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Speaking Engagements

Upcoming & Past Appearances

May 31st-June 2nd, 2019

Flyover Camp

Kansas City, Missouri

  • KEYNOTE

May 10th-11th, 2019

Neos Conference

Dresden, Germany

  • Making Accessibility Testing Suck Less: An Intro to Pa11y.

April 24th-26th, 2019

Indy.Code()

Indianapolis, Indiana

  • KEYNOTE - Hacking Your Work Life __ Balance to Take Over the World

February 26th- March 1st, 2019

NDC Portugal

Porto, Portugal

  • Hacking Your Work Life __ Balance to Take Over the World

February 21st- 23rd, 2019

nor(DEV):con

Norwich, England

  • Society (n+1).0

January 29th, 2019

Zonata Luncheon

Kansas City, Missouri

  • Keynote

Feb 1st, 2019

PubConf London

Westminster, London

  • Front-end Shit .NET Devs Are Too Dumb to Figure Out

January 28th-Feb 1st, 2019

NDC London

Westminster, London

  • Making Accessibility Testing Suck Less: An Intro to Pa11y.

January 8th-11th, 2019

Codemash

Sandusky, Ohio

  • Handling Angular 2+ Forms Without Losing Your Sanity

December 6th-7th, 2018

Stretch Conference

Budapest, Hungary

  • The 10 Commandments of Community Organizing

November 14th-15th, 2018

PHP[WORLD]

Washington, DC

  • Hacking your work life __ balance to take over the world

November 8th, 2018

Tribute to Success

Kansas City, Missouri

  • Keynote

November 2nd, 2018

RVA JS

Richmond, VA

  • Handling Angular 2+ Forms Without Losing Your Sanity

November 1st, 2018

Thunderplains

Oklahoma City, OK

  • Jewelbots: How to Get More Girls Coding!

October 21st-23rd, 2018

All Things Open

Raleigh, North Carolina

  • Jewelbots; How to Get More Girls Coding!
  • The 10 Commandments of Community Organizing

October 13th, 2018

Women Techmakers Leads Summit '18

New York, NY

  • Hacking your work life __ balance to take over the world (video)

October 8th-10th, 2018

Devup Conference

St. Louis, MO

  • Hacking your work life __ balance to take over the world
  • Handling Angular 2+ Forms Without Losing Your Sanity

September 21st, 2018

PubConf Sydney - CHAMPION!

Sydney, Australia

  • If Choosing a JavaScript Framework Was Like an Episode of the Bachelor

September 17th-21st, 2018

NDC Sydney

Sydney, Australia

  • Jewelbots; How to Get More Girls Coding!
  • There Are No Snow Days When You Work Remote

August 6th-8th, 2018

That Conference

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

  • Hacking your work life __ balance to take over the world

July 13th, 2018

PubConf Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri

  • How to Run a Dev Team ... Into the Ground

July 11th-13th, 2018

Kansas City Developer Conference

Kansas City, Missouri

  • Hacking your work life __ balance to take over the world

June 14th, 2018

PubConf Oslo

Oslo, Norway

  • How to Run a Dev Team ... Into the Ground

June 11th-15th, 2018

NDC Oslo

Oslo, Norway

  • Jewelbots; How to Get More Girls Coding! (video)
  • Hacking your work life __ balance to take over the world (video)

June 6th-8th, 2018

Nebraska Code

Council Bluffs, Iowa

  • Jewelbots; How to Get More Girls Coding!
  • Hacking your work life __ balance to take over the world

May 16th-18th, 2018

We Are Developers

Vienna, Austria

  • Jewelbots; How to Get More Girls Coding! (video)

April 21st, 2018

KALAMAZOO X

Kalamazoo, Michigan

  • Does Evil Really Exist?

February 17th, 2018

DevFestKC

Kansas City, Missouri

  • Jewelbots; How to Get More Girls Coding!

January 15-19th, 2018

NDC London

Westminster, London

  • Jewelbots; How to Get More Girls Coding! (video)

January 9-12th, 2018

Codemash

Sandusky, Ohio

  • Making Accessibility Testing Suck Less; An Intro to Pa11y.
  • Jewelbots; How to Get More Girls Coding!

October 16-18th, 2017

Devup Conference

St. Louis, Missouri

  • Why Aren't There More Women Developers?
  • Jewelbots; How to Get More Girls Coding!

September 9th, 2017

Elevate Women

San Diego, California

  • Should is a Fantasy Word

August 13th-18th, 2017

DjangoConUS

Spokane, Washington

  • The 10 Commandments of Community Organizing (video)

August 2nd-4th, 2017

Kansas City Developer Conference

Kansas City, Missouri

  • Why Aren't There More Women Developers?
  • Jewelbots; How to Get More Girls Coding!

