Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Leadership

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Saturday 10th March 2012

  • Tech Superwomen: Mentors and Mentees, FTW

    by Nilofer Merchant, Ekaterina Walter, Cathryn Posey, Margot Bloomstein and Leslie Bradshaw

    From the New York Times to Glamour Magazine, a universal question continues to percolate - why are women underrepresented in the tech industry? Explore the role mentorship plays in building a stronger and more inclusive community, while expanding opportunities for women to ascend to leadership roles. Panel discussion will examine the impact of women mentoring women, the positive results of enriching this community and the importance of empowering such partnerships. This panel will also look at the role men can and should play to open more doors for women in the industry. Engage, contribute and participate as a mentor or mentee! Help build a stronger, more inclusive tech community.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Saturday 10th March

    In Room 9ABC, Austin Convention Center

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Sunday 11th March 2012

  • Creative Leadership: Reimagine the Design Process

    by Sarah B Nelson

    Design groups the world over are littered with the remains of design process initiatives gone horribly useless. But, unless you are a one man band — and, let’s face it, few of us are — getting a group of designers, developers, and business owners to get a fantastic design out the door can feel like herding cats. What’s a design leader to do? Change our framework. Design process is not a technical problem to be solved (like designing a clock) but a living emergent system (like a cloud) to be exposed, evaluated and iterated.

    At 4:00pm to 4:15pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Texas Ballroom 4-7, Hyatt Regency Austin

Monday 12th March 2012

  • HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything

    by Dov Seidman

    In today's interconnected and even morally interdependent world, we rise and fall together. The way to forge a better, more sustainable path of growth and progress lies in the realm of human behavior- HOW we do what we do. Leaders have become successful at measuring how much by out-selling and out-spending. But instead of asking how much, we should be examining HOW. How we behave, lead, consume, build trust in our relationships, and relate to others has always mattered but in an age when everything can be tweeted and blogged about and where there is no such thing as private behavior, HOW matters more than ever and in ways it never has before. Through entertaining anecdotes and illuminating examples, Dov Seidman will discuss why, in light of the recent financial and environmental crises of epic proportions, how is no longer just a question: HOW is the answer.

    At 11:30am to 11:50am, Monday 12th March

    In Ballroom G, Austin Convention Center

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  • Moms vs. Management: Parents Make AWESOME Managers

    by Margaret Stewart, Mike Tschudy, Lourdes Alba and Maria Giudice

    How many books on management have your read and how many parenting manuals and apps have you downloaded since your kids arrived on the scene? How much of what you’ve learned has been “on the job” of parenting — and all the multi-tasking and emotional resilience that requires? Have you ever thought to apply those same techniques to managing clients or people inside your own organization?

    Hear a light-hearted conversation from our experts on techniques they’ve used and how to make the best of both worlds. Learn about how the principles of raising children directly apply to being a good manager of people. Topics may include:

    • Parallel play is not real play — challenges of cooperation, collaboration and negotiation
    • Use your inside voice — the importance of communication and active listening
    • No means no — applying praise, understanding consequences and other disciplinary measures
    • You can’t have it all — challenges of working parents towards achieving a healthy live/work balance

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

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Tuesday 13th March 2012

  • Becoming a CEO: Lessons from Four Techette Leaders

    by Alexa von Tobel, Donna Wells, Meredith Flynn-Ripley, Julia Hartz and Courtney Myers

    Even though the U.S. workforce is comprised of 50% women, our society still finds it unusual for women to hold roles in certain fields – one of them being technology. In fact, only 25% of people that work in tech are women, and a very small percentage of that number are women in top-level positions. It’s still widely assumed that women who assume upper-level positions in their profession will be forced to make sacrifices in their personal life.

    In this panel you’ll hear from four successful female CEOs/Founders of tech companies about their (wildly different) paths to the top. The panelists will provide a unique perspective about what it’s like to be a woman in tech today, the changing role of the CEO, the past and present obstacles of this profession, and advice they'd give to aspiring CEOs of both genders.

    From running an online training startup, to co-founding an online event registration site with their spouse, to having served as a CEO for both enterprise and consumer tech companies, these women are at the forefront of leadership and innovation in technology. Learn from their successes and mistakes and ask them questions about their careers and work-life balance that you’ve always wanted to know.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

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  • Your Best Just Got Better

    by Jason Womack

    Understanding the fundamentals of workflow and the principles of human performance enable entrepreneurs with the tools and the processes to get more of their work done, on time, with fewer resources and with less stress. Learn what top performers know, do and say about professional productivity and effective leadership. If there were just a handful of secrets to being more purposeful, productive and profitable this year, when would you want to know them? Tomorrow? Next month? How about right now? As an entrepreneur your work is always "right there." On the job or off, while you're commuting or while you're out to dinner with clients, your mind wanders over your to-dos. The solution: Call it all work. This session is about "the psychology, sociology and technology" of productivity. You will learn how to get more done and done faster by conquering the three channels affecting your productivity:

    At 11:30am to 11:50am, Tuesday 13th March

    In Ballroom G, Austin Convention Center

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