June 10, 2013

Introducing Ladies That UX Detroit

I’m a little late on making this announcement considering I established the group in March of this year, but play along, will ya? Introducing Ladies That UX Detroit a local meetup group for women working (or aspiring to) in the design and user experience field in the metro Detroit area!

Several months ago I caught wind of a similar effort in Chicago by way of Gemma Petrie.  And since Chicago is quite the commute from Detroit, I decided to copy their efforts and start a similar group here in Detroit.  Luckily, the masterminds behind that group didn’t mind a bit!

I have always been an active feminist and with the fervor around women in technology  reaching a feverish pitch, it seemed like the time was right to kick off a venture like this one.  Ladies That UX Detroit aims to address the inequities facing women in our field.  For example:  fewer women in leadership roles, nearly all-male conference panels, and women being grossly underpaid compared to their male counterparts.

If you’re interested in fighting the good fight with us (male, female, or anywhere in-between), please consider joining our group.  Our first (non-happy hour) meetup is scheduled for June 19th at 6p, where we will be kicking off our Trial Run Talks series with Brittany Hunter and her brand-new talk, UX in the Real World.

If you can’t make this event, near fear–we’ll be back in July with a happy hour event where you can mix and mingle with other women UXers in Detroit.

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