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Join a community of the most supportive, growth-oriented minds in the UX field, learn how to lean into new conversations with openness and courage, and transform the status quo of what it means to be human-centered in our work, our industry and our personal lives.

Join a community of the most supportive, growth-oriented minds in the UX field, learn how to lean into new conversations with openness and courage, and transform the status quo of what it means to be human-centered in our work, our industry and our personal lives.

Let’s Find Out

Who is Your UX Doppelgänger?

Let’s Find Out

Who is Your UX Doppelgänger?

The Hopeful-Courageous

Communicator

“I want to be able to navigate difficult conversations with courage, confidence, and comfort.”

The Ethically-Conscious

Advocate

“I want to challenge the status quo and redefine what a human-centered experience is.”

“I want to challenge the status quo and redefine what a human-centered experience is.”

The Community-Seeking

Connector

“I want to be a part of a supportive community of like-minded people I can safely grow with and learn from!”

If you identify with any of these doppelgängers, 

then this course + community is for you.

If you identify with any of these doppelgängers, 

then this course + community is for you.

If you identify with any of these doppelgängers, 

then this course + community is for you.

If you identify with any of these doppelgängers, 

then this course + community is for you.

If you identify with any of these doppelgängers, then this course + community is for you.

Come for the Course

We offer a 5-week online cohort — that meets on Sundays from 1pm-230pm CST — to engage in a dynamic, interactive course that helps UX professionals deepen their awareness and practices in navigating deeper UX topics with humility, openness and courage so that we can understand how to craft equitable, inclusive experiences, know how to navigate UX topics that don’t have easy or obvious answers and transform the status quo of what it means to be human-centered in our professional & personal lives. 

Stay for the Community

You'll have access to a growing online community (on a private, ad-free platform) of growth-oriented professionals, monthly discussion themes, curated resources, new & innovative voices, guest speakers, thought-provoking conversations, professional networking and more!

Come for the Course

Starting November 22nd, we are offering a 5-week online cohort — that meets on Sundays from 1pm-230pm CST — to engage in a dynamic, interactive course that helps UX professionals deepen their awareness and practices in navigating deeper UX topics with humility, openness and courage so that we can understand how to craft equitable, inclusive experiences, know how to navigate UX topics that don’t have easy or obvious answers and transform the status quo of what it means to be human-centered in our professional & personal lives. 

Stay for the Community

You'll have access to a growing online community (on a private, ad-free platform) of growth-oriented professionals, monthly discussion themes, curated resources, new & innovative voices, guest speakers, thought-provoking conversations, professional networking and more!

Come for the Course

Starting November 22nd, we are offering a 5-week online cohort — that meets on Sundays from 1pm-230pm CST — to engage in a dynamic, interactive course that helps UX professionals deepen their awareness and practices in navigating deeper UX topics with humility, openness and courage so that we can understand how to craft equitable, inclusive experiences, know how to navigate UX topics that don’t have easy or obvious answers and transform the status quo of what it means to be human-centered in our professional & personal lives. 

Stay for the Community

You'll have access to a growing online community (on a private, ad-free platform) of growth-oriented professionals, monthly discussion themes, curated resources, new & innovative voices, guest speakers, thought-provoking conversations, professional networking and more!

Come for the Course

Starting November 22nd, we are offering a 5-week online cohort — that meets on Sundays from 1pm-230pm CST — to engage in a dynamic, interactive course that helps UX professionals deepen their awareness and practices in navigating deeper UX topics with humility, openness and courage so that we can understand how to craft equitable, inclusive experiences, know how to navigate UX topics that don’t have easy or obvious answers and transform the status quo of what it means to be human-centered in our professional & personal lives. 

Stay for the Community

You'll have access to a growing online community (on a private, ad-free platform) of growth-oriented professionals, monthly discussion themes, curated resources, new & innovative voices, guest speakers, thought-provoking conversations, professional networking and more!

Come for the Course

Starting November 22nd, we are offering a 5-week online cohort — that meets on Sundays from 1pm-230pm CST — to engage in a dynamic, interactive course that helps UX professionals deepen their awareness and practices in navigating deeper UX topics with humility, openness and courage so that we can understand how to craft equitable, inclusive experiences, know how to navigate UX topics that don’t have easy or obvious answers and transform the status quo of what it means to be human-centered in our professional & personal lives. 

Stay for the Community

You'll have access to a growing online community (on a private, ad-free platform) of growth-oriented professionals, monthly discussion themes, curated resources, new & innovative voices, guest speakers, thought-provoking conversations, professional networking and more!

The next 5-week cohort begins Sunday, November 22nd at 1pm CST.

