Director of Communications at LG Designs, Dane is a jack of all trades. Based in Los Angeles, California, he not only helps keep Lg Designs running but is a terrific speaker coach, writer, and consultant. Today we talk about the stages of grief the entire world is going through as COVID-19 tops the news and requires us to be more mindful as we make our way through this... together.
Christina Aldan is the CEO/founder of LG Designs (lgdesigns.co) and a digital media marketer who travels the world speaking to tech industry folks, entrepreneurs, and female business owners
Lee Brandt founded the Kansas City Developer Conference 12 years ago because he noticed the tech scene was lacking. There were 120 attendees at that first conference and it has steadily grown to nearly 2500 attendees in 2019. Today KCDC is a non-profit organization that leads the charge for tech polyglot (multiple technologies and leadership skills) conferences. They created a collaborative community to help support local tech businesses in the Kansas City area.
With COVID-19 influencing conferences worldwide, I stopped to ask Lee about some of the challenges conference organizers are facing, and possible solutions that he is witnessing within the conference community. In this interview we discuss potential hardships for conference organizers and tips for speakers who are wanting to still stay connected.
Tanya Butenko is a developer, founder of @MusesCodeJS, a free-coding events enthusiast, an International speaker, #mentor, and @GoogleDevExpert. She lives in Australia and is working to improve diversity and inclusion in tech. This woman walks the walk and talks the talk, encouraging people to think about their problems it from a different angle, to broaden the circle of your acquaintance. As humans, we can only have our own experience and we don’t often think of the problems of other people. However, she caution that we can at least try and be aware of our biases. Tanya went from a myriad of jobs such as teacher, interpreter, manager, business coordinator, and waitress before finding engineering 5 years ago. The tech community was instantly friendly and inviting to her. Today she volunteers as founder of Muses Code JS, a not-for-profit organization which can be found in 7 different cities around Australia. They offer education in many forms to help anyone trying to build a career in tech. Their upcoming mentorship program is called Muses Career and focuses on preparing people for interviews, communication, and conflict management. Although many of their upcoming in-person workshops have been canceled due to the global COVID-19 epidemic.
They are always looking for event sponsors as well at:
Michelle Hausbeck, owner of Hausbeck Brand - A Creative Company, always had the dream of being her own boss, always had the entrepreneurial spirit and being surrounded by a family of creatives — artists and entrepreneurs — motivated her to follow suit. She crawled her way up the ladder of various ad agencies before launching her own business. Hausbeck Brand and LG Designs have similar approaches and business models.
Straight from the Hausbeck Brand website:
“Hausbeck Brand uncovers brand insights and creates innovative design solutions. We work with clients of all sizes, from large to small businesses, in a wide range of fields and industries, including gaming, hotel/casino, restaurant, security, non-profits, real estate, law, education, coaching, health/wellness, personal branding, and many others. We are firm believers that every step involved in developing and marketing a brand has a goal. Knowing the goals before the design process begins is key. This helps create a strategy not only for design and marketing, it also guides the creative development for the brands content, voice, imagery, usage, and marketing placement.
We are a team of professionals, made up of digital marketing experts, content writers, PR agencies, photographers, videographers, executive coaches, and corporate trainers. We all are aligned in the belief that talent, street smarts, and persistence is the perfect mix to create success for our clients.”
On this episode, Michelle talks about her tips for success — forging strong relationships and having a consistent daily routine — along with covering some of the things she and her company do, from brand development, management and design to keynote speaking.Michelle believes the only constant in life is change and we all have a choice. In how we are going to react, overcome the situation.