Mary Thengvall is the founder and CEO of Persea Consulting, working with companies looking to build out a developer relations strategy. A connector of people at heart, both personally and professionally, she loves digging into the strategy of how to build and foster developer communities and has been doing so for over 10 years at companies including O’Reilly, Chef, and SparkPost. In addition to her work, she’s known for being “the one with the dog,” thanks to her ever-present medical alert service dog Ember. She’s the author of the first book on developer relations, The Business Value of Developer Relations (Apress); is founder and cohost of Community Pulse, a podcast for developer relations professionals; and curates DevRel Weekly, a weekly newsletter that brings you a curated list of articles, job postings, and events every Thursday. She’s also a founding member and “benevolent queen” of the evangelist collective Slack team and a member of Prompt, a nonprofit that encourages people to openly talk about mental illness in tech. She speaks at various conferences and events about building and fostering technical communities and preventing burnout in yourself and your team.
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