About Chicago Camps

About Chicago Camps

Chicago Camps, LLC was formed and founded with the intention of bringing high-value, low-cost events to the user experience community.

We work hard to make our events financially accessible and a worthwhile investment time and make our content available for free after our events. We welcome first-time, newer, and experienced  speakers and help shape their submissions and get them on a stage.

Meet Our Amazing Speakers

Our speakers are at the heart of all that we do. Over the years, we’ve welcomed so many wonderful people to our stage–from the world-famous to the “was an attendee at the last event” to the person who never thought they’d have the courage to give this a try.

Public speaking and community and industry presentations are work and require a dedication to a topic and the audience. We could not be more proud that we have been able to work with these folks.

Add yourself to the team!

Sunny Stueve
Sunny Stueve
Sunny Stueve is a Senior User Experience Architect in Washington, DC. For the last several years, she has focused on incorporating human centered methodologies, intuitive design, and research into the agile processes of complex, large-scale, enterprise applications in support of National Security missions
Michelle Schulp
Michelle Schulp
Michelle is an independent graphic designer and frontend developer in Minneapolis. Prior to beginning her career, she studied Visual Communications, with minors in Psychology and Sociology.
Michaela Hackner
Michaela Hackner
Michaela is passionate about using words and stories to make the world a better place. She started her career designing content in the nonprofit space where she worked with women entrepreneurs in Cambodia and East Africa, and led the design of web experiences for the Gates Foundation and Red Cross.
Matthew Eng
Matthew Eng
Matt is a Design and Research Lead for IBM Design. He has worked on projects for companies such as American Airlines, AT&T, Ogilvy and Symantec. During these projects, he has conducted numerous design and research efforts that helped to align and focus stakeholders with diverse needs.
Kim Goodwin
Kim Goodwin
You may know Kim Goodwin from her bestselling book, Designing for the Digital Age. Kim is a consultant who helps organizations build their UX capabilities. She has served as VP of Product & UX at PatientsLikeMe and as VP Design & General Manager at Cooper, leading an integrated practice of interaction, visual, and industrial designers and the development of the acclaimed Cooper U design curriculum.
Scott Sullivan
Scott Sullivan
Scott is the Head of North American Design Group at Ascendum, and helps to build products and services to assist people in making positive long-term changes to their behavior.
Tanner Christensen
Tanner Christensen
Tanner Christensen is the Head of design at Gem.com, where they’re building the platform for the future of recruiting.
Jasmine Friedl
Jasmine Friedl
Jasmine is the Director of Design at Intercom, and previously led product design at Udacity, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and Facebook.
Alyssa Boehm
Alyssa Boehm
Alyssa is the Vice President of User Experience at Forrester. She has established UX practices, career ladders, and built high-performing, cross-functional teams in a variety of spaces including customer science, healthcare, financial services, and education.
De Nichols
De Nichols
De Nichols is a designer, activist, social entrepreneur, and lecturer addressing racial inequities within the built environment through the production of interactive art experiences, digital media, and social interventions.
Jabali Williams
Jabali Williams
As Director of User Experience, Jabali’s impact spans both clients and disciplines.
Lena Trudeau
Lena Trudeau
Lena Trudeau is the COO at Fu Associates. Lena served as a member of the U.S. Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service. As Associate Commissioner at the General Services Administration (GSA), she was mandated to leverage technology to modernize procurement practices and transform business operations.
Donna Lichaw
Donna Lichaw
Donna Lichaw is an executive coach, speaker, author, and tin robot collector serving leaders in the product, design, and tech community at large.
Maggie Hsu
Maggie Hsu
Maggie Hsu is a Co-Founder of Gold House, a nonprofit collective of pioneering Asian leaders dedicated to systematically accelerating the Asian diaspora’s societal impact while enhancing the community’s cultural legacy.
Celia Hodent
Celia Hodent
Celia Hodent is an expert in the application of cognitive science and psychology to improve products, systems, services, and video games. She currently leads an independent UX consultancy, working with a wide range of international media and enterprise companies.
Stephen P. Anderson
Stephen P. Anderson
Stephen P. Anderson is a speaker and author who spends too much time thinking about visual collaboration, how people learn, and board games; not necessarily in that order. Oh, and he’s on a mission: To make learning the hard stuff fun, by creating ‘things to think with’ and ‘spaces’ for generative play.
