Women of Color: UX Design

UX designers and researchers influence how we interact with and adopt new technologies. Their understanding of what people need also impacts the development of technologies. But if designers and researchers do not consider the human side of how to work with tech, then the latest and greatest thing will never get adopted as mainstream.

Watch the Recorded Session on the Breaking the Glass Website

Breaking The Glass was founded by Computer Futures recruiters to tackle gender disparity challenges in the tech industry through community programs, professional development, and networking for women in tech and their allies. We are proud to partner with the most innovative brands in tech to bring these valuable programs to their companies and communities across the country. Computer Futures’ investment in Breaking The Glass is one of many commitments we make to drive progress and equality for all.

You will hear all about:

  • The path to UX design/research
  • The problems our guests are looking to solve
  • Why UX needs diversity

Who is speaking?

  • Manaswini Kaligotla - UX Researcher at Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Ramya Mallya - UX Design Manager at Google Play
  • Reena Ngauv - Owner, Creative Lead at Creative Revelry
  • Julia Smith - Business Development Manager at Computer Futures

Meet our Panelists

Manaswini Kaligotla

Manaswini is a Diversity Inclusion Design Researcher on Alexa for Everyone team at Amazon. She is an advocate of qualitative research that helps businesses discover and make product-agnostic-inclusivity-driven decisions, to give rise to true, authentic, meaningful, effective, and compassionate solutions. She is passionate about representing under represented user cohorts and anchor Product teams in the ‘people’ problem and not just the ‘business’ ones. Research for ‘good’ is her driver and motivation to show up for work everyday!

When time permits, she also volunteers at United Nations Organization for their remote projects on underdeveloped countries’ tech advancement. She is pursuing her Victim advocacy course from NOVA (National Organization For Victim Assistance) to empower and be the voice of sexual abuse and domestic violence survivors in the USA.

 

Ramya Mallya

Ramya is a UX Design Manager at Google, working on the Google Play team. She found her path to design by following her childhood passions after getting a degree in electronics engineering. Over her career at Google, she's worked on various enterprise and consumer products. Her work has involved both building 0 to 1 products, and also helping mature products innovate. As a design sprint leader, she is a facilitator at heart and loves to use design methodology to bring people together to solve impactful problems for people around the world.

 

Reena Ngauv

Reena is a leader with a rare combination of creative depth and project management. She has over 15 years of experience in UX, web, and graphic design. In her strategic design work, she has interfaced with high-level stakeholders and customers and is adept at presenting complex information to different audiences. Able to see the bigger picture, she helps businesses adjust their internal processes to support app launches.

Reena attributes her adaptability to her childhood of living in many different places. She's flexible in the midst of change, comfortable making decisions, and empathetic.

Reena is also the creator of an educational board game called ZQUALS that develops math skills in kids 8+. In her time off, she channels her inner child to make her two daughters and husband laugh at her very punny jokes.

 

Julia Smith

Julia is a Business Development Manager at Computer Futures. At the end of this month, she will celebrate a year with the company and in sales! In 2018, she graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She is a lifelong dancer who has a wide range of experience including, training with Alvin Ailey, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Capitol Movement; leading Temple University’s Diamond Gems as team captain; and two years as an NFL cheerleader with the Washington Football team. She has combined her sales spirit, physiological expertise, and personal passion into her own brand, TheCurlyBuddha, where she brings clients a holistic approach to exercise, yoga, flexibility training, injury prevention and strength building. In all that she does, connecting and building intentional relationships with people is at the center of her work.

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