My plan was to write a blog post after I finished the Techwell Conference this week. As I sat down to summarize my thoughts about my two tutorials, I decided to check out twitter first. There it was a tweet about Jean Tabaka passing away. My original plan for this blog post is trashed.

I started attending conferences around 2007. Yes, you gain a ridiculous amount of content and ideas from a week long conference. Yet, that’s not what keeps me coming back every year. It’s the people that I meet. These days, I’m honored that I’m inspiring others because I hope that I pay forward what others have done for me…inspired me then and now. Jean Tabaka was one of those people that had a significant impact on me (and just read twitter…she made a huge difference in the lives of many people). She was intelligent, funny and had this way about welcoming people into the fold. She made a difference.

As I think about my two tutorials from this week, all I can think is “I hope I made Jean proud”…that I highlighted the value of collaboration….that I demonstrated ways to collaborate effectively…that I made people laugh…that I invited people into this community…that I paid forward what she gave to me.

I’m not even sure this is going to completely sink in until we get to Agile 2016 – I know she was on the program. I looked forward to what she would bring to the Stalwarts track. Just typing this is breaking my heart.

So I will go to sessions Wed and Thurs, to learn and be inspired. I will run this Leadership Summit with my full passion on Friday. I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t want it any other way.

Thank you Jean for making a difference!

Here’s my summary of the conference…go to them. Time is too short and you just may miss an opportunity to meet someone amazing.

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Her transformational leadership at all levels of an organization, ignites growth of leaders and high performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in the software development industry. She is a highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator and motivational keynote speaker. Beyond her extensive knowledge and skills, her biggest offering is inspiring people to believe anything is possible.

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