Michelle Y. Bess
Michelle Y. Bess
Michelle Y. Bess serves as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director at Sprout Social, focusing on efforts to ensure all people feel a sense of belonging and that their voices are heard.
Alesha Arp
Alesha Arp
Alesha Arp is a Senior User Experience Researcher whose work has informed the design of software platforms, digital and physical spaces, and business processes.
Melinda Kilner
Melinda Kilner
Melinda is a Senior Product Designer at Gem, helping teams nurture top talent. With a background in front-end development, she also has extensive experience designing for the learning and training space, and helping worldwide organizations build their digital content design systems.
Sup Suh
Sup Suh
Sup Suh is an experience designer at Bounteous, where his work encompasses everything from user research to human-centered design.
Tricia Okin
Tricia Okin
Tricia Okin is a lead user experience designer and service designer who uses design thinking for the public good and the good of her clients’ businesses.
Margo Stern
Margo Stern
Margo Stern, a Content Strategist at Level, has been making the rounds in Silicon Valley content circles since it became a thing (about ten years ago). After stints at Google, Twitter and Facebook, she made the switch to the start-up world in September 2020.
Saskia Videler
Saskia Videler
Saskia Videler is a senior content strategist in Belgium. She helps organizations streamline their content and communication efforts.
Lauren Liss
Lauren Liss
Lauren Liss coordinates the Interaction Design major and the User Experience and Web Development minors in the Interactive Arts and Media (IAM) Department at Columbia College Chicago and has been a faculty member in this program since 2006.
Clifton Simmons
Clifton Simmons
Clifton is a senior content strategist for Allstate, focusing on claims and roadside service. He’s dedicated to inspiring a diverse generation of UX design professionals, working as a mentor and instructor in various programs.
Jatin Gupta
Jatin Gupta
Jatin is a product designer at T-Mobile currently designing the T-Mobile for Business self-service platform. He is passionate about problem-solving in the digital space while keeping sustainability and ethics in mind.
Lindsey Gates-Markel
Lindsey Gates-Markel
Lindsey leads content strategy at Pixo, working with teams of clients, designers, and developers to explore the space between what exists and what is possible. She loves dumb questions and metadata.
Nikki Espartinez
Nikki Espartinez
Nikki Espartinez is a designer of digital experiences and products. The core themes of her work are User Experience, Design Operations and Design Evangelism. Nikki is very passionate about all three of them.
Billy Carlson
Billy Carlson
As a designer, Billy is his happiest when designing for a greater purpose. Whether it’s creating ways for users to enjoy their experience more seamlessly or complete a task more efficiently, he always places the people at the center of what he creates.
Lis Hubert
Lis Hubert
Lis is an acclaimed design and strategy thought leader, writer, and speaker with extensive expertise in Digital Strategy, Customer Experience, Information Architecture, and Design Thinking.
Diana Sonis
Diana Sonis
Diana is a passionate believer in holistic, 360 strategy and design, with extensive expertise in UX Design, CX Design, Service Design, and the Design Thinking methodology.
Megan Machamer
Megan Machamer
UX research specialist and ethnographer with 10 years of social science research experience in both professional and academic contexts.
Amanda Weller
Amanda Weller
Amanda has over 10 years of experience designing and executing custom projects that deliver creative, insightful solutions to complex problems to create intuitive, innovative, useful, fun experiences for people around the world.
Barkha Sharma
Barkha Sharma
Barkha is an experience designer at TO THE NEW, a digital transformation services company in Delhi, India. Academically, she holds a bachelors in computer science engineering and is pursuing masters in psychology.
Jeff Eaton
Jeff Eaton
Jeff Eaton helps large organizations understand, model, and manage their content. For 25 years, he's tackled digital publishing, web development, and content strategy problems for organizations large and small.
Ian Fenn
Ian Fenn
Ian Fenn is a Senior Product Designer at tails.com. Since 2014, he has been advising other designers on how to represent their value effectively to potential clients and employers. He is the author of Lobster Book, the definitive guide to UX Portfolio design, and creator of the popular UX Portfolio Essentials course.
Margot Bloomstein
Margot Bloomstein
Margot Bloomstein is a speaker, strategic adviser, and the principal of Appropriate, Inc., a brand and content strategy consultancy. For two decades, she’s helped organizations improve communication through brand-driven content strategy.
