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Liz Saling Home2022-09-13T01:11:26+00:00

Partner ⋅ Parent ⋅ Director of Engineering

Life-in-Tech Coach for Women

I can show you how to achieve more balance in life, with joy and confidence and while shedding the guilt.
I have had decades of experience navigating family, fitness, and career,
and I want to help you learn the only tool you need so that you can do it, too.

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Articles & Musings

I write about leading engineering teams and departments, figuring out how to have fun at work, finding my sanity, and more. I occasionally talk about it, too.

Turn It Up

Articles & Musings

I write about leading engineering teams and departments, figuring out how to have fun at work, finding my sanity, and more. I occasionally talk about it, too.

Hacking the Org Podcast

13 Sep 2022|

I love when I get to talk about my work, and recording this episode was such a great time. Check out Pausing Feature Development to Focus on Tech Debt and DX, and hear more about how GitHub made time to focus on engineering fundamentals.

LeadDev Together Module Session

13 Sep 2022|

Check out this LeadDev module, 5 investments for a sustainable, high-performing team, going live next week, 20 Sep 2022. Meet short term hiring goals or invest in building a sustainable, high-performing team? These are the questions that plague every hiring manager’s mind. Learn how to build a healthy, self-sustaining ecosystem within your team [...]

Essential Roles for Planning a Technical Project

01 Aug 2022|

Before coding anything, make sure you've involved a decision maker, the person doing the work, someone with context, someone with fresh perspective, and whoever is going to be maintaining it. These are the five essential roles for planning a technical project. One person can cover all of these things with one exception: [...]

Yes, I Can Negotiate

15 Jul 2022|

When it comes to negotiating, there's an easy and instant way, where you just go for it and see what happens. In another sense, really, the easiest thing to do is nothing, and rely solely on outside forces and chance.   Or, you can take additional steps that will increase the likelihood [...]

A Framework for Understanding Impact

11 Jul 2022|

I'm often working with executives to come up with timelines and priorities, and I'm often working with older children to help them understand what I need to know in order to help them make a decision or complete something, and--I promise I'm not making a correlation between executives and children here--through [...]

Three, No, Four Great Responses

20 Jun 2022|

I have a canned response I have used for years when someone talks to me about a challenge they're having, and I'm in some sort of "position of power" relative to them in terms of some role I have (boss at work, director, organization president, mother, etc). "Are you venting, looking for [...]

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Aiming for the trifecta of work-fun-fitness

In almost 30 years of working in tech, I’ve gone through the steps of getting interested in engineering, finding work, figuring out how to advance, and navigating an industry that thrives on growth and disruption. I’ve looked for guidance and then gained my own experience, doing this all as a cis white female, and observing as others from even more underrepresented backgrounds try to do the same. I’ve tried numerous patterns that absolutely do not help me achieve progression and balance, and made it a lifelong objective to discover and share ones I find that do.

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1-1 Sessions

In a private, 45-minute session, we can unpack a situation, work towards a goal, learn a concept or skill, or practice using the tool so that you can apply it anytime to achieve more balance.

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Group Workshops

You’ll be able to work with me for 60-90 minutes with a small cohort each month, where we’ll go through one focus-topic’s lesson, have some quiet time to reflect and write, then come back together to discuss.

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My Story

Aloha from Big Island! I live in Kona, Hawaii with my husband, two sons, and their Gramma Brown. We moved here in 2018, and we spend a good amount of time at the beach or looking out at the ocean. I love all sorts of things that I’m no expert in but find enjoyment from doing. I’m not a fan of cooking, and I only eat chocolate if there are enough other flavors to overpower it. I’ve spent significant parts of my life in various parts of NY—upstate and down—and Salt Lake City. 

Another change in 2018 was my joining GitHub. I’m a Director of Engineering with a consulting background. I like working on databases more than user interfaces, and I love to lead teams to plan and prioritize work to delight our users and customers, delivering value quickly and expanding on it over time. Over my career, I keep navigating towards work that enables engineers to really have fun at work while they’re maximizing how effective they are. You can typically find me focusing in software developer life cycle related (SDLC) areas like CICD, internal tooling, and automation. 

Opinions are my own.

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My Story

Aloha from Big Island! I live in Kona, Hawaii with my husband, two sons, and their Gramma Brown. We moved here in 2018, and we spend a good amount of time at the beach or looking out at the ocean. I love all sorts of things that I’m no expert in but find enjoyment from doing. I’m not a fan of cooking, and I only eat chocolate if there are enough other flavors to overpower it. I’ve spent significant parts of my life in various parts of NY—upstate and down—and Salt Lake City.

Another change in 2018 was my joining GitHub. I’m a Director of Engineering with a consulting background. I like working on databases more than user interfaces, and I love to lead teams to plan and prioritize work to delight our users and customers, delivering value quickly and expanding on it over time. Over my career, I keep navigating towards work that enables engineers to really have fun at work while they’re maximizing how effective they are. You can typically find me focusing in software developer life cycle related (SDLC) areas like CICD, internal tooling, and automation.

I’m passionate about finding and keeping faith, and using it at home and at work. I want to help everyone take their turn deciding what’s best, with love and understanding. I aim to help women figure out how to become the best version of themselves in every one of their roles. For women in tech or interested in working in tech, I want to make it possible for them to contribute, and help tech contribute back to our families.

Opinions are my own.

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