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Maria Nicholas

Director of User Experience, Skillsoft

New York City

Maria Nicholas is a multidisciplinary user experience director and designer with over two decades of experience building and inspiring teams to produce compelling brand and product design solutions. She currently directs UX design and research at Skillsoft, the global leader in digital corporate learning solutions.

Previously, as Director of User Experience at Moody’s Analytics, she led a global team of designers, researchers, and front-end developers in support of subscription-based web applications used by financial analysts while serving as a change agent in the transformation of the company’s product design process and culture.

As Executive Director of UX & Digital Product Design at Kaplan Test Prep, Maria led the design of complex, multi-faceted digital products for higher education administrators, deans, and students. Before that, as Executive Creative Director, she led the expansion and diversification of a best-in-class creative services group producing award-winning digital ecommerce, creative advertising, and brand identity work for Kaplan’s portfolio of businesses.

A self-professed typography geek, Maria holds undergraduate degrees in communications and graphic design and a Master’s degree in Advertising Design from Syracuse University.

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