Session 6

Personal Development

Strategies for your own career development

June 22, 18:00 - 21:00 BST
10am–1pm PDT / 1–4pm EDT / 6–9pm BST / 7–10pm CEST

June 23, 14:00 - 17:00 BST
6–9am PDT / 9am–12pm EDT / 2–5pm BST / 3–6pm CEST

Meet our session contributors

HOST

Anjuan Simmons

Engineering Coach

Help Scout

co-HOST

Meri Williams

CTO

Healx

SPEAKER

Leslie Miley

    Tech Executive  

SPEAKER

Joy Ebertz

Senior Staff Software Engineer  

Split

PANELIST

Kesha Williams

Principal Training Architect  

A Cloud Guru

Panelist

Jared Jordan

Director of Engineering

YouTube

Panelist

Uma Chingunde

VP of Engineering

Render

Plus more speakers to be announced soon!

Meet our session contributors

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Session overview

Over the past five sessions, we’ve covered the core tenets of being an engineering leader – but you can’t grow and nurture your teams without also growing yourself. And as leaders, it’s also harder for you to receive actionable feedback on your own work. In this session you’ll hear talks on: 

How to journey map your own career on both the people management and technical track 

Strategies for deciding your next career move, and how to switch between being a people manager and senior IC, and back again  

Tips and tricks for your own personal development, including how to dedicate time to invest in yourself and the strategies that actually work

Hosted by 

Meri Williams

CTO

Healx

Meri is a geek, a manager, and a manager of geeks. She’s CTO of drug discovery startup, Healx and also runs micro-consultancy ChromeRose, helping digital & technical teams be brilliant.  

An alumna of Procter & Gamble and the Government Digital Service, she has had a career spanning development, project, programme & product management and more recently engineering & operations leadership. She’s led teams ranging in size from 30 to 300, mostly with folks spread across the world.

Talk

Moving from manager, to director, to leader 

The journey of the first time engineering manager is starting to become more discussed - but what about the jump from manager to director, or above? As you become more senior at any organisation, there are fewer peers for you to turn to for advice and fewer resources at your disposal.

Leslie Miley

Tech Executive  

Leslie Miley is a Silicon Valley native who has held engineering leadership roles at Slack, Twitter, Apple, and executive roles at Google and The Obama Foundation. He has been featured in USA Today, TechCrunch Disrupt, and Wired's 2017 Next List. He advises several startups founded by women and minorities and is an investor in a fund dedicated to diverse entrepreneurs.

Talk

The path of the senior individual contributor

Engineering leadership is sometimes confused with engineering management - but the two are extremely different. Leadership is a fundamental part of the role of the senior individual contributor, but what does leadership look like without management? 

In this talk, we’ll discuss what the role of the senior IC looks like and how to grow into it as a senior engineer.  

Talk

Finding value on the management and technical tracks  

People management is often presented as a promotion for senior engineers - but as we’ve demonstrated earlier, it’s more of a lateral move. And in that case, what does it feel like to make the switch from people manager back to senior IC, or vice versa? We’ll consider how to think about that decision, how to prepare, and how to adapt to your new (old) role.  

Panel

Tips & tricks for your own personal development 

In this panel discussion we’ll explore a number of senior leaders’ perspectives on how to approach one’s own personal development. In addition to sharing their experiences, they will also contribute key tips and tricks that they use to invest in and develop themselves and their teams and colleagues.

Plenty of great advice here for ICs and managers alike!

MODERATOR

Meri Williams

CTO

Healx

PANELIST

Jared Jordan

Director of Engineering

YouTube

Jared has been leading engineering teams for over 10 years. He currently integrates premium sports and entertainment at YouTube: leading feature development and building an inclusive high-performance team. Jared also helps to drive diversity efforts in engineering organizations and is a member of Dev Color’s A* Program where he empowers fellow Black engineers to help them achieve their career goals.  

PANELIST

Uma Chingunde

VP of Engineering

Render

Uma leads engineering at Render. She has more than 15 years of experience building and managing teams focused on cutting edge cloud computing technologies. Most recently, she built and led Stripe’s Compute group that supported the internal compute platform during the company’s hyper-growth phase. Prior to Stripe, she was an engineering leader at Delphix and VMware.  

PANELIST

Kesha Williams

Principal Training Architect  

A Cloud Guru

Kesha is an award-winning software engineer and technology leader teaching others how to transform their lives through technology. Forbes, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Oracle have applauded her contributions to the technology community, and she has spoken on the TED stage about the transformative power of artificial intelligence (AI). 

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