Speaking

Are you looking for an inspiring, direct, and engaging speaker to talk to your organization about diversity and inclusion in technology? Valerie Aurora draws on ten years experience as an open source software developer and fifteen years of experience as an advocate for diversity and inclusion in technology, including five years as the executive director of the Ada Initiative.

Fantastic presenter. Really excellent. Articulate, funny, wise, and a Linux kernel module owner? Amazed to use all those words in one sentence. — Bill Maggs

Valerie has spoken to thousands of people on four continents over fifteen years. She has been a keynote speaker at several conferences (including for the first ever Ada Lovelace conference), and an invited speaker, presenter, or instructor at over 50 conferences. She is a recipient of the O’Reilly Open Source Award. Valerie has also facilitated over 70 workshops, in addition to speaking at many smaller events.

Valerie has made a huge positive impact on how I teach, learn and work with customers. Her presentation was better than 2 years of management training at a large organization — and much more fun to listen to. — Christian Sarason

Located in San Francisco, Valerie specializes in interactive on-stage discussions filled with “aha!” moments, and pithy, fast-paced lightning talks. Email speaking@frameshiftconsulting.com for more information about booking Valerie to speak at your event.

LOVED LOVED LOVED Valerie Aurora, such a great and relevant speaker. — Anonymous

Talks

Focus on Allies – Tech Diversity and Inclusion: A 30 minute talk on why we should focus on allies when it comes to diversity and inclusion in tech. Explains why allies have more time, energy, and influence to change tech culture than the targets of oppression, then describes how to improve your ally skills. Given at Twitter, Airbnb, MongoDB, Pivotal, IBM, Foursquare, Stack Overflow, Patreon, Trello, and many others.

Slides (Google Slides) – U.S. version with European alternates at end

Video transcript

The Intolerable Speech Rule: The Paradox of Tolerance for tech companies A 45 minute talk on the Paradox of Tolerance and how tech companies can use it to decide whether or not to allow white supremacists or people with similar ideologies to use their products. More details here.

Slides (Google Slides) (PDF) (PPTX)
Video transcript
Blog post

File Systems and Feminism: A 10 to 20 minute talk on how I used 10 lines of code and feminism to solve a 40-year-old UNIX file system problem: optimizing file access time updates.

Slides (PDF) (PPT)
Blog post

Fighting Hate Speech in the Workplace A 40 minute talk on how to recognize, name, and fight hate speech in the workplace.

Slides (PDF)

What Works for Women at Work: A 15 minute talk summarizing the four patterns of bias facing working women in technology and coping strategies.

Meeting Skills for Inclusive Moderators: A one hour talk on skills people can use to improve any meeting they are part of, including interrupting people who are speaking too long and inviting people who haven’t spoken as much to contribute. This talk is also available as a 2 hour class. This video shows the one hour talk, as given to the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco.

Scaling Culture Change with Ally Skills: A 30 minute talk on how to speed up culture change at a company by rewarding ally actions. Some overlap with the Focus on Allies talk.

Slides (PDF)