Event description

Whether you’re just starting out as a designer or you’re a well-seasoned veteran in the design industry or anywhere in between, join Affinity as we host a panel of talented designers discussing their roles, histories, and career trajectories. Find out how they became leaders in the world of design.

Learn about the life stories and principles that shaped some of Silicon Valley’s best. Get to know Andy Montgomery (Andy Montgomery, Head of Design @ Square, Capital), Faith Bolliger (VP of Product Design @ SoFi), Wesley Yun (Sr. Manager of Product Design @ Uber), and Deny Khoung (Director of Design @ 8VC) as they dive into questions like:

  • Going from a freshly minted designer to a design leader, how has your way of thinking about design changed?
  • What are the biggest things that you learned along the way that you wish you knew when you first started out?
  • Throughout your career, what pivotal experiences changed how you thought about design?
  • Speakers

    Andy Montgomery, Head of Design @ Square, Capital

    Andy Montgomery is Head of Design at Square, working on the Capital product. With nearly 20 years of experience as a design professional, he has led design projects for teams of all sizes, from two-person startups to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Square, Andy was the VP of Design at Recurly, a senior UX designer at Viget Labs, and cofounder at integrated design firm Medium. He spent the early years of his career as a design consultant working at agencies as well as running his own studio for many years. He helped launch numerous startups as well as contributing to international brands including PUMA, Google, HP, Unilever, World Wildlife Fund, Time Life, Shure Microphones, and Redbox

    Faith Bolliger, VP of Product Design @ SoFi

    “Faith Bolliger heads up Product Design at FinTech start-up, SoFi, where she has been quietly building a powerhouse design team aimed to deliver a product experience that challenges all assumptions about financial services. Seasoned, Faith has a depth of experience bringing products and strategies to life, from her in-house tenure at McKinsey & Company to consulting at Cooper and McKinsey Digital Labs to later agency life at AKQA. Along the way, she has worked on a wide range of products, platforms, industries, clients: Audi, Best Buy, CIGNA, Home Depot, Levi’s, Make Music, Nationwide, Nokia Siemens, Polaris, Task Rabbit, UBS, and a number of early start-ups. Over her career, her various job titles map an interesting progression of the industry – web designer, information architect, interaction designer, user experience designer, service designer and product designer.

    Wesley Yun, Sr. Manager of Product Design @ Uber

    Wesley Yun is a Sr. Manager of Product Design at Uber Freight. He was formerly a UX Director at GoPro, Design Director at Lytro, Creative Director at Samsung Design America, Dir. of UX at Motorola, CD at RIM, Visual Design Manager at Palm, and Creative Director at Helio. Before that, he designed many websites for fashion, automotive and services, at MRM, Viant, the Designory.

    Deny Khoung, Director of Design @ 8VC

    Deny Khoung is the Director of Design at 8VC, a venture capital firm focused on Smart Enterprise and Bio-IT technology startups. He is also the co-founder of Whitespace, a selective design program connecting designers with rising tech startups in Silicon Valley. Prior to 8VC, he was a cofounder of DesignLab, Creative Director at Zanbato, and Sr. Designer at Larsen. He advises many design teams across Silicon Valley startups like Affinity, Anduin, and Lixibox.

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