Laura Silva is an intersectional strategist focusing on innovation through inclusive design methodologies and principles. She is currently Vice President, Sr. Inclusive Design Lead at Bank of America. Previously, she worked at Amazon on the Global Search team as Accessibility and D&I UX designer. She’s originally from Bogota, Colombia but the U.S. her home.
Laura is a Writing and Service Design graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She’s passionate to share her work at conferences such as the International Design Conference in Chicago, Women in Design in San Francisco, Women in Color in Tech in Houston, State of Womxn of Color in Dallas, Thought at Work in Rochester University in New York, Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, Girl Who Code and FinTech programs and many others; as well as an array of multilingual podcasts interviews and University classes focusing on intersectionality, immigration, and self-identity in tech.
Her experiences as being “the first and/or the only” are what inspire her to understand the business and cultural benefits of embracing who our customers are at their core.
A lot of attention has, rightly, been given to supporting parents to be able to juggle parental responsibilities with having fulfilling careers. But there is another, growing group of caregivers we need to consider: those caring for ageing family members. This type of caregiving comes with its own requirements that are distinctive in many ways from child care responsibilities.
As distributed family models become more popular the ability to juggle carer responsibilities for elderly relatives with the demands of our leadership roles becomes more difficult.
How do we make the space to prioritise the needs of our family with the needs of our teams and organisations?
Is it possible to make space for ourselves amidst all the requirements of our time?
How do workplaces and employers can support people in these roles?
We will be joined by a group of design leaders who will share their personal experiences of trying to find this balance and how we can support each other along the way.