Carolyn Chandler
Carolyn Chandler
Carolyn Chandler has been working in the field of User Experience Design for over 20 years, after finding it due to a driving interest in psychology and anthropology. As Director of UX at Eight Bit Studios, her areas of specialty include design strategy and leadership, interaction design, and user research and modeling.
Lisa Dance
Lisa Dance
Lisa D. Dance is a UX Designer/Founder at ServiceEase, a consultancy that helps businesses and non-profit organizations “be easy to do business with” by using user centered research and design.
Justin Dauer
Justin Dauer
Justin is a multi-faceted, multi-pierced, multi-tattooed designer, author, and speaker. He wrote the celebrated book “Creative Culture,” speaks internationally on culture and design, and is the Vice President of Design at bswift, a CVS Health company.
Jessi Shakarian
Jessi Shakarian
Jessi Shakarian got her start in tech as a developer, but found that she loved everything that happens before it’s time to code. She works as a freelance UX and accessibility consultant, and is currently the accessibility lead at DIA Design Guild.
Ana Peralta
Ana Peralta
Ana V Peralta is a User Experience Designer, CSPO and User Experience Strategist based in Austin, Texas. Ana is known for her work with the Dell IT Support site, Facebook’s Transparency reports and Disney’s Corporate Retreat e-brochure website where you can build magical itineraries with your colleagues.
Jess McPheron
Jess McPheron
A tinkerer at heart, Jess McPheron is an ideating and problem-solving enthusiast. Curiosity and a passion for creating led him into the world of product management seven years ago when building his own ecommerce concept.
Jason Cranford Teague
Jason Cranford Teague
Jason is a creative strategist, writer, and speaker who has written numerous books and articles about digital design and creative development. His books include the best selling CSS Visual Quickstart Guide and Final Cut Pro and the Art of Filmmaking.
Dani Nordin
Dani Nordin
Dani Nordin works for athenahealth as the Product Design Architect for athenaClinicals. There, she uses her superpowers in user research, pattern recognition, and snark to help the organization unpack big, gnarly problems related to EHR configuration, clinical content, and specialty support.
Natalie Kurz
Natalie Kurz
Natalie Kurz has spent the last 20 years helping elevate digital experiences from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Her unique skill set bridges the gap between strategy and execution, manager and designer, analytical and creative thinker.
Amy Jiménez Márquez
Amy Jiménez Márquez
Amy Jiménez Márquez is the owner and Publisher of Boxes and Arrows, devoted to the practice, innovation, and discussion of design—including graphic design, interaction design, information architecture, and the design of business.
Adam Polansky
Adam Polansky
Adam Polansky is not a new face in the UX Community having been a regular fixture at events and meet-ups around the world for a long time.
Ashleigh Axios
Ashleigh Axios
Ashleigh Axios is a speaker, strategic creative, and an advocate for design’s ability to break barriers and create positive social change. She is Chief Experience Officer and a Partner at Coforma, a digital consultancy and design firm that crafts creative solutions and builds technology products that support communities.
Derek Featherstone
Derek Featherstone
Derek Featherstone is an internationally known speaker, practitioner, and authority on accessibility and inclusive design. He has been working on the web since 1999, when he left his career as a high school teacher to start his own web design company.
Loriah Pope
Loriah Pope
A self-described what-iffer, Loriah is passionate about working across disciplines and teams to clarify complex problem spaces. She finds everything endlessly fascinating, asks way too many questions, and writes about those questions sometimes on Medium.
Kathy Wang
Kathy Wang
Kathy is the US-born daughter of Chinese-born parents. As an Asian-American, she experienced her childhood as a third culture kid.
Dean Schuster
Dean Schuster
Founder and partner of truematter, a user experience strategy firm, Dean has created user-centered digital products for 25 years. He oversees truematter’s UX practice, leading engagements for regional organizations as well as the Fortune 100.
Cristina Simonetto
Cristina Simonetto
Cris is a content designer in Toronto with about 15 years experience writing for UX. Currently, she’s a content chapter lead at RBC, Canada’s largest bank.
Colleen Pellissier
Colleen Pellissier
Colleen is passionate about collaboration, human-centered research, and a holistic approach to creating products. She’s currently a UX Researcher at Groupon; bringing a customer-focused lens to teams and initiatives across the organization with a fiery heart and quick wit.
