Speakers

Kai Tran
Kai Tran
Co-Founder & Product Designer
Sprintfolio
Kai Tran has over 10 years of design experience. Her design journey has spanned from game cinematics to environmental design, and from print to interactive. In all her diverse experiences, one thing has been central: innovation.
Alec Levin
Alec Levin
Co-Founder & CEO
Learners
Alec is the CEO and cofounder of Learners, a platform and community for UX professionals aiming to make career learning free for everyone. Prior to that, Alec has extensive experience in user research roles in startups of all kinds, and specializes in bridging the gap between founders and their early users.
Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick
CEO & Co-Founder
XDS | Experience Design Systems
Michael Carrick CEO & Co-founder of XDS | Experience Design Systems Inc.
Kathi Kaiser
Kathi Kaiser
Co-Founder & Partner
Centralis
Kathi Kaiser is co-founder and partner at Centralis, a Chicago-based UX consultancy. She leads a top-notch team in creating great user experiences for global clients, start-ups, and cultural institutions.
Jared Spool
Jared Spool
Founder & Co-Founder
User Interface Engineering & Centre Center
Jared Spool is the founder of User Interface Engineering (UIE), the largest usability research organization of its kind in the world. If you’ve ever seen Jared speak about usability, you know that he’s probably the most effective and knowledgeable communicator on the subject today.
Kurt Cunningham
Kurt Cunningham
Co-Founder
Made by Munsters
Kurt is a motivated and adaptive innovative thinker who enjoys data-driven design and development.
Brad Larson
Brad Larson
Founder
Waterfall
Brad comes from a background in Flash, animation, and video and originally made his living through Flash work.
Wendy Johansson
Wendy Johansson
Co-Founder & Chief Product Experience Officer
Misalud Health
Wendy Johansson is a founder, entrepreneur, and Product Experience leader who has spent her career building equitable teams and products in tech.
Liya James
Liya James
Author & Co-Founder
The Center for Deep Self Design
Liya is co-founder of The Center for Deep Self Design. She joined the Center as it was re-incarnating post-pandemic, bringing a welcome set of insight and expertise that is harmonious and complementary to the mission.
Maggie Hsu
Maggie Hsu
Co-Founder
Goldhouse
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.
July 2024
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