Technology is everything these days, and your skills as a developer are in high demand. How can you leverage your unique skill set and understanding of technology to climb the ranks in your company beyond “just a developer?” Ann will tell her story of going from underpaid full-time developer, to broke freelancer, to entrepreneur, and finally to partner and CTO. More importantly, she’ll tell you what she learned along the way about the art of persuasion, transparency as a trojan horse, indispensability, confidence, standing your ground, and ultimately how to be treated and respected as a leader and not an employee.


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Sailin Marrero at 14:45 on 9 Feb 2018

Great presentation.

Engaging talk and personal examples really made it worth hearing. It was great to hear from a successful woman in tech - she seems like a great role model, and I was able to relate to her a lot.

Ann Rocks, inspiring, love her story, i would work for her for free, just to witness her success stories.

Kevin Rabello at 15:35 on 9 Feb 2018

Great Presentation

Ann gave an excellent keynote on standing up for yourself, progressing your career, and handling hard topics. Her examples were highly relevant, slides were clean, pace was just right, and she motivated the audience. Well done!

Sonny Savage at 16:52 on 9 Feb 2018

Solid career advice, even if you don't want to be an actual stakeholder.

Trent Harvey at 23:02 on 9 Feb 2018

A wonderful speaker with fun, interesting, and relevant stories and valuable advice on navigating the business world as a developer and growing your impact. A talk that every developer who wants to grow needs to hear.

Andres Orav at 08:26 on 10 Feb 2018

Thank you Ann, that was inspiring!

Joshua Sampia at 10:14 on 10 Feb 2018

If I could rank talks I've ever seen, this would be at the top. Everything she said resonated with me including career arc projection (including running!), from developer to stakeholder. I would actually highly recommend writing a book or something, I'm sure people would read it. I wish I could be as forceful in taking control of my own career.

Fantastic talk from a very engaging speaker. The points made in this talk are not specific to the IT industry and I believe that anybody could have positive takeaways from this presentation. The part about even the small ways to stand up for yourself are especially relevant. I've got a handful of friends and colleagues who struggle with that so hopefully this keynote empowered them a little!

Glenn Kimble at 11:11 on 10 Feb 2018

Awesome talk! I really enjoyed this. (It was definitely what I needed to get me reenergized after lunch!)

The story about not answering your phone on Saturday at 2pm was a pretty valuable one for me.

Great talk, speaker and advices ;)

Pablo Benitez at 14:47 on 10 Feb 2018

Absolutely spot on presentation sharing personal experiences, really valuable

Amazing how well she presented her own experience and how we could all relate to her story on so many levels. She was humble, witted, and pragmatic. A realistic example for all our daughters out there. Well done!

Jeff Madsen at 11:45 on 11 Feb 2018

Excellent presentation. Standing up for yourself in business is something many developers lack; hopefully you've passed on a little more confidence.

Scott Hardie at 17:41 on 11 Feb 2018

Great speech with solid career advice and some terrific anecdotes. I wish every presenter could have been this practiced and confident and engaging.

Nic Steenhout at 12:07 on 12 Feb 2018

The topic was interesting. Using personal, real life, examples drove the points home. I love that while the talk was about tech, it is quite transferable to other areas as well.

Having used real estate websites, and having found them generally appaling from a UI/UX and accessibility perspective, I now can't help but wonder how land real estate sites and systems perform :D

An excellent talk from Ann Gaffigan. I bet that a bunch of us can relate to similar situations at some point in our careers. Having that experience been given freely is a pleasure.

david abraham at 05:04 on 14 Feb 2018

Loved the talk, definitely changed my views on my value and how not to be taken advantage of

Omni Adams at 16:18 on 14 Feb 2018

Fun, well-told information about Ann's rise from intern on up. Clearly my own career could have used that advice a few decades ago!