Office Hours: Optoro

What to expect
Optoro is working to solve the big problem around waste in retail returns — an issue that is often invisible to the average consumer. Every year, over 15% of inventory is returned or deemed excess, costing retailers $500 billion nationwide. Our mission is to make retail more sustainable by eliminating all waste from returns, connecting returned and excess goods to their next best home in a way that makes the most sense for the buyer, the seller, and the planet. Working with some of the largest retailers in the US, Optoro’s software platform has enabled its clients to maximize recovery costs by 50 - 200%.

Join the Design Team at Optoro — one of DC's leading tech companies and coolest places to work — to learn about how we make a great impact on the entire organization through design practices and methodologies.

We'll be discussing:

  • How we infuse UX practices into our visual design work and process
  • Using Design Thinking to create a shared vision across different teams
  • How to bring colleagues outside your team along in your process for the greatest impact
  • Growing pains and what we’ve learned from them

About Optoro:
Founded in 2010, Optoro has been named one of the fastest growing companies in the US. Optoro has also received many awards and accolades, including CNBC’s Disruptor 50, EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year and the World Economic Forum’s Circular Economy Award, Most recently, Optoro was named a "Top Workplace" in DC by The Washington Post.

Follow Optoro:
Twitter: @optoroinc
Instagram: @optoro

Twitter: @blinq
Instagram: @thinkblinq

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Instagram: @bulqwholesale

About AIGA’s Office Hours
Office Hours is an ongoing series of informal discussions held in a local creative space. AIGA aims to create a time and space for designers and creatives to meet and discuss in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Location info
Metro: Metro Center (take the 11th and G exit, which will take you straight into the building) or Chinatown (exit to 9th and G, walk two blocks down G St. and turn right on 11th)
Enter the building and look for the Washington Center Offices. Check in with security and take the elevator to the 12th floor. Follow the signs to AIGA DC.


The Optoro Team:
Alex Kramer - VP of Design
Erika Mosher - Lead UX Designer
Brooke Jordan - Senior UX Designer
Lis Warren - UX Designer
Sarah Minukas - Lead UX Designer
Rebecca Stonebraker - Senior UX Designer
Olivia Lee - Visual Design Lead
Kelly Sharon - Visual Design Lead
Anne Tempelis - Senior Designer 

When & Where
Thu, Dec 6, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EST
1001 G Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001