The next 5-week cohort begins Sunday, November 22nd at 1pm CST.

The next 5-week cohort begins on Sunday, November 22nd at 1pm CST.

The next 5-week cohort begins on 

Sunday, November 22nd at 1pm CST.

The next 5-week cohort begins on Sunday, November 22nd at 1pm CST.

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(Yes, we're excited about that too 🥳  read our Community Values & Code of Conduct Agreements here!)

This is not #designtwitter

(Yes, we're excited about that too 🥳  read our Community Values & Code of Conduct Agreements here!)

This is not #designtwitter

(Yes, we're excited about that too 🥳  read our Community Values & Code of Conduct Agreements here!)

This is not #designtwitter

(Yes, we're excited about that too 🥳  read our Community Values & Code of Conduct Agreements here!)

HmntyCntrd is the one place where growth-oriented UX professionals who desire to rise above the cliches and jargon of our industry can come together and grow in a supportive, encouraging community. This course and community is for you if you want to:

HmntyCntrd is the one place where growth-oriented UX professionals who desire to rise above the cliches and jargon of our industry can come together and grow in a supportive, encouraging community. This course and community is for you if you want to:

Become more confident talking about hard subjects and answering questions that don’t have easy or obvious answers

Become more confident talking about hard subjects and answering questions that don’t have easy or obvious answers

Learn how to craft genuinely inclusive & equitable user experiences

Uncover personal and professional blindspots that limit your ability to be human-centered

Uncover personal and professional blindspots that limit your ability to be human-centered

Understand how to navigate power structures and systems in order to have difficult conversations with courage

Gain the language and frameworks needed to better influence and advocate for people in profit-centric conversations

Discover a community of like-minded professionals, curated resources, shared experiences and new connections

"To call Vivianne Castillo a mere 'user experience researcher' is

to miss the power of her world view."

Ellen McGirt, Senior Editor @ Fortune, Co-Chair of The CEO Initiative

"To call Vivianne Castillo a mere 'user experience researcher' is to

miss the power of her world view."

Ellen McGirt, Senior Editor @ Fortune Magazine, Co-Chair of The CEO Initiative

"To call Vivianne Castillo a mere 'user experience researcher' is to

miss the power of her world view."

Ellen McGirt, Senior Editor @ Fortune Magazine, Co-Chair of The CEO Initiative

"To call Vivianne Castillo a mere 'user experience researcher' is to

miss the power of her world view."

Ellen McGirt, Senior Editor @ Fortune Magazine, Co-Chair of The CEO Initiative

"To call Vivianne Castillo a mere 'user experience researcher' is to miss the power of her world view."

Ellen McGirt, Senior Editor @ Fortune, Co-Chair of The CEO Initiative

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Hi, I’m Vivianne Castillo (she/her)!

Fellow UX Researcher, Humanity in Tech Advocate-Warrior, and Founder of HmntyCntrd with 7+ years of psychology and research experience spanning multiple contexts, cultures, and industries whose work and opinions have been written about in Slate, Fortune, and the Huffington Post.

I’ve always struggled with the jargon and cliches of our industry around being human-centered. Coming from a counseling and human services background, where I  tackled issues like shame, empathy, vulnerability and compassion, I recognize that while we can’t control what is happening around us, we can control what’s happening within us and how we proactively work and address deeply human problems to improve the world around us for the better.

My hope for this course and community is to bring together UX professionals who want to move beyond the jargon and cliches of our industry so that we can create an equitable, inclusive and more humanity-centered future. 

By joining HmntyCntrd, you become a member of a community that is the future of our field, a community that will create new conversations, opportunities, and practices that will deepen and revolutionize the way human-centered experiences are defined.

Here's to choosing courage over comfort.

Twitter: @vcastillo630

Hi, I’m Vivianne Castillo (she/her)!

Fellow UX Researcher, Humanity in Tech Advocate-Warrior, and Founder of HmntyCntrd with 7+ years of psychology and research experience spanning multiple contexts, cultures, and industries whose work and opinions have been written about in Slate, Fortune, and the Huffington Post.

I’ve always struggled with the jargon and cliches of our industry around being human-centered. Coming from a counseling and human services background, where I  tackled issues like shame, empathy, vulnerability and compassion, I recognize that while we can’t control what is happening around us, we can control what’s happening within us and how we proactively work and address deeply human problems to improve the world around us for the better.

My hope for this course and community is to bring together UX professionals who want to move beyond the jargon and cliches of our industry so that we can create an equitable, inclusive and more humanity-centered future. 

