The Perspective Talk Series is a weekly talk series that features local-area practicing information professionals, many of whom are UT iSchool alumni. Each Thursday, one or more practicing information professionals from diverse subject-areas and jobs will come talk with students about their careers. A primary goal of this talk series is to assist our Masters students in learning more about diverse professions in the information field and the range of career paths open to them after graduation.

The talks will introduce each profession and discuss important knowledge and skills involved, both for gaining entry-level positions and in building a foundation for a long-term, successful career. The speaker may mention internship and full-time opportunities offered by their organization, and there will typically be opportunities for one-on-one interaction with the speaker after each session concludes.

Note: The talk series is especially designed for our Masters students, but anyone interested is welcome to attend.

When: Every Thursday
Time: 12:00pm - 1pm
Location: UTA 1.208


Jan 19 User Experience (UX) Design Caris Hurd, Director of User Experience, Four Kitchens
Cary-Anne Olson (LinkedIn) -- Experience Research Lead, IBM
Di (Eric) Liu - User Experience Researcher, AT&T
Jan 26 Crowdsourcing Kevin Dodds, Senior Project Manager, Information Evolution
Matt Manning, President, Information Evolution
Chip Ray, Head of Product, Alegion
Feb 2 Social Media Tracking & Marketing Elizabeth Winkler (LinkedIn), Director of Product Management,
Feb 9 Taxonomies Suzanne Carroll, Data & Taxonomy Product Manager, XO Group Inc.
Emily Bulger, Taxonomy Manager, Indeed
Shannon Hildenbrand, Taxonomy Analyst, Indeed
Feb 16 Records Management Bob Guz, City Records & Information Management Officer, City of Austin
Kathryn Darnall, Records Analyst, City of Austin
Grace Kretschmer, Research Analyst, City of Austin
Feb 23 Librarianship Liz Gushee, Head, Digital Collections Services, Harry Ransom Center
Amy Armstrong, Head of Archives Cataloging, Harry Ransom Center
Irena Klaic, Faculty Librarian/Assistant Professor, ACC
Mar 2 Archives Ashley Adair, Digital Archivist, PCL
Abby Adams, Digital Archivist, Harry Ransom Center
Rachel Winston (contact), Black Diaspora Archivist, Benson
Mar 9 Market Research & Business Development Joel Lang, Sales Director, Data Breach Response, CSIdentity
Kirk Yoshida, Director of Information Services, Strategic Partnerships
April Kessler, Research Analyst, Bizologie
Mar 23 Visualization Seth Myers, Front-End Developer (and data viz/open data designer), Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (TCPA)
Daniel Olsen, Senior Data Designer, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (TCPA)
Ryan Rumsey, Director of Experience Design, Electronic Arts
Unyime Udosen, Systems Analyst, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (TCPA)
Yang Zhang, Interaction Designer, Electronic Arts
Apr 6 Software Development Holly Gibson, Developer, Praxent - Co-Director, Women Who Code - Austin
Sara Ines Calderon, Developer, Curb - Co-Director, Women Who Code - Austin
Apr 13 Data Analysis Selene Arrazolo, Lead Data Analyst,
Sharon Brener, Senior Product Designer,
Steven Pipkin, Data Analyst, GoodWill
Stacee Millangue, IT Development Manager, GoodWill
Apr 20 Project Management Christine Holcombe, Senior Digital Project Manager, WholeFoods
Apr 27 Software Quality Assurance Douglas Shuga, Quality Assurance Analyst, Indeed
Jessica Finnigan, Quality Assurance Manager, Indeed
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