Building A Career Roadmap

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1620 26th Street

Suite 4000 N

Santa Monica, CA 90404

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A conversation and workshop about charting your own path in the UX industry as a woman or non-binary designer.

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In today’s industry, we find ourselves surrounded by an ocean of opportunity. From information architecture to motion design, new technologies like virtual reality and voice interfaces, the design landscape is growing by the day. This paradox of choice can leave us feeling unsure about the direction we want to take.

The truth is there is no one right way.

Join us for a conversation with seasoned designers as they share their experiences working in organizations of different sizes and setups, the different roles they've played within each, and how they were able to identify and leverage their skills to get to the next level.

We’ll follow up with a quick workshop to map out our career goals. And lastly, we’ll be raffling off Passion Planners to help you keep your eye on the prize and Sketch licenses to keep your skills in tip-top shape.

Hope to see you there!


6:00-7:00 – Networking, Drinks and Munchies

7:00-8:00 – Panel Discussion

8:00-8:30 – Roadmap Workshop

8:30-9:00 – Raffle and Networking


2 Sketch licenses

2 Passion Planners

About the speakers

Jess Brown

Jess Brown is an experienced design leader, with years building design teams from the ground up to craft award-winning user experiences. She’s worked in digital media, e-commerce, and education, with companies of all sizes, from startups to large organizations. She’s currently the Director of UX at VICE Media, where she leads product design and user research to design websites and apps for VICE, VICE News, and VICELAND. 

Previously, she worked at Rent the Runway, where she established UX and user research practices to understand customers and improve their experiences. Her academic background is in math and computer science, which she couples with human-centered design methodologies to solve users' problems through technology. 

Michelle Matthews

Michelle Matthews is a UX and product designer with 10 years of designing mobile and responsive experiences under her belt, specializing in the wellness space. She is currently a Senior Growth Designer at Headspace, one of the most popular meditation, sleep and wellness apps. Previously she served as the Head of User Experience at Soothe (on-demand home massages), the UX Manager at Heal (on-demand doctor home visits) and for the award-winning fitness app, Studio Tone It Up. She also serves as an instructor at UCLA Extension, teaching UX and design thinking. Her go-to karaoke song is “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morrisette (or Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill," if available).

+ more to be announced!


Parking is available under the Amazon/IMDb building and will be validated. Once in the garage, look for the orange bank of elevators which leads to the 26th Street building (note: that there are four buildings that share the same garage). Take the parking garage elevator to the lobby and then walk to the north tower and take the elevator to the 4th floor reception area to be signed in.

With love and high fives,

Your LA chapter leads

A big thank you to all of our sponsors!

Please note this event is open to women, agender and non-binary folks. By registering for a ticket, you agree to abide by our community participation guidelines (basically, to create a lovely and inclusive environment for all) Learn more at

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Hexagon is a global UX non-profit organization with a focus on community events and mentorship programs aimed to empower and support women and non-binary folks.

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