Meet Abby Goodrum

We sat down with Abby Goodrum, Director of Education at UXPA International to learn how she got started in UX, her advice for people starting out in the field and what song makes her get up and dance! How did you get started in the field of UX? After completing my Masters degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Texas, I went to work in the CNN library in Atlanta.  While there I became fascinated with the challenges of creating metadata to access video segments  – including specific images contained within videos. As a result of my experiences at CNN, I undertook doctoral studies in Information Science with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval.  For …

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Spotlight on Veronika Sipeeva

Our Director of Volunteers, Alain Robillard-Bastien sat down with UXPA International volunteer extraordinaire, Veronika to discuss what its like to take on such an important role for the organization and learn more about what she does day to day. So: what motivated you to become a volunteer with us initially? When I was a student, I had an opportunity to meet with Seattle’s UXPA chapter and volunteer at events. There I met fantastic people, passionate about UX and UX community. I wanted to be part of that community and help more. Later, I learned about a volunteering opportunity with the UXPA conference and applied. Volunteering at my first UX conference was rewarding as you can actually see how big of …

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Write for User Experience Magazine

User Experience Magazine, the magazine of the User Experience Professionals Association, seeks submissions for Issue 20.1: Multilanguage/Content Strategy – January/February 2020A global world demands global content. But working in different languages, involves also different cultural backgrounds and different contexts. This issue will focus on Multilanguage/Content strategies, processes, methods and use cases in the UX field. View the article submission guidelines here: The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2019. Questions? Email

Board Member Spotlight – Lauren Schaefer, Director of Web

If you are reading this, you know that we have updated our website! While the site is still in progress and evolving, it is light years better than our old one, and a big reason is Lauren Schaefer. Lauren Schaefer has been working for over nine months to get our new website ready. As many of you know from similar experiences, this initiative has a lot of moving parts, including gathering user feedback (we live and breathe UX after all!), reviewing content, designing changes, developing an entirely new site in WordPress, migrating all member information, and the list goes on. Lauren did all this in her role as a volunteer on our BOD on top of her full-time job and …

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Mentorship Program for September – November

Earlier this year, UXPA International rolled out a Mentorship Program matching those who wanted some professional guidance with industry professionals who have worked in UX for five or more years. The first round ran from March-April, and it was a resounding success. 111 mentees were matched with 83 mentors, and some of those relationships have continued beyond the program! While the program was a success, we still wanted to improve. We examined survey results, debriefed with some mentors and mentees, and we chatted with other orgs who host mentorship programs. As a result, we are proud to announce the next round of the UXPA Mentorship Program! In this round:  There will be 3 tiers. Mentorship – the most guidance (meet to discuss …

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