Present! A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking

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To grow your career, you know what you need to do: improve your public speaking skills.

Public speaking provides the visibility and professional credibility that helps you score the next big opportunity. But even more important is the fact that it transforms the way you communicate. Improved confidence and the ability to convey messages clearly will impact your relationships with your managers, coworkers, customers, industry peers, and even potential new hires.

In this one-hour presentation, Poornima Vijayashankar and Karen Catlin will cover the importance of speaking at conferences and events, along with strategies to get started. They'll share some favorite tips from their newly released book "Present! A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking," along with some embarrassing stories that are just too good to keep to themselves.

Please note: We will send out a link to the webinar a day before the event.

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Poornima Vijayashanker is currently the founder of Femgineer and is an avid public speaker who gives talks around the world on topics ranging from engineering to entrepreneurship. She has a monthly web show called FemgineerTV sponsored by Pivotal Tracker. Watch the show and a number of her talks on the Femgineer YouTube Channel

Poornima has also been an entrepreneur-in-residence at 500 Startups, a lecturer at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, and the founding engineer at, where she helped build, launch and scale the product until its acquisition in 2009.

Poornima holds degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering.

Karen Catlin is a leadership coach and advocate for women in the tech industry. Karen also coaches professionals in public speaking and in 2014 she delivered a TEDx talk: "Women in Tech - The Missing Force." Karen is on the Board of Directors of The CLUB, an incubator of women leaders. Through Brown University Women's Launch Pad, she mentors young women about to start their careers.

Formerly, Karen was a vice president at Adobe Systems. In 2015, the California State Assembly honored her with the Wonder Women Tech Innovator Award for outstanding achievements in business and technology and for being a role model for women.

Karen holds a degree in Computer Science from Brown University.

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