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Ladies that UX Los Angeles – Money Matters

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Creative types often cringe at the topic of money. The world of finance and the language it speaks—funding, cashflow, ROI—can feel foreign and intimidating to designers and product makers. But money matters, to you and your business, and those who commit to acquiring even a basic understanding of financial concepts, project funding, and salary and rate negotiation will excel in their efforts to advance their projects and careers.

Join us for Money Matters, an enriching evening consisting of talks from leaders in UX/Design and Product creation followed by a panel discussion between our speakers and local hiring managers. Don't miss these experts as they share how they make choices for staffing, budgeting, and investing for growth.

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Purchase in Advance - $10
Regular Tickets at the Door - $15

Join our speakers for talks on:
• Claudia McCowan, Rand Corporation
• Mary Rice Demiro, MR Consulting
• Lara Fedoroff, Philosophie, Information Architecture Institute

• Financial Literacy - Claudia McCowan
Claudia will share how not to be intimidated by the language of finance, what questions to ask, financial documents demystified, and how to demonstrate financial awareness to your leadership and employers.

• Pitching and Negotiating Bugets - Mary Rice Demiro
Mary will help us understand how gatekeepers think about business, how demonstrating your understanding of cashflow and growth can help you secure the staff and funding your project needs, and how understanding ROI will help you sell internally.

• Salary and Rates: Understanding Today's Markets - Lara Fedoroff
Lara is excited to share the results of IAI 2016 Salary Survey and talk about the hiring experience from both sides of the table.

Our panelists will help us continue the conversation and share insights on how they hire, demonstrating your value to employers, and how people are investing in today’s marketplace.

• Chris Chandler, Philosophie
• Rebecca Masbaum, Vitamin T
• Arturo Perez, Kluge Interactive

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Claudia McCowan, RAND Corporation
Claudia is Director of Operations for RAND Health and Associate Director of Research, Financial Operations, overseeing the financial planning and support activities for RAND’s social and economic policy units. She specializes in helping operational, research, and creative staff communicate effectively and (mostly) painlessly with their financial and accounting colleagues.

Mary Rice DeMiro, MR Executive Consulting
The former President and General Manager at the Paint Division at Ace Hardware, Mary is an award winning brand leader and marketeer whose career has included leadership roles at Behr Paint and BASF. Mary has led all aspects of business management including strategy, corporate restructuring, new brand introductions and consumer marketing. She delights in pairing clever marketing and keen business acumen and has an industry-reputation for record-breaking results.

Lara Fedoroff, Philosophie
Lara is a Product Design Strategist at Philosophie where she leverages her skills to create breakout experiences for her clients. A digital design veteran who has helmed the UX teams at eHarmony and Rubin, Postaer and Associates (RPA), Lara is the founder and host of UX radio, a podcast on IA, UX and Design and serves on the board of the Information Architecture Institute (IAI). She excited to share the results of IAI 2016 Salary Survey and talk about the hiring experience from both sides of the table.

Chris Chandler, Philosophie
A long-time leader in the Los Angeles UX community and founder of the LAUX meetup, Chris leads the Product practice at Philosophie, a product design consultancy in Santa Monica. He has spent the last decade creating world-class innovative solutions for Disney and Fandango and is frequent community contributor and speaker, most recently appearing as an expert judge on UX TV and presenting internationally at the Collaborate Bristol Conference.

Rebecca Masbaum, Vitamin T
Rebecca puts client satisfaction at the core of her work as Business Development Manager at Vitamin T, a talent agency for digital creatives and the design-minded companies who love them. Rebecca collaborates with clients to help calibrate realistic job descriptions that match market salary expectations. Rebecca and the Vitamin T team are ardent supporters of the Los Angeles UX and design community, powering many of our most community’s organizations and events through sponsorship, presentations and membership support.

Arturo Perez, Kluge Interactive
CEO and Founder of Kluge Interactive, a digital design agency, Arturo Perez approaches design through the lens of business strategy. Arturo and his team have created the highly successful Evenings at the Loft, LA’s premier design salon and recently launched the DesignCommunity.LA App–an event-listings mobile app geared towards the our city’s burgeoning community of designers.


Special thanks to Our Generous Event Sponsors

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About Ladies that UX

Ladies that UX Los Angeles is a monthly meetup for women (and men) working in UX to meet, mix, and share their experiences in a casual and supportive environment. Our ethos is always inviting, supportive, and social. No qualifications required, no pressure, just fun.


Parking for the Event
There are two paid lots. The lot adjacent to the building is $10/day or $5 after 4pm. The lot across the street is $9/day or $5 after 4pm. Both lots take credit cards.

There is also metered street parking in the area, which is free after 6pm. The building is also near the Blue Line train (LATCC stop) and bus stop (40/45/745).

If the main doors are closed, just walk 100 feet to the left and access the building through the Employee entrance. Security can let you into the building there.After checking in with the security desk in the lobby, take the elevator up to the 11th floor.


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