Public Speaking And Conference Talks

I enjoy getting out in front of people and talking about my passions: Great software, diverse development teams, supporting entry-level developers, and having a customer-focused mindset. I also emcee events - providing an entertaining and energetic experience for conference-goers.

One of my most popular workshops is my applied improv training. In only a few hours, I can take a group of introverted strangers and teach them about collaboration, listening, ideation, empathy, and more!

Here's a sampling of where I've spoken. I'd love to add your event to the list!

O'Reilly Conferences

  • Building Software For Blue-Collar Users - Fluent, June 2018

  • Building a pipeline: The case for hiring junior developers - OSCON Europe (London), October 2016

  • Building a pipeline: The case for hiring junior developers - OSCON, May 2016

  • Improve Your Team With Improv - OSCON Europe (Amsterdam), October 2015

  • "You code like a sysadmin" - Impostor Syndrome for the modern developer - OSCON, July 2015

  • Improv: Think, React, Go! - OSCON, July 2014

  • Improve Your Team With Improv - OSCON, July 2013

  • Build A Better Team With Improv - OSCON, July 2012

  • Using OpenStack APIs: Present And Future - OSCON, July 2011

  • Customer Service For Nerds - OSCON, July 2011

  • Build a Better Team with Improv - OSCON, July 2011

  • Leveraging the Cloud for Web 2.0 Applications - Web 2.0 Expo, May 2010

USENIX

  • Plays Well With Others - Applied Improv For Technologists - LISA, December 2016

  • Improv For Sysadmins - LISA, November 2015

  • You Code Like a Syadmin - LISA, November 2014

  • Remote Work Panel - LISA, November 2014

  • Improv: Think, React, Go! - LISA, November 2014

  • Customer Service for Sysadmins - Large Installation System Administration (LISA), December 2011

Others

  • Emcee - RTP180 Talk Series, February 2018 - Present

  • Emcee - Innovate Raleigh Candidates Forum, August 2019

  • Emcee - High Five, March 2019

  • "You (Yes, You) Need to Support Junior Developers" - Abstractions Conf, August 2019 [SLIDES]
  • Emcee, Innovate Raleigh Summit, November 2018

  • Startup Pitch Contest Emcee - All Things Open, October 2018

  • Building Compelling Software For Blue Collar Users - All Things Open, October 2018

  • "Plays Well With Others": Improv For Nerds - RailsConf, April 2018

  • Improv For Marketers - High Five Conference, February 2017

  • Wide Teams Podcast - September 2012

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