Monika Piotrowicz

Director of UX, International Growth, Shopify

Monika Piotrowicz

Director of UX, International Growth, Shopify

Leadership as a Craft

Conferences are an amazing place to learn about our technical craft - design, development, accessibility, etc. We invest in our craft because we want to get better at what we do and grow in our careers - but what about the leadership skills that can also help us achieve both? Leadership is a craft just like any other - one that we can learn, practice, and build on. When paired with our technical expertise, leadership skills can help us have more ownership, influence, and impact on our projects and teams - and isn’t that the reason we’re all here? In this session, I will talk about how anyone can start practicing leadership, no matter what point you’re at in your career. Through the lens of a UX crafter, I will talk about leadership qualities, goal setting, and how to balance growing leadership and technical skills together. I’ll talk about how leadership skills can help you today, give you ideas for your next one-on-one with your boss or mentor, and offer a sneak peak at some of the new challenges that await those who move into management roles (spoiler - management is just one form of leadership!). It’s easy to confuse leadership with just a title and step in your career, but when we reframe it as a set of skills we can learn, it suddenly becomes a lot more accessible, relevant, and maybe even inspiring for those looking at developing themselves in new ways. As we learn about new tech, tools, and creative opportunities, let’s take some time to invest in how we communicate, grow, and can have new impact on our work.

About

Monika Piotrowicz is a UX director and front end developer working at Shopify. An advocate for close collaboration between design, development, and product, she's interested in how cross-discipline teams work together to build a more inclusive, useful web. At Shopify, she’s helped establish the front end development practice, has doubled team sizes several times over, and has helped build best practices for hiring, management, and career growth. She’s currently leading UX on Shopify’s International Growth Team.