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An Interview with Corey Leigh Latislaw Written by Enrique

Corey is an international keynoter, an avid sketchnoter, and the Head of Engineering at Kin + Carta | Create Europe. She has developed high profile Android applications over the years, including Capital One, XfinityTV, and Pinterest and ran teams large and small. She’s a former Google Developer Expert (GDE) in Android and Google Developer Group (GDG) organizer.

Connect with Corey

Twitter: @corey_latislaw

Website: CoreyLatislaw.com

Interview

You spend a lot of time volunteering. What drives you to do this? Can you talk a bit about the specific causes and groups that are important to you?

I want to have an impact on our world and I want my work to mean something and to benefit millions, if not billions, of people. I’ve worked in many organizations that are operating at different scales and I get excited by the ones that are solving real, human-scale problems.

Do you think we could do better than we’re doing now?

Yes, absolutely—though I don’t know exactly what that answer is. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how to embed diversity and inclusion into competency frameworks so that it becomes part of the fabric of the business culture and shows up on performance reviews. If we say that it’s important we should be measuring it and we should be accountable for moving our companies and the industry forward.

In London last year, you were giving the keynote at a conference. How do you prepare for something like that?

I’m terrified of public speaking, believe it or not. I failed my first public speaking course back in college and slowly got to the point where I am now. Luckily, public speaking is a learnable skill.

Corey’s Recommendations

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