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March 2011, Member Update

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Dear UPA members and friends,

The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Usability Professionals' Association has been developing some new program ideas for 2011/2012, and we are excited to share them with you!

This year, in addition to an ongoing commitment to networking and professional development, we are adding business advocacy as a core issue area. Our goal with this addition is to support and advocate for our members doing UX related business in the region.

As many of you know, the Delaware Valley UPA has enjoyed long standing success as regional host of the annual World Usability Day. We intend to build upon this success, developing programs and events to further support, engage, and enrich our membership. Programs such as…

  1. UX Business Leaders Panel, interactive discussion with area UX business leaders
  2. Networking on Demand, program matching participants to network over lunch/coffee
  3. World Usability Day, 2011 speaker event themed “Education: Designing for Social Change”
  4. UX Awards Dinner, annual event honoring volunteers, partners and recognizing regional work
  5. Mentorship Program, matches professionals just getting started with seasoned leaders
Learn more about upcoming programs and how you can participate.

The Delaware Valley UPA is pleased to announce new leadership. Dorothy M. Danforth, Founder & Principal for Danforth Media will succeed Jason Zimmer, Associate Partner for Rosetta as chapter President. Jason will remain active on the chapter board as Treasurer and Advocacy Committee Chair.

To further support our upcoming programs, we are issuing a call for nominations. Our goal is to build a diverse team of outstanding individuals who are willing and available to participate on the chapter board. The following positions are available:

  • Regional Vice President (3)
  • Secretary and Communications Chair
  • Networking Committee Chair
  • Professional Development Committee Chair
  • Committee Members
Check out the volunteer descriptions

Know of a dynamic, motivated individual with a desire to support the UX community? We’d love to speak with them, please forward this update. To nominate yourself, e-mail us with the desired role, a summary of why you wish to participate, along with your resume or bio.

The Delaware Valley UPA

The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Usability Professionals' Association (UPA) supports professionals who research, design, and evaluate the user experience of products and services in the Philadelphia metro area. We provide business advocacy by serving as an independent and informed voice for user centered design and its related services. We offer networking and professional development opportunities for UPA members in Philadelphia, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. For more information or to become a member visit upadelawarevalley.org.