speaking topics

empower your technical leaders and teams at your next event (live or virtual) with an entertaining and informative workshop or talk by Kate Wardin

all sessions are customizable and do not include travel expenses (if > 60 miles from Minneapolis, MN).

discounts provided for 2+ sessions

help! I just became an Engineering Manager

45, 60 or 90 minutes

$250 - $500

Have you recently transitioned from an Engineering role to a people Manager?  Are you struggling with the psychological shift that comes with pivoting your focus from computer science to people science?  Or, are you just looking for some tips to feel more prepared and confident as an Engineering Manager?

 

If so, this session is for you!    

 

This session will walk through 7 fundamental techniques to help you learn and practice skills to navigate the complexities of Engineering Management.  Topics include (but aren’t limited to) giving effective feedback, building relationships with business partners and your team, and the importance of diversity & inclusion on our development teams.  

 

You will leave with a new perspective on Engineering Management and many practical tips to apply in your role immediately. 

time is on my side!

45, 60, or 90 minutes

$250 - $500

A great leader is able to articulate their role on a team and understand which tasks to prioritize to yield positive impacts for their teams.

 

This session will involve hands on activities for participants to assess their priorities and learn essential skills for maximizing their busy schedules.

 

Topics will include: techniques to balance time between meetings, writing code, and putting out fires, learning how to effectively empower and delegate tasks to your team, and several examples of modern tools that will help your team effectively communicate and automate repeatable processes. 

people first leadership

45, 60, or 90 minutes

$250 - $500

Great leaders put people first.   

 

We must never devalue people in the process of delivering a technical solution. This session will involve a wide range of topics including: the importance of diversity & inclusion in our dev teams and requirements as we build software, the importance of an effective developer onboarding experience, recruiting for the right things, and becoming an authentic, inspiring leader.

purposeful leadership

45, 60, or 90 minutes

$250 - $500

Effectively leading people requires a certain level of self-awareness.

 

Understanding what drives your thoughts and actions is vitally important as you lead and influence your teams. This session will lead participants through a few powerful activities to discover their own purpose and understand how it impacts their leadership style. Participants will capture their learnings along the way into a file that should resonate with all technologists - a manager README.

effective communication & coaching

45, 60, or 90 minutes

$250 - $500

Giving feedback, career conversations, and facilitating (non-awkward) 1:1s are quite often dreaded tasks as a leader.

 

Starting with an activity to learn more about the way you communicate, this session will provide tools and tips to demystify these esoteric responsibilities of an Engineering Lead or Manager!

testimonials

I have been very fortunate to speak at conferences and host workshops at many locations across the world. 

 

Audiences have ranged from 10 - 450+  and consisted of Engineers, Engineering Managers, Directors, VPs, CEOs, CIOs, and more.

"This training helped me with many aspects of engineering management. I enjoyed the combination of content, hand-on exercises and facilitated discussion."

WORKSHOP ATTENDEE, MINNEAPOLIS MN

"I left Kate's workshop feeling really excited to get back to work.  Thank you for motivating me to carve out the time to start working on the training I never received."

WORKSHOP ATTENDEE, DENVER CO

"I really enjoyed the workshop. The format of the sessions was interactive and very helpful to hear other ideas from participants."

WORKSHOP ATTENDEE, MINNEAPOLIS MN

"The workshop was more than worth the time. It gave me my favorite quote of the day: "'Be tenaciously committed to the growth of each individual.'"

WORKSHOP ATTENDEE, ANTWERP, BELGIUM

"I was engaged in the talk and never wanted, not even for one second, to lose focus on the content.  Great advice for established and would be Engineering leaders."

- WORKSHOP ATTENDEE, ANTWERP, BELGIUM

"This session gave me lots of great things to think about. Last week I transitioned from senior dev to project manager and the presentation has many helpful ideas to make this transition smooth."

- WORKSHOP ATTENDEE, DENVER CO

"It explicitly brought forward strategies for how to be an engaged leader."

"It was an excellent opportunity to reflect on what I am currently doing and how that needs to change to make me a more effective leader"

"Loved the style and topics covered. Great discussion with other leaders in the group!"

- WORKSHOP ATTENDEES, ST. LOUIS PARK, MN

"Wow, great, this was the best speech, practical, this was about leadership toolset, what the audience needs here."

- WORKSHOP ATTENDEE, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

"This was an excellent talk, and I wish all tech managers could hear it.  I will be sharing this with all of the managers that work for me."

- VIRTUAL WORKSHOP ATTENDEE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

"This information is useful not only for managers, but also those looking for a job because it gives them things to look for in a manager or team!" 

- VIRTUAL WORKSHOP ATTENDEE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

giving feedback is kind :)

have you attended one of Kate's talks or workshops?  submit a review by scanning this QR code or via this survey

 

thank you so much!

Minneapolis, MN

©2019 Developer First LLC