Gaines Kergosien

Information & Communications Technology

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Gaines Kergosien

Technology leader, inspirational speaker, and lifelong learner.

Gaines Kergosien leads Corporate Systems Development for AllianceBernstein and is founder and CIO for Music City Tech, an educational non-profit responsible for organizing the Music City Code, Music City Agile, and Music City Data conferences in Nashville, TN. With over 20 years of experience in software development, Gaines is a three-time recipient of the Microsoft MVP award and served as a board member for Technology Leaders of Nashville and the Nashville Technology Council.

Current sessions

7 Habits of Highly Successful Developers

Software and website developers are in extremely high demand and rates continue to climb, but many developers have not yet realized their potential. Being good at what you do is important, but it's equally important that you can communicate the value you bring to an organization and build a reputation that will provide opportunities for growth, both professionally and financially. We will work together to measure your accomplishments, establish a personal brand, and walk away with a resume that conveys your true value!

Similar presentations previously titled, "How to be a Six Figure Developer" and "7 Habits of Highly Paid Developers".


An Engineer's Guide to Developing People

Making the leap to management isn't easy but, with the right skills and preparation, solving people and process problems can be incredibly rewarding and profitable. In fact, the experience and skills you've gained over the years may have prepared you for this new role without even realizing it!

In this session we will explore how software engineering principals and patterns can guide your journey to becoming a successful development manager. We'll cover what the role entails, common hurdles, and the mental shift required to do it effectively.

I've been working on a series of blog posts for over a year with the intention of publishing a guide on how to become a successful software development manager. Over time I began to notice a trend in the correlation of programming concepts to leadership strategies, so I decided to create a presentation which should resonate with developers and provide insight into how they might follow a similar path.


Succeeding with ADHD

The things that make us different are also often a potential advantage. People with conditions like ADHD must overcome challenges to conform and, in the process, often develop skills that make them exceptional leaders and entrepreneurs.

In this session we will explore how many of the most successful have turned these tendencies into an advantage and how you can do the same, regardless of your diagnosis.

This presentation is based on extensive research as well as personal experience. It is focused on techniques that, while they were developed as coping mechanisms, can be used by anyone with the desire to excel at achieving their goals.


How to Benefit from Employing Neurodiversity

The same traits that are viewed as problematic in certain environments can be a tremendous advantage for your organization. This talk will explore the topic of neurodiversity with a focus on how to utilize these special gifts and talents as a competitive advantage.

Not planning on hiring anyone new right now? You might be surprised to find that you're already working with differently abled individuals. Many of the most successful leaders and entrepreneurs exhibit ADHD tendencies such as wearing headphones to focus and getting into "the zone". Autistic individuals are known for being excellent at pattern recognition, mathematics, and memorization.

If this makes you want to add some superpowers to your team, keep in mind that with great power comes great responsibility. The neurodiverse can exhibit challenging eccentricities and may require special accommodations to realize their benefits. Your recruitment policies, interview process, and work environment may need to adapt for better access this untapped talent and innovative perspectives.

Whether you're looking to maximize the value of your existing team or tap into the vast pool of unemployed and underemployed neurodiverse population, there's opportunity waiting for those who can make the puzzle pieces fit.

I've designed this version of my presentation as an inspirational and informative keynote that will both introduce the topic of neurodiversity to a broad audience and provide insight into how it can be leveraged from a practical perspective.

Other versions are available which focus more on the science, psychology, and IT-specific applications.


Past and future events

Greater Nashville IT Summit 2020

How to Benefit from Employing Neurodiversity
17 Nov 2020
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Technology Leaders of Nashville

How to Benefit from Employing Neurodiversity
20 Oct 2020
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Tennessee Developer Conference (TDevConf) 2020

Succeeding with ADHD
3 Oct 2020
Memphis, Tennessee, United States

iR Sessions

Succeeding with ADHD
9 Sep 2020
Jacksonville, Florida, United States

TechBash 2019

12 Nov 2019 - 15 Nov 2019
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Connect.Tech 2019

7 Habits of Highly Successful Developers
17 Oct 2019 - 19 Oct 2019
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

dev up 2019

Succeeding with ADHD
An Engineer's Guide to Developing People
7 Habits of Highly Successful Developers
14 Oct 2019 - 16 Oct 2019
St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Music City Tech 2019

Organizer
5 Sep 2019 - 7 Sep 2019
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

DevSpace 2018

7 Habits of Highly Paid Developers
12 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Huntsville, Alabama, United States

dev up Conference 2018

8 Oct 2018 - 10 Oct 2018
St. Louis, Missouri, United States

dev up 2018

7 Habits of Highly Paid Developers
From Developer to Data Scientist
8 Oct 2018 - 10 Oct 2018
St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Pontiac Developer Conference (PonCon) 2018

