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

Boston Massachusetts, October 18 & 19, 2018

Boston Massachusetts,
October 18 & 19, 2018

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
at Harvard Medical School ​

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School ​

Thank you to all of our incredible sponsors, volunteers, committee members and attendees for making Talk UX 2018 a fun and engaging two days of learning and connecting.

This Year's Theme: Building Bridges!

Talk UX is an annual, international design and technology conference led by women. It’s a platform to promote the contribution of women in UX, celebrating the exciting and innovative work women are doing within the industry, while remaining informal, supportive and encouraging.

The conference will examine the different areas comprising user experience, from research to data schema, and show the breadth of knowledge of women in UX and their impact on the field.


Day #1 – Thursday, October 18

Conference Talks

Breakfast & Registration


Opening remarks from LTUX Boston


Welcome from LTUX co-founder, Lizzie Dyson


Laura Granka / Director of UX, Google​​



As UX professionals, we work hard to have empathy for our users and connect that understanding to our business goals. In this talk, Laura will give examples of how user research has helped Google stay true to their user-centered strategy and helped fundamentally transform the way we approach products, especially in areas that were previously unknown. You’ll leave this session with new ways of thinking and tactics to apply in your own company.


Jess Robash / UX Designer with Kira MacLean / Senior UX Designer, Pluralsight​​

Building Data Products, One Messy Step at a Time
Algorithms are all the rage right now and are showing us ways of creating products that are more empathetic, useful, and engaging. Learning how to take advantage of this new superpower to solve your next big idea can exciting but where do you start? What makes a good fit for data science and what do you do as a designer or product manager to get it going? We will be recounting our experience with leveraging data science and machine learning in our products and share tips on how to do it well.



The Makeup of Design Leadership

In this panel, incredible women in UX will discuss what makes a design leader. Learn how to influence design in your organization, drive business results, and effectively communicate your design decisions to both internal and external stakeholders. Whether you are an individual contributor or already lead a team, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of what steps to take to advance your design career.


Libby Maurer

Director Of User Experience at HubSpot


Amy Cueva

Founder and Chief Experience Officer at Mad*Pow


Kate Brigham​

Design Director at ezCater


Susan Rice

Head of Product Design & Research at Toast


Danielle Barnes


CEO of Women Talk Design



Ladies that UX: Building Bridges across the world

Ladies that UX is a welcoming and transparent community of people who work in UX. Our mission is to build a global community to positively promote and support each other. In this panel, global leaders of Ladies that UX, will offer deeper insights into the humble beginnings of the organization, its impressive growth within a short span of time, its efforts to bridge the geographical and cultural differences, the organization’s accomplishments and its future plans.


Lizzie Dyson

Co-Founder, Ladies that UX


Clara Kliman-Silver

Director, Americas, Ladies That UX


Darla Huang

Co-director, LTUX Taipei


Kavitha Krishnan


Director, Talk UX


Lola Oyelayo / Digital Product Strategist​

Wicked Digital Problems

Amy Deschenes / Senior UX Consultant, Harvard Library

Beyond WCAG: Making Websites Usable for People with Disabilities

Product round tables
Resume & portfolio reviews


Lara Tacito / Senior Manager of Product Design, HubSpot

People Over Pixels: Building an Evergreen Design System
Design systems are all the rage these days. Everyone seems to be coming out with shiny new redesigns. But figuring out the right corner radius for your buttons and putting together a stunning color palette are the easy parts. How do you build a design system that makes life easier for both your customers and your team? And how do you build a process that keeps your design system from getting dusty? That’s where the real work is. Lara will talk a little about that journey and share some key lessons along the way.

Elena Ontiveros / Content Strategy Manager, Airbnb

Chatter Bots: Content Strategy for the Conversational Interface

Closing remarks

Networking Reception

Day #2 – Friday, October 19



Your choice of workshop:


Sarah Gibbons / Chief Designer, Nielsen Norman Group

Service Blueprinting: Use service design to create processes that are core to your digital experience and everything that supports it

Meena Kothandaraman & Zarla Ludin / Experience Strategists & Co-Founders of twig+fish Research Practice

A Strategic Framework Everyone Can Use: NCREDIBLE Research

Kate Brigham / Design Director at ezCater​

Problem definition: Identify the right problems so you can get to better solutions faster


Why Talk UX?

Brought to you by Ladies that UX, a global organization that has created an international community of inspiring, supportive women in design and tech. With chapters in over 55 cities, Ladies that UX is leading a global movement 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.


Gain Insight

Enhance your skills by learning from UX leaders on a wide range of topics. Leave equipped with the tools to confidently bring about change in your organization.

Build Connections

Meet passionate fellow-UX practitioners from around the world. Join a vibrant community, expand your reach, and further your career.

Get Inspired

Celebrate the exciting work of incredible women in our industry. Hear stories of growth and success from accomplished UX professionals as they share their expertise.

We want women to feel empowered to speak at conferences, so we’ve put together an all-women lineup of speakers, each one with incredible stories to tell. Our conference is open to everyone. Come celebrate the accomplishments of women in UX.


Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston MA 02115


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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 Boston. Interested in volunteering? Drop us a line at

Lara Cavezza

Senior Product Designer, ezCater


Olga Perfilieva

Product Designer, ezCater


Katie Langerman

UI Engineer, CarGurus


Carolyn Swanhall

Account Manager, McGraw-Hill Education


Hannah Schindler

UX Designer, FrontStream


YiYi Liu

Senior Design Researcher, ezCater


Christene Fair

UX Designer


Jenn Buch

Graphic Designer, 903 Creative


Emily Dufresne

Engagement Marketing, Harvard Alumni Association

Tyler Berman

Client Success Specialist, ezCater

2021 Ladies that UX | Code of Conduct | Sponsorships

Ladies that UX is not affiliated with Harvard University, nor is Ladies that UX, Boston a Harvard University program or activity

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