About - Mary Shaw


Mary Shaw

Mary Shaw is a UX design consultant and career coach with over 20 years of experience in digital design. She’s worked on hundreds of web projects for some of the world’s largest companies and brands, including Coca-Cola, Starbucks, and a website for Unilever’s Dove brand that received over 3 million visits during the Super Bowl halftime show.

Mary also served for 5 years as a top-rated UX design mentor for Career Foundry, where she helped students learn the profession and transition into exciting UX careers.

In 2016 Mary launched an independent UX career coaching program for recent bootcamp graduates and experienced UX professionals. Since then she’s helped hundreds of people get their first or next UX job at big companies including Amazon, Google, Disney, Visa, Paypal, and more.

Mary’s private coaching clients learn to position themselves much better in the job market so they can clearly stand out from the competition. These methods have been so successful that Mary launched an online course that anyone can follow at their own pace called The UX Career Catalyst.

Here’s what students have to say about the program:

Michele Mizejewski, User Experience Designer

“There are a lot of articles and courses out there that help with the nuts and bolts of a job search, but The UX Career Catalyst goes deeper with its foundation focusing on the difficult work of defining your own professional story and value. This is the part that most people skip, and Mary provides the framework to help you actually get it done. That self-definition and clarity then drives the rest of the process and fuels your confidence. Another key part of the course is developing your materials and interview approach through the lens of what’s in it for the hiring manager. Highly recommended. “

Joan McCarthy, UX Strategist

The UX Career Catalyst was the perfect antidote to mid-career stagnation! Mary  provided an innovative roadmap that enabled me to identify what I want most out of the next stage of my career, assess my strengths, and frame my story to effectively get the attention of my future hiring manager. She provided tools and advice on avoiding the typical potholes on the road to success, and has helped me move ahead with confidence.”

Mel Smith, Product Designer

“I found The UX Career Catalyst course concise, actionable, and motivating! There was a lot of new information that I hadn’t considered (ie. LinkedIn SEO, red flags in job descriptions) At the end of the day, you are truly building a sales pipeline with you as the product – and that resonates.”