Director of User Experience Design, Google
For the past 20 years, Margaret has built User Experience teams in tech, including CNET, Yahoo, TiVo, and Google. Between 2007 and 2016, she grew the Google Maps UX team from three people, to a global org of multi-disciplinarian practitioners, garnering awards from Fast Company Innovation by Design and Good Design in Japan. Margaret is passionate about mentoring and developing UX practitioners, to uncover their unique leadership style. In 2016, she founded the UX Community + Culture team at Google, the first of its kind to invest in the health and success of the User Experience discipline across the company.
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- Insights from a Reluctant Leader
- Wednesday 19th Jun 2019
- 16:45 - 17:30
Do natural born leaders really exist, and if so, where does that leave the rest of us? Conventional wisdom values and rewards the canonical leader, leaving little room for differing personalities, views, and experiences. Given that, is it any surprise that we continue to grapple with a lack of diversity at the top levels of our organizations?
In this talk, Margaret will reflect on her own reluctant journey, and how she came to reconcile her own true self against conventional expectations. She will challenge us to recognize and value personal experience and authenticity as a foundation for leadership -- within ourselves and in others. By broadening our perspectives on what leadership can be, we will meaningfully contribute to a more diverse and inclusive future.