Track: Optimizing Yourself


Day of week:

How can you maximize your impact as an engineer, as a leader, and as a person? Too frequently we don't realize that the things which limit our ability to grow technically or organizationally are often not themselves technical or organizational. It's usually not about mastering one more language idiom or learning one more new framework; it's almost always about bringing more energy, purpose, and focus to our work. It's not about working harder; it's about working smarter.

This track explores the critical personal force-multipliers that can help us all to Optimize Ourselves: mindfulness and meditation, communicating simply and effectively, empathy and emotional intelligence, overcoming overwhelm, etc. From topical experts to engineers speaking from personal experience, you will hear practical ways to achieve and maintain your edge.

Track Host:
Wendy Closson
Technologist Coach
Wendy Closson has over a decade of experience immersed in development and championing agile practices. After surviving a rare and highly aggressive cancer, she traded her keyboard for a yoga mat and set out to find health. Through her travels, she gathered a unique tool set to overcome overwhelm, create clear communication, and increase business influence. Fusing her expertise together, Wendy coaches technology leaders to manage effectively, respond reasonably, and navigate the choppy waters of business. She is a certified Naam Yoga teacher with over 1000 hours of training in holistic methodologies such as meditation, spiritual counseling, and non-violent communication. In addition, she was groomed in executive coaching by Kelley Black, founder of Balancing the Executive Life, and studies privately with Dr. Joseph Michael Levry, founder of Naam Yoga. She lives on Long Island with her husband and two children.
10:35am - 11:25am

by Cory House
Software Architect @VinSolutions, Author @pluralsight

As a developer, your image and your mind are your product. So to get what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done with these precious tools. If you want to make a bigger impact, raise your income, and code with purpose, join us. This session is about making a paradigm shift in how you manage your career.

We’ll discuss concrete activities and skills that transform average developers into outliers. You’ll learn why...

11:50am - 12:40pm

by Wendy Closson
Technologist Coach

In this session, we'll focus on an algorithmic approach to speaking authoritatively and authentically by identifying "word smells" and learning new "sentence patterns." This approach fuses together over a decade of Wendy's software experience with the basics of executive coaching and mixes in over 1000 hours of her training in mindful practices.

You will walk away with concrete steps that will get you in the habit of not only winning friends and influencing people, but improving your...

1:40pm - 2:30pm

by Heather Fleming
VP of Product & Program Management @GILT

In a recent article published by The New York Times Magazine titled, “What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team”, Google discovered that “psychologically safe environments” and establishing group norms of communication and empathy were the secret sauce to building highly productive and engaged teams. In this session,...

2:55pm - 3:45pm

by Mahiuddin Ahmed
Certified Naam Yoga Teacher, Scientist & Faculty Member in the Department of Pediatrics @Sloan_Kettering Cancer Center

The human brain is the central processor of information between the body and the environment. One of the most revolutionary advances in neuroscience is that the brain is also highly adaptable, that how we feel shapes the structure and the function of the brain. The brain triggers stress so that we can survive life-threating situations and to give us the drive and desire to do things. However, fast paced, achievement driven lifestyles lock our brain in a continuous state of illusory survival...

4:10pm - 5:00pm

by Mike Cavaliere
Director of Technology @AttckCo

Attention, memory and focus problems are prevalent in our society, and are made worse by the large amounts of information we're constantly hit with ­ push notifications, emails, desktop alerts, text messages and so on.

In the tech world in particular, distractions abound; properly mitigating distraction and memory are vital to success.

Whether you've got genuine ADHD or are just find it...

5:25pm - 6:15pm

by Richard Kasperowski
Author of The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness

Open Space


Monday, 13 June

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