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Hospitality Empathy

I have worked in the food and beverage industry for 7+ years. 5 years I managed teams up to 40 people. Wrapping up my career managing for Danny Myers at the MOMA in NYC.

"I long believe I learned more in the kitchen and dining room then I ever did college." -Anthony Bourdain.
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Arts & Crafts

Beyond the digital world of UX/UI; ever since I was little, I loved to build with my hands.

In 2019, I won 2nd place at New York Comic Con for a Rocket Raccoon costume I made from scratch. Moving jaw and all!

Now I draw pet portraits and do pop ups building an experience for pet lovers, like myself, through my business Taleology.
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Must Love Dogs

All my life I have grown up around dogs. Every single canine we have brought into our home has been a rescue. Meet Edgar, one of our many rescues.

I believe in second chances.
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Sucker for Sweets

I am an ex-pastry sous chef at The Writing Room and Inatesso Cafe.
I studied at ICE in NYC, gaining a diploma in pasty + baking. This was the kick-start to my hospitality career.

It is safe to say, I always leave room for dessert.
Picture of Emma in The Nutcracker

Child Performer

I have embraced the city to its fullest and took advantage of the arts being a child performer.
I danced with NYCB (New York City Ballet) for 5 years, including 4 seasons of The Nutcracker. Was on off-broadway, and sang with NYCO (New York City Opera) until the age of 17.

These experiences helped shape my discipline that I have carried throughout my life and career.


To be a true creative one must be in an open mind.
A place of wonder and curiosity.

Some of my favorite worlds are those with fanatical creatures such as Harry Potter and The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

My story told on CNBC Make It (from 2020)

Why Product Design?
It gives me the opportunity to combine my insights, curiosity, knowledge, and journey with my love for visual and interaction design.
I get to use my empathy from years in hospitality to make a bigger impact on the world and businesses.​ I get to tackle the maco and micro, keeping my mind sharp.

‍What makes me a great Product/UX Designer?
‍Effective communication on cross-functional teams. My love for process and organization with the space for innovation. Positive adaptability, impeccable empathy, user-focused, and business-minded with  my entrepreneurnial spirit.

‍What am I up to:
Always looking into how to better approach design ops and investigate AI's powers when it comes to design.
Mentoring those just breaking into product design.
Working on my Pet Portrait business Taleology.

When I am not busy designing: I am watching documentaries, spending time with my daughter, DIYing, drawing, or cooking. If it is creative or pushing my mind's limits count me in.​