UX Career Conference

Career Conference 2017

UC Irvine’s Executive Masters of Human-Computer Interaction and Design Program hosted their annual UX Career Conference on Friday, September 14, 2018, from noon to 4 PM. This event took place at the University Club, located at 801 E. Peltason Dr, Irvine CA 92697. This mini-conference is specifically designed for  UX professionals, industry executives, and UX recruiters.

Meet Our Students

The students of UCI’s MHCID Program are working professionals with a broad-range of expertise, including UX research and design, systems analysis, product design, project management, usability evaluation, web development, and more.

Many of them are looking for potential career moves for themselves or for their peers, and others are looking to hire. So, it’s sure to be a great day for networking!

The Event



  • 12-12:15.:  Check in, grab lunch, and network on your way to grabbing a seat
  • 12:15-1:00.:  Welcome to the day.
    Opening Keynote – Generational DIversity by Ali Hall
  • 1:00-3:15:  Our MHCID class will present the results of their 6 month Capstone Project with our industry partners.
  • 3:15PM – 4:00: Closing Keynote – Technology and the Ideal Worker in an Age of Impossible Ideals by Melissa Mazmanian
    Closing Remarks



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Meet our Keynote Speakers

Generational Diversity
Ali Hall is the founder of Ali Hall and associates a consultancy that specializes in leadership development through group facilitation, individual and team executive coaching, and classroom learning.

Over the past decade, Ali has been a global keynote speaker on the topic of generational diversity; a regular contributor on the BBC radio show In the Balance; an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School; and a forum facilitator for the Young Presidents Organization.  She guides fast growing tech start-ups in building strong organizational cultures, and has helped successfully integrate new employees and executives post-acquisition.  She supports partners and executives from the world’s largest and most successful law firms, asset management organizations and insurance companies in leveraging their talents and learning to motivate and develop others.  She specializes in helping individuals and teams thrive in high performing environments.  Ali has thousands of hours of one-to-one coaching sessions with senior leaders, executives, partners and associates.

Previously, Ali spent ten years as a labor and employment lawyer in the US where she was recognized by Chambers USA.  Ali holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz; a JD from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts; an MA from City University in London; and a Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership from the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.   She is an accredited senior practitioner coach by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, and recently served as a Board member of the President’s Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark and currently serves on the Foundation Board of the Orange County School of the Arts.

Technology and the Ideal Worker in an Age of Impossible Ideals
Professor Melissa Mazmaniane Department of Informatics at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences and, jointly, in Organization and Management at the Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. Her interests revolve around communication practices in personal and organizational contexts, specifically in relation to social norms and the nature of personal and professional time in the digital age. Professor Mazmanian’s work has appeared in Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, MIS Quarterly and ACM venues such as CHI and CSCW. She currently serves a senior editor for She earned her PhD in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management and Masters in Information Economics, Management and Policy from the University of Michigan, School of Information.