June 22nd-24th, 2016

Kansas City Developer Conference

Kansas City, Missouri

  • KEYNOTE - Staying Inspired; The Power of Developer Communities

June 24th-26th, 2015

Kansas City Developer Conference

Kansas City, Missouri

  • Gender Imbalance & the Understated Importance of Mentoring in Technology
  • Stubs, mocks, and spies, oh my! A beginner's guide to JavaScript testing

October 9th, 2014

Thunderplains

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • The Importance of Building Developer Communities (video)

July 19th, 2014

Iowa Code Camp

Iowa City, Iowa

  • Mentoring - The Future of Technology Education

May 15th-17th, 2014

Kansas City Developer Conference

Kansas City, Missouri

  • The Importance of Building Developer Communities

Talks

Hacking Your Work Life __ Balance To Take Over The World.

Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, so how do some people seem accomplish so much more? It’s time to learn to hack your work life __ balance to have more time to pursue your passion projects, spend more time with those you love, while keeping your work ethic strong. Let’s take over the world!

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Handling Angular 2+ Forms Without Losing Your Sanity

“Why’d you have to go and make things so complicated?” - Avril Lavigne, implementing Angular 2 forms in 2018 Forms are such a basic part of web applications; how did they get so complicated? This talk will very briefly walk through Angular 2+ template driven vs. reactive forms and use cases for their implementation, then move into more complex form validation, custom component implementations like typeahead and date-pickers, and use of the little known but quite powerful Control Value Accessor to handle the trickiest of form problems! This talk will also include some useful workarounds for those more complex PITA requirements that always seem to pop up in projects. You will leave imbued with the power of the CVA.

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Jewelbots: How To Get More Girls Coding!

Girls just wanna have fun … coding their own programmable jewelry! Jewelbots are the latest in wearable tech with a great feature - they allow you to write your own code. This live demo of programming with Jewelbots will introduce you to the Jewelbots API, showcase the latest awesome firmware updates(and how to get them), highlight fun projects, and talk through tips on running workshops, mentoring, teaching, & encouraging young women in tech. Loops are easy to understand when accompanied by color coordinated led lights!

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Become an Accessibility BFF with your new friend Pa11y!

Like Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen, Pa11y is an accessibility tester’s BFF. You already have a million issues on your plate, so how do you find a way to get started on accessibility testing? Pa11y to the rescue! Pa11y is a lightweight JS a11y testing tool with some serious “it” factor. This talk will explain what pa11y does and does not cover, review examples of both command line and scripted usage, dive into the pa11y web service and show how to best accessorize a Pa11y setup with your current testing process. Bonus content: how to convince the rest of your team and business why accessibility is totally worth prioritizing and how getting started with low-hanging fruit can vastly glamorize your product. Now you can take on creating a more accessible product like S & B take on the Upper East Side. XOXO Accessibility Girl 💋

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There Are No Snow Days When You Work Remote.

There’s been a huge push towards working remote lately - but is it the best choice for everyone? With different personalities and different work styles, developers may or may not be a great fit for a remote-work lifestyle. This talk will explore how to decide when working remotely is a good fit for someone personally, and how to figure out it their current or potential employer is capable of supporting remote work in a way that allows employees to be successful. The meat of this talk will be HOW to make #remotelife work for you by discussing strategies, best practices, and boundary-setting + changing thought patterns to make remote work successful and fulfilling.

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The 10 Commandments Of Community Organizing

Welcome to the advanced class on community organizing. You’ve got a decent amount of members in your Meetup.com group, you hold events fairly routinely, maybe you’ve pulled in some legit speakers at your last conference or event … and you want to do more. This talk will focus on community organizing for growth and longevity by building out teams, improving communications, implementing processes, and most importantly will discuss how to maintain sanity in your work-life-volunteer balance. If you’ve ever had to answer the question “Oh, this ISN’T your full time job???” - this talk is definitely for you. If you’re just starting out organizing and don’t want to fall flat on your face, this talk will be very pragmatic for you.

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Why Aren't There More Women Developers?

I have been asked this question more times than I can count in the last few years. In the last few years, I have also typically been the only female developer at the companies I worked at. What’s the deal? In 1984 women were at an all-time high for enrollment in Computer Science, at 39%. We’ve seen a steep drop since then. There’s a lot of speculation as to why and I’ll highlight some reasons for you, but if we want to solve the diversity in tech problem we’ll need to stop speculating and take action. I will highlight programs that are working towards gender balance in technology and talk about how to bring them to your community and through mentoring and advocating.

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