Greg Levenhagen

Greg Levenhagen Speaking
  • Location: Midwest US (UTC -6)
  • Expertise: Software Development, Community Building, Public Speaking, Strategy & Innovation, Career Development, Entrepreneurship
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn

Greg Levenhagen is a Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft MVP in Windows Development and Principal Software Engineer Consultant with Skyline Technologies. He has a great passion for giving back to the community and teaching. A true enthusiast of computer science, with passions and interests including mobile, UX, architecture, parallel, testing, agile, 3D/games, cloud, languages and much more. Greg speaks at conferences like ThatConference, CodeMash, Code PaLOUsa, TechBash, VSLive, KCDC and DevLink.

He is also a Volunteer Teacher for CS through TEALS, Microsoft Certified Trainer, board member of ThatConference, president of the Northeast WI Developers User Group / Northeast WI Code Camp / Milwaukee Code Camp, cofounder of the Northeast WI Agile User’s Group, INETA speaker, IEEE and ACM member and a PhD student.

Along with being a life-long geek, Greg enjoys golfing, football, woodworking, philosophy and stimulating conversation.

Chris Yates

 

Location: Kentucky (UTC -5)
Expertise: SQL Server
Contact: Twitter|LinkedIn

I’m an 18-year vet of SQL Server currently living in Kentucky. I started off as a developer who turned into an accidental DBA as most of us do. I started working with SQL Server full time back in 2000. Most of my speaking originally centered around Juvenile Diabetes which I’m an advocate for. Over time I felt as though I could start helping others in my own industry. After becoming an Assistant Vice President|Database Administration Manager I found myself with speaking opportunities that I never thought I would have. If you’ve been around me long enough then you will know I’m big on if we just reach one person than it is all worth it.

The art of public speaking can be both daunting and rewarding. I’m living proof that if you put hard work into it you will be able to succeed. Everyone has some sort of story to share; don’t wait another minute.

The people found on this site are here to help and some of the best data professionals around.

Feel free to reach me on Twitter or LinkedIn

 

Will Rowe

 

  • Location: London, UK  (UTC+0)
  • Expertise: Career Advice, IT Recruitment, Coaching
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn

I have been working in the IT Recruitment space for more than 18 years, and have been speaking and training people for most of that time.  I have a Bachelors Degree in Drama and can be found frequenting a large number of User Groups up and down the UK.

In 2017 I coached a long-time friend Simon Bucknall on some of his content and the performance elements of his Toastmasters speech, which he went on to deliver in the USA at the World Public Speaking Championships.  Simon placed 2nd globally out of more than 32,000 people.

My first speaking experience was as a Best Man at the tender age of 18-years old.  I was standing in front of a crowd of over 100 people; I was terrified, my palms were sweating and suddenly the ‘humorous’ anecdotes about my brother and a near miss with ‘trouser crustaceans’ did not seem quite so funny as they had in the mirror that morning.

Needless to say, I made it through with only an occasional stumble which nobody noticed mostly due to the alcohol and the fact my Mother nearly passed out at one point due to embarrassment.

Since then I have given 4 other Best Man speeches, trained hundreds of Recruiters (the toughest of Tough Crowds) in groups of up to 30, and am currently speaking at a number of User Groups in 2018 on the themes of a book I wrote last year.

No matter how many times I speak I still get nervous, and more so when it is my own content.

What I cannot do:

  • Advise on what code should go in your presentation
  • Make the Demo Gods listen!!

What I can do:

  • Help you with your delivery and the performance elements of a presentation, including adding humour and making a presentation enjoyable.
  • I understand how nerve-wracking it can be to speak publicly, and have a few ideas on what works for me (NOTE: do NOT imagine the audience all naked. It really gets you in trouble…)

 

Chris Gardner

  • Location: Huntsville, AL (UTC -6)
  • Expertise: .NET, Career Development
  • Contact: Twitter | Email

I started programming on a old TRS-80 back in the early 80’s.  I’ve always been amazed by how I could make this curious little machine do what I told it to do. 30+ years later, I’m still amazed by these little machines.

Programming wasn’t my only passion. In the 90’s and 00’s, I attempted to get involved with the music industry. I played in lots of bands, did some work for radio, and worked in several clubs. All that time gave me a huge set of people skills.

As I began to abandon my entertainment aspirations and take my development career seriously, I started to miss those connections to the people. It was around that time that I discovered technical conferences. Shortly after, I took the plunge and presented at my first conference.

Standing in front of your peers and sharing your story is not easy. However, if you have a passion for something, people will respond. When they do, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

You’ll get there. The other mentors and I are here to help.

 

Tracy Boggiano

Tracy Boggiano
  • Location: Raleigh, NC (UTC – 5) (EST)
  • Expertise: All DBA topics
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn | Email

22 years ago I got myfirst job in IT right out of high school as a computer operator and started attending college to become a computer programmer.  I hated my database class mainly because I finished the work in 10 minutes and had to sit there bored for the 50 minutes. My instructor didn’t understand I was already using these concepts at work.

I started barely blogging in 2012,  something that wasn’t really encouraged by my current job.  Four years ago I took an awesome job that believed that be involved in the community was a good thing.

Then in 2015, I signed up for my first SQL Saturday. The presentation had a total of five attendees (one being a coworker). I managed to cover 30 slides of HADR material in 30 minutes but wait the presentation was supposed to last an hour. Oops.

Now I’ve done so many presentations it’s hard to keep count. Presented at 18 SQL Saturdays last year, PASS Summit, and a few online presentations. I’m a complete SQL Saturday addict and enjoy going to each and every one of them and don’t mind if there are only five people, it was probably for the best on that first presentation.

You can reach me either on Twitter,  LinkedIn, or Email.