Network with other women in tech, learn practical skills that will help you make the most of the opportunities you have, and hear UX professional women reflect upon their own experiences negotiating their salaries and promotions. Healthy snacks provided. Coming and going is understood and encouraged, given evening classes, busy schedules, etc. You are welcome for whatever part you can make! Female HCDE undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to attend. Recently graduated female HCDE students and members of SWE are also welcome to join.
At this time, this is a women only event. We will consider having another event that is open to all genders in the future. Men who 'get it' have a strong role to play in backing women up and changing workplace practices. This first event will focus on building bonds between women. Because there are aspects of the wage gap problem that affect women differently, we respectfully ask that only students who identify as female attend. Thank you for understanding.
Gayna Williams has 20 years experience of working in the high-tech industry as Principal UX Manager at Microsoft. She was responsible for hiring, training, and leading many UX professionals during her tenure. Now she’s on a mission to increase the presence of female leaders in the world and has her own company, If She Can I Can which offers career coaching for women, leadership workshops for women, and collaborations with companies to help identify gender bias in the products they build and strategies to address the bias.
Aubrey Bach is a Senior Manager overseeing PayScale's higher education product division and writes and speaks frequently about salary negotiation, higher education, pay equity and career strategy. She is a recovering Diet Coke addict who grew up on the mean streets of Orange County, California, but since coming to Seattle in 2007 has embraced everything the city has to offer (except fleece).
Melissa Jones is an Experience Designer (UX) at Vertafore. Fresh UW HCDE BS Grad - Intern turned full time designer. While fighting for the users' needs comes naturally, standing for her own financial needs was a bit more challenging, and surely more intimidating. While being an ambassador for user experience is her day-to-day passion, she lives to travel with her fiancé, so having a strong salary to fuel their extravagant travel dreams was a top priority.