Cliff Seal
Cliff Seal
Cliff is a Principal Designer at Salesforce, helping build world-class customer experience tools. For him, experience design is a strategy for creating positive change in the world for others—not in a vague sense, but a literal one.
Betsy Freeman
Betsy Freeman
Betsy is a curious creative currently working as a Senior Experience Designer at Intuit.
Karen VanHouten
Karen VanHouten
A curious enthusiast with a deep love for beautiful messes (fostered over 20 years working in UX for enterprise solutions), Karen currently works as a Principal Consultant for OST (Open Systems Technologies).
Adam Connor
Adam Connor
Adam’s work focuses on helping teams and organisations strengthen and grow their human-centered design and innovation capabilities. As a design leader, Adam’s work blends systems thinking, HCD, anthropology, and organisational behaviour to foster more collaborative, creative and customer-centric organisations.
Abi Jones
Abi Jones
Abi Jones leads a team of designers and researchers in Google Health, an organization that works across a variety of medical specialties to dramatically improve the availability and accuracy of medical services, with a focus on cancer, skin conditions, and diabetic eye disease.
Aaron Irizarry
Aaron Irizarry
Aaron Irizarry, aka “Ron,” is the Head of Credit Solutions Design in Capital One’s Commercial Bank. Aaron is also the co-author of Discussing Design: Improving Communication and Collaboration through Critique.
Lindsey Latiolais
Lindsey Latiolais
Lindsey will talk to anyone about anything at any time, which served her well in her decade-plus in UX research. She worked as a researcher with 6 different companies, from a giant multinational consultancy with offices worldwide to a tiny real-estate post-startup based out of Chicago.
Christian Lane
Christian Lane
Marc leads content strategy, content design and copywriting at U.Group. His team cuts through the cruft to drive action and simplify services.
Carmen Medina
Carmen Medina
Carmen is an organizational heretic and all-purpose troublemaker whose only real expertise is asking stupid questions and noticing odd, new things that might amount to something…or maybe not.
Carmen Bocanegra
Carmen Bocanegra
Over the past decade, Carmen has led teams through the process of research, strategy, and design.
Chris Avore
Chris Avore
Chris is a Vice President, Head of Design who leads teams, drives product strategy, and helps executives understand the value of design. He has championed design, research, and content strategy to improve the services people use every day in organizations of all sizes and industries around the globe.
Megan Kellie
Megan Kellie
Megan Kellie is a writer, actor, improviser and illustrator. She lives in Chicago where she regularly repurposes cardboard and goes to Blick.
Susan Salvi
Susan Salvi
Originally from (sincerely) wonderful Pittsburgh, Sue Salvi is an actor, improvisor, and writer who now lives in Chicago.
Meena Kothandaraman
Meena Kothandaraman
With 30 years of experience, Meena has consulted to emphasize the strategic value and positioning of qualitative research in the design of product, space and service.
Maria Pereda
Maria Pereda
Maria leads design at Clio, helping increase access to justice while improving the lives of lawyers. Previously, she’s led teams at Roadmunk, Schoology, Critical Mass and GE.
Marc Rambeau
Marc Rambeau
Marc leads content strategy, content design and copywriting at U.Group. His team cuts through the cruft to drive action and simplify services.
Helen Keighron
Helen Keighron
Helen Keighron, Director of Product Design at HubSpot, is focused on leading and scaling multi-disciplinary UX teams.
Christine McGlade
Christine McGlade
Christine McGlade has been a digital media producer, designer, and educator for over 20 years. She is a sessional lecturer in the Digital Futures faculty at OCAD University in Toronto where she teaches topics in user experience design and user research, data visualization, futures thinking, and the ethical issues that arise when we step into design leadership roles in the digital economy.
JR Miller
JR Miller
JR Miller is a Caribbean-American writer, designer, and speaker in the Bay Area. He’s worked on design and brand initiatives for companies such as Google, cPanel, and Grooveshark.
Eva PenzeyMoog
Eva PenzeyMoog
Eva PenzeyMoog is a Chicago-based UX designer who focuses on the emerging space of safety design. Before joining the tech field she worked in education non-profit and volunteered as a domestic violence educator and rape crisis counselor.
