Speakers

Phillip Hunter
Phillip Hunter
Senior Director, Product Design
O'Reilly Media
Phillip figured out in 2023 that he was supposed to be a designer after all. Fortunately, even while uncertain, he worked in interesting spaces like some of the earliest commercial conversational NLU/NLP applications, nurturing enterprise services toward becoming enjoyable tools, and applying analytics to UX design decisions.
Tiziana Dagostino
Tiziana Dagostino
UX Psychologist
tdagdesign
Tiziana is a UX Psychologist, with more than 20 years of experience in the design industry. She combines psychological insights with good UX/UI practices and a solid ethical framework to create inclusive designs that will persuade without manipulation or dirty tricks. She strongly believes that ethical design can change the world for the better. She is a member of the Ethical Design Network and maintains its blog.
Nathan Curtis
Nathan Curtis
Founder
EightShapes
Nathan co-founded EightShapes with Dan Brown near Washington, DC in 2006. He's passionate about information architecture, user experience design, and front end development, and leads and consults with design systems teams to chart a strategic path and optimize operations. He wrote Modular Web Design in 2009, blogs about design systems regularly, and speaks at events worldwide.
Christine Perfetti
Christine Perfetti
Founding Principal
Perfetti Media
Christine Perfetti is the Founding Principal of Perfetti Media, a user research and product consultancy based in Washington, D.C. She has spent 20 years refining the qualitative and quantitative research practices she leverages to help her clients understand their users and customers.
Danielle Barnes
Danielle Barnes
Chief Executive Officer
Women Talk Design
Danielle is the CEO of Women Talk Design, where she’s on a mission to amplify the voices of women and nonbinary folks. She’s trained hundreds of individuals on the power of storytelling and how to become more confident public speakers. She co-founded Austin Design Week, a week-long event celebrating the design community in Austin through 100+ free community-hosted talks, workshops, and events that ran from 2016-2021.
Alison Gretz
Alison Gretz
Facilitator & Executive Coach
Design By Design
Alison has led teams of individuals in problem-solving and creating solutions for the real world in both boot-strapping start-ups and large Fortune 100 companies. She firmly believes that her leadership philosophy and coaching approach combined create environments where people can discover, make sense of what’s in front of them, and progress forward with momentum.
Stuart Thursby
Stuart Thursby
Creative Director / Art Director
Freelance
Stuart is a Creative Director based in Toronto with a 15-year track record of building and leading teams alongside rolling up his sleeves and getting the work done. His creative career has blended the hell out of the concepts and craft of advertising, digital, experiential, and the web, working at some of the best shops around — BBDO, Cossette, Proximity, Array of Stars, FCB/SIX, Teehan+Lax, Trajectory, DDB, DARE, Edelman, and many others, plus 4+ years owning and running Stack.
Yaddy Arroyo
Yaddy Arroyo
VP / Principal VUI Designer (NLU & Emerging)
Truist
Specializing in pioneering multi-modal banking experiences that seamlessly merge cutting-edge chatbot technology with human-centric service design.
Sunni (Sun) Brown
Sunni (Sun) Brown
Founder & Author
The Center for Deep Self Design
Sunni (Sun) Brown is the founder of creative consultancy Sunni Brown Ink and recently reincarnated the Center for Deep Self Design (getting its second life after a tragicomic opening in March of 2020!).
Jane Ruffino
Jane Ruffino
Content Designer & UX Writer
Jane is a research-driven UX content design consultant who has worked across a range of industries, including fintech, healthcare, mobility, HR tech, enterprise SaaS, travel tech, and retail, with clients across Europe, Asia, and North America. She’s been a journalist, documentary producer, and professional development educator. She is passionate about storytelling, plain language, and strong collaboration. With her one-person content studio, Character, she specializes in workshops and facilitation, but she'll also happily write the words and stories that make your software go. 
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