How Amanda is leading Rails developer community with her events, marketing and education experience
Amanda has been led by what she found interesting throughout her career. So she completed a 6-month coding bootcamp last year, after having spent 20 years in events and marketing.
In a recent career pivot, she joined the Rails Foundation - a non-profit dedicated to supporting the Ruby on Rails ecosystem, as the Executive Director.
What is Ruby on Rails? It is a web development framework that has been used to create tools like Shopify, GitHub, Basecamp, Twitch, Airbnb, Twitter and thousands of other apps that millions of people use every day.
In this episode, we talk about her journey and how she got here -
02:01 Rails Foundation: what and why
07:41 What does the executive director of a non-profit do?
14:43 Difference between working for a non-profit vs a for-profit
21:27 How a curiosity to learn a new thing got Amanda the role of Executive Director at Rails Foundation
25:51 Routine roulette: A typical week for Amanda
31:40 Big things about producing an in-person event
35:38 Getting speakers for an event
37:37 Making networking in events easy
39:05 How Amanda got into events
41:23 What not to do when organising a conference
43:22 Key to generating serendipity in your career
48:37 Advice for people building a community for developers
51:44 Applying for 10 jobs vs focussing on that 1 job you really want
55:14 One action item for listeners
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Links and Resources:
Amanda's LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandabrookeperino/
Rails Foundation - https://rubyonrails.org/foundation
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