Triangle User Experience Professionals Association (TriUXPA)

UX Career Fair 2021

  • 26 May 2021
  • 27 May 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • 26 May 2021, 5:30 PM 7:30 PM (EDT)
  • 27 May 2021, 5:30 PM 7:30 PM (EDT)
  • Virtual



Triangle UXPA’s Career Fair is a free two-day mini-conference designed to help you grow your career. The event will have sessions with insights from experienced UX professionals, portfolio reviews, and plenty of networking opportunities. We’re looking to help students, career changers, and current UXers define or refine their career path and help local companies get the right people to the right UX jobs!

This will be a virtual event via Airmeet.

  • Sign up to have your portfolio reviewed
  • Sign up to host a booth free of charge or represent your company if you are a local company hiring or a recruitment company.
  • Have a career question? Submit it to our Ask The Experts Panelists

 Wednesday, May 26th

 All Tracks 5:30pm - 5:45pm    Event Introduction

 Track A     5:45pm - 7:30pm    Portfolio Reviews

 Track B           

5:45pm - 6:30pm    A Day In The Life Lightning Talks

6:45m - 7:30pm      Ask The Experts Panel Discussion

 Track C         5:45pm - 7:30pm    Vendor and Company Booths

Track A: Portfolio Reviews

In this session, we'll pair designers interested in having their portfolios reviewed with professionals and other designers to provide feedback and next steps. 

Track B: A Day In The Life (Lightning Talks)

In this session companies throughout the Triangle will give brief presentations about the work and culture of their companies. 

Speakers will be announced as the lineup is finalized. 

Track C: Ask The Experts (Panel Discussion)

Panelists will discuss their career paths and answer questions about a variety of topics including tips to find jobs, interview techniques, and industry insights.

Panelists will be announced as the lineup is finalized. 

 Thursday, May 27th

 All Tracks 5:30pm - 5:45pm    Event Introduction

 Track A.   

5:45pm - 6:30pm    Keynote

6:45pm - 7:30pm    Networking + Q&A

 Track B.   

5:45pm - 6:30pm    Keynote(s)

6:45pm - 7:30pm      Networking + Q&A

 Track C.         5:45pm - 7:30pm    Vendor and Company Booths

Track A: Keynote(s)

Getting to Senior in UX

by Cyd Harrell

In this informal talk, Cyd condenses her extensive mentoring experience to show you how to take the career step from mid-level to senior as a designer working in organizations. How do you keep your edge as a practitioner as you step into leadership responsibilities? How do you become a pragmatic advocate for UX? How do you develop a resume and portfolio that speaks to the next level? How do you deal positively with organizational politics? How do you show up as a senior person both internally and in public? She'll discuss all of these tricky areas and there will be extra time to answer your questions.

Speaker Bio:

Cyd Harrell

Civic Design Consultant

Cyd is well known in industry and government for her creative approach to UX research and service design. Since 2012, working with the Center for Civic Design, Code for America, and 18F, as well as independently, Cyd has helped multiple executive- and judicial-branch agencies in the US apply research techniques and user-centered practice to serving the public. Her book, A Civic Technologist’s Practice Guide, is an onboarding guide and survival manual for tech people joining public sector work. When not at the office helping public servants use design for good, Cyd is a mentor for mid-senior UX practitioners. Her favorite tools are metaphor and (metaphorical) duct tape.

Track B: Keynote(s)

Ten Questions Every Recent Design Graduate Should Ask When Interviewing Their First Manager

by Gretchen McNeely & Pieter Kruithof

Your first manager is important because they help shape your future and, in turn, how you impact the world. In fact, Meg Whitman, former CEO of HPE, emphasized during her talk on leadership on the Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Podcast that your first manager will have the biggest impact on your ability to develop as a new professional.

“Your biggest influence as you leave school is going to be the person you work for. Do they share the same values? Do you think they're going to be a good mentor and help you learn? Your job in your first five years out of undergraduate school or graduate school is learning.”

Robert Sutton, professor of management science at Stanford University, reinforces the impact of poor managers in his book, Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best... and Learn from the Worst.

“Bosses shape how people spend their days and whether they experience joy or despair, perform well or badly, or are healthy or sick. Unfortunately, there are hoards of mediocre and downright rotten bosses out there, and big gaps between the best and the worst.” It’s likely that poor managers may have an even greater impact on recent graduates, who might not have the skills to navigate a “rotten boss.”

Speaker Bio:

Gretchen McNeely

Experience Architect Manager,

Industry X at Accenture

The presenter is a UX researcher and content strategist with 15 years of experience in physical and industrial design, environmental/service design, and digital content. Her areas of expertise include ethnography, information architecture, opportunity identification, product pilots, contextual inquiry, proof-of-concept testing, and branded content strategy. Her additional professional interests include audio and conversational design, wayfinding, and medical devices.

Pieter Kruithof

User Research Lead

Digital Business Automation at IBM

The presenter is a highly pragmatic user experience research professional with deep domain experience in cloud technology spanning the infrastructure, middleware, and application layers. He’s currently a user researcher with IBM’s Cloud, Data, and AI Design organization.


  • Several attendees will receive free Sketch licenses. 


We will be using an online networking and conference tool called Airmeet to deliver this live presentation. 

This event will be recorded and Triangle UXPA members will have access to the keynotes, a day in the life series and the panelist discussion post-event. 

We will provide additional sign-in details closer to the event.

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