Kate Wardin

Senior Engineering Manager, Target Corporation

Kate Wardin is a currently a Senior Engineering Manager at Target Corporation in Minneapolis, MN. 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 leadership.

 

Talks on Wurreka:

Effectively managing humans requires a certain level of self-awareness. Therefore, understanding your WHY and what drives you is vitally important to lead and influence people in tech.

In this session, Kate Wardin will lead participants through a few powerful activities to discover their own purpose and understand how it drives their actions, decisions, and in their daily lives. Participants will capture their learnings along the way into a file that should resonate with all technologists - a manager README.

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.

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