Speaker Information

I am passionate about speaking because I believe that each of us can leave more than we take. As a public speaker I aim to raise awareness, motivate, and ultimately introduce you to something new.

Who I am as a speaker.

Community engagement and curiosity have greatly empowered me as a technologist. Through exploration and contributing/using open source I have developed a knack for deconstructing complex topics. That's actually what inspired my first technical talk.

While speaking on the latest and greatest in tech may be exciting, that's not why I speak. I speak to inspire others to try something new. Speaking also allows me to give back to the open source community. Energy and curiosity are defining traits of me as a speaker. Additionally my talks often employ a lens of accessibility by focusing on the technical content rather than the acrynonyms and buzz words surrounding the topic.

As an educator and etc (e.g. building diverse practices) consultant, I've taught and worked with many diverse populations. Therefore I won't participate in events that lack a Code of Conduct. I frequently teach workshops (often of my own creation) at PyLadies Chicago and often speak at home grown, community conferences. Curious in seeing some of my talks? Many are archived at PyVideo and various slides from my talks can be found on my Speaker Deck. Additionally my talking history can be found here.

What topics or things am I interested in contributing to?

Mediums I've spoken in and/or ways I contribute as a speaker and writer:

As per the topics I'm interested in, well these vary, but some I'm currently interested in:

  • Diversity and inclusion (e.g. writing a code of conduct and enforcing it, translation as it relates to tech, D&I teams/pratices)
  • Data Science / Machine Learning (e.g. learning how to, productionalizing)
  • Python
  • Ethics in Data Science / Machine Learning (e.g. building ethical pratices, trends in ethics, what is the state of the world of ethics in this space)
  • Civic tech
  • Learning to code
  • Leveling up as a coder and/or technologist
  • Mentoring / coaching
  • Remote work
  • Work / Life balance
  • Self-care
  • Translation in open source
  • Open Source (e.g. building sustainable open source practices, getting started in open source)
  • Technical writing!
  • Y más!

Where am I speaking next and what's my availability.

I'm accepting virtual only speaking opportunities through the end of 2020. That said, let's try something creative! What are you thinking?

Hablamos español Lorena, puedes crear contenido para nuestra comunidad?

¡Sí! Si quieres una charla en español podemos organizar una. Mandame los detalles por email incluyendo la duración de la charla, el tema y cualquier detalle financiero si es necesario.

What you can expect from me.

I tote my own equipment - that is a MacBook Pro. I often employ a slide stack using Google Slides. If you require additional equipment, please communicate that in your request.

More questions or have a propose in mind? Please drop me a line, I'd love to chat!

Therefore, what can I expect from you.

An animated and throughly researched talk, well prepared with slides available for review well before the conference (as defined by the speaker agreement)!

Preparing a talk involves hours of preparation including research, writing, and countless hours of etc work. If you are from a for profit conference depending on the speaking opportunity you inquire about that can impact the speaking honorarium/fee. At the minimum, travel and lodging accommodations are expected. Not sure what you can support? Reach out! For community conferences I am happy to discuss financial support as well.

Workshops, in short, require payment and depend on the length of workshop required and more.