Category Archives: Rosenfeld Summit Webinar

Getting ready for People Skills on Wednesday

The 3rd User Experience Toledo Region conference is Wednesday of this week, May 27th. If you are attending, here are some things to help you get ready (this was also emailed to attendees via Eventbrite, but repeating here just in case).

1. Make sure you know how to get to the conference location, the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex at the University of Toledo. The address is 1510 North Westwood Ave, Toledo, Ohio 43606. You can come in from the north: from Bancroft, turn south on North Westwood. Or you can come in from the south: the building is at the corner of Door and Douglas.


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Individual Tickets for People Skills Conference

Individual tickets for the 3rd Toledo Region User Experience conference go on sale this morning.

  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 27 at LaunchPad Incubation at the University of Toledo.
  • Theme is People Skills for UX: Negotiation, Facilitation, Listening, and Leadership.
  • Cost: $30, includes breakfast, lunch, and LaunchPad Incubation collaboration spaces for the day.

To learn more about the conference format, topics, speakers and schedule:

To buy tickets:

We are still looking for more sponsors.

May UX News

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People Skills for UX, May 27

Toledo showing of Rosenfeld Media speakers

Another all-day UX conference for the Toledo region is ON for Wednesday May 27th!

Experts from outside the design world will be paired with UX leaders on the topics of listening, facilitation, negotiation, and leadership.

Learn more about the Rosenfeld Media virtual conference speakers, but do not register there. Instead, check out our Call for Sponsors for our local conference. Starting today, companies and organizations can sponsor our local conference for $100, giving them access to purchase tickets now. Tickets for individuals will not go on sale for two more weeks.

Our hosts will be LaunchPad Incubation at the University of Toledo. See the Call for Sponsors for the list of sponsor benefits, a tentative schedule, options for paying, and other details.

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April 2015 Newsletter

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People Skills for UX, May 27th

The #1 request for UX professional development around here is Rosenfeld Media mini-conferences. We did 31 UX Tips in 2013 and 32 UX Tips last year.

The next Rosenfeld Media virtual conference has just been announced for May 27th! The theme is “People Skills for UX” with sessions on four critical soft skills: listening, facilitation, negotiation and leadership.

Check out the details and start thinking about if you want to attend and/or your company wants to sponsor an all day local conference to watch these talks together. These topics may be interesting to a wide range of people at your company, such as project managers, business analysts, HR, and executives.

I would love your thoughts about how to organize this event (How much food? Where to have it?), if you are interested in attending, and if your company may want to sponsor it. Please fill out the planning survey!

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UX Tips Recap

It is 5pm: how was the Toledo Region UX Tips conference so far? Here are some follow-up bits of information and next steps.

Attendees: Please fill out the follow-up survey to let me know how the conference went.

Everyone (attendees and others in the Toledo region): Please take a bit longer to tell me about your UX needs and view of some of the ideas. This will help us plan future UX community activities.

Some things to stay in touch and remain engaged with the emerging UX community in the region:

Upcoming events to save the date for and start planning to attend:

I expect more opportunities to pop up as well. Fill out the survey to help us plan more UX stuff!


Getting ready for Thursday

Thanks to everyone who has registered to attend the Toledo Region UX Tips Conference, both individually and as part of a company sponsorship. Here is a checklist of things to do to get ready for the all-day event on Thursday, April 24th.

BGSU at Levis Commons rainbow

1. Make sure you know how to get there. You know how to get to to Levis Commons, right? We are meeting in the BGSU building.

The address is 1655 N. Wilkinson Way, Perrysburg, Ohio, 43551.

2. Arrive at 9am and have breakfast with us.

All Crumbs Bakery

The Flying Joe

Plan to be there at 9am so that you can check in, have some breakfast and coffee, and network with the other attendees.

We will have bagels from All Crumbs Bakery, coffee from The Flying Joe, and juice.

3. Bring your laptop, tablet, and/or smartphone. I will be projecting the speakers from my computer onto 2 screens for everyone to watch the slides, but you are encouraged to bring your own technology so you can get work done, check email, use Facebook, etc. Wi-fi accounts will be provided. If work involves talking on the phone, then we ask you to go into the lobby.

When the speaker is really engaging, you may want to focus on them, but following along on Twitter is also educational. We will have a handout to help you get the most of out the conference with online tools.

JBs Sarnie Shoppe

4. Let me know if you have any special needs for lunch. JB’s Sarnie Shoppe is catering lunch and we will have a variety of sandwiches and salads. Lunch should arrive around noon, during one of the talks. You can get your food then or wait until the 1pm break.

If you have a special diet, I would be glad to order something specific for you. Let me know.


5. Check out the Rosenfeld Media book series. I will have a copy of each book for you to glance over during the conference. You may want to buy paper or digital copies afterwards. There will be a few copies given away as prizes at the end of the day.

6. See who else is attending, at the bottom of the Eventbrite page. You can let more people know you are coming by RSVPing at the Seed event on Facebook and the Toledo Web Professionals event on Meetup.

Contact someone you know who should join us! Individual registrations end at 5pm on Tuesday.

7. Plan to stay until 6pm, or later. The last speaker is slated to be done at 5pm, but we will raffle off prizes, have some sponsor presentations, and talk about what UX events are planned the rest of the year. We can go out for drinks at Levis Commons after 6pm. Some of you will need to leave at 5pm, and that is OK.

8. Finally, review the conference description to remind yourself what else is happening, what the speakers will talk about, and who the wonderful sponsors are.

Contact me with questions. See you on Thursday!


More sponsors for UX Tips conference

In the past 2 weeks, we have gotten many new sponsors for the Toledo region edition of the Rosenfeld Media “32 Awesomely Practical UX Tips” conference (April 24th, BGSU at Levis Commons).

A big THANKS to all of these organizations who will help cover the cost of the program, the food, and the venue. These are in addition to the early sponsors: Beyond Gaming, Agile Oasis Technologies, Spoke, Paychex, and BGSU Computer Science.

There are a few sponsorship opportunities still available, but not many. Lunch has been paid for, for example.

Individuals can also buy tickets.


Individual tickets on sale for Toledo region UX Tips

Individual tickets for the local viewing of the Rosenfeld Media “32 Awesomely Practical UX Tips” virtual conference, April 24th, are now on sale.

What is it? We gather in a central place (BGSU at Levis Commons) to listen to top-notch speakers over the internet. We connect with others while we spend the day together. We get other work done, since it is socially acceptable to multi-task when the speaker is not in the room. We learn about user experience as a community. We go back to work the next day and help our companies/clients compete.

$30 lets you watch the talks and gives you access to the recordings. Breakfast and lunch included (assuming the sponsors who have indicated an interest chip in). You might even win a prize worth more than what you paid. A great deal!


  • 8:15am: Registration, breakfast and networking
  • 9:00am: In-person guest speaker (tentative)
  • 10:00am: Dave Gray (sketching, visualizing, and collaborating)
  • 11:00am: Christina Wodtke (game design)
  • Noon: Brenda Laurel (design research) with lunch provided during this session
  • 1:00pm: Break, continue lunch and sponsor presentations
  • 2:00pm: Kim Goodwin (leadership)
  • 3:00pm: Steve Portigal (customer insights)
  • 4:00pm: Leah Buley (methods and evangelizing)
  • 5:00pm: Prize raffle, sponsor presentations and wrap-up
  • 6:00pm: Continue hanging out at a nearby bar/restaurant

Purchase your individual tickets at Eventbrite: 

Sponsors are still needed.