Jason Slim Blackhurst

10: Jason “Slim” Blackhurst – Servant Leader

A servant leader works to support their teams and to make their lives better as they build an environment of safety and mutual empowerment. Jason has been leading software development teams for 7 years now and has a passion to see more servant leaders arise. Listen to him now.

7: Damian Synadinos – Improv(e) Your Communication

For more than 25 years, Damian Synadinos has been helping “build better software and build software better” through testing. But, he’s much more than that. Today, through his company Ineffable Solutions, Damian offers talks and training that are focused on fundamental topics and people-skills, based on real-world experience, and supplemented with deep research. His experience spans many roles, industries, and companies, including CompuServe, NetJets, Abercrombie & Fitch, Nationwide Insurance, and Huntington Bank. Damian also helps organize an annual, regional testing conference, QA or the Highway, and frequently mentors, coaches, and advises IT professionals around the world. As an international speaker and trainer, he presents at numerous conferences and corporations, and has over 10 years of theatrical improv experience which he frequently uses to teach.