I often give talks and teach workshops for non-technical folks working in tech. Common themes include managing remote teams, training for new managers, and other “people ops” topics.

You can learn more about my experience in these topics by reading my bio or browsing my blog.

If any of these topics sound like a fit for your upcoming event, please reach out.

Upcoming Talks


Previous Talks

Growing the Team You’ve Got

Feb 28, 2018 | Human School | Portland, OR

As your company grows, so does the workload. Everyone has too many things on their plate and hiring can start to feel like the magic wand that would solve all of your problems. But hiring can exacerbate the organizational issues you already have (and leave you with even more!) when it’s not done strategically.

In this workshop, you will learn how to scale a growing team fast, and structure their organization in a way that delivered the most business value. We will also identify pain points that will be exacerbated by growth, and make a hiring plan for the next two quarters that takes advantage of the existing talent on you team.

You’ve Got This: Practical Advice for New Managers

Nov 3, 2017 | Bullish Conference | Washington D.C.

Taking on a management role is often considered the natural next step for top performers, or a sign that your own business is successful. It’s the culmination of all of our hard work! But managing a team often requires a new skill set and learning on the job can be intimidating when you’re trying to look legit in front of a new team.

When I accepted my current role, I went from being self-employed to managing a growing team at a startup. I saw the personnel management as a small piece of my job, and was unprepared for the steep learning curve.

Two years later, I’ve grown my team from 3 to 20 and become really passionate about building a company that’s a good place to work. I’d like to share all the things I wish I had known when I started, as well as specific strategies to set yourself up for success in a new role.

Now Hiring: Better Job Descriptions

Oct 28, 2017 | Ela Conf | Philadelphia, PA

Building a productive team, an inclusive culture, a company that people enjoy working at – it all starts with hiring the right people for the right roles. Unfortunately, the standard hiring process is broken. It’s built on the premise that everyone reads job descriptions the same way and that putting up barriers for applicants at the beginning is the fastest way to narrow down your pool of applicants.

But there’s a better way! One that starts with making sure you’re hiring for the right role in the first place.

In this talk, you’ll learn how to use all the information at your disposal to craft the role that makes the most sense for your team. We’ll talk about the difference between a job description and a job posting, and why you need both. Then you’ll learn how to craft an inclusive job posting that invites diverse applicants.

The Other User's Experience

May 22, 2016 | WordCamp Minneapolis | Minneapolis, MN

Your new site looks great! It’s super usable! … but what about the Admin? Is your client going to be as happy with the backend as they are with the front end? We’ll discuss why it’s important to not overlook your client’s experience when building a WordPress site and how a few simple customizations can lead to a happier client, more referrals, and less maintenance for you. You will walk away with specific steps you can take to improve the Admin for your user – a few involve snippets of code, but the majority won’t!