Embracing your Renaissance Man (or Woman) in the Digital Age

Audience Level

All Levels


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Being a Specialist is overrated. Working to have more knowledge than anyone else in a field in your community is keeping you from being the best you can be. Doctors and teachers should have a specialization, but most people don’t have to be experts. Having a career built on being adaptable, overcoming unpredictability, and connecting areas of knowledge for new solutions is very important in this current age of work. The key is being a Generalist or what some people call a Jack of All Trades. Being a Generalist means approaching one’s life as a creative work, living life from a creative professional, as opposed to a reactive viewpoint. This talk will bring a new view to building a career that allows you to spread your eggs in many baskets, creating more opportunities, exploring new passions, and thinking bigger than where you are today.

Speaker Bio

Chris Woodruff AKA Woody is a Platform Strategist at Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, which is based in Detroit, Michigan. Woody has over 25 years of experience when he started his career before the first .COM boom. He has spoken at many events across the globe, covering software development and architecture topics such as database development, APIs, and web development. He is a proven mentor that enjoys helping, educating, and supporting other developers to gain knowledge through his speaking, writing, and online content. When not working or spending time with his family, you can find Woody traveling down the Bourbon Trail finding new bottles to share with friends. You can read more about Woody on his blog at http://chriswoodruff.com and follow him on Twitter at @cwoodruff