Women & Gender Minorities in UX

Thursday October 1, 1PM ET

What’s it like for women and gender minorities in the user experience industry? What unique lenses do they bring to the table, and what challenges do they face because of or despite their gender? How are these concerns made worse or less severe in different industries? This exciting group of panelists brings a broad set of perspectives to these and other questions, providing insight that can be applied by people of any gender.

The panelists


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Meet the panelists

Candi Williams (She/Her)

Candi is a born again content lover and psycholinguistics geek based in Bristol, UK. Having graduated with a degree in English Language and Linguistics (many moons ago), she’s been obsessing over the endless power of good, clear communications for over a decade.

Day-to-day, she wears her Content Design Manager & Strategist hat for the world’s largest building society. By night, she writes books – with three published and counting.

When not waging the good fight against lorem ipsum and inaccessible, head-scratchingly confusing content, you’ll find her binge-watching crime dramas, desperately trying to meditate more or seeking out more brightly coloured kicks to add to the sneaker collection.

Chad Gowler (They/Them)

Chad Gowler is an accessibility consultant working for the UK government. They specialise in diversity and inclusion especially around mental health and LGBTQ+ issues. In their spare time, they are in various usergroups talking about gender, accessibility, mental health and gaming for social good, or chilling out on their Animal Crossing island.

Danielle Cooley (Moderator, She/Her)

Danielle Cooley has been working in design research and strategy for more than 20 years with such companies as Hyundai, Pfizer, Graco, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Fidelity, MasterCard, and more.  She runs a bespoke consulting practice and speaks frequently at local, national, and international conferences. She tweets sporadically – @dgcooley.

Mónica Fernández Valadez (She/Her)

Mónica Fernández Valadez is an accomplished user-centered and context-driven creative problem solver, with over 18 years of demonstrated success in delivering quality work, while seamlessly collaborating with international teams. She describes herself as “designer by profession, animal lover by conviction, UXer by choice, Service Designer out of curiosity.” She holds a Master’s in Creativity for Design from Escuela de Diseño del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. She is currently focused on the underlying at BBVA USA

Neha Kumar (She/Her)

Neha Kumar is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech. Her research lies at the intersection of human-centered computing and global development. She was trained in computer science, design, and ethnography at UC Berkeley (BS, PhD) and Stanford University (MS, MA). Neha leads the Technology and Design for Empowerment (TanDEm) lab at Georgia Tech.

More events from UXPA 2020: At Home

Every Thursday throughout October we’re exploring a new and important  UX topic. From diversity and inclusion, to career development and UX in Government. You can expect lots of live short talks, panel discussions, question and answer sessions and even lightning UX posters!

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