VIRTUAL | Kate Wardin: Foundations of Tech Leadership – GOTO Academy NL

VIRTUAL | Kate Wardin: Foundations of Tech Leadership


According to a CareerBuilder study, only 40% of new engineering leaders receive formal training when they become a boss for the first time. The rest are forced to get scrappy to quickly equip themselves with new skills, techniques and mindsets to effectively transition into their new roles.

This workshop was designed to fill this gap; providing tactical techniques and resources for both new and seasoned technical leaders — regardless of your title!!

Topics include:

  • Purposeful leadership
  • Time management
  • Prioritizing the right things
  • Role definition and clarity
  • Social styles
  • Giving feedback
  • Career conversations 1:1s
  • Coaching
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Recruiting, interviewing and onboarding
  • Relationships (politics) of management
  • Authentic leadership

Interactive group exercises will help you practice these new ideas and techniques in a safe and engaging environment.

You will leave with new perspectives on technical leadership, as well as handouts and plenty of resources to grow and further develop skills in your daily work.

About the trainer:
Kate Wardin is currently a Senior Engineering Manager at Target Corporation in Minneapolis, MN. She has a Bachelor's of Information Systems and Interpersonal Communication and a Master's of Software Management from the University of St. Thomas. Outside of her day job, she enjoys organizing events that enable young women to develop a passion and build confidence for future careers in technology.

She also enjoys disrupting the norms of traditional leadership by spending time researching, testing out, and advocating for various techniques to tenaciously put developers first. In 2019, she founded Developer First to provide resources and strategies for effective technical leadership.

Kate's materials are formed via extensive research and experience but do not represent the views of Target Corp.

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