Part 1: Developing your team

September 1, 2020 • 11am – 2pm EDT


Lara Hogan



Lara Hogan

Session summary

First announced speaker: Sam Eaton

If you look for resources on how to develop your engineers, the skill that’s most often talked about is probably mentoring; but studies have shown that often, mentoring doesn’t help to progress people in the way that we hope.

But there are ways that you can move beyond mentoring to effectively help people grow: use coaching to help them consider their own experiences and analyse their challenges, provide growth opportunities through sponsorship, and provide feedback that works effectively for your team.

You’ll come to this session with an interest in developing your team and leave with:

  • An understanding of the difference between mentoring, coaching, and sponsorship
  • An introduction to the fundamentals of active listening and how to be a good coach
  • An overview of sponsorship, how it can help underrepresented leaders, and how to do it well
  • A framework for providing actionable, equitable, effective feedback

About Lara Hogan

Lara is an author, public speaker, and coach for managers and leaders across the tech industry. As a founder of Wherewithall, Lara and her team run workshops, roundtables, and trainings on core management skills like delivering great feedback and setting clear expectations.

Before Wherewithall, Lara spent a decade growing emerging leaders as the VP of Engineering at Kickstarter and an Engineering Director at Etsy. She champions management as a practice, building fast websites, and celebrating your achievements with donuts (and sometimes sushi).

Her latest book, Resilient Management, is here to help those who find themselves responsible for supporting a team of people.

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