Author

Stephen P. Anderson
Stephen P. Anderson
Founder
The Mighty Minds Club
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.
Billy Carlson
Billy Carlson
Design Advocate & Educator
Balsamiq
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.
Ian Fenn
Ian Fenn
Senior Product Designer
Tails.com
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
Brand & Content Strategy Consultant
Appropriate, Inc.
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
Director of User Experience
Eight Bit Studios
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.
Mags Hanley
Mags Hanley
Digital Management Coach, Mentor, & Teacher
Indepedent
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.
Aaron Irizarry
Aaron Irizarry
Head of Credit Solutions Design
Capital One
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.
Carmen Medina
Carmen Medina
Owner
Medinanalytics
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.
Chris Avore
Chris Avore
Vice President & Head of Design
Northwestern Mutual
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
Writer, Actor, Improviser, Illustrator
Independent
Megan Kellie is a writer, actor, improviser and illustrator. She lives in Chicago where she regularly repurposes cardboard and goes to Blick.