By joining HmntyCntrd, you become a member of a community that is the future of our field, a community that will create new conversations, opportunities, and practices that will deepen and revolutionize the way human-centered experiences are defined.

Here's to choosing courage over comfort.

Twitter: @vcastillo630

Hi, I’m Vivianne Castillo (she/her)!

Fellow UX Researcher, Humanity in Tech Advocate-Warrior, and Founder of HmntyCntrd with 7+ years of psychology and research experience spanning multiple contexts, cultures, and industries whose work and opinions have been written about in Slate, Fortune, and the Huffington Post.

I’ve always struggled with the jargon and cliches of our industry around being human-centered. Coming from a counseling and human services background, where I  tackled issues like shame, empathy, vulnerability and compassion, I recognize that while we can’t control what is happening around us, we can control what’s happening within us and how we proactively work and address deeply human problems to improve the world around us for the better.

My hope for this course and community is to bring together UX professionals who want to move beyond the jargon and cliches of our industry so that we can create an equitable, inclusive and more humanity-centered future. 

By joining HmntyCntrd, you become a member of a community that is the future of our field, a community that will create new conversations, opportunities, and practices that will deepen and revolutionize the way human-centered experiences are defined.

Here's to choosing courage over comfort.

Twitter: @vcastillo630

Hi, I’m Vivianne Castillo (she/her)!

Fellow UX Researcher, Humanity in Tech Advocate-Warrior, and Founder of HmntyCntrd with 7+ years of psychology and research experience spanning multiple contexts, cultures, and industries whose work and opinions have been written about in Slate, Fortune, and the Huffington Post.

I’ve always struggled with the jargon and cliches of our industry around being human-centered. Coming from a counseling and human services background, where I  tackled issues like shame, empathy, vulnerability and compassion, I recognize that while we can’t control what is happening around us, we can control what’s happening within us and how we proactively work and address deeply human problems to improve the world around us for the better.

My hope for this course and community is to bring together UX professionals who want to move beyond the jargon and cliches of our industry so that we can create an equitable, inclusive and more humanity-centered future. 

By joining HmntyCntrd, you become a member of a community that is the future of our field, a community that will create new conversations, opportunities, and practices that will deepen and revolutionize the way human-centered experiences are defined.

Here's to choosing courage over comfort.

Twitter: @vcastillo630

The Team

HmnytCntrd is made possible by a small team of amazing people dedicated to challenging the status quo within UX through intentional, practical & thoughtful support to its members. Sekai Farai & Alba Villamil are facilitators who will be teaching aspects of the course and engaging with members of the growing community.

Sekai Farai (she/her)

Twitter: @SekaiFarai

Twitter: @SekaiFarai

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Sekai Farai is an anthropologist clinging wistfully to the belief that research can save the world. Funded to provide anthropological understanding of the NYC startup ecosystem in the early 2000s, Sekai parlayed that experience into working with tech companies to translate user knowledge into actionable product direction. Her insights have straightened out wayward roadmaps for companies like Microsoft, Google, Uber and Airbnb. Her growing research venture studio humankind is on a mission to include everyone in designing a world that meets their needs. And she means everyone.

Sekai Farai is an anthropologist clinging wistfully to the belief that research can save the world. Funded to provide anthropological understanding of the NYC startup ecosystem in the early 2000s, Sekai parlayed that experience into working with tech companies to translate user knowledge into actionable product direction. Her insights have straightened out wayward roadmaps for companies like Microsoft, Google, Uber and Airbnb. Her growing research venture studio humankind is on a mission to include everyone in designing a world that meets their needs. And she means everyone.

Alba Villamil (she/her)

a picture of Alba

Alba N. Villamil is an independent User Experience Researcher who specializes in designing for the social sector. Her projects focus on underserved populations such as refugees, low-income parents, and formerly incarcerated youth. In addition to working with community organizations, she has also worked on projects with the Harvard Kennedy School and Rochester City School District.

Alba N. Villamil is an independent User Experience Researcher who specializes in designing for the social sector. Her projects focus on underserved populations such as refugees, low-income parents, and formerly incarcerated youth. In addition to working with community organizations, she has also worked on projects with the Harvard Kennedy School and Rochester City School District.

WHAT'S IN THE COMMUNITY

WHAT'S IN THE COMMUNITY

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You’ll receive access to a private, dedicated online platform and conversation with other professionals aligned on the same growth journey as you are. We’ll set monthly themes, discuss overlooked topics in our field (e.g. compassion fatigue, anti-racism & design, systems intervention & advocacy skills, etc) and networking opportunities and help each other grow toward a better, brighter future.

