SandCHI - Find Your UX Adventure with Cory Lebson

Happy Oktoberfest — err — October, UXers! The government might be shut down, but we're not going anywhere. (Helps when you don't have a budget in the first place!)

This month's talk: Web & UX skills only get you so far.

This is an incredible time to be a web and user experience professional, with many great jobs available and new ones being created all the time. Getting a new job or thinking about advancing your career in your current one might seem like a matter of good skills, experience and solid knowledge of the field, but that only gets you part of the way there. In this workshop, Cory Lebson discusses all the ways that you need to get out in the larger web/UX world, beyond your job, and perhaps beyond your comfort zone to increase your future career potential - and find your own UX adventure.

The first hour will be spent on talk/discussion, followed by Q&A.

After the event, come join us for a networking mixer (location TBA - suggestions?).


Discussion 6 PM – 7 PM

•  Assessing your goals: Where do you want to go professionally?

• Critical importance of networking: virtual vs. in-person

• Prepare your elevator pitch (exercise)

• UX Adventure: Unpaid activities are as valuable as paid activities

• The value of Tech and UX orgs

• Should you go off on your own?

• Success is tangible

About the Speaker

Cory Lebson has been a user experience consultant for nearly 20 years.  He is the Principal and Owner of Lebsontech LLC (, a successful user experience consulting firm he established in 1997. His core client base has included a number of Federal government, commercial, non-profit, and educational organizations.  Lebsontech is focused primarily on UX strategy, user research, and associated training.

Cory also greatly enjoys teaching topics related to user experience and technology and conducts regular talks and workshops on topics related to UX career development, usability, user experience, information architecture, mobile UX, and accessibility.  He has been featured on the radio and has published several recent articles.

Cory has an MBA in marketing and technology management, as well as an MA in sociology and a BS in psychology. Cory is a current board member and former President of the Washington DC chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) and is on the Board of Directors of UXPA International as the Director of Strategic Partnerships.

Cory can be found on Twitter @corylebson.

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