The Path to Principal Engineer and Beyond

Over recent years, the IC career path has become a nearly ubiquitous option in tech, but it is still extremely challenging to understand what the path entails and how to get there.  This track explores the journey to becoming a Principal Engineer and beyond, touching on the technical and leadership skills required to excel in this strategic role. It also explores how to navigate the career progression and the vast amounts of ambiguity that often arise.


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Joy Ebertz

Principal Engineer @Split, Blogger, and Speaker, Previously @Box

Joy is a Principal Software Engineer at Split, leading our backend team from a technical perspective. Prior to Split, she worked at Box. At both Split and Box, she has lead efforts around splitting monoliths into microservices, revamping authentication and authorization frameworks, creating REST API standards, audit logging and more. In addition to designing software and writing code, she also maintains a blog: https://medium.com/@jkebertz.  In her free time, she does a lot of traveling, reading, and running ridiculously long distances (mostly on trails).

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