Beatrice Zhou’s path to becoming a user experience designer has taken her from China to the U.S., and from California to Georgia, a cross-cultural journey that has provided the truly empathetic mindset she brings to her work at THRIVE. But her interest in UX, in particular, can be attributed to a world-famous mouse; an internship at Disneyland first opened her eyes to the intricacies of creating an unforgettable guest experience.


Born and raised in China, Beatrice moved to California for her undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara where she majored in International Studies and minored in both Art History and Education. After that fateful internship at Disney post-grad, she knew she wanted to pursue UX studies, and completed a UCLA Extension program in user experience design before earning her MA in Design Management from Savannah College of Art and Design. “With my background in international business, I wanted to find a program that would combine the business side and design sides,” she explains. “A lot of what we do is bridge the gap between the two.”


New to Atlanta, Beatrice is enjoying exploring the city’s galleries and art stores, as well as seeking out local yoga studios to keep her practice strong. In the meantime, she’s feeling quite comfortable inside the brightly painted walls at THRIVE — her favorite color is yellow!