Human Factors 
Potomac Chapter

User Experience 101 Intensive Workshop

  • 01 May 2015
  • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Goethe Institut, 812 7th St NW Washington, DC 20001

User Experience 101 Intensive Workshop

May 1, 2015

Goethe Institut

812 7th St NWWashington, DC 20001


  • 08:00 - 08:30: Breakfast/Coffee 
  • 09:00 - 09:15: Introduction to UX 
  • 09:15 - 10:15: UX Fundamentals (What is UX?, Typical Teams/Training, Getting Started, Best Practices with Examples) 
  • 10:15 - 10:30: Morning Break 
  • 10:30 - 11:30: User Research (Contextual Inquiry, Personas, User Journeys) 
  • 11:30 - 12:30: Lunch Break 
  • 12:30 - 01:30: UX Strategy (From User Research to Strategy: Design Thinking and Design Studios) 
  • 01:30 - 02:45: Wireframing/Prototyping 
  • 02:45 - 03:00: Afternoon Break 
  • 03:00 - 04:00: Usability Testing 
  • 04:00 - 05:30: Meet Seasoned Professionals and get One-on-One advice/Networking/Happy Hour (Drinks and snacks included)

Who should attend:

  • Early-career UX Professionals  
  • Those transitioning into a role that involves more user experience work or management
  • Developers, graphic designers, technical writers, product/project managers who want to learn more about user experience
  • Start-up founders and managers who want to make sure they are developing products with great user experiences
  • Anyone looking for practical advice and tips to improve their UX skills and practice


One-Day Workshop:

  • Regular Pricing: $110
  • Sponsorship: $200
  • Students: $50
  • Volunteers: Free
To volunteer, contact Stephanie Pratt, UXPA DC Secretary at
For sponsorship opportunities, contact John Whalen, UXPA DC President at

To register:

Speaker Bios
Cory Lebson (@corylebson) has been a user experience consultant for nearly 20 years.  He is the principal and owner of Lebsontech LLC, a successful small user experience consulting firm he established in 1997. Lebsontech is focused on user research and evaluation, user experience strategy, UX training, and mentoring.
Cory also greatly enjoys teaching topics related to user experience and technology and conducts regular talks and workshops on topics related to UX career development, user experience, user research, information architecture, and accessibility.  He has been featured on the radio and has published a number of articles in a variety of professional publications. He is currently authoring the UX Careers Handbook to be published in 2016 by Focal Press.
Cory has an MBA in marketing and technology management, as well as an MA in sociology and a BS in psychology. Cory is a past president of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) International and is also a past president of the UXPA DC Chapter.

John Whalen (Founder and CEO at Brilliant Experience)John Whalen has a PhD in Cognitive Science with over 15 years of User-Centered Design experience. He currently leads Brilliant Experience – a consultancy that supports intra- and entrepreneurs to ensure the success of mission-critical innovation projects by using our unique blend of user-centered design, psychology, design thinking and lean startup techniques.
John’s specialty is to provide businesses with competitive advantages using a mix of user research insights and expert knowledge of human vision, attention and memory. He has experience (and great stories to tell from) working with Fortune 500 clients in the ecommerce, financial, healthcare and government verticals. John’s currently focusing on helping large enterprises integrate brain science into agile, design thinking, and UCD projects.

Faz Besharatian instructed GA DC's first UXDI course. He started his migration away from print design in 1996 and has been building digital experiences ever since. Throughout his design career Faz has worked for AARP, AOL, US Airways, USWeb/CKS, and others. Today he is an independent design consultant focused on product design for companies big and small. 

Stephanie Pratt (@stephaniempratt) is a User Experience Designer/Researcher at mHelpDesk. She holds a Master's in Human Factors Psychology from George Mason University. She has experience working as a contractor and as an internal UXer for a large Fortune 500 company and a startup. Stephanie is a strong advocate for involving users/customers in product development through interviews, usability testing, and other research techniques.

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