Julie Pagano


This page contains information about my talks and recent speaking engagements. If you are interested in having me speak at an event, please check out my speaker information page before contacting me.


Workshops I have given.

Speaking at Tech Events for Beginners

Want to start speaking at tech events, but not sure where to start? Then this is the workshop for you! Our community needs new speakers, and I want to help you become one of them.

This hands-on, collaborative workshop will take you through the entire process of speaking at a tech event including:

  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Writing a proposal
  • Outlining a talk
  • Developing good slides
  • Presenting your talk

We will practice this process with very short presentations called “lightning talks” that are five minutes or less.


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My Talks

Talks I am currently willing to give or have given recently.

Mid-Career Survival for People Who Don't Want to be an Attrition Statistic When They Grow Up: Talk Transcript

It’s easy to feel lost as you advance in the tech industry when you are an outlier in a sea of homogeneity. Conventional wisdom ignores the cost of being different. Guidance for people from underrepresented groups mostly focuses on the early pipeline, leaving those who progress with empty catchphrases and depressing statistics. What if you don’t want to lean in or become an attrition statistic when you grow up? This talk is a pragmatic look at surviving the center of the leaky, acid filled pipeline delivered to you directly from the trenches.

A lot of my thoughts on this topic crystallized in early 2015 when I hit 10 years working in tech, saw several of my friends leave, and had a life-threatening hospitalization that gave me plenty of time to think. In this talk, I will discuss some of the unique challenges underrepresented people in tech may experience as they approach mid-career, provide suggestions for navigating them, and sprinkle some supporting anecdata throughout. Some of the talk will draw from my personal experiences as a queer woman with invisible disabilities trying to navigate being a mid-career software engineer.

It's Dangerous to Go Alone: Battling the Invisible Monsters in Tech

We talk a lot about the things people can do to get the most out of being a software developer. We talk about testing, design patterns, contributing to open source, and many other topics. All of these things are important, but for some of us there's an important piece of the puzzle being overlooked. It can be hard to focus on your love of coding when you are regularly battling invisible issues like insecurity, anxiety, and lack of confidence. These issues create hurdles that get in the way no matter how much you improve as a software engineer.

It is important that we talk about these issues because an unwillingness to admit they're real can make it worse. It makes them feel like the adult version of the monsters under the bed. It's scary and isolating because those around you don't understand or actively deny what you're going through. It's dangerous to go alone! Let's start talking about these issues, so people have the tools and support to fight back.

You may have experienced these issues first-hand and need some help. You may want to learn more, so you can help others. This talk is for all of you. I'll identify invisible issues programmers struggle with, talk about their impact, discuss personal experiences dealing with them, and share some tools I found useful in fighting back.

Speaker Support of Awesomeness: How I went from stage fright to stage presence and want to help others do the same

Once upon a time, I was terrified of public speaking. I went from having stage fright to being a stage presence who speaks at conferences. I run a support group for old and new speakers called the "Tech Conf Speaker Support of Awesomeness." I want to talk about what we do, why we do it, and how well it's worked out so far. This talk is about speaking for the first time, improving your talks, and how conference organizers and attendees can help too.

Want to start public speaking, but not sure where to start? Sick of seeing the same people speaking all the time? Frustrated with poorly prepared talks? Excited to improve the diversity of voices and ideas on stage? Then this is the talk for you!

I Am a Front-end Web Developer (and so can you!)

Want to improve your front-end web development skills, but aren't sure where to start? Then this is the talk for you! We'll learn about HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and web design. This crash course will give you a jumpstart and point you in the right direction to learn more.

My Technology Will Be Intersectional or It Will Be Bullshit!

People have been talking a lot about diversity in technology, but talking isn't enough. We need to move beyond focusing on one group and start getting everyone involved. It's not really diversity until we start to account for the intersections of different types of people and actively do something.

In this talk, we will learn about intersectionality, discuss the importance of diversity, and identify things that we all can do to improve the situation. This talk will give you a reason to care about diversity and some tools to work towards improving it. It might even inspire you to join me in my rallying cry of "my technology will be intersectional or it will be BULLSHIT!"

I <3 SASS and Compass

Past Events