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. Disclaimer: I cannot confirm or deny that I have a problem with authority and a thirst for power.


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Tony Stark at 09:00 on 25 Oct 2017

I really enjoyed this talk, you brought up a lot of great points and ideas to think about.

Great talk - very relevant information. From her own experience as well as knowledge gleaned from various references, I felt like this was one of the best talks yet for ZendCon 2017. Hope to see slides soon, if possible.

Ann Gaffigan (Speaker) at 14:48 on 25 Oct 2017

I just added the slides to the top of this page underneath the title. Thanks for all who attended!

Alex Corbeil at 08:15 on 26 Oct 2017

Great talk. Reached me and my similar story.

Very practical advises

As a woman, I was super pleased to see this talk be presented by a woman. Although the challenges she described are not limited to women, though some of them were due to our society, I felt the speaker was able to isolate and highlight how being a woman in this situation is different than a man's experience. I appreciated it.

Jason Davis at 12:37 on 31 Oct 2017

Very insightful, appreciate you sharing your story