The Power of Secrets

This page will always be updated with the most recent version of this talk. The latest version is 1.2 which was given at devUp Conference on October 17, 2017.


Slides (PDF)

The blog post that ended up inspiring this whole talk was Life, Gender, and the Pursuit of Happiness, which I published on September 29, 2015.


AlterConf Portland (2016):


Date Version Venue
2016-10-01 1.0 AlterConf Portland
2017-05-19 1.1 Self.Conference
2017-10-17 1.2 devUp Conference


Secrets can be scary if they get out. That’s the very feeling I had when I wrote a Medium post revealing my biggest secret, which was read by thousands. In this talk, I will share the story of how and why I came to share this secret with the world. I’ll also talk about how sharing this ultimately made me a better teammate, developer, and person, and how it had the complete opposite reaction than I expected. Through these experiences, I’ll share my insights on why being more open benefits you and your team.

Talk Outline

An outline will not be posted as this is better experienced through the story of the talk itself.