I don't just serve others by helping them be and do better. I passionately focus my creative energy on helping my company make more money and be more successful.
Technically, my most recent role at Unigo.com was defined as a UX Designer and a Front End Developer, but in a small company everyone wears multiple hats. I am heavily involved in Marketing, Product Design, Product Development, and User Interface Design. More detail on my contribution in these roles below.
I'm insatiable when it comes to learning new things, especially when it come to understanding customers.
I seek to better understand - and therefore influence - user behavior. I feel it is crucial to creating better design and, ultimately, a better user experience.
"Creativity often requires drawing analogies between one body of knowledge and another."
I excel at applying information in new ways to previously-unsolved problems, often to great success. I retain high-level awareness of long-term project goals even when examining granular product details.
My verbal and written communication skills are top notch (and my non-verbal communication skills aren't too shabby, either). I welcome critical feedback and implement changes requested without personal affront or compromising my intuition and initiative. I will articulately defend an idea I think is the 'right' direction, but I want to hear different perspectives and I'm willing to find a compromise. I can convincingly simulate a sense of humor.
You'll envy my exceptional organization skills. I’m driven to be successful, and success requires planning and preparation. I’m just as comfortable leading a team as I am at self-directing to complete a project on time and within budget. I can juggle multiple concurrent projects with effective time management.
At Unigo, I worked closely with a small, hard-working team of devs that helped define the company’s product vision. On the Front End my job was to update, redesign and refresh the UI mobile-first to be a seamless and efficient user experience, focusing on highest trafficked pages, while adhering to brand guidelines and standards.
I'm looking for an opportunity to grow a product from front end development through the user interface.
Perfection is ideal, but shipping a working MVP is the best compromise.
Engage more users and encourage them to do the things that generate direct and indirect revenue.
Git, CSS/SASS, HTML, Digital Marketing, Generally Having the Awesome Turned to 11.
NodeJS, MongoDB, Bootstrap, Foundation, Angular, Go, Docker, Knockout, Ember, MySQL, Postgres, PHP, Video editing, ERB, Handlebars, Coffeescript
I'm so glad you asked. Before transitioning into the tech industry, I was a flight attendant at Delta Airlines for six years (March 2008 - February 2014). Before that, I was an illegal nanny in Canada (July 2005 to March 2008). (Yes, I have plenty of stories!) I didn't feel like my work as a flight attendant was bringing value to the world, so I made a huge career change.
Immediately after bootcamp, I landed an internship that turned into an amazing job. There I learned from one of the best mentors in the known universe about UX and UI Design as well as getting well versed in the .NET world. It was the best decision I ever made to learn to code, and I've never been happier. I truly do what I love.
I will keep helping people do what they love.
That might be as a developer with your company, creating products and software that make our customers lives easier, more productive and more successful. My passion, as I've mentioned, is helping people do and be better.
I will continue to lead workshops and round table discussions, helping people find meaningful work. I'll continue to talk about being a woman in tech and help other women in tech feel supported and be successful. I will continue to write about ways people can improve themselves, the work they do and be more successful. I'll continue to offer (sometimes unsolicited) feedback on how people can find find vitality in all areas of their life.
Unigo was sold in June 2017 to EducationDynamics in Hoboken, NJ. The Portland, OR office was closed in September of 2017.
Since the heartbreak of my office closing subsided, I've been working with women in tech as a career coach, building easy ecommerce and blog websites (like this, this and this). I have also been speaking at conferences and writing a book to help women in tech feel more successful. So, you know, keeping busy.
I'm looking for my next role in front end development and UX design and would love to be involved in marketing again!