Talk UX is an annual international design & technology conference led by women

Talk UX is an annual international design & technology conference led by women

Talk UX is an annual international design & technology conference led by women

Fairfield Social Club, September 20th 2019

Talk UX is brought to you by Ladies that UX, a global organisation that has created an international community of inspiring, supportive women in design and tech. Founded in Manchester, Ladies that UX is leading a global movement, with chapters in over 55 cities worldwide, that empowers women to achieve their full potential.

We shed light on the bridges that women in UX build between problems and solutions, user needs and products, and design and technology.

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Gain Insight

Enhance your knowledge and skills by learning from industry leaders and experts. Hear stories from accomplished UX professionals as they share their experiences.

Make Connections

Meet local and global fellow-UX practitioners who are as passionate as you. Join a vibrant community, expand your reach, and further your career.

Get Inspired

Celebrate the exciting work of incredible women in design and technology and leave inspired to encourage change in your organisation. 


Full Conference

£ 150
  • Full day of conference talks
  • Evening networking reception


Kirsty Styles

Compere for the day

Kirsty has a decade of experience creating projects that help people better understand complex ideas. For five years, she worked as a technology journalist in London covering mobile, startups and tech giants. Here, before many people knew these issues were coming, she focused on ethical questions of technology, such as its economic, environmental and social impact, which included creating a standup comedy show.

She is now interrogating ‘public’ ‘journalism’ at the University of Central Lancashire – including through standup comedy – where she has borrowed from a public engagement initiative done by the universities sector. She also works at Liverpool-based charity The Reader, which rebuilds lives and communities by getting people reading great literature aloud together.

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Lou Cordwell, OBE

CEO, magneticNorth

Redesigning success

How can we redefine the concept of success to better reflect the values and ambitions of a creative culture?

In recent years we’ve seen a growing number of organisations set out more ‘purpose driven’ visions for their futures. And yet, the reality is that most companies continue to use the traditional measures of growing profit, productivity and shareholder value to define success. What if we redesigned the mainstream success benchmarks to prioritise an alternative set of measures and behaviours that are better aligned to the delivering happier and more creative working cultures?

About the speaker

Lou is CEO of Manchester based digital design studio, magneticNorth. Founded in 2000, the company quickly established an international reputation with an award winning client portfolio.

Alongside the day job, she is also a board member on Greater Manchester’s Local Enterprise Partnership, Chair of Design Manchester and a passionate campaigner for gender equality in business and the tech industry.

Lou was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours for services to the creative and digital economy.

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Basak Haznedaroglu

Consultant and Coach

About the speaker

Basak is a multi-disciplinary thinker, consultant, educator, and coach. After spending years as a design executive, leading design and research teams and developing strategies at visionary companies like InVision, Microsoft, and Foursquare, she strives to help companies and people transform and become more innovative, creative, and intentional.

She also co-founded OpenIDEO Berlin to create social impact through workshops and initiatives and design solutions to our world’s biggest challenges in sustainability, healthcare, education, and more. And, she is an ambassador of Geekettes and Hexagon, aimed to empower and support women and non-binary people in tech.

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Gemma Germains

Head of Customer Experience, CANYON Bicycles

Connecting the dots: From content design to customer experience The best thing about age is hindsight. Connecting The Dots looks at how we amass experience in the most unusual places. It also offers practical advice for levelling-up your career. You should probably see this talk if you’re frustrated by your career progression. You shouldn’t miss this talk if you’re a content designer who doesn’t feel like a ‘real’ designer. About the speaker With almost 15 years experience, Gemma can confidently call herself a creative industry veteran, with the battle scars to prove it. Gemma was co-founder of Well Made Studio and spent 6 years fighting to highlight the stupidity of unpaid internships and the scarcity of female leaders. As Head of CX at CANYON she gets to work with a global team of cycling experts and enthusiasts to deliver a best in class customer experience.
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Clara Kliman-Silver

UX Researcher, Google

Understanding Designer-Developer Collaboration: Insights from UX Research
How do designers and developers collaborate? Which tools do they use? Where are the biggest pitfalls and pain points?
This talk will discuss research on how designers and developers work on co-located and geographically-distributed teams, leveraging a wide variety of tools to enable team members to design, develop, and collaborate.

