Hi! I'm Frankie, I'm Head of Engineering at Zero Grocery, the first zero-plastic grocery delivery service.

Tech is for everyone. Tech is for women, LGBTQ+, people of color, people from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Tech was meant to be disruptive but it hasn't disrupted system oppression, equity and inclusion, or even corporate America. Impostor syndrome is environmental, not pathological. Tech is not a meritocracy; meritocracy is not the right goal. Engineering interviews should measure relevant skills like whether someone is coachable, not ability to regurgitate algorithms from memory. Soft skills are just as important as "technical" skills. Management is not the natural progression for an engineer; individual contributors are just as valuable and people deserve the opportunity to progress in their career without managing others. Software development is a people problem; sometimes the best solution isn't the most technical one. I believe that we can fix the industry, focus on psychological safety, and create a playing field where everyone wins.

Francesca Kerberos Nicoletti (FKN) is a software engineer, a leader, an educator, and a polymath. Prior to Zero Grocery she cut her teeth at several startups ranging from ecommerce to social media. Most recently she served as interim CTO at a big data startup. She has been a career coach for almost 5 years. She teaches career development and technical skills at bootcamps and events including Hack Reactor, Hackbright, MakerSquare, DeveloperWeek, Lesbians Who Tech, and DC Startup Week. She lives in DC with an expensive fitness habit and a growing collection of plants.