occasionally, I talk about stuff

panels & presentations

Jun 2021. Culture is More Than Free Snacks: How We Got Here, with Betaworks Studio
Mar 2021. Women in Business, with Upwardly Global
Oct 2020. Building for an Inclusive Economy, with Zebras Unite
Jul 2020. Career Pivots, with Upwardly Global
Spring-ish 2020. “What is Engineering? Equity, Access to Resources, and Systems” presentation for elementary school students in a private school in California (available to share upon request)
May 2020. Distributed Leadership & Mentorship, with Write/Speak/Code


Jul 2021. How Well-Intentioned Leadership Can Go Wrong, and What We Need to be Doing to Create a Truly Inclusive Tech Culture
Feb 2021. REWORK on Greening Basecamp
Aug 2020. Chicago Techies on my winding road to the Chicago tech scene
Jul 2020. REWORK on keeping perspective during a product launch
Feb 2020. REWORK on a collaborative Right to be Forgotten project
Jan 2020. REWORK on anti-trust policy work


Mar 2021. Speed Wins: my perspective on handling data at scale
Jan 2019. On my joining Basecamp, from David’s perspective
Jan 2017. Princeton Alumni Weekly Tiger of the Week
Jun 2011. Engineering as service
May 2009. My idea of a better world


  • I am happy speaking based on my experiences on the themes of:
    • Human-centered data analysis
    • Leading from behind
    • Shifting culture to be more inclusive
    • Community building as the practice of connecting principles to process
    • Navigating newfound priviledge
    • What working towards justice looks like on an individual scale
  • I read all requests but do not respond to everyone. I use an equity lens to determine which invitations/speaking opportunities to devote time to. I don’t ask for money in return but depending on who is asking, I may ask that you pay it forward through mentorship or a donation to a community-led organization.
  • For panel events, I’ll consider participating if I am not the only woman or the only person of color.

If you are interested in talking, you can reach me at hello[at]janeyang.org.