Through a variety of research methods, we investigated how design tools and systems help — and hinder — their experiences. We will share our research methods so you can address your own team’s productivity and review which design tools are being used.

Additionally, we will provide a high-level overview of practices for tool integration and ways to avoid fragmentation to work together more productively as a UX team.

About the speaker
Clara Kliman-Silver is a UX Researcher at Google who interested in how designers and developers create products. Previously, Clara held UX design and research roles at companies in the artificial intelligence and healthcare spaces.

She is also the Director of Americas for Ladies That UX and co-organises its San Francisco chapter. Clara holds an Sc.B. in Cognitive Science from Brown University.

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Alley Rutzel

UX Director, Google

Collaborating in a Global Workforce

As the need for employees to collaborate with remote colleagues continues to grow, corporations and organisations must learn to adapt. Unfortunately, not all have the right tools or processes to support this process well. Join Alley Rutzel as she discusses how to enable workplace transformation through connecting people in real time from across the globe to collaborate as productively as if they were in the same room.

About the speaker

Alley is the Director of User Experience for G Suite focused on delivering the tools and resources needed for our customers to have effective, productive meetings. Her vision is for people from across the globe to collaborate as efficiently and intimately as if they were in the same room. Prior to her role on G Suite, she led UX for Shopping in the Ads organisation and oversaw the launch of Google Shopping Express. Before joining Google six years ago, Alley was a UX Manager at Amazon.

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Camille Gribbons

UX Designer,

“This Design Sucks” and other anecdotes from launching a travel app in Indonesia from 7,057 miles away

When global company decided to take things down to a local scale, they had no idea how challenging it would be to tackle a market across the world. Indonesia is one of the fastest growing markets in 2019, and by deciding to target that market, the team quickly learned that there was no way to be successful without help from the locals. In the talk, designer Camille Gribbons will share UX learnings and funny anecdotes about the unique challenges of designing for a brand new market and just how much cultural perspectives matter to the design of a product.

About the speaker

Camille Gribbons is a product and user experience designer with a passion for new product development and design thinking. She currently works on the “Next Billion Travelers” track at where she has handled all design for a new product called “BookingLokal” – a brand new, localized travel app for Indonesia.

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Ladies that UX Global Panel Discussion – People and Connections

Clara Kliman-Silver​

Director of America's LTUX​

Jane Shih

APAC Regional Director LTUX

Jenny Shen

EMEA Director LTUX

Kavitha Krishnan

Director of Talk UX


Tereza Alux

Latam Director LTUX

InnovateHer Panel – Choose your path

To support the InnovateHer initiative the panel for TalkUX will be focused around future skills for the industry, each individual’s story on how they got in to UX and on what they think matters as a UX’er.

Listen to our experts telling their inspiring personal stories of how they ended up in their UX careers – we can guarantee that no two paths are the same!

We’ll also be discussing the skills that you need for the future world of work, why diversity in tech matters, and how to prepare the next generation for roles that don’t even exist yet.

We’ll potentially have a very special guest – an alumna from one of our InnovateHer school programmes (permissions pending!)

Join us for a lively debate and for some inspiration on creating your own future career path.

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On the day…

Breakfast Pastries


Including everything you need to enjoy your day

Executive Coaching

Hilary Farrington, founder of AuthenticWorks is joining us for free 1:1 ‘taster’ sessions, book yours on the day.

Afterparty at Fairfield

2 free drinks on us to wind down



Fairfield Social Club

Archway 6
Temperance Street
M12 6HR

Nearest train station

Manchester Piccadilly

Nearest tram stop

Manchester Piccadilly

Nearest parking

Limited free on street parking
Carparks at Baring Street and Sheffield Street


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Team & Volunteers

Talk UX is a women-led conference. Learn about all of the women volunteering to bring this conference to Manchester. Interested in volunteering? Drop us a line at

Llara Geddes

Head of UX, User Conversion

Fianna Hornby

Marketing Manager, Auto Trader UK

Yun Hubbard

Freelance Graphic Designer & Photographer

Lizzie Kelly-Dyson

UX Designer, Booking Go

Jenni Midgley

Engagement & Communications Lead, AQA

Tamara Undesser

Frontend Developer, Auto Trader UK

Fern Williams

User Researcher, Hippo Digital

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