Panel Discussion

Uplifting Through Mentorship & Coaching

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Uplifting Through Mentorship & Coaching

PowerToFly Director of Mentorship Limor Bergman Gross, together with experienced career coaches and mentors, will share tips on finding a mentor that's right for you and other ways to take your career to the next level. Panelists will include Lusen Mendel, Director of Developer Relationships, Karat; Taina M. Brown, Life, Career, and Diversity Strategist; Jossie Haines, Sr. Director, Platform Engineering, Tile; and Calista Tucker, CEO & Founder, Calista Phair, LLC.

Meet The Speakers

Lusen Mendel
Lusen Mendel

Lusen/they/them has 12 years of software engineering and engineering management experience. Most recently they developed the Interview Engineering program at Karat, including how to interview for interviewer skills and what it means to conduct a great interview. Lusen currently conducts research on new interview formats and shares these insights in talks and workshops. Lusen also works with various schools to help students prepare for technical interviews.

Taina M. Brown
Taina M. Brown

Taina helps clients honor their unique stories and align their practices with their core values. Her passion is serving clients who identify as BIWOC and/or LGBTQ+ and working with organizations that are committed to the long-term work of establishing equitable and justice-centered practices. With over 10 years of coaching experience and an academic background in women's and cultural studies, Taina brings an intersectional perspective to all of her work. This means that she focuses on the institutional barriers that need to be addressed in order to implement the solution-driven results of her practice. She is based in Atlanta where she lives with her wife and 2 rescue dogs. You can find them on IG at: @adventures_of_foxy_and_luna.

Jossie Haines
Jossie Haines

As an award-winning, Sr Director of Product and Platform Engineering I have an extensive background with progressive roles leading and supporting the creation of innovative, consumer facing products, improving product and brand performance in global markets while generating millions in new business revenue for global companies.

Throughout my career, my analytical skills as an engineer have combined with my passion to create a world where technology can empower everyone to thrive, championing the customer. This drive for tech began when I got my first computer at age 5, a Commodore 64. I learned to code in 3 months at a boot camp after college and the love affair began.

My leadership style is empowering and collaborative, bringing others along through communicating technical solutions clearly and easily, even for non-techies. I provide mentoring and lead all diversity and inclusion efforts, demonstrated by founding Women@Siri and launching the Tile mentorship program, which gained 67% participation. To learn more about my experience as a product engineer, contact me at jossie@starbug.org.

Want to learn more? Check out the 30-minute Q&A hosted: Office Hours: Engineering With Empathy

Calista Tucker
Calista Tucker

Calista Tucker is a native of Seattle, WA and CEO & Founder of Calista Phair, LLC-Talent Recruitment Specialist & Career/Biz Coach. Calista has a zeal for business coaching, while possessing a work matrix combination consisting of Talent Acquisition, Change Management, Business Sales Generation, Workforce Training to recruit top talent and mentoring others who desire to advance in their careers, grow a business and maximize their potential. With over 15 years of expertise in recruitment and consulting, Calista has strong social-media experience and has become a networking guru, which led to successful ‘grass roots’ recruiting and implementing community outreach in filling various company’s one to two years vacant positions within three to six months. During COVID-19 Calista relaunched her business and completed a certification in Women’s Entrepreneurship, a collaborative program between the Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship and Cornell University.

Limor Bergman Gross
Limor Bergman Gross

Limor recently became the Director of Mentorship at PowerToFly. Previously, she served as Director, Cloud Compute and Engineering Manager at DigitalOcean. Limor also volunteers with Plato where she mentors managers and leaders. For more than ten years, Limor has been leading teams and organizations of different sizes while building a great culture, innovating, and shipping products. She enjoys helping engineers grow both their technical abilities as well as their communication and collaboration skills.