Valerie Aurora is an experienced and engaging speaker whose experience spans more than 20 years and 10 countries. She has served as a keynote speaker at corporate, technical, and academic conferences, presenting on topics ranging from ally skills to file systems to lightning.
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“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
“Fantastic presenter. Really excellent. Articulate, funny, wise, and a Linux kernel module owner? Amazed to use all those words in one sentence.” — Bill Maggs
“LOVED LOVED LOVED Valerie Aurora, such a great and relevant speaker.” — Anonymous survey response
35 minutes plus Q&A
Ally skills are techniques that people with power, privilege, or influence can use to improve diversity and inclusion in their organization. This talk explains why teaching ally skills is often more effective than changing the behavior of marginalized people. It then describes a dozen specific ally skills such as listening, amplifying marginalized voices, and speaking up when it is uncomfortable. It ends with a 20 minute question and answer period.
The Paradox of Tolerance for Tech Companies
35 minutes plus Q&A
Many tech companies struggle to decide where to draw the line between supporting free speech and supporting hate movements. This talk explains how the Paradox of Tolerance can be applied by tech companies to decide what content to host on their platforms.
45 minutes plus Q&A
Meetings can be energizing, productive, and fun! Efficient and effective meetings are also inclusive and respectful meetings. Often, all it takes is one person with some simple meeting skills to change a meeting from frustrating and inefficient to enjoyable and efficient.
The Meeting Skills presentation explains how to prepare and run a meeting effectively and inclusively. This includes skills like:
- How to get people to spend less time on laptops and phones
- Why to prepare (and use) an agenda
- How to use meeting roles such as facilitator, note-taker, gatekeeper, and timekeeper
- Why to take minutes and distribute them afterwards
- How to stop people from talking for too long
- How to help people be heard