GRWebDev Powered by LaFleur presents Creatives and Mental Wellness

Jan 24, 2022 · Grand Rapids, United States of America

GRWebDev Powered by LaFleur presents
Creatives and Mental Wellness
Monday, January 24,[masked]:15pm - 7:45pm

DESCRIPTION
At GRWebDev we tend to talk a lot about technology. But at the end of the day, this technology is built by humans. Each of these humans has gone through their own unique journey over the past few years. And let’s face it: the past few years have been a struggle.

As we head into 2022, let’s take a moment to focus on the most important resource for any creative agency: those who work there. This month’s meetup will feature a panel of talented professionals who will discuss the importance of mental wellness for the creatives who architect, design, and build software. Please join us for this virtual event on Monday, January 24th at 6:15pm EST.

OUR PANEL
Timothy Haines is the founder of Symposia Labs. Based in Holland, Michigan, Symposia works to provide digital strategy and execution for small to mid-sized businesses. Timothy utilizes his expertise and passion for digital communication to help organizations optimize their brands and thrive.

Jessa Challa is a Software Engineer and CEO of Mallowfields. Prior to her work as a developer, she worked as a GIS Technician and has a degree in Geography. Jessa actively participates in West Michigan-based efforts to democratize technology. She volunteers her energy and talent to organizations including Code for Good West MI, Grand Circus, AIGA West MI, Equity PAC, and more.

Lynn F. Bufka, PhD, is Senior Director, Practice Transformation and Quality, at the American Psychological Association. The Practice Transformation and Quality Department focuses on the development and implementation of programs and policies related to supporting and expanding opportunities for professional psychology. Dr. Bufka frequently serves as a media spokesperson for APA on clinical topics, stress, telepsychology and other policy matters relevant to professional practice. Additionally, Dr. Bufka is a Maryland licensed psychologist and continues to provide treatment and clinical consultation on a limited basis.

After a decade of experience incorporating UX, human-centered principles, and rapid prototyping, Alysha Lach White has honed her career expertise into creating Little Space Studio, a coworking space for freelance and small business professionals that provides dynamic and holistic business support, as well as a vibrant and supportive creative community. She advocates for ethical pay and treatment of independent workers, and the ability for any creative or solopreneur business to thrive.

OUR MODERATOR
Sloth is a React developer who builds custom web and mobile app solutions for startups, small businesses, and non-profits at SlothWerks LLC. He is also an active member of the local tech community, working with organizations such as GRWebDev, Code for Good West Michigan, and many others.

SPONSORS
This month's meetup is sponsored by observIQ. observIQ builds next-generation observability solutions for ITOps and DevOps teams. Built by engineers for engineers, observIQ’s solutions accelerate, simplify, and enhance observability across today’s hybrid environments. For more information, visit observiq.com.

GRWebDev's title sponsor is LaFleur Marketing. LaFleur is your forward-thinking digital marketing partner, creating innovative, data-driven marketing strategies and assets for law firms, healthcare organizations, and growing businesses. Learn more about their services on the web at lafleur.marketing.

SCHEDULE
6:15pm - 6:30pm ... Announcements & Introduction
6:30pm - 7:30pm ... Panel Discussion
7:30pm - 7:45pm ... Q&A
7:45pm ... Conclusion

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