Cheryl Platz

I'm a Senior User Experience Designer with Amazon, where I'm working on an exciting new product in the Universal Shopping Experience team.

My diverse experience as a designer and producer spans multiple industries – I have designed for the automotive industry, phones, desktops, billion-dollar server products and a variety of video games (including The Sims and Disney Friends), theme parks, and websites. Past employers include Microsoft, Griptonite Games, Electronic Arts, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, and MAYA Design.

As a woman in technology, I'm passionate about exposing girls to the many technology-oriented career options available to them. I volunteer year-round as a STEM career panelist, mentor, and instructor. I've taught various versions of my "Making the World Easier with Interaction Design" workshop to hundreds of girls and adults in the past 2 years. Organizations I partner with include the Huffington Post, DigiGirlz and IGNITE.

I've also been acting professionally in the Seattle area since 2005. I've been an ensemble member with Unexpected Productions - home of Seattle TheatreSports improv comedy - since 2008. I can also be seen in shows like “Where No Man Has Gone Before” (improvised Star Trek), NERDprov (geeky shortform improv) as well as various musical theatre & video productions. In 2009, I co-wrote and co-starred in a short Web video series for MSN Movies called "I'd See It If...", which received over 500,000 views.