Speakers

Eytan Mirsky
Eytan Mirsky
Musician, Actor
Eytan Mirsky is a New York City-based singer/songwriter best known for the songs he contributed to the indie films "Happiness," "American Splendor" and "The Tao of Steve."
Design Thinking
Design Thinking
Comic
Design Thinking!
DESIGN THINKING! is a weekly webcomic about being a creative in an increasingly uncreative tech-first world.
Julia Keren-Detar
Julia Keren-Detar
UX Designer
Untame
Julia Keren-Detar is a game designer and developer based out of Chicago, IL. Currently she is the Creative Director for Untame, a studio shared by her and her husband.
Nicole Maynard
Nicole Maynard
Head of User Experience
Hyatt
Nicole Maynard is the Head of User Experience at Hyatt leading a team of researchers, interaction and visual designers, creating solutions that elevate Hyatt’s digital footprint and enhance the guest experience. She has taken the helm as president of the Chicago chapter of UXPA (User Experience Professionals Association).
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.
Suzanna Bierwirth
Suzanna Bierwirth
Chief Creative Officer
Consumer-first through-the-line thinker. Empowering Leader. Passionate Business Builder. Mother. Maker. Instigator.
Emily Haines Lloyd
Emily Haines Lloyd
Writer & Pep Talker
Independent
A copywriter, magazine contributor, and novelist—Emily Haines Lloyd has been telling stories her entire life.
Susan Salvi
Susan Salvi
Writer, Actor, Speaker
Independent
Originally from (sincerely) wonderful Pittsburgh, Sue Salvi is an actor, improvisor, and writer who now lives in Chicago.
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.
Christian Lane
Christian Lane
Musician and Music Producer
Independent
Marc leads content strategy, content design and copywriting at U.Group. His team cuts through the cruft to drive action and simplify services.
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