Spring 2017 Update: Podcast, CHI, and more!
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Hi Everyone,

As we head into Spring, I’m busy responding to invitations to talk about our work in the Women in Tech Project and the continuing interest in the evolution of Contextual Design. You can hear me speaking around the country and in a new podcast from UXpod.

UXpod: Design for Life: An Interview with Karen Holtzblatt
Host Gerry Gaffney and I talk about being on design teams, the importance of immersing yourself in your customers’ lives to get the right data for design, and using Contextual Design in today’s multi-device, “always on” world. My thanks to Gerry for a great conversation! Listen to the podcast or read the transcript

Be sure to get our new book, Contextual Design 2nd Edition, Design for Life. Hugh Beyer and I have completely written the classic edition, covering how we’ve changed Contextual Design and the new techniques for the Cool Concepts.

In Case You Missed It: International Women’s Day Call to Action
Be sure to read my blog. I reflected on the lessons learned from how grassroots efforts transformed user-centered design and how the @Work Action Framework gives us ways to now make grassroots changes for Women in Technology.

CHI 2017 International Conference Activities
Every year I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the CHI conference. This year I’ll be busier than ever. Please come find me at one of my events; I'd love to see you! Learn more on the conference website.
  1. SIG: Using Games for Good to Address Diversity in High Tech. Bill Kunes and I share earn about the game concepts created by our University of Maryland students, then participants play selected ones and provide feedback.
  2. SIG: Ways to Represent User Data: Best Practices in Communication Design. Facebook’s Carol Farnsworth and I share best practices and visualizations and participants describe their experiences.
  3. CHI Stories. I’m honored to have been asked to speak at this new offering. Speakers will be sharing their personal stories of inspiration, challenge, breakthrough, setback, perseverance, twists and turns.
  4. Diversity and Inclusion Lunch. I’ll be speaking about the Women in Tech project and leading a table discussion.
Speaking Schedule
Here’s where else you can see me speak in the next few weeks. I’d love to see you
and you can invite me to your area to talk about Women in Tech. Contact me to add your city to the list.

April 19. Women in Tech Retention Project #IncludeParty and Talk 
New Orleans WIT and Tulane WISE: Women+ in Science and Engineering.
New Orleans, LA.

April 20. Design for Life: What makes things cool?
Tulane School of Science and Engineering & Tulane Women+ in Science & Engineering. New Orleans, LA.

May 23. Retaining High Tech Women Once They Are in the Door
IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (WIE ILC).
San Jose, CA.

June 15. Diversity Luncheon Panel
Cloud Foundry Summit Silicon Valley.
Santa Clara, CA.

Keep posted on where I'll be by going to the Events calendar on the InContext website.

Karen Holtzblatt
InContext Design
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