Bekah Hawrot Weigel

Bekah Hawrot Weigel

Virtual Coffee, Creator and Maintainer | Frontend Dev

Bekah graduated from the Flatiron School Software Engineering program in May of 2019 and since then she has started a consultancy specializing in front-end development, started a developer community called Virtual Coffee, and has continued to mom her four kids. She currently co-hosts the Virtual Coffee podcast, tries to work on her postpartum wellness OSS project, and lifts heavy things in her free time. Cypress used to give her nightmares but now she claims she likes it.

Current sessions

From Trauma to Tech: Using a Person-Centered approach

Tech can be so detached from people. We have users and developers and titles. And sometimes, we forget that there are human beings with complex lives behind those titles. This talk both acknowledges that and focuses on the importance of community, psychological safety, and being open to growing as part of every experience, as informed by my own experience with trauma and applying the person-centered approach.

I'll start with my own journey through trauma and how that lead me to change careers and eventually start the Virtual Coffee developer community.

We'll explore the four principles of a person-centered approach and how to apply them. Every team, workplace, and person has different needs; identifying these needs and considerations allows for a more informed and personal application of this approach.

Through an understanding of this application, we can do a better job of avoiding gatekeeping, creating strong and supportive workplaces and communities, and allowing for growth.

- Talk previously given to Venture Cafe Philadelphia and a version given to Virtual Coffee (https://virtualcoffee.io/)