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Industry Metamorphosis: the Very Very Real Future of UX in San Diego

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Plan your UX future. Hear from industry leaders on the extremely cool future of UX, that is very not lost, is really certain, and so mature.

Led by our very own Nate Jensen, The Creative Group, this panel will delve into panelists' perspectives (in-house, startup and innovation education) on the challenges we're facing and the opportunities that await us as the UX industry matures. Our panelists will be guided by Nate's insights from placing talent across the San Diego region. The panelists include: Sarah Hernholm, Whatever It Takes (WIT); Ali Hussain, American Specialty Health; and Brant Cooper, Moves the Needle.

As we look forward, one thing is for certain, the UX that got you here isn't the UX that you will drive your future. As Ben King says, 'Adapt or Die'.

Doors open at 6
6:30-7pm Networking
7-8 Panel Discussion
8-9 Networking

Food and beverages will be supplied.

///Speaker Bios///
Nate Jensen, Direct Hire Recruiter @ The Creative Group
Nate is a former Marketing and Communications professional with nearly a decade of experience in full-cycle content strategy and development for traditional and digital channels. Additionally, he has spent the last three years in staffing and recruiting within the San Diego marketplace specific to Marketing, Interactive, and Technical.

Twitter: @creativegroup

Sarah Hernholm is the Founder/President of WIT - Whatever It Takes and Smart City Saturday (SCS). Both organizations focus on empowering youth entrepreneurship and activism. WIT provides a 9 month college credit social entrepreneur and leadership program and SCS hosts one day teen only hackathons focused on hacking the city’s greatest challenges. Sarah is committed to providing platforms for teens to use their voice and make an impact.


Brant Cooper is the author of the New York Times bestseller "The Lean Entrepreneur” and CEO of Moves the Needle. With over two decades of expertise helping companies bring innovative products to market, he blends design thinking and lean methodology to ignite entrepreneurial action within large organizations. He has experienced monumental milestones such as IPO, acquisition, rapid growth, and crushing failure.

He serves as a keynote speaker, advisor to entrepreneurs, accelerators, and corporate leaders, and his current venture, Moves The Needle, empowers organizations to be closer to customers, move faster, and act bolder.

Twitter: @brantcooper
Twitter: @movestheneedle

Ali Hussain is the VP and Head of User Experience & Design at ASH where he uses design thinking to transform health and wellness. Ali is a digital intrapreneur and design thinking evangelist who has 20 years of stellar achievement in UX design leadership and execution. He has demonstrated success in recruiting and developing world-class teams in Experience Design, UX Research, Product Innovation, and Prototyping. Ali is passionate about creating and maintaining a culture of trust, support and enabling progress.


Blink UX
Blink is a UX research and design firm that works with great companies to create meaningful digital products, brands, and experiences. With studios in Seattle, San Diego, Boston, and Austin, Blink brings two decades of experience using our evidence-driven design process to projects for clients such as Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, and NASA.

Twitter: @BlinkUX