Emily Holmes




Emily is the director of User Experience for the innovation team at Hobsons, a global education solutions company that provides tools to 6 million K-12 students in more than 80 countries. A Lean UX advocate, she believes in the power of design thinking and collaborative, rapid design. Over the past 6 years, Emily built the first UX team at Hobsons, introduced user research into the product development process, and brought Lean UX methodology into the corporate culture.

A visual designer and entrepreneur, she has previously been an exhibit and graphic designer for an interactive children’s science museum; a professional singer; an IA and front-end developer for a Fortune 5000 company; the founder and partner in a successful web consulting business; a fire juggler; and the proprietor of a stained glass studio that designed, produced and sold glass giftware to galleries and catalog companies around the world.