Upcoming

I'm taking a break right now. As soon as I have something scheduled I will post it here.

Available Talks

I have several talks available for meetups and conferences. Email me if you would like me to present one of the following, or you would like me to craft a new presentation for your event.

The Art of Mentoring and Being Mentored (because we are all always both)

The Art of Mentoring and Being Mentored (because we are all always both)

Mentorships are some of the most important relationships we can foster for professional and human development. This talk explores the lifecycle of a mentorship. Audience members will leave better equipped to engage in mentoring relationships out in the world. They’ll be able to recognize informal mentorships, intentionally seek out mentors and mentees, and take care of themselves in the process of helping others grow.

Video (2017) | Abstract | Slides | Slides + Presenter Notes

Write Your Resume Like a Fanfic

Write Your Resume Like a Fanfic

Available in formats ranging from a 15 minute talk to a 3 hour workshop, this presentation teaches career changers how to narrativize their work and personal experiences through the lens of fanfiction to create a standout resume.

As a talk, this presentation introduces fanfiction concepts and teaches the audience to apply common fanfic techniques to resumes.

In the workshop version of this presentation, participants will have the chance to write their own fanfiction samples, apply those samples to their resumes, and "beta" each other's work.

Abstract | Slides | Slides + Presenter Notes

Nasty Woman or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being Abrasive

Nasty Woman or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being Abrasive

Finding your voice and learning to be loud can be difficult in a male dominated industry that can seem to have endless double standards for men and women. I decided that if I'm going to be labeled "uppity," "abrasive," and "dramatic" I might as well learn to embrace it.

Abstract | Slides | Slides + Presenter Notes

The Zen of Python in Practice

The Zen of Python in Practice: Balancing Idealism with Production Concerns

This talk walks through some of the ideals laid out in the Zen of Python and examine the challenges we face in production codebases through this lens. The Zen of Python encourages flat, sparse, simple programs without guesswork in the face of ambiguous problems. But sometimes you just need to push that bug fix. Our code doesn't always have to be beautiful, but we need to learn not to let the adequate be the enemy of the good.

Abstract | Slides | Slides + Presenter Notes

Python Logging: A Medidation on Silent Failures

Python Logging: A Meditation on Silent Failures

Not every failure has a stack trace. Tests are better at detecting the wrong outcome than the absence of the right outcome. Sometimes your code is right, but a dependency update causes a breaking change. Silent failures are a regrettable but inevitable part of maintaining a living codebase. Logging is an important part of sane, sustainable development. This talk gives Python beginners the tools to start listening to their logs without getting lost in the noise.

Video (2016) | Abstract | Slides

Why Python?

Why Python?

Learning how to program can be a daunting task, especially if you're not sure which programming language to start with. This talk serves as a brief introduction to parts of Python's philosophy and features that make it great for beginners. From the Standard Library to a robust and active community, Python offers a solid foundation for anyone looking to get their sea legs while providing ample room to grow into an experienced software engineer.

Abstract | Slides

Previous

Speaking engagements that have already passed.

Event Talk Location Date
Write/Speak/Code 2017 Panelist: Invisible Illness in Tech Portland, OR August 26, 2017
PyOhio 2017 The Art of Mentoring and Being Mentored (because we are all always both) Columbus, OH July 29-30, 2017
Chicago Coder Conference The Zen of Python In Practice: Balancing Idealism with Production Concerns Chicago, IL June 27, 2017
Codeland 2017 Write Your Resume Like a Fanfic (Workshop) New York, NY April 22, 2017
Women in Tech Breakfast Panelist: Breaking into a new field as a woman Chicago, IL April 7, 2017
Women Techmakers International Women's Day Summit 2017 Panelist: Community Empowerment Through Technology Chicago, IL April 8, 2017
Celebrating Women's History Month: Empowering and Inspiring Lightning Talks Nasty Woman or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being Abrasive Chicago, IL March 30, 2017
PyOhio 2016 Python Logging: A medidation on silent failures Columbus, OH July 30, 2016
The Road to Code Why Python? Chicago, IL May 24, 2016
A Day in the Life of a Jr. Web Developer Panelist Chicago, IL July 2015