We’ll take away the guess & Google work by providing you with a curated library of trustworthy, powerful resources that will help you address questions you have across different topics such as ethics, privilege, accessibility, and more. We’ll also explore other resources and techniques aimed at making what you learned applicable and actionable in both your personal and your professional life.

In our monthly community hours with Vivianne Castillo and team, you can ask what’s on your mind, what you’ve been experiencing, what you’ve been working on, and hear from others’ experiences within the community. We’ll also do monthly webinars with innovative, boundary-pushing professionals outside our industry – so we can challenge our own approaches and gain new perspectives into what it means to be human-centered.

We'll also provide opportunities for folks within the community to give (and practice!) UX-related talks to the rest of the community! Why not learn and grow from each other?

To top that off, you’ll also get priority access to all facilitated mastermind groups and all new courses we create in the future. Because we’re in this together now.

Need Help Convincing Your Employer?

Check out "How HmntyCntrd Can Benefit Your Company" and hear why you should join from leaders who are dedicated to changing design and tech for good!

Need Help Convincing Your Employer?

Check out "How HmntyCntrd Can Benefit Your Company" and hear why you should join from leaders who are dedicated to changing design and tech for good!

Need Help Convincing Your Employer?

Check out "How HmntyCntrd Can Benefit Your Company" and hear why you should join from leaders who are dedicated to changing design and tech for good!

Need Help Convincing Your Employer?

Check out "How HmntyCntrd Can Benefit Your Company" and hear why you should join from leaders who are dedicated to changing design and tech for good!

Need Help Convincing Your Employer?

Check out "How HmntyCntrd Can Benefit Your Company" and hear why you should join from leaders who are dedicated to changing design and tech for good!

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"Surveillance tech. Systemic racism. Inaccessible design. Inequitable outcomes. Our industry is facing a long-overdue reckoning—one that demands changes to our values, team norms, and design processes. To do that, we need every UX professional to learn new skills—like facing tough conversations, deepening their cultural awareness, and holding themselves and each other accountable. That’s why I think HmntyCntrd is so crucial right now—and a worthy investment for any team."

Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Author of Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech

"Surveillance tech. Systemic racism. Inaccessible design. Inequitable outcomes. Our industry is facing a long-overdue reckoning—one that demands changes to our values, team norms, and design processes. To do that, we need every UX professional to learn new skills—like facing tough conversations, deepening their cultural awareness, and holding themselves and each other accountable. That’s why I think HmntyCntrd is so crucial right now—and a worthy investment for any team."

Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Author of Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech

"Surveillance tech. Systemic racism. Inaccessible design. Inequitable outcomes. Our industry is facing a long-overdue reckoning—one that demands changes to our values, team norms, and design processes. To do that, we need every UX professional to learn new skills—like facing tough conversations, deepening their cultural awareness, and holding themselves and each other accountable. That’s why I think HmntyCntrd is so crucial right now—and a worthy investment for any team."

Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Author of Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech

"Surveillance tech. Systemic racism. Inaccessible design. Inequitable outcomes. Our industry is facing a long-overdue reckoning—one that demands changes to our values, team norms, and design processes. To do that, we need every UX professional to learn new skills—like facing tough conversations, deepening their cultural awareness, and holding themselves and each other accountable. That’s why I think HmntyCntrd is so crucial right now—and a worthy investment for any team."

Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Author of Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech

"Surveillance tech. Systemic racism. Inaccessible design. Inequitable outcomes. Our industry is facing a long-overdue reckoning—one that demands changes to our values, team norms, and design processes. To do that, we need every UX professional to learn new skills—like facing tough conversations, deepening their cultural awareness, and holding themselves and each other accountable. That’s why I think HmntyCntrd is so crucial right now—and a worthy investment for any team."

Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Author of Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech

September Sponsors

We're excited to partner with amazing companies who are aligned to our values and are helping us bring HmntyCntrd to everyone. 

September Sponsors

We're excited to partner with amazing companies who are aligned to our values and are helping us bring HmntyCntrd to everyone. 

September Sponsors

We're excited to partner with amazing companies who are aligned to our values and are helping us bring HmntyCntrd to everyone. 

Title Sponsor

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Silver Sponsor

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Interested in partnering with HmntyCntrd and creating impact within the UX Industry for our November Cohort? Please send us an email at hello@hmntycntrd.com to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities! Let’s explore how the UX community can better rise to the challenges of today’s world — together.

Interested in partnering with HmntyCntrd and creating impact within the UX Industry for our November Cohort? Please send us an email at hello@hmntycntrd.com to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities! Let’s explore how the UX community can better rise to the challenges of today’s world — together.

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