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A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking.

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Schedule for the evening:

6:30pm - 7:00pm Welcome, food, mingle
7:00pm - 7:15pm - Introduction about WWCode and
7:15pm - 8:15pm - Poornima/Karen Talk
8:15pm - 8:30pm - Q/A
8:30pm - 9:00pm - Thank you note, mingle, and wrap up.

Come and Learn about !

Shomi Arora, Senior Full Stack Software Engineer at Realtor will talk about Glimpse into the life of a Software Engineer at Realtor and what are some of the fun stuff we have been playing with.


A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking.

At some point in your career you will have to speak at an event or to a group of people.

That group could be your colleagues, customers, employer, or even potential investors!

It's a great opportunity to be heard, showcase yourself, and your work.

You're excited, but there are butterflies in your stomach.
Like many people, you worry about:

Having something unique to say
Not being a so-called "expert"
Being new to your industry or job role
Audiences tuning out while you speak
Impressing your peers or your boss
Having a vibrant presence
Your nerves getting the best of you
Sweaty palms, shaky legs, a crackly voice

So what can you really do? You have two options:

1. Panic and hide under your desk.
2. Learn how to present like a pro! from Poornima and Karen

Poornima Vijayashanker

Poornima Vijayashanker is 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

Karen Catlin is a leadership coach and advocate for women in the tech industry. She 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, and is on the Advisory Board for Brown's Computer Science Diversity Committee.