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On this week’s podcast, we speak with Marieke McCloskey a data science and UX researcher. Marieke currently leads UX Research at Humu, a behavioral change company that helps organizations and individuals become better people, leaders, managers, and teammates.

Throughout the episode, Marieke speaks about what user research and experience is, and the importance of having a solid support network. Marieke is part of a working moms group of eight people originally started as a LeanIn group six years ago. Marieke meets with this group every month to share what’s going at work, ask advice for handling challenging situations, share wins, and lean on each other when it’s all just a bit too much. Marieke emphasizes how much this group has helped her and provides listeners with ideas on how to build their own support network.

Another important topic Marieke speaks about is the importance of mentorship and sponsorship. She has met some incredible women who have pushed her to be her best throughout her career. Marie and Marieke acknowledge that mentorship and sponsorship is lacking in the tech sector and organizations can do things such as have internal mentorship programs, but also train leaders to do these things correctly.


Marieke has spent over 10 years helping companies grow through human-centered design. Marieke was formerly a consultant at Nielsen Norman Group where she’s trained thousands of professionals on the value of gaining a deep customer understanding. She is currently at Humu, which combines behavioral psychology and machine learning in its mission to make work better for everyone, everywhere.