Creating Inclusive Culture in Design



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So many professionals are looking for flexibility, and inclusivity from their workplace. There is no silver bullet answer. Communities of practice will help us quickly learn from each other and influence cultural and organizational change. When creating change women are, as a group, familiar with the stigma that can follow flexibility and inclusivity. Women are aware that for many of us it drives a decision to exit the workplace  and in correlation women are mostly likely to lead teams that avoid bias and index on collaboration.

The panel will share stories, tactics, and learnings to create autonomy, end flexibility bias and increase inclusivity.  As we “go back to normal”, women and allies have the ability to drive change. Sharing what we have learned and what has been successful is where we can start.

Our panelists will share what’s worked including cases presented to leadership, efforts using traditional paths (e.g. HR), and those that forged a new path - grassroots efforts to serve as a catalyst for change.

Join this panel to learn from women and an ally who’s defined inclusive cultures in their organizations as a designer in Tech, and learn how we, women and allies, can be co-conspirators.


🐰 😍 About our Speakers

Ying Yao (she/her) is a UX & Product Designer with over 5 years of experience working in brand agencies and enterprise organizations. She's currently at Honeywell building security software for a post-Covid world. In her off-hours, she's a design mentor at ADPList, co-organizer of Ladies that UX Atlanta, and an authentic speaker. She has given dynamic talks on her personal career journey as well as design team culture and diversity for BuzzFeed, Interaction Design Association, and Students of UXD.

Connect with Ying on LinkedIn and Twitter!


Kristine Yuen is a Design Manager at LinkedIn and has been at the company for 4 years. She currently is managing a team of designers on the Pages product, which enables organizations to create an online presence on LinkedIn. Previously, she worked as a consultant at Deloitte for 5 years doing technology implementations across the technology, retail, healthcare, and finance industries. She has a Masters of Interaction Design at CCA and a Bachelors of Business from the University of Notre Dame. 

Connect with Kristine on LinkedIn!


Federico Francioni is born and raised in Tuscany, and completed his telecommunications engineering studies in Finland and started my professional journey in Milan. He is a digital strategist with more than 12 years of cross-industry management consulting experience. He is exceptionally grateful for the last seven, spent in the inspiring Silicon Valley where I currently live.

​​His expertise is the combination of a technical education enhanced by passionate knowledge of strategy & operations, user experience, design thinking and emerging technologies. He believes collaboration with diverse mindsets and perspectives is the best way to craft innovative & tangible experiences for all kinds of users.

​​He loves to get his hands dirty and experiment with new tools and canvases, through continuous iterations. He is passionate about inclusive design and workplace experience, leveraging blogging and podcasting as an outlet to share his thoughts with digital practitioners, creative thinkers and design enthusiasts.

​​When Federico steps away from his computer, you can find him on a sand court playing beach volleyball, my "well-being addiction" for the last 23 years.

​​His specialties are: - Digital Strategy - Enterprise Collaboration / Employee Engagement - Future Vision & Innovation Design - User Experience

Connect with Federico on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Medium, and Clubhouse (@fedino82). Also, check out his podcast and personal website!

Ana Nicolau is a London-based Director of Experience & Product Design, and founder of Women In Design App global slack community of women in design.

Connect with Anna on LinkedIn and Twitter!


🐰 😍 About our Hosts

Natashia Tjandra is a Senior Manager of Product Design with broad experience at the intersection of design, data, technology, and marketing. Her career has led her through different disciplines in design: designing fonts and typefaces, creating 360 ad campaigns for prestigious global brands, co-running her own design consultancy, and leading design teams in the #1 global consulting management company. Currently at EA, she’s humanizing technology and the workplace while building cross-functional design teams and developing sustainable processes. Her passion has brought her to design mentorship, she volunteers her time with ADPList and Design Buddies, and leadership in diversity and inclusion. In her spare time, Natashia shares truths and positivity in beautifully designed three words.

​Connect with Natashia on LinkedIn and Instagram (3-word truth | travel)


​Bhavna Devani focuses on building new business with the cultural and organizational capabilities to match. She works with nascent startups, and established incumbents as they pursue innovation, the ideation, creation and scaling of new business lines and the improved implementation of agile and product thinking.

​​As a product manager, she worked with organizations ranging from ecommerce (eBay), to IPTV to aftermarket automotive hardware solutions. She spends her free time as a mentor on ADPList, working with and hiking.

​​Connect with Bhavna on LinkedIn and Instagram!


🐰 About Design Buddies

​​​​​​Design Buddies is an inclusive design community aimed to connect and empower designers by providing free resources, events, mentorship, and more.

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😍 About ADPList

​​ADPList is a community based on connection and inclusivity — a platform where people can find, book, and meet mentors around the world.

See you here, Buddies and Amazing Designers!

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