Ender received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. She has formal training and experience in qualitative research methods and analysis, including focus groups, interviews, and ethnography. Her doctoral studies focused on older Japanese adults engagement with assistive technologies, medical devices, and home and environmental modifications.
Ender's passion for engagements between people, places, and things led her to UX. Coming from academia, she has a strong commitment to impacting positive social change and deriving actionable insights.
Before Anthro-Tech, Ender worked as a program evaluator for the health and human solutions division of Battelle, a U.S. based non-profit. She has evaluated health programs and products for such clients as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Army, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Outside of work, Ender likes to: Walk with her family; Play with her little boy; Learn python; Game with her husband; Garden (aka keeping her son from eating flowers, rocks, dirt, and leaves); Philosophize things that shouldn't be philosophized; Critique television shows and movies as if she is the authority on taste; Analyze all social interactions recently engaged in; and, Develop her own life-hacks. Ender is always looking for an opportunity to crack a bad joke or make a sarcastic remark.
Path that lead you to UX
I was looking for applied theories and practices for studying human engagement with technologies and living environments and came across UX as a school of thought and approach.
Your career thus far, in a nutshell
Walnut - Takes a lot of work to get open, but once you do you can really pick at the brain inside.
Work of which you're most proud
My dissertation. I overcame a lot of challenges - learning Japanese, getting funding, living in a foreign country, accepting and internalizing criticism, etc. - and persevered.
My parents and my husband.
Cause that means the most to you
Environmentalism and energy conservation.
Your idea of happiness
Sunday mornings when the sun is shining in through the windows, the morning air is still crisp, blueberry pancakes are cooking, music is playing and I am sipping a coffee while watching my son play and husband cook. Beautiful.
What have you learned
There is no right answer or point of view, only an endless variety of worldviews that have degrees of overlap or shared incorporations. Because of this, we operate on a plane of heuristics and translation.
It may surprise you
Despite how much I love Seattle, I hate dogs and dark roast coffee.