Jim Holmes (@aJimHolmes) – Growing Into Leadership
Too many of our organizations across society have poor leadership. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about the military, private sector firms, or the local Cub Scout pack. Great leaders help us get the most out of our teams and ourselves, not just at the high meta level, but during each day’s grind.
In this session we’ll talk about why you might consider stepping up into a leadership role (or evolving one you’re currently in), and what things about yourself you can leverage and improve upon. It’s also important to understand routes you can take to leadership. Most importantly we’ll talk about getting the job done on a daily basis so you can help your team be as awesome as possible.
You’ll leave this session with some questions to ask of yourself, and some ideas on furthering your own leadership journey.
Elizabeth Naramore (@ElizabethN) – The Beauty of a Beginner’s Mind
What’s so great about not knowing what you’re doing? Why do we resist being terrible at things? In our personal lives, why do we place so much self-worth on what we produce, what we achieve, and how many things we cross off the list? The beginner’s mind is a beautiful, wonderful thing; full of joy, and curiosity, and hope. It’s also something that tarnishes and fades as we turn into Responsible Grownups™. In this talk, I discuss why rekindling your inner pioneer is vital to your well being and your career. By the end of this talk, you’ll be excited to be awful at everything.
Cori Drew (@coridrew) – Ignition: Geek Parenting’s Lessons Learned…so far
“A 12yo presenting App Dev at TED? An 11yo presenting Spark to a tech conference? That’s crazy; my kids just want to play games!” Do you remember what sparked your interest in technology? Everyone has a different story of how that spark ignited into a fire to #LearnAllTheThings. In this talk, Cori Drew will share the experiences that–as a geek and a parent–left her surprised and enlightened, and will cover tactical ideas of how to ignite that fire in your own kids. Share in the retrospective that led her daughter from a video-gaming 7yo to an 11yo speaker, and walk away with concepts of how to carry our passion for programming to our youth.
Jeff Blankenburg (@jeffblankenburg) – Be A Beginner
There’s two sides to your career: starting out fresh and new, looking to senior folks on your team, and slowly becoming one of those senior folks. The important thing to remember is that no matter where you are in your career, EVERYBODY is faking it to the best of their ability. We are problem solvers, and we’re solving problems that have never been solved before. This talk will focus on how to be successful by thinking like a beginner. Be curious, take deliberately small steps, and explain things without assumptions. You’ll be amazed how much easier everything will become.
Alan Stevens (@alanstevens) – Values Driven Development
Cory House (@housecor) – Confessions of a Technical Speaker: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Why do people speak at conferences? And how do they get started in the first place? Rest assured, the barriers to entry are surprisingly low, and the benefits are immense. Get into major conferences, hang out with your programming heroes at lavish parties, and travel the world. All for free. Yes, this isn’t just possible, but attainable for nearly any developer! Do you want to conquer your fear of public speaking, transform your communication skills, and radically accelerate your career? Speaking allowed me to do all of the above and more in my first two years. Let’s take a tour behind the speaker lounge doors. I’ll share why you should join in on the fun, and lay out a clear strategy so you can join us.
Dawn E. Kuczwara (@digitaldawn) – Give Up!
- What does it mean to hold on, professionally (with examples)
- What are the negative aspects of holding on? (there are many)
- Who benefits when you give up control? (you, and your team)
- How do I get from control freak to Zen master?
- How to recognize when it’s time to give up (and when it’s not)
- It ain’t easy – the pitfalls of giving up control (and how to avoid them)