in the design and technology from a female perspective. Next month will see a group of inspiring female speakers take to the stage at Talk UX in Manchester, an annual conference hosted by the Ladies that UX.

The day will be focusing on the bridges that women in UX build between problems and solutions, user needs and products, and design and technology. As well as improve your developing skills, you’ll also get the chance to make connections with local and even international attendees through the day at Talk UX.

Keep reading to discover our highlights of the day.

✏️ Collaborating in a global workforce
Alley Rutzel, UX Director at Google

Ever wondered if collaborating is as easy as a click of a switch? Come along to Alley’s talk if you want to engage in how communication collaboration works all around the world, and the tools you need to make remote working productive, regardless of how wide-spread your team members are.

✏️ Resigning success
Lou Cordwell, CEO at Magnetic North

Lou will be talking about her experience working as the CEO of Manchester-based digital design studio, MagneticNorth. Outside her everyday job, Lou is a passionate campaigner for gender equality in business and the tech industry. She was even awarded an OBE last year, for her services to the creative and digital economy!

Lou’s talk will be focusing on how we can redefine the concept of success to better reflect the values and ambitions of a creative culture.

✏️ Beyond good design leadership
Basak Haznedaroglu, consultant and coach

The three keys to success: learn how to be a leader, learner, and listener. Basak will explore the traits of a strong design leader that embodies self-awareness, active listening, relationship building, operational excellence, and leading change.

She speaks from experience, having worked as a consultant, educator and coach globally, and contributed towards some great social causes, such as Geekettes and Hexagons, a group that aims to empower and support women and non-binary people in tech, as well as co-founding OpenIDEO Berlin, which looks at digital solutions to some of societies biggest issues.

✏️ Understanding designer-developer collaboration: insights from UX research
Clara Kliman-Silver, UX Researcher at Google

How can you collaborate better within your team? Working with designers and developers can prove challenging sometimes, with different mindsets and priorities often working towards the same goal. Clara from Google will be telling attendees about the best tools, strategies and advice she can give for working in a UX team, with both techies and creatives.

If the talks aren’t enough to get you to Manchester for the day, perhaps the event’s on-the-day extras make it worth the journey: enjoy lunching on street food from local caterers The Ottö-Men, book yourself in for a free 1:1 executive coaching session to find the answer to any questions you have, and finish the day with some free drinks at the Talk UX afterparty.



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