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May 16–17, 2016: Training & Tutorials
May 18–19, 2016: Conference
Austin, TX

Bake the cookies, wear the dress: Leading with confident authenticity

Adrienne Lowe (Juice Analytics)
2:40pm–3:20pm Wednesday, 05/18/2016
Location: Meeting Room 10 A/B Level: Non-technical
Average rating: ****.
(4.64, 11 ratings)

You’ve been programming for years and have taken steps to make it easier for new developers to contribute to your open source project, but you’re having a hard time attracting them. Or perhaps you’re learning a new technology and want to give a talk about it at a user group or conference but worry that it wouldn’t be relevant to others. You’re convinced you could be doing so much more, but something is holding you back.

Regardless of where you are on the experience spectrum, learning to lead with powerful, confident authenticity is the critical next step in your journey. It will make you more likely to attract and nurture new talent within your own programming projects and empower you to share your story in a way that inspires, challenges, and encourages those around you.

Adrienne Lowe makes a case for authentic leadership step by step, from meeting imposter syndrome head-on to bouncing back from external criticism. With colorful stories of her own experience speaking in front of hundreds, as well as highlights from the excellent work of many others in our field, Adrienne convinces you that honesty and a willingness to share your vulnerability will make your work more invitational and compelling.

This talk will have particular relevance to and resonance with women and others who are underrepresented in tech; in addition to sharing her own lessons, Adrienne highlights the inspiring work of folks who are deeply invested in changing the landscape of diversity in technology. They lead by example: with humility, fragility, and approachability. Together, we’ll learn how to joyfully overcome our inner critics and lead with authenticity.

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Adrienne Lowe

Juice Analytics

Adrienne Lowe is a chef-turned-developer who works as Director of Engineering at Juice Analytics and Director of Advancement for the Django Software Foundation. She is an O’Reilly contributor. Adrienne shares thoughts on coding, cooking, and compassionate leadership at her website Coding with Knives: http://www.codingwithknives.com