Director Of User Experience , Web Strategy
Sallie Mae, Inc.
Valeska O'Leary is a self-identified behaviorist bona fide and User Experience leader who wears many hats: strategist, designer, researcher, developer and mentor. After her humble beginnings as an entrepreneur, Valeska shifted her focus to product and design, ultimately innovating, designing, and managing products for countless companies large and small, including John Hancock, Fidelity, State Street, PayPal, Wolters Kluwer UpToDate, and IDG to name a few. At Sallie Mae, she brings her vast experience in Human-Computer Interaction and Human Factors to craft solutions that radically transform its customers’ experience. A leader and mentor at heart, she is frequently seen at conferences and is very active in the UX community of practice.