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Drew Brown - CIO Union Bank and Trust

Multiple trends were already applying pressure prior to the pandemic to historical employment norms, yet years of habit and tradition had largely left them unbroken. The pandemic necessitated new ways of working, opening the doors to new exercises of what work is and accelerating its evolution. The result is an era where technologists more than anyone face a historical imbalance between their numbers and the number of opportunities -and incentives- for them to work. The assertion of newfound priorities by many around work / life balance and arrangements, a flood of new cash looking for technology investments, the most expensive and constrained housing market in living memory, and fundamental questions around the 9-5 model are some of the forces feeding into a subtle rewiring of what employer and employees really mean to each other.

In his presentation, Drew will discuss evolving trends in technology employment and how they impact people differently, review the broader trends at play, and share his thoughts on what this very bright future holds.

About Drew

Drew Brown is the Chief Information Officer of Union Bank and Trust, where he leads enterprise-wide digital transformation and oversees data engineering and analytics, information security, software engineering, infrastructure, and establishing and driving the technology strategy throughout the bank. Prior to his work at UBT, Drew founded and led two consulting practices, one advising the CIO's of publicly traded companies on IT strategy and turnaround, and the other leading a team of data scientists providing advanced analytics in the healthcare space. Drew's career has spanned most industries and has focused heavily on maturing technology organizations and improving business' use of technology.

In the last two years UBT team has been recognized nationally for processing the second highest number of PPP loans on the program's opening weekend by developing an automated processing pipeline in a week, developing the top-rated mobile banking app in our markets, and being recognized in 2020 by Forbes as the #2 bank in America.

Drew is married with five children and spends his spare time with his family reading, building robots, and rock climbing.

Drew Brown

Arthur Doler

2020 hit like a brick. 2021 did its best to up the ante, and then 2022 asked 2021 to hold its beer. It might feel like the entire world has been upended: there’s been radical shifts in the way we work, endless video conference calls, social and political unrest, lots of tough choices about our health and the health of those we love and care about, and now a brutal war in Europe. In short, it’s been several years of psychological trauma, and no clear sign of when it will finally be over. It might feel like there’s nothing you can do but hold on for dear life.

But there are things you can do. Let’s understand what’s been happening to your brain during this time: why your brain works the way it does, how it handles traumatic events like this, how to recover as things slowly start to get better, and how you can prepare yourself for the inevitable next crisis that comes along.

About Arthur

Arthur (or Art, take your pick) has been a software engineer for 18 years and has worked on things as exciting as analysis software for casinos and things as boring as banking websites. He is an advocate for talking openly about mental health and psychology in the technical world, and he spends a lot of time thinking about how we program and why we program, and about the tools, structures, cultures, and mental processes that help and hinder us from our ultimate goal of writing amazing things. His hair is brown and his thorax is a shiny blue color.

Arthur Doler

Joel Tosi

How do you grow a continuously learning organization? If certifications and wikis were enough, organizations would be crushing it. In this session we look at how we learn in complex domains - focusing on tacit vs explicit knowledge; context learning; and growing coaches and teachers.

This session is an evolution of our talks around growing Dojos (though awareness of dojos is not necessary for this talk).

In this session we will look at the challenges facing organizations and people today trying to learn new skills (committment, context, multitude of needs).

From there we will look at how we learn exploring explicit vs tacit knowledge.

We will wrap up with tangible ways you can start growing an organization that continuous learns - looking at addressing the whole value stream to provide context and growing an organization that has internal coaches and teachers (along with models for that).

Our upcoming book (late summer 2022) will be based on coaching for learning.

About Joel

Just a dude trying to help out people and teams that are trying to learn and create interesting products. With experience in dev, architecture, management, and product - I try to help teams communicate more effectively and build their products in a maintainable way that allows room for product discovery.

Joel Tosi

David Giard - Microsoft

IT Professionals often work in isolation and ignore the large number of other people doing similar work. But there are benefits to connecting with others in your community. In today's presentation, I will share with you how others have helped advance my career and how I connected with them. I'll show you how you can enhance your career by drawing on the experiences of those around you. And how to have fun doing it.

About David

David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for nearly 3 decades. Currently, David helps people build solutions in his role as a Microsoft Senior Software Engineer. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups around the world; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV shows Technology and Friends and GCast. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons.

David Giard

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