Weekly check up: Friday, April 17th

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What: A live panel with members of the UX community where we'll talk about how we're coping with the state of things. Expect the conversation to be freewheeling and cover subjects from how we're spending our time and trends we're seeing, to the cultural artifacts that are keeping us grounded. 

Start time: Noon Eastern Standard Time (EST). That's 9am in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and 4pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). 

Duration: 1 hour


Margaret Gould Stewart

Margaret Gould Stewart is Vice President of Product Design at Facebook. In addition to leading a global team of product designers and researchers for teams such as Artificial Intelligence, New Product Experimentation, and Workplace, she also oversees Facebook’s Responsible Innovation & Design Core Team, which is focused on integrating ethical foresight into the company’s overall product development process. The team is developing methods, tools and training that help teams understand how the products and technologies they build could affect people and society in both positive and negative ways, and to facilitate engagements with multi-disciplinary external communities to inform the process.

Margaret has been a leader in the field of user experience design for over 20 years. Before joining Facebook, Margaret served as Director of User Experience at YouTube, overseeing the design of all YouTube’s products globally. Prior to that role, she managed Google’s Search and Consumer Products User Experience team.

As part of the Google design team, she accepted the National Design Award for Corporate Achievement in 2008 and now serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. She is a graduate of New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program and is a frequent speaker on the subjects of design leadership at conferences such as TED, CHI, and AIGA, and publishes her thoughts on design and leadership on Medium.

Evany Thomas is a worder of magnitude who, until recently, was the head of writing at Pinterest. Before that she was one of the first content strategists at Facebook. Her career is a marvel of weird turns and interesting bends and includes writing The Secret Language of Sleep: A Couple's Guide to Thirty-Nine Positions and publishing it with McSweeney. She's also worked as an advice columnist, a Managing Editor for Webmonkey, and then spent some time working at a bank. Evany writes about joy and heart feels on Medium and models jumpsuits on Instagram. She's survived 2 major earthquakes, a burst appendix and an exploding can of refried beans. 

Lola Oyelayo-Pearson

Lola Oyelayo-Pearson is a Director of UX at Shopify in Toronto, with a wealth of experience running in-house and agency design teams. A passionate technophile, Lola operates at a strategic level, helping organisations to see the bigger picture and mitigate their "me too" tendencies with good old fashioned user-centred craft. Lola is also an advocate for increased diversity in the tech industry and mentors young people pursuing careers in digital.


Amy Thibodeau is a director of UX at Shopify, based in Toronto, Canada. She previous worked as a product content strategist at Facebook, and before that worked in communications roles mostly in arts organizations. She's originally from the prairies and lives with her husband and their asshole Chihuahua. Find her on Twitter.