User Experience Mentorship

Event Details

User Experience Mentorship

Time: June 20, 2012 from 5:30pm to 8pm
Location: IIT Institute of Design
Street: 350 N. LaSalle St., 4th Floor
City/Town: Chicago
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Event Type: speaker, mentorship
Organized By: Riley Graham
Latest Activity: May 14, 2016

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Event Description

Join IxDA on June 20th as we spend the first half of our event learning about mentorship in the user experience design community. Dave Hoover (@redsquirrel) from Groupon and lead mentor at Code Academy, followed by Kelly Stickel (@kstickel) from Acquity Group and founder of Remodista, May BaMaung from Critical Mass, Mark Baldino from Fuzzy Math and Judi Wunderlich (@JudiWunderlich) from Wunderland, will share their experiences, insights and advice as mentors/mentees.

Speakers will share:

  • why mentors are important
  • how to find a good mentor/mentee
  • how to facilitate your relationship
  • discuss experience as mentor/mentee


Toward the end of the evening, attendees will have a chance to pair as mentors and mentees in a speed-mentoring fashion. Each pair will have about 10 minutes to chat and then we will ask the group to rotate, giving every member about 5 pairings. 


What is speed-mentoring?

Building off of the typical concept of speed-dating, speed-mentoring allows students and design professionals to meet each other for a short-time to see if they can support each other’s needs around timing, guidance, and other logistics which may effect a good mentorship experience. We will collect feedback after the quick speed meeting sessions on the event night so that interested mentors and mentees can follow-up with one another. 


Please RSVP by identifying yourself as a mentor, mentee or observer.

What is a mentor?

A mentor is a coach, guide, tutor, facilitator, counselor and trusted advisor. A mentor is someone willing to spend his or her time and expertise to guide the development of another person.

What is a mentee?

A mentee is a student, protege, apprentice and eager learner. A mentee is someone who wants to learn from someone who knows and seeks their valuable advice in order to grow personally and/or professionally.

What is an observer?

An observer is someone who has decided if mentorship is something they are interested in. An observer does not necessarily fit into either category of a mentor or mentee, but is willing to learn about the process.

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Comment by Piyush Sinha on June 21, 2012 at 12:23pm

This was a really nice event. Good talks by the speakers. 

Looking forward to more great events!

Comment by Randy Ellis on June 21, 2012 at 12:20pm

Awesome seeing the great turn out at yesterdays event. It was a great ice breaker for newcomers to the field and career transitional people. Additionally, I enjoyed hanging with the observers towards the end discussing UX/UI behaviors, tools, and trends. See you July 18th!

Comment by Kelly Stickel on June 21, 2012 at 9:24am

It was fun to listen to the other mentors talk about their experiences!  Thank you for the invite Riley!  Please share our Remodista Women's Leadership Series - The Digital YOU! - For women in the retail and digital communities - August 8th - 6:30-9pm - Chicago!

Comment by Vanessa Grass on June 18, 2012 at 10:16am

I really want to go to this. But I think I may need to leave early, like 7:00 pm... Is that really bad?

Comment by Michelle Fogiel on June 13, 2012 at 9:55pm

This will be my first event and I'm really excited about talking to some of the mentors!

Comment by Piyush Sinha on June 11, 2012 at 11:43am

Looking forward to the event.

Comment by Randy Ellis on June 6, 2012 at 3:35pm

Think this will be great for both aspiring and seasoned designers looking to create in a different field. I'm looking forward to all the feedback I'm able to obtain during this event. 

Comment by Nicholas Paredes on June 5, 2012 at 12:10pm

The UX group at my company, and my specific area — mobile — has been interested in developing a solid intern program, perhaps spanning several years. It is difficult to get entry-level designers to be productive as well as ensuring that there is a common understanding of the results expected from such a program. It will be interesting…

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