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Wednesday, August 21 • 11:30am - 12:05pm
Accepting Compliments and Other Acts of Bravery - Katy Farmer, InfluxData

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The fastest way to get me to change the topic in a conversation is to compliment me. I will segue into weather, sports I don’t understand, or Marvel Comics conspiracy theories before I will acknowledge a compliment. I’ve always been like this, but when I transitioned into engineering, I noticed people around me doing it, too-especially people in underrepresented groups. Why is it so hard for us to value our own work?

In this talk, we’ll explore what it means to value our personal and professional achievements, and how higher self-worth makes us better teammates and empathetic leaders. We’ll talk about the ways in which I have failed and the lessons I’ve learned. This talk will feature jokes (humor is my preferred coping mechanism) and hand-drawn slides. More importantly, the audience will learn how valuing ourselves leads us to value each other.

This talk doesn’t end with revelatory tech. It ends with two simple words that are a seed for something bigger: be brave.


Katy Farmer

Developer Advocate, InfluxData
Katy lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two dogs (at least one of whom talks to her about fun, technical stuff). She loves to experiment with code, break stuff, and try to fix it. She learned to code at Turing School of Software and Design in Denver, CO, and it gave her the... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2019 11:30am - 12:05pm PDT
Aqua Salon E