Calibrate 2019 (4 of 10) - https://www.calibratesf.com/
“How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Grow High-Performance Teams“ - Tara Ellis, Netflix, Engineering Manager
In my career, I’ve learned that effective leadership requires authenticity - in the leader, the leadership style, and the team. In order to lead with authenticity, you need to know yourself, your team, and put in the work to build trust. In this talk, I’ll explain what Authentic Leadership means, strategies to put it into practice, and why this style helps build high performing teams.
Tara Ellis is an avid tinkerer and has been since the early days of the world wide web. As a critical and creative thinker, she is a relentless problem-solver skilled at applying critical thinking, analysis, and technical skills. Tara is a strong believer in “Peopleware” and because of that has a keen understanding of building and managing engineering teams that deliver. Tara currently has the privilege of leading a team of engineers at Netflix where she has focused on continuously improving the sign-up and non-member experience to bring in the next 100 million Netflix members globally. Prior to joining Netflix, she lead engineering teams at Disney; if you’ve been to Disneyland or Disneyworld in the last decade, you’ve interacted with some of her teams’ software. She honed her engineering skills in the fast-paced, ever-changing environment at Amazon, learning lessons she still uses today. Outside of work, Tara loves to spend time with her family, cooking, and travelling. When not performing bedtime stories for her daughter, she is a passionate collector and player of board games and an aficionado of American bourbon.
Calibrate was a conference for new engineering leaders hosted by seasoned engineering leaders. Organized and hosted by Sharethrough, it was conducted yearly in September, from 2015-2019 in San Francisco, California.