Build & maintain complex distributed systems
October 1–2, 2017: Training
October 2–4, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Mentorship and sponsorship

Lara Hogan (Kickstarter)
10:15am10:35am Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Location: Grand Ballroom West
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 5 ratings)

To grow your technical leadership skills, it’s critical to lean on your network of support. Mentors—people who can give you helpful advice—are usually easy enough to find. Lara Hogan explains that what can be even more valuable is finding sponsors—people who can help you find new opportunities and improve the visibility of your work. A sponsorship is especially important for members of underrepresented groups in tech. Along the way, Lara walks you through tactics you can employ today to be a sponsor for those around you too.

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Lara Hogan


Lara Hogan is the vice president of engineering at Kickstarter and the author of Designing for Performance and Demystifying Public Speaking. Lara champions performance as a part of the overall user experience, striking a balance between aesthetics and speed and building performance into company culture.