Hexagon is a free, non-profit community for womxn and non-binary professionals working in UX. They empower them with events, mentorship opportunities, and peer support.
Their mission is to help them build confidence to thrive in the UX industry. To achieve this, members participate in mentorship programs to find valuable advice from industry experts.
Besides, they host chapters all around the world to gather local members in events and training programs.
On the other hand, the community has a Slack group to participate in conversations, portfolio reviews, and to share learnings with other members.
You can join for free by filling an application form. Once you become a member, you can sign up for the mentorship programs, join a local chapter, and even start your own.
It's a space to learn, grow, and discover resources to kickstart your UX career. Join to be part of a vibrant community of professionals and develop your skills supported by experts in your field.
Join a community for UX professionals:
The path of a woman or non-binary professional working on tech can be rude without the support of a strong community. But Hexagon is here to facilitate diversity and inclusion in the workspace. It's a group that will encourage and accompanies your professional growth with resources, mentorship, and programs.
Participate in mentorship programs:
Match with a mentor to unlock your full potential and uplevel your skills. They will guide you throughout the development of your career with unbiased feedback and meaningful relationships. Mentors are from top companies in the world, including Google, Oracle, Facebook, and Twitter.
Join a local chapter:
With groups all around the world, the community supports its local members throughout their career paths. These groups are great opportunities for those looking to meet designers, developers, researchers, students, and more UX professionals. Besides, if you can't find a group near you, you can start your own!
Attend events near you:
Local chapters will give you the chance to participate in events and conferences to discuss industry insights and cover mental health and wellbeing.
To join the Slack community and apply for local chapters, you first need to fill an application process including your experience and personal data. Only women and non-binary individuals are accepted.
They have a strong mentorship program to support UX professionals in their careers development. Each chapter hosts between 2 and 4 cohorts per year, where participants are matched with mentors who have experience in the field of study of the mentees' interests. Mentors are all women and non-binary professionals who have proved their experience with solid portfolios.
After being paired with a mentor, mentees are invited to participate in in-person and virtual events for three months. During these gatherings, they will have the chance to discuss career goals, ask for portfolio reviews, and learn best practices.
The community joins in Slack, where you can discuss your challenges and participate in conversations within your local chapter. But also, the Slack group will connect you with 7,500+ global members who are working to achieve similar goals in the industry.
To address the lack of gender, racial and ethnic diversity in the industry, Hexagon offers grants for women and non-binary individuals. These grants are up to $350 and have the purpose to help members access high-quality educational resources to develop their careers confidently. They prioritize applications from underrepresented groups such as marginalized genders, LGBTQI+, Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color.
“By the end of the mentorship and school program, I was celebrating the two job offers I had received with my mentor. She gave me an outside perspective and an extra push that was needed and made me feel secure amidst the chaos of career transitioning.” -Taylor Collins