Track: Optimizing Yourself

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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
Lead Developer and Mindful Geek
Wendy Closson is an expert software developer with over a decade of experience immersed in coding and championing best practices. After a run-in with cancer, she expanded her expertise to practices that calm chaos, create clear communication, and nurture intuitive decision-making. From meditation to mob programming, Wendy is passionate about tools that bring clarity, collaboration and fun. She currently works at Corgibytes as a Lead Code Whisperer and coaches individuals to align their career with their heart.

by Brian Branagan
Silicon Valley Change Executive Coaching

Americans, on average, use over 15,000 words per day when they speak face-to-face or electronically through email and social media. How much of what you say is remembered by others? In this presentation, you will learn how to decrease your dissatisfaction with “not being heard” simply by changing the way you listen.

Topics covered:

  • Learn the latest developments in the neuroscience of listening
  • Learn how to shift from “Listen to” to “Listen for”...

by Don Denoncourt
Lead Code Wisperer @Corgibytes

Is software a field just for twenty­somethings? In our fast­-paced industry, it can often feel that way. In this talk, Don Denoncourt will explore how to stay relevant in the tech industry. Don has over three decades experience with numerous tech stacks. He is currently a Lead Code Whisperer at Corgibytes and intends to be a programmer until he dies.

You'll learn:

  • Ways to keep your coding skills sharp, no matter how old you are.
  • Perspectives for technical...


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