August 10, 2015 - Northeast PHP - August 22 & 23, 2015

Speaker Spotlight # 19

We have Great speakers coming this year to our conference. Here is a spotlight on one of them.

Susie Sedlacek is the Principal at 2HRV, a management consulting company helping technology companies serve the needs of their developer communities. As the former Vice President of Global Services at Zend and then again in the same role at Magento, Susie is the person behind both the ubiquitous Zend Certified Engineer and the exclusive and highly adopted Magento Certified Engineer programs and Magento U. She spent over 20 years managing and providing services to open source developers at Sun Microsystems,  Zend, and Magento. Susie continues to be a personal mentor to many of her former staff on how to work with clients and corporations, helping them to bridge the gap between coding and business management. Susie is also on the Board of the “OneCircle Foundation” and “A Home Away from Homelessness”  both organizations help to build self-esteem and open opportunities for youth in the realm of science, math, and technology. Susie received her MBA and Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco.

When Susie is not deeply engrossed in the above, she and her husband Fred grow Pinot Noir grapes in the California Russian River Valley for award winning winemakers. Susie is elated to have the opportunity to provide the Closing Keynote at a gathering of her favorite group of programmers – those who work with the best and most used web development language in the world: PHP

Susie will be Delivering our Closing Keynote talk

In this personal and provocative talk, Susie Sedlacek shares a fresh perspective on a familiar challenge: the under-representation of women in technology. Sedlacek brings an insider’s view to the topic: as a non-technical woman of Asian descent, she has spent over 25 years in technology companies and reached the executive leadership ranks.

While the IT industry has widely acknowledged the issues of bias and inequality – and has started to experiment with solutions – Sedlacek believes that the industry has yet to fully appreciate the opportunity costs of failing to tap into a more diverse talent pool.

As Sedlacek sees it, the issue is waste: since human resources are often the greatest source of competitive advantage, companies that don’t effectively utilize the available resources are destined to fall behind.

By re-framing the issue in terms of wasted resources, Sedlacek creates a compelling case for prioritizing investment in solving issues of bias and inequity. By drawing on her career and life experiences, she provides concrete examples of ideas that work to take full advantage of unrepresented and underutilized groups.


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