David Dylan Thomas
David Dylan Thomas
David Dylan Thomas, author of Design for Cognitive Bias, creator and host of The Cognitive Bias Podcast, and a twenty-year practitioner of content strategy and UX, has consulted major clients in entertainment, healthcare, publishing, finance, and retail.
Dr. Temple Grandin
Dr. Temple Grandin
Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist, and inventor, has served as an inspiration and role model to hundreds of thousands of families and persons with autism. In this unique presentation, Temple eloquently and candidly describes the challenges she has faced and offers glimpses into her own childhood, with ideas on how others dealing with autism can meet these obstacles and improve the quality of their lives.
Julia Beauchamp Kraft
Julia Beauchamp Kraft
Julia Beauchamp Kraft is the founder of the public speaking training company, Speak To Inspire. Founded in 2014, Speak To Inspire has trained 1000’s of entrepreneurs and professionals as well as 100’s of companies like LinkedIn, Salesforce, ZScaler, Twitter, etc.
Joanne Wang
Joanne Wang
Joanne is an extremely thoughtful designer who thinks iteratively. She has a sharp eye for design and can quickly connect the dots on complex workflow products.
Emily Wachowiak
Emily Wachowiak
Emily has worked with digital content for 10+ years, shifting from marketing copywriting and content strategy to UX writing and content design. She founded the UX writing practice at Peapod Digital Labs (the e-commerce provider for grocery brands such as Stop & Shop) before practicing content design team at Upwork and Mozilla.
Casey Hald
Casey Hald
Casey Hald has been doing web design & user experience since 2008. He has worked mostly on enterprise software—developing rapid prototypes and conducting usability sessions to determine usability for designs.
Jaime Ventura
Jaime Ventura
As a user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design professional, Jaime Ventura is an expert in implementing government procedures and requirements to digital platforms.
Christian Crumlish
Christian Crumlish
Christian Crumlish is a product and UX leadership consultant at Design in Product, where he also hosts a product/UX community.
Lisa deBettencourt
Lisa deBettencourt
Lisa is a product strategy and design leader. She works with organizations in healthcare and life sciences to discover, develop, and operationalize innovative ways to improve the patient and clinical experience.
Carol J. Smith
Carol J. Smith
Carol Smith has been has been improving the human experience across industries for 20 years and working to improve AI systems since 2015.
Emily Haines Lloyd
Emily Haines Lloyd
A copywriter, magazine contributor, and novelist—Emily Haines Lloyd has been telling stories her entire life.
Natalie M. Dunbar
Natalie M. Dunbar
Natalie Marie Dunbar is a UX-focused content strategist with a unique blend of skills as a journalist, content writer, and user researcher
Liya James
Liya James
Liya is a designer, inclusion advocate, and author. Over the past two decades, Liya’s product innovation work has touched millions of users through collaborations with brands like Apple, AT&T, Mercedes-Benz R&D, and IBM Design.
Brad Nunnally
Brad Nunnally
Brad Nunnally is the Senior Director of User Experience at Intellibridge and a co-author of “Designing The Conversation: Techniques for Successful Facilitation” for New Riders (Voices That Matter) and “UX Research: Practical Techniques for Designing Better Products” for O’Reilly Media.
Anne Hjortshøj
Anne Hjortshøj
Anne Hjortshoj is a product design leader with an accidental specialty in spinning up new teams. During her 20+ year career, she’s successfully led design and product teams in industries as disparate as automotive, cybersecurity, online education, financial services, politics, and advertising.
Wil Reynolds
Wil Reynolds
Wil has been helping Fortune 500 companies develop brand marketing strategies since 1999. As Seer’s Vice President of Innovation, Wil develops strategies and innovations to help clients build traffic and make money.
Mags Hanley
Mags Hanley
Mags Hanley is a career and executive coach for UX designers. Using her over 25 years as a Designer and UX Leader, she works with designers at all stages of their careers.
Wendy Johansson
Wendy Johansson
Wendy Johansson is a founder, entrepreneur, and Product Experience leader who has spent her career building equitable teams and products in tech.
Kevin Klos
Kevin Klos
Kevin Klos is a Senior Experience Designer (The Star Wars equivalent of a Jedi Master) with Best Buy, where he uses human centered design, testing and analytics to vanquish deceptive design and make easy-to-use experiences for Best Buy customers. For more, keep up with Kevin at klosencounters.com or on Twitter as @kevinklos.