22 Sep 2018
Pontiac, Michigan, United States

Technology & Networking User Group

20 Sep 2018
Troy, Michigan, United States

Developer on Fire Podcast

23 Aug 2018

Code on the Beach 2018

9 Aug 2018 - 12 Aug 2018
Atlantic Beach, Florida, United States

KCDC 2018

11 Jul 2018 - 13 Jul 2018

Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC) 2018

10 Jul 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Nebraska.Code() 2018

7 Jun 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States

Junior Developer Toolbox Podcast

5 Jun 2018

Music City Tech 2018

Organizer
1 Jun 2018 - 2 Jun 2018
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

The Six Figure Developer Podcast

28 May 2018

CodeStock 2018

20 Apr 2018 - 21 Apr 2018
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Microsoft Tech Summit 2018

20 Mar 2018
San Francisco, California, United States

GANG.conf 2017

18 Nov 2017
Southfield, Michigan, United States

dev up 2017

16 Oct 2017 - 18 Oct 2017
St. Louis, Missouri, United States

DevSpace 2017

13 Oct 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
Huntsville, Alabama, United States

QL Tech Con 2017

19 Sep 2017 - 20 Sep 2017
Detroit, Michigan, United States

Atlanta Code Camp 2017

16 Sep 2017
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC) 2017

3 Aug 2017 - 4 Aug 2017
Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Scenic City Summit 2017

28 Jul 2017
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

Detroit.Code() 2017

10 Jul 2017 - 12 Jul 2017
Detroit, Michigan, United States

We RISE Women in Tech 2017

23 Jun 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Troy .NET User Group

15 Jun 2017
Troy, Michigan, United States

Music City Code 2017

Organizer
1 Jun 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

ITCamp Romania 2017

25 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania

CodeStock 2017

5 May 2017
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Indy.Code() 2017

29 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Nashville .NET User Group

9 Feb 2017
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Detroit Dev Day 2016

12 Nov 2016
Detroit, Michigan, United States

DevSpace 2016

14 Oct 2016 - 15 Oct 2016
Huntsville, Alabama, United States

Music City Code 2016

Organizer
18 Aug 2016 - 20 Aug 2016
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC) 2016

23 Jun 2016 - 24 Jun 2016
Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Nebraska.Code() 2016

20 May 2016
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States

GR Dev Day 2016

12 Mar 2016
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

CodeMash 2016

4 Jan 2016 - 8 Jan 2016
Sandusky, Ohio, United States

Eat Sleep Code Podcast

16 Dec 2015

St. Louis Days of .NET 2015

14 Nov 2015
St. Louis, Missouri, United States

DevSpace 2015

9 Oct 2015
Huntsville, Alabama, United States

Music City Code 2015

Organizer
22 Aug 2015
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Code on the Beach 2015

6 Aug 2015 - 9 Aug 2015
Atlantic Beach, Florida, United States

CodeStock 2015

10 Jul 2015 - 11 Jul 2015
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC) 2015

24 Jun 2015 - 26 Jun 2015
Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Code PaLOUsa 2015

27 Apr 2015 - 30 Apr 2015
Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Nebraska.Code() 2015

19 Mar 2015 - 21 Mar 2015
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States

CodeMash 2015

8 Jan 2015
Sandusky, Ohio, United States

Barcamp Nashville 2014

18 Oct 2014
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Atlanta Code Camp 2014

11 Oct 2014
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Nashville .NET User Group

9 Oct 2014
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

DevLink 2014

27 Aug 2014 - 29 Aug 2014
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

Technology and Friends Podcast

18 Aug 2014

Code on the Beach 2014

8 Aug 2014 - 10 Aug 2014
Atlantic Beach, Florida, United States

Louisville .NET User Group

17 Jul 2014
Louisville, Kentucky, United States

CodeStock 2014

11 Jul 2014 - 12 Jul 2014
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Nashville JavaScript User Group

11 Jul 2014
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Cleveland WPF User Group

20 May 2014
Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC) 2014

15 May 2014 - 17 May 2014
Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Carolina Code Camp 2014

3 May 2014
Matthews, North Carolina, United States

Nashville .NET User Group

9 Jan 2014
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

CodeMash 2014

7 Jan 2014 - 10 Jan 2014

Raleigh Code Camp 2013

9 Nov 2013
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Chattanooga .NET User Group

10 Sep 2013
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

CodeStock 2013

13 Jul 2013
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Lower AL .NET User Group

4 Jun 2013
Mobile, Alabama, United States

BarCamp Nashville 2012

20 Oct 2012
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

NE Arkansas .NET User Group

27 Sep 2012
Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States

DevLink 2012

30 Aug 2012
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

CodeStock 2012

15 Jun 2012 - 16 Jun 2012
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Atlanta Code Camp 2012

19 May 2012
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Huntsville .NET User Group

5 May 2012
Huntsville, Alabama, United States

Code PaLOUsa 2012

17 Mar 2012
Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Nashville .NET User Group

9 Feb 2012
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Nashville .NET User Group Lab

17 Mar 2011
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Nashville .NET User Group

10 Mar 2011
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Code PaLOUsa 2011

4 Mar 2011 - 5 Mar 2011
Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Nashville .NET User Group

14 Jan 2010
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Nashville Web Developer Group

23 Apr 2009
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Nashville Web Developer User Group

22 Jan 2009
Nashville, Tennessee, United States