Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Inside our Offices, Technology Conferences, UX

A career journey is a curvy path that usually takes unexpected turns, and as a designer in the growing field of UX, it’s sometimes a struggle to find the right environment to foster great design discussions with fellow UXers.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most at Ancestry.com is the great team who have helped me grow tremendously as a designer.

I’m excited to announce that on July 31, Ancestry.com will be hosting a XX+UX happy hour to foster conversations around all things UX.

Guest speaker Erin Malone, a UXer with over 20 years of experience and co-author of Designing Social Interfaces, will be sharing stories of her journey into user experience and talk about the mentors who have helped her along the way. Find out more about the event here: https://xxux-ancestry.eventbrite.com

The Google+ XX+UX community is comprised of women in UX, design, research and technology. The community shares useful industry news and hosts some of the best design events I’ve ever attended.

These events were recently written about by the +Google Design page, “We’re proud to support this burgeoning, international community of women in design, research, and technology who can connect, share stories, and mentor each other online and offline.”

Their events don’t have the typical networking awkwardness and encourage comfortable conversation. I was surprised by how much I learned from just mingling with other colleagues in various work environments—that had never happened to me at prior “networking” events.

Connecting with others and swapping stories at events like this help to develop a greater understanding of my trade and grow a network of trusted colleagues I can rely on through the twists ahead in my career.

Hope to see you at the event and hear about your career journey.

Event Details:

XX+UX Happy Hour with speaker Erin Malone, hosted by Ancestry.com

July 31, 2014 from 6:00-9:00pm

Ancestry.com

153 Townsend St, Floor 8

San Francisco, CA 94107

Map: http://goo.gl/maps/RXHW2

Free pre-registration is required: https://xxux-ancestry.eventbrite.com

About Ashley Schofield

Ashley Schofield is a UX Designer at Ancestry.com who works in the Acquisition & Conversion space. Prior to Ancestry, Ashley worked in agency, tech startup and B2B software environments. She also has taught design classes at Syracuse University and the Art Institutes. Ashley holds a M.S. in Information Management and M.A. in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism with an emphasis in New Media from Syracuse University.


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