Are you looking for an inspiring, direct, and engaging speaker to talk to your organization about how technology can make the world a better place? Since 2002, Valerie Aurora has spoken to thousands of people around the world about technology and how to use it in a socially responsible way. Ten years of experience as a leading software engineer give her exceptional credibility and depth as a speaker.
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
Selected appearances from more than 50 public speaking engagements:
- Keynote Speaker at CarpentryCon, for researchers learning computational and data science skills
- Keynote speaker at the Ada Lovelace conference, celebrating the world’s first computer programmer
- Keynote speaker at Code4lib, a librarian and archivist software conference
- Keynote speaker at Ohio LinuxFest, the largest Linux conference in the U.S. midwest
- Invited speaker at FISL, the largest free software conference in South America
Valerie has also spoken privately at more than 30 tech companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world.
LOVED LOVED LOVED Valerie Aurora, such a great and relevant speaker. — Anonymous
Valerie’s talks draw on more than eighteen years of experience in diversity and inclusion and technology, including nearly 5 years leading the Ada Initiative and more than 10 years as a software developer at Intel, IBM, Red Hat, and other tech companies. In 2013, she was honored with the O’Reilly Open Source Award, recognizing her contributions to open source software.
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 is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about booking Valerie to speak at your event.
Focus on Ally Skills: A 30 – 40 minute talk on why we should focus on changing the behavior of people with more power and influence if we want to change company culture. Explains why allies have more time, energy, and influence to change company culture than the targets of oppression, then describes a dozen specific ally skills. Given at Google, Netflix, Salesforce, Twitter, Airbnb, IBM, and many others. (This is related to but not the same as the 3 hour Ally Skills Workshop.)
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.