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The first generation of IAs are still out there, many of us now in leadership roles, often on product teams, or coaching up-and-coming professionals. In this panel, three veterans will reflect on what happens once you’ve “made it” and whether it’s possible to find purposeful satisfying stable work without an overhanging sense that just one more raise, promotion, or opportunity will finally get us “there.”
About the speakers
Christian Crumlish is the author of Product Management for UX People and founder of the Design in Product consultancy, community, and conference. Product lead at California’s Office of Data & Innovation, he has managed Covid, cannabis, and abortion sites. He’s working now to close the benefits gap, among other goals.
He was head of product at 7 Cups, Stanford MedX Prize winner and WEF Pioneer. He co-chaired the monthly BayCHI program, led product teams at CloudOn and AOL, curated the Yahoo design pattern library, and served two terms as a director of the IA Institute.
He got his AB at Princeton in philosophy.
I am a Director of Product Management for content and taxonomy services at a B2B CRM SaaS Fortune 500 company. Previous to going back in-house, I worked close to 20 years as a consultant helping clients in cross-functional teams build innovative products in fast-paced environments and achieve measurable results.
My goal with every project is to invest in the people I’m working with and act as a bridge between groups, both to facilitate communication within teams and to provide strategic solutions, not only for the project at hand, but also for the business at large. I’m a strong believer in participating in community to learn, grow, and share what I’ve learned. I’ve been involved with previous ASIST-IA Summits, ACM, and helped found the IA Institute and Boxes and Arrows to further the practice and discipline of Information Architecture.
Mags Hanley is a career and information architect. She helps Designers work out the next stage of their careers are by using the tools of their trade – analysis, research, and synthesis. She helps senior designers develop into leaders, and provides the scaffold and tools for design leaders to be effective in their jobs.
Mags lives in Melbourne Australia – the coffee capital of the world – but prefers tea! She has lived across the world in the US and UK working in organisations as diverse as Argus Associates, the BBC and JB Hi-Fi.