UX for Good was sparked by wonderfully happy accidents – several dozen collisions of people who are intellectually curious, compelled to do good and insanely optimistic. We are thrilled and grateful to have so many wonderful organizations join us in making this happen.
Adler School of Professional Psychology
Food for Thought
Pierce Family Foundation
The Soma Institute
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Manifest Digital, founded in 2001, has the unique ability to spark lively conversation, connection and exchange with your target market. Our perspective is honest and unbiased, helping people and brands connect in more meaningful ways. We do this by uncovering powerful insights that help us create award‐winning websites, engaging online advertising campaigns, amazing events and brand experiences.
In addition to the Manifest Digital designers who will join us for UXXU 2011, this event would not have been possible without UX director Jason Ulaszek, social media director Bryan Campen, chief experience officer Jim Jacoby, associate creative director Marnie Vosper Breen, senior content strategist Sarah Beckley and UX designer Chelsea Holzworth.
The Insight Labs are a wildly ambitious effort to generate original and meaningful ideas to help non-profits and government agencies. Because we believe that organizations that serve humanity – and not just organizations that pay us – deserve our best thinking.
This event would not have been possible without founder and dean Jeff Leitner, director Howell Malham and digital agitator Andrew Benedict-Nelson.
The Adler School is founded on an important idea: our health resides in our community life and connections. This notion, which Alfred Adler called gemeinschaftsgefuhl, or social interest, was revolutionary when he proposed it in turn-of-the-century Vienna, and it remains so today. At the Adler School, we educate socially responsible practitioners to lead the way in healing divisions within and beyond Chicago and Vancouver. Socially responsible practitioners are prepared to meet the needs of a complex and changing world.
This event would not have been possible without president Ray Crossman, facilities manager Hope Popa and Mitzi Norton, director of the office of the president.
KeyLimeTie is a full-service design, development & digital strategy agency, helping clients communicate more effectively and intimately with their customers through interactive marketing channels. Specializing in web and mobile technologies across a variety of platforms, KeyLimeTie provides content management, ecommerce, and custom application solutions, while also assisting customers with social media campaign and reputation management.
Our national reach and ambitious digital engagement – including live streaming and live blogging – would not have been possible without CEO and co-founder Chris Pautsch and Tim Courtney, director of marketing and brand strategy.
We’re the Sears User Experience team. We are 170 strong and growing. We’re the team behind the curtain. Easygoing and creative. Energetic and bright. Collaborative and focused. We’re the ones molding the future of Sears. And we’re probably a lot different than you think we are. We’re a collection of user experience architects, designers, writers, front-end developers, user researchers and project managers.
A special shout out to the UX crew at Sears, including Mark FelcanSmith, for their support. And instead of providing refrigerators or fine Craftsman tools to tackle our social challenges, they’re sending UX rockstars.
Greentarget is a strategic communications consultancy that advises organizations in both the US and Europe. The quality of our advice is underpinned by a deep knowledge of financial markets, professional services, financial technology and business to business communication gained from both client work and first-hand experience working in relevant sectors.
We have been blown away by rock stars Lisa Seidenberg and Aaron Schoenherr. These folks are the antidote to the tree falling in the forest with no one to hear it.
For over 25 years, Food For Thought has been driven by two principles: delicious food and gracious hospitality. Our Catering division is renowned for creating truly special events. The FFT Hospitality Group provides café, contract dining and conference catering services for thousands of customers daily.
Special thanks to the wonderful and irrepressible Nancy Sharp, president and CEO.
Cannon Design – which designed the extraordinary new campus for the Adler School of Professional Psychology – is an Ideas Based Practice, ranked among the leading international firms in planning and design for healthcare, science & technology, education, sports & recreation, commercial and government clients. Our vision: To be one of the finest design and project delivery firms in the world, contributing to a built environment that enhances human culture, improving the quality of life wherever we work. To endure over successive generations of leadership and management.
We are humbled by the enthusiastic support, encouragement and support of principal Trung Le.
The Pierce Family Foundation supports nonprofit organizations providing essential social services in the areas of housing and opportunities for homeless people. We are particularly interested in helping organizations increase their effectiveness by providing support that focuses on operational needs and organizational development, offering grants and technical assistance for technology, strategic planning, nonprofit operations, financial management, fundraising, communications, board development and other areas that contribute to organizational stability and sustainability.
We are grateful for the early offer of support from president Dennis Pierce and program director Lindsay Marriott.
As Chicago’s first on-site Gourmet Lunch Service, Lunch In provides corporations with healthy and decadent meal options for people who prefer to stay for lunch.
We’re always thinking about the issues that matter most to healthcare companies and their customers. We then share our opinions and invite meaningful conversations with the people and companies who can help make a difference. When we find the right fit, we use our process and capabilities to help clients create outstanding results. With over 15 years of experience working with healthcare companies, we know how to turn insight into successful solutions, campaigns and innovations. By building strong relationships between clients and their customers, closerlook is changing the ways in which people buy healthcare products and services.
We are deeply grateful to our new friends David Ormesher, president and CEO, and Blake Beckstrom, senior video producer.
We’re a different kind of recruiting firm – one driven by a human-centric approach. We know that successful staffing can only happen by truly understanding our clients and our candidates, and we do that better than anyone else. We listen carefully and take the time to get to know you. As a result, we can quickly match exceptional people with great jobs and projects.
We are particularly grateful to Judi Wunderlich, vice president of talent.
The Soma Institute, located in downtown Chicago, is a national leader in the clinical massage therapy field, establishing and maintaining a high standard of excellence through its continued focus on clinical evaluation. With a 98 percent job placement rate, as reported to the Illinois State Board of Education in 2010, Soma graduates enjoy the luxury of choosing virtually any career in the field of massage therapy.
We are greatly soothed by the support of founder and president Joan Hannant.
Founded in March 2008, Balsamiq Studios aims to make the world a better place by helping people create software that is easier to use. Our first product is Balsamiq Mockups. Launched in June 2008, Mockups helps software designers and developers build great software by letting them easily sketch out their ideas, then quickly collaborate and iterate over them. We are trying to build a company we’d like to do business with ourselves. We aim to WOW you through our support and outstanding user experiences, and be a company that’s human, respectful, transparent, inclusive, socially and environmentally conscious.
A special thank-you to chief operating officer Valerie Liberty.
Two Brothers Brewing Company was founded by Jim and Jason Ebel in late 1996. The business was envisioned by the brothers based on their entry into entrepreneurship with The Brewer’s Coop, a retail store catering to home beer and wine making. In 1993 The Brewer’s Coop opened its doors in Naperville, Illinois selling retail ingredients and equipment for the homebrewing community. The more they were surrounded by brewing, the more passionate they became about opening their own microbrewery. In early 1996 they decided to take the plunge and start writing a business plan. Several months later their dream became reality. Two Brothers Brewing Company is still 100% family owned.
We raise a glass in thanks to founders Jim and Jason Ebel.
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