Long term success in the digital world requires a careful balance between project needs, organizational goals and employee health. Join our keynote panelists; Dori Kelner, Matt Westgate and J.D. Flynn as they answer questions focused on the intersections of self care, caring for employees and caring for the work. They will be sharing their thoughts and expertise on how to keep these balanced to make sure everyone has what they need to be successful.
Dori Kelner has a unique perspective on the tech industry, working as a woman in tech for many decades, as well as living the entrepreneurial lifestyle. She has served for over 15 years as Managing Partner of Sleight-of-Hand Studios, a Drupal agency in the Washington, DC area, assisting her clients in creating solid strategic visions for their web presence.
Dori also owns Insightful Culture, a firm committed to assisting companies and individuals to find a mindfulness approach to managing stress. Dori identifies corporate culture issues that lead to stress in the workplace, customizing programs and workshops to alleviate burnout. She is a certified yoga teacher and is studying at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University School of Public Health.
Dori holds an AB from Cornell University and an MS in information management from University of Maryland University College. She serves on the planning teams for, and has spoken at, DrupalCon and Drupal GovCon. She is also active in NTEN, ASAE, and the Cornell Alumni Association. In her spare time, Dori loves to cook and play golf and is a certified wine educator.
Matt’s career began when he graduated from Iowa State University in Computer-Mediated Technologies, a degree program he literally built from the ground up, that focuses on the emerging field of web applications and information architecture.
After graduation, Matt teamed up with John VanDyk to develop MFramework, a metadata-driven Content Management System, which later became an important cornerstone to the foundation of Drupal's CCK platform. Matt and John also authored the Pro Drupal Development book, a must-have resource for any Drupal core developer.
Matt has been an active member and supporter of the Drupal community from the beginning and is credited with over 600 commits. He contributed the path aliasing module and table sort library to Drupal core and wrote the original e-commerce package as a proof-of-concept that Drupal was much more than a CMS.
In 2006, Matt launched Lullabot with co-founder, Jeff Robbins, and now serves as the CEO as well as the CEO of TugboatQA, a sister company of Lullabot. Recognized as one of the 50 Best CEOs among small and mid-sized businesses, Matt has built Lullabot’s unique culture on trust and open collaboration, a foundation embraced by the whole team that is the driving force behind Lullabot’s continued success.
JD Flynn has had mental illness most of his life, but didn't admit it until his early 30s when he decided it was time to do something about it. After a decade-long career in emergency services as a paramedic, JD made the jump from the ambulance to the text editor. Since then, JD worked up to the title of Drupal Architect out of Chicago. He's active in the local Drupal community by helping to organize MidCamp, the Midwest Drupal Camp held annually in Chicago and is a co-organizer of the Drupal Chicago Meetup Group.
His life was changed by OSMI (Open Sourcing Mental Illness), a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on opening the conversation on mental illness, which led him to telling his own story to as many people who would listen. As someone with mental illness who is not afraid to talk about it, JD has presented on the topic of Mental Illness in the Tech Community to local user groups, regional conferences, and national level events at locations such as MIT, UC Berkeley, Washington State Convention Center, Guaranteed Rate Field, and DePaul University.
When not speaking or coding, JD plays baritone saxophone in Windiana, a professional level wind ensemble out of Valparaiso, IN, and Michigan City Municipal Band, the oldest municipal band in Indiana that is currently performing its 151st season.
I have been working with Drupal since 2008. I have done everything from theming, module development, to full on project architecture. I am active in the Drupal community and I submit modules, patches, organize sprints, speak at conferences/camps and help run the Boston Drupal meetup. I am an "Acquia Grand Master" and in 2014 was named an Acquia MVP for the Drupal work I had done.
I am the V.P. of Technology for the Digital Agency Genuine headquartered in Boston. I am also the host of the podcast Developing Up (www.developingup.com), where we talk about the non-technical side of being a developer (such as how to work on a team).
You can find me on Drupal.org at mikemiles86, Twitter at mikemiles86 and my personal blog http://www.mike-miles.com