DeveloperWeek New York 2020 DeveloperWeek New York 2020
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KEYNOTE: Blackbaud -- Be Brave: Lessons from a Total Technology & Culture Transformation

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Meredith Johnson
Blackbaud, VP of Product Management

As VP of Product Management at Blackbaud and a member of the company’s senior leadership team, Meredith is responsible for guiding the strategic direction for all of Blackbaud’s technology solutions, driving the execution of the overall portfolio and product roadmap. She’s a transformative leader who motivates a culture of accountability and innovation to deliver outcome-focused solutions, and has been an active voice in increasing diversity throughout the company.

Committed to service and community leadership, Meredith serves on the board of Charleston Promise Neighborhood, which engages children in high poverty neighborhoods to transformative education and support services. Meredith also serves on TSIA's Product Management Advisory Board, is the past Chair of a Charleston County School Improvement Committee, and mentors women who desire to expand their careers in technology.


It’s critical that dev leaders continually inspire and better their teams for continued innovation and excellence.         Meredith Johnson did exactly that when she helped lead process and cultural transformations that allowed for the evolution of Blackbaud’s technology strategy from a lagging, on-premises leader to an agile development model with solutions implemented on Blackbaud SKY®, the company's platform for social good cloud innovation, in just eighteen months.

Meredith Johnson's strategy was driven by the mantra “Be Brave.” She understood that bravery leads to innovation, innovation leads to company success, and company success leads to more company success.

Meredith will share the keys to managing dev teams to increased innovation and success, including:
• Creating a “safe” environment for productive disagreement
• Giving teams problems to solve, not solutions to implement
• Creating an environment of autonomy, mastery and purpose
• Celebrating failing fast
• Pivoting quickly

She’ll also share the four biggest lessons learned along the way, including:
• The hard stuff isn’t the code. It’s the culture.
• Reiterate and stick to your principles.
• Be ready to fