Kelly Vaughn

Engineering Leader | Speaker | Author

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I'm Kelly Vaughn, an engineering leader and speaker based in Atlanta, GA. I'm currently Director of Engineering at Spot AI and I'm passionate about coaching individual contributors into leadership roles and mentoring engineering managers to be impactful, empowering leaders.

I run an online course titled Building Influence for Engineers & EMs and conduct conference and corporate workshops on the same topic. I also write a weekly newsletter titled Lessons in Engineering Leadership.

A frequent podcaster and public speaker, I co-host the Ladybug Podcast, have a recurring position on the Dev Interrupted Podcast, and I also guest on others' podcasts and speak at conferences and events around the world.

When I'm not working, you'll probably find me running, traveling to a new country, or spending time at a coffee shop to make a tiny dent in my never-ending book collection.

Upcoming speaking events

React Summit (New York, NY)

November 19, 2024 | Talk
Influence without Authority: Making an impact in your organization regardless of job title

All Things Open (Raleigh, NC)

October 27, 2024 | Talk
Influence without Authority: Making an impact in your organization regardless of job title

What I'm up to

  • I'm about to fly to Sweden to record a new season of Ladybug Podcast. Season 7 will be focused entirely on engineering leadership, and the episode list is available on the Ladybug Podcast website. We're open to sponsorships if you're interested in reaching our large audience.
  • I'm currently booking speaking engagements for 2025. If you're interested in having me speak at your event, please reach out to me here.