Ladies that UX Washington, DC is a network of UX professionals focused on providing women, femmes, and non-binary people in the DMV area a supportive environment geared toward building relationships, career development, and community learning. From the curious newbie to the seasoned pro, we value all contributions to our interactive, discussion-based events. 

Emilie Romero
Lead UX Design Researcher & Strategist, Chapter Co-Lead

Emilie Romero has 14+ years of experience working for government, corporate and non-profit clients specializing in UX/CX strategy, research and design, service design, and design thinking. She currently is a UX Design Researcher and CX Strategist for Microsoft’s Customer Experience and Success CX COE. She has extensive experience leading workshops, writing test plans and scripts, creating prototypes, interviewing participants, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and designing solutions to solve experience issues. She is a former Peace Corps volunteer and is currently an ADPList UX Mentor.

Rachel Max
Sr./Principal Product Designer, Chapter Co-Lead

Rachel Max is a multidisciplinary designer with over 15 years experience creating world-class products, applications, websites, and interactive experiences for Apple, Viacom, Houzz, and more. Rachel is an empathetic problem solver with an eye for detail who is curious about the world, what makes digital and physical experiences work, and how to make them more engaging. She loves many things – cute things 🦉 and round things 🍅 to name a couple – but especially loves being involved in the entire creative process, from research to delivering a well-thought through and polished product.

Mwika Kankwenda
UX Designer, Social Lead

Mwika Kankwenda has 2 years of experience crafting thoughtful websites and applications for small businesses, as well as companies in the fintech and government space. Prior to design, she was a marketing and communications professional for nonprofits and associations for 8 years.

With a deep understanding of the importance of connection and its impact in the world, Mwika strives to use her knowledge in research, user feedback, design strategy, digital marketing, writing, wireframing, and much more, to bridge the gap between people and the digital space and make it more human. 

Upcoming Events

Womxn, UX and The Art of Holding Space

Join us March 30th, 7:15pm EST, online

Celebrate Womxn’s History Month as we present a talk by Jeneen Piccuirro where she will discuss the power of holding space for womxn communities, how we can apply space holding techniques in UX work, and why wellness is important for our creativity and careers.

Recent Events

Fundraising, Networking, & Brainstorming Brunch

Saturday, February 18th from 11:30am – 2:30pm. The $40 per ticket cost includes all food and beverages. Leftover funds will be used to enhance a future event. Attendance is limited to 16 people so grab your ticket today! 

Our First Annual Ugly Sweater Holiday Bash

We had a great time at the Dew Drop Inn with sweater prizes, laughter, and end of year stress relief. We look forward to doing another one next year.

Fall Talk Series – UX Bootcamp to VP: How to Navigate a Career Transition

Laurie Breen went from General Assembly UX Design bootcamp to Vice President of Human Centered Design at agencyQ less than 3 years. She shared the lessons she learned along the way about maximizing opportunities, framing past work experiences, recovering from missteps, and setting yourself apart. We also celebrated by introducing Rachel Max as our newest Chapter Co-Lead!

Fall LTUX Networking Event @ Wundergarten 

Our UX networking events are great to form new relationships and get mentorship from people just starting out to VP-level UXers.

Summer LTUX Networking Event @ Dacha

After a long 6 year hiatus and COVID, we finally had our first in-person networking event! It was amazing to see so many new faces and to re-introduce new leadership, Emilie Romero, who will be serving as DC’s Ladies That UX Chapter Lead.

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