Normally, Girls Like You and Me highlights the diversity of career paths by sharing interviews with women from pretty different professions from week to week. There could be an entrepreneur one week, a writer the next, and a scientist after that. It keeps things interesting.
I'm very excited to announce that we'll be changing things up for the next few weeks and featuring several women who work at the same company and often work together, in different jobs and with different backgrounds.
I recently got in touch with an old friend who knows a lot of cool people, hoping he'd connect me with someone interesting. Instead he immediately responded, "I am sitting in a meeting with two perfect women to feature." That expanded to several other women he works with at Cooper, a user experience design and strategy firm based in San Francisco and New York. They use design to make companies like Google, Starbucks, Task Rabbit, Citibank, and GE, among many others, work better through consulting and through teaching and training. And design can mean anything from product design, to visual design, to user experience design.
I've had a great time learning about user experience design, a field I didn't know anything about, even though every time I use a digital product, I'm using something someone designed, and how people with different skillsets and backgrounds work together to make those user experiences meaningful and positive. Even cooler, some of the women have been designing for the web since everyday people were first getting online in the mid-90s.
[Updated] Check out the first three interviews in the series: