Speaking & Presentations

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I have given presentations on a number of things – from UX design to working on long-form journalism to managing a design team. My experience at Work & Co., and previously at the Washington Post, has given me a unique outlook on creating digital products and strategy. Developing new concepts versus building upon existing ones is vastly different, but I find that thinking from both ends of that spectrum can enhance the process.

At Work & Co., I’m a hands-on leader who shapes the direction of digital products for a variety of clients. As a company, we push existing experiences and create new products that people love to use. My background at the Washington Post includes hands-on design and leadership with creating news consumption experiences, managing and evolving digital products, and leveraging technology and design to build great user experiences across the brand.

I get much of my inspiration from the talented designers, thought-leaders and amazing writers who set the bar within their respective industries. Whether I'm sharing my experiences or learning from others, I always leave conferences feeling recharged and inspired to make a bigger impact with my work.

Past Presentations

April 9, 2016
Presentation - Trading Places with David Sleight
San Francisco, CA
September 27, 2014
SND Frankfurt
Presentation - The Rethink of The Washington Post
Frankfurt, Germany
August 26, 2014
Hacks and Hackers Media Meet-up
Presentation - The Washington Post's process for The Rethink
Columbia School of Journalism, New York, NY
June 4, 2014
WAN-IFRA News Design Conference
Presentation - Designing For a Mobile Audience
Mumbai, India
June 2, 2014
WAN-IFRA News Design Conference
Workshop - Designing For Tablets
Mumbai, India
May 4, 2014
ASNE - Hacking News Leadership
Lightning Talk - Prototyping Tools
Austin, TX
April 29, 2014
Brookings Institute
Panel - Longform Storytelling
Panel members - Hannah Fairfield, New York Times; Chad Millman, ESPN; David Nassar, Brookings; and John Dickerson, Slate

Washington, D.C.
April 23, 2014
Industry Conference
Presentation - Reader Obsessed Design
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
March 1, 2014
Fathom Creative
Panel - Driving Outreach: Innovations in digital storytelling to drive any NGO or Non-Profit Strategy
Panel members - Michal Pasternak, HUGE; Timur Tugberk, Fathom Creative; and Lauren deLisa Coleman, Lnk Agency

Washington, D.C.
August 10, 2013
Luncheon Presentation - Visual Communication with John Poole, NPR
Washington, D.C.
August 8, 2013
Panel - Freelancing in a Multiplatform World
Panel members - Seth Gitner, Syracuse University; Bret Schultz, Arkansas State; Laura Helmuth, Slate; Garrett Hubbard, Photographer

Washington, D.C.
October 12, 2012
Panel - United We Stand: Covering Election 2012 at The Washington Post
Panel members - Karen Yourish, The Washington Post and Greg Manifold, The Washington Post

Cleveland, OH
January 20, 2011
Hacks and Hackers D.C.
Panel - The Technology and Data Behind The Washington Post's "Top Secret America" Project
Panel members - Ryan O'Neil, Django development; Kat Downs, interactive graphics; Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso, mapping

Washington, D.C.
November, 2011
Viget Labs Design Share
Presentation - Designing for the iPad: Approaching Application Design
Falls Church, VA