I’ll be speaking at IA Summit 2009 in Memphis

Another wildly overdue announcement (well I mentioned it on Twitter, but not here on the blog):

My submission to the business/strategy/management track of IA Summit 2009 was accepted! I’m scared shitless and never expected it to be accepted, but I can’t wait to make it happen. The talk is titled, “Evangelizing Yourself: You can’t change the world if no one knows your name.”

Here is exactly what I submitted:

We devote our careers to advocating for our users, but who’s advocating for us?

No one is going to carry you through your career. If you want to make a major impact in this field, you’re going to have to work at getting recognized. And moreover, your name has to be synonymous with quality.

In this session I will help timid and unassertive practitioners come out of their shells and become leaders in the user experience community. The advice I have to impart is based on my own experience taking control of my career and developing an authentic and likable brand. I will talk about the value of starting a personal blog, actively using Twitter and LinkedIn to build and maintain a network, staying up-to-date with trends and standards, how to get the most out of conferences, and ultimately how to gain confidence in your skills and successes.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’d like to see in a session like this. Please feel free to give any feedback you think would be valuable to me as I begin to craft the presentation. The IA Summit will be held in Memphis from March 20-22, so I only have about 6 weeks to put this together. Fear is starting to set in!

Also, I am proud to say that Sarah Rice‘s panel submission, “The Courage to Quit: Starting, Growing & Maintaining Your Own UX Business,” was also accepted. I will be a panelist along with Chris Fahey and Frank Ramirez.

Unfortunately this panel is scheduled right before my session, so it’s gonna be a long and stressful day for me, but hopefully all goes well and adrenaline keeps me going (especially since I don’t drink coffee)!

Thank you to ASIS&T and the IA Summit 2009 conference committee for giving me the opportunity to present my thoughts to my peers and mentors. It’s a true gift.

Check out the full IA Summit 2009 program and register to attend! I hope to see many of you there.

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  1. Andre Muniz says

    Congratulations, Whitney. People who recently joined UX filed of research, like me would be very pleased to attend such a good session like this one.

    Since I'm from Brazil I'm afraid I won't be able to join the conference but I wish you all the luck and kindly would like to request you not to focus only on UX but also in psychological aspects of human interaction.

    All the best.

  2. says

    Hi Witeney! I just stumbled upon your blog through a random Google search. You sound amazing! I think this preso is going to be amazing. I wish you were here in Sydney so I could meet up with you and get advice about my blog etc… How long have you been doing this for and what exactly do you do?

  3. says

    Whitney – This sounds great! Although I have been in the field for a number of years, I have never really made a contribution to the larger community. So, it will be very interesting to hear how to effectively use various networking tools (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) to create a thriving network beyond the walls of my workplace. See you in Memphis!

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