GDI Careers: A Day in the Life of a Designer (5-event series)

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Are you trying to break into the tech field or transition careers? Curious about what its like to work in different technical positions? Looking to hire members for your team? Join us for the five event GDI Careers speaker series “A Day in the Life” and learn more about important pieces of a tech team.

In our third event of the speaker series, hear from a panel of experienced ladies with different backgrounds and responsibilities about how they came to be a designer. They will highlight what their day-to-day responsibilities are like, what they enjoy about the work, and what advice they have for folks looking to enter the field.

A $5 donation toward the Girl Develop It scholarship fund is requested to confirm your attendance.

Schedule for the evening

6:00 - 6:15 Snacks and GDI Intro

6:15 - 7:15 Panelist Perspectives

7:15 - 7:45 Moderated and Open Q&A

7:45 - 8:30 Networking

Employers are welcome to attend and bring marketing materials to share with attendees following the panel! Please reach out to Suzie Nieman with specifics on openings so that you can be pointed out during the networking portion.

We are seeking sponsors for light snacks & refreshments at each event who will be spotlighted for their support. Get in touch with Suzie Nieman if interested in more details!

RSVP for the other panels in the series at the links below:

Wed, April 29 - Product/Project Manager (

Wed, May 6 - Developer (

Thurs, May 14 - Designer (RSVP HERE)

Tues, June 2 - Founder/Owner (

Tues, June 9 - Hiring Manager Q&A (

Some Of Our Panelists:

Melissa Morris-Ivone ( is the Design Overlord for tech startup, Curalate, the marketing suite for the visual web. In addition, Melissa has been a speaker at HOW Design Live and TEDxPhoenixville, as well as an organizer of Startup Weekend in Philadelphia. Her likes include long walks on the beach, retractable erasers, peanut butter, plaid, and karaoke. Her dislikes include wind, PowerPoint, vegetables, unloading the dishwasher, making logos bigger, and writing bios.

Sharon McMullen ( founded Ink + Mortar Design Co. (, a boutique graphic + web design studio, in 2013, after realizing she couldn’t stifle her passion to create unique and personal identities and websites for growing brands. With a background working for Anthropologie, BHLDN, The Limited and the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets, Sharon knows how to build a strategic design foundation while adding hand-crafted elements to create one-of-a-kind brand identities and websites.

Joni Trythall ( is a web designer and author of many design and development tutorials, including "Pocket Guide to Writing SVG". Joni has a passion for sharing what she learns through in depth, accessible writing and illustrated diagrams. She currently spends her time doing freelance design work, being active in the local women's tech community, and drawing pigs.

Alicia Raciti ( is a User Experience Designer based in Philadelphia. She transitioned from music school student to UX designer in the middle of her collegiate career. Now, she specializes in UX design for international business and the complex problems of enterprise systems. You can regularly find her dancing around the hallways or at her desk.

Sam Provenza is a Web Designer at AWeber Communications and also does freelance web design and development work for small business and non-profit organizations in Philly. Her passion for new web technologies and perfecting the user experience is why she got into this field. When she's not glued to her computer, Sam enjoys DIY Pinterest projects, exploring Philly and being a cat mom to her two cats.

All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct (