Presentation: Grokking Leadership Via Mentoring

Track: Beyond Being an Individual Contributor

Location: Pacific LMNO

Duration: 11:50am - 12:40pm

Day of week: Monday

Level: Intermediate

Persona: General Software, Technical Engineering Manager

Abstract

Management and leadership are not about doing great work ourselves, but empowering others to do the same. The best leaders understand what makes their charges tick, not just as engineers, but as people. But how do we know we're ready to take that next step, and be successful in leading and inspiring others?

Mentorship is not trivial: it provides a bridge between being a practitioner and being a leader. This talk will define these nuances of leadership, and how to decide whether or not to cross that bridge. We'll outline what good mentorship is and why it's important, with the goal of scaling it into management as a leader who helps others navigate an increasingly complex tech landscape.

Speaker: Ivana Mcconnell

UX Design @CustomerIO. Editorial assistant @OffscreenMag, Runs @FacetsDigest & Our-Origins.com

Ivana was born in Sarajevo, in the former Yugoslavia, and found her way into software design via neuroscience research, hockey refereeing, rock climbing instruction, and video game testing. She works remotely from Vancouver, BC as a senior UI/UX designer at Customer.io, and has lived in Croatia, Toronto, Berlin, and Scotland. These days, she thinks a lot about the intersections of technology, identity, and data— and how they affect the products we build.

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