Lara Hogan

I'm a management and leadership coach and consultant. Previously VP of Engineering at Kickstarter, and Engineering Director at Etsy.

I champion management as a practice within the tech industry, and celebrating career achievements with donuts.

After a decade of leveling up engineering organizations and growing leaders at companies like Etsy and Kickstarter, I'm eager to bring these skill sets to our broader industry:

Coaching Managers

Often, managers are left without fundamental support. Most of us dive into team leadership without training, and we base our style off of the managers we loved—or we work hard at being the opposite of managers we didn't love.

I provide one-on-one coaching to individuals looking for support as they navigate growing as leaders in the tech industry. I'm here for anyone, at any stage, to lend some support through the goopy (but wonderful) process of growth as a manager.

Workshops & Trainings

From delivering feedback, to setting clear expectations, to dealing with suprising human emotions, I offer talks and workshops to help support managers as they grow.

Organizations can bring me in for a talk, a workshop focused on a particular skill, or a full-day foundational skills training for new managers in any discipline.

Here are some of the things people have said after taking one of my workshops!

Demystifying Public Speaking(A Book Apart, 2016)
Designing for Performance(O'Reilly, 2014)
Building a device lab(Five Simple Steps, 2015)

Check out more of my work on giving presentations, web performance, or mobile web and device labs.

Recent Blog Posts

Tools for Introspection

Dec 6, 2018 • management, leadership

As you wrap up the year, and as you reflect on your role as a manager or leader, I encourage you to develop a one-line leadership philosophy that you can share with your mouthwords in the new year. (read more)

Coaching Reflections

Nov 13, 2018 • management, leadership

In my full-day workshop for managers, I lead participants through a series of exercises to become better mentors and coaches for their direct reports. (read more)

Fairness and management

Sep 11, 2018 • management

I’ve been thinking a ton about fairness since I came across this HBR article: “Research: When Managers Are Overworked, They Treat Employees Less Fairly(read more)

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Recent Interviews

6 lessons from Lara Hogan on humanizing management

In this interview with GitPrime, I reflect on my experience to share lessons I’ve learned about honing the craft of management including delivering feedback, developing a new internal barometer of success, optimizing for long-term relationships, and more.

Netmag Voices

I was featured in the February 2017 issue of Netmag’s “Voices Interview” (PDF). We discussed web performance, honing management spidey senses, strength training, and public speaking.

Popular Mechanics

I was interviewed for the April 2016 issue of Popular Mechanics’ special section, “Technology’s Secret Weapon is Women” (PDF). The article interviewed a number of women in tech about their contributions to the industry. I’m especially honored that the magazine chose to include a photo of the first device lab that Destiny Montague and I built together.

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