Speakers

Danielle DuMerer
Danielle DuMerer
CIO & Commissioner of the Department of Innovation & Technology
City of Chicago
Danielle is CIO and Commissioner of the Department of Innovation and Technology. Most recently Danielle was the City’s Chief Technology Officer, leading efforts to leverage data and technology to make government more effective, efficient, and innovative.
Celia Hodent
Celia Hodent
Author, Consultant
Independent
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.
Kim Goodwin
Kim Goodwin
Author
Independent
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.
Colin MacArthur
Colin MacArthur
Head of Design Research
Canadian Digital Service
Colin MacArthur is the head of design research at the Canadian Digital Service. CDS is a digital consultancy inside the Canadian government. There, he coaches government teams conducting research under tight timelines with no budget
Gail Swanson
Gail Swanson
Lead User Researcher
Morningstar
Gail Swanson helps people solve their problems without blowing themselves up. Throughout her career designing for glowing screens, she’s been dedicated to helping talented folks be more successful at their jobs.
Farai Madzima
Farai Madzima
UX Manager
Shopify
Farai Madzima is a UX Manager at Shopify in Ottawa, Canada. He’s an interaction designer and organiser of Pixel Up! meetups and conferences.
Jamila Parham
Jamila Parham
Owner
The Tech Unicorn
Jamila is very active in Chicago’s Tech Community as a STEM Advocate and Diversity and Inclusion champion. You will find her speaking on panels, working with teachers and students and uplifting her community.
Scott Berkun
Scott Berkun
Author & Speaker
Scott Berkun is a bestselling author and popular speaker on creativity, philosophy, culture, business and many other subjects. He’s the author of seven books, including The Myths of Innovation, Confessions of a Public Speaker, and The Year Without Pants.
Todd Zaki Warfel
Todd Zaki Warfel
Executive Coach
As an executive coach, Todd Zaki Warfel works with individuals and companies who are interested in personal growth, leadership development, and organisational transformation.
Natalie D. Hanson, Ph.D.
Natalie D. Hanson, Ph.D.
Principal, User Experience
ZS Associates
Natalie D Hanson is a Principal and partner at ZS, where she built and now leads the User Experience team. Prior to ZS, she worked at SAP, where she also built a User Experience team supporting Board-level projects.