In my approach to software development, I value my clients as a partner in building a product that meets the needs of the humans who use it. Having worked with clients in a wide range of industries including healthcare, performing arts, beverage distribution, pet food, hospitality, luxury consumer goods, and government, I understand that no one knows your domain better than you do.
I bring a unique blend of technical knowledge, non-technical language, and compassion to all of my projects. During projects, my clients feel empowered, comfortable, and heard. The specific technology and stack used aren't important if you don't love it when we're done.
As a leader, I care deeply about team health and the organization’s feedback culture. Individualized management is my passion. I strive to foster an environment where each individual’s unique set of strengths and ideas have space to grow and better the organization.
I started a community in Chicago called Dev Together that connects people starting their development career with technical mentors through low-commitment, high-value, human interactions. Our flagship Code Review & Pairing events take place every other month. Mentors do a small code review of a mentee's code prior to the event, and then they come together at the event to review the feedback and start working through the suggestions in a 1 hour pairing session. Other months we'll do events centered around learning and career growth such as unit testing workshops, introductory Git presentations, or panel discussions with hiring managers. To learn more about Dev Together, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter @devtogetherchi
I enjoy speaking about topics at the intersection of technology and mentorship, communication, and learning. I also love to talk about yarn crafts 😉🧶. My previous talks and interviews can be found here. If you're interested in having me speak at one of your events or have an idea for an event that would be a good match for my background, let me know!