Parisa Bazl is currently Head of User Experience at Commvault, a large enterprise software company. She has a unique background for working in tech, having majored in medieval and early modern literature in undergrad, then finding her way to the field in grad school, where she studied Information Science. Both of these topics have been critical to her success, but especially the first – she believes that technology is much more about people than it is about software.
Originally from south Florida, she has been in New York City for almost 13 years where she's worked both in-house and as a consultant on enterprise UX and design systems. She is constantly learning, and enjoys working with people who bring out the best in each other.
The way we approach digital software design creates huge barriers for entry, requiring advanced learning and expensive supplies to qualify someone for the position. To expand opportunity, we have to make it easier to learn how to design. By simplifying and externalizing design logic within our design systems we are able to scale and operationalize DE&I initiatives by quickly and effectively training unskilled workers from underrepresented communities. This helps us meet critical business needs for asset production while providing an entry point to design in a cost-effective, inclusive, and mutually beneficial way. We discuss a use case where such an initiative brought demonstrated value to one company’s product development cycle.