Finding Power in Authenticity

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About the talk:
I was terrified. I did not feel that I was good enough. I started thinking that tech may not be for me. I just joined a very high-performing team having modern agile practices as a first-ever QA. The team did not know what exactly to expect from me, and I did not know myself how I can help, so I had to learn to embrace others and most importantly myself.

Having worked in a startup as the first QA it had and then shifting to consulting where I also was the only QA in the role, I had some challenges: there was none to tell me what a QA is supposed to be within that context. At the start I even did tasks which were not really my expertise, like, working on the infrastructure code. This was a good learning experience, but I did not feel like I was contributing.

Finding the power in just being yourself can be a daunting task, but it’s extremely rewarding. I managed to climb over myself and find ways how to contribute to the team just embracing myself and not trying to be somebody else. In this session, I will share my story of how I did that, and, hopefully, inspire you to find power in your own authenticity.

Agenda:
6:30pm : Door open + Snacks
7:00pm - 7:45pm : Talk + Q&A
7:45pm - 9:00pm : Open networking

About the speaker:
Lina Zubyte is a passionate Quality Enthusiast who loves to ask questions, test, collaborate with diverse departments and investigate issues. Lina has worked in companies of different sizes (large multi-national companies and a startup), moved countries for work and had to adapt quickly to getting out of comfort zone. Favorite parts of being a quality professional for Lina are: diving deep to complex issues which may even reveal design or algorithm flaws, using monitoring tools and analytics data to understand the impact of found issues and collaborating with the team to build a high quality product. In her free time, Lina loves traveling and discussions with inspiring people.
Follow Lina on Twitter: https://twitter.com/buggylina