Learning & Networking Week, September 18–22


Join our global community in an online festival of learning, career development, networking, and social events. Programming is scheduled for time zones around the world. 50 sessions are FREE for EPIC Members! Tutorials are the only sessions that require pre-registration and a fee ($100 for members).

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Peer Circles

September 19, 2023, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT

Free for EPIC Members

(Time in CEST: 8–8:30 pm)

Virtual Session

Facilitators: Sam Gottlieb, EPIC Board Member & Google Research Manager; Julia Wignall, Manager, Experience Insights & Design, Seattle Children’s

Peer Circles is a pilot program to help us create and maintain crucial spaces for learning, growth and reflection. They sustain EPIC moments from Learning + Networking Week and the EPIC2023 Main Program throughout the year. Keep the conversations alive with our most valuable knowledge resources, our peers!

Join us to identify interests and goals, connect with a small group of peers who share them, and review loose guidelines so your Circle can develop an identity and rhythm of its own. Circles might focus on:

☉  navigating career transitions
☉  handling adversity or opportunities at work
☉  coaching and feedback on projects, strategies, and ideas
☉  group study or skill building
☉  collaborating on projects or proposals (hint hint…EPIC2024!)
☉  support for writing or speaking
☉  anything else!

This is the first of two sessions during Learning and Networking Week. We encourage you to attend both, but feel free to attend only one or contact us if you’d like to learn more after the sessions. This session will provide an overview of the program, how your participation is critical, and a chance to get to know other interested members. The second session (September 22, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM PDT) will be an interactive session, with a shortened session of a Circles group, focused on topics you and your peers find resonant. Come help shape EPIC’s inaugural Peer Circles community!

Please complete this survey to share whether you’re interested in participating in EPIC-sponsored community connections. Peer Circles is the first EPIC-sponsored peer group model to help foster professional and personal relationships beyond our annual conference events. We’d like to know whether this programming or other forms of community connections might interest our members.

Sam Gottlieb

Samantha Gottlieb (she/her) is an anthropologist informed by science and technology studies. She is currently a UXR Manager at Google, who is curious about new health technologies in the hands of their users. In her capacity as an EPIC board member, Sam is helping to drive stronger community ties through peer mentorship. She looks forward to meeting you at either Learning and Networking or EPIC 2023 in Chicago….or both.

Julia Wignall

Julia Wignall holds a Masters in Anthropology from California State University, Long Beach. She is currently the Manager of Experience Insights & Design at Seattle Children’s, where she leads a team that explores the integration of anthropology in healthcare experience through research and service design. Her primary areas of focus include the intersections of patient experience, service culture, health equity, and anti-racism.


September 19, 2023
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT
Free for EPIC Members