Suffering, Authenticity, and Productivity: Lessons I learned from Bipolar Disorder
- Amy Newell is Director of Engineering at Wistia. She’s been a software engineer since 1999, and has been programming in Ruby since 2007, when she brought her three-month-old daughter to her first Ruby meetup. She is interested in the relationship between suffering, productivity and authenticity in the workplace. She writes and speaks about mental health, empathy, and managing engineers. She suffers from bipolar disorder. She’s also a poet, mom, food snob, and boot fanatic.
- Talk Description
- We all suffer. Suffering in silence is bad for humans and business. Based on my years of experience managing engineering teams and my own struggle with bipolar disorder I argue for and provide tools to build authentic workplace cultures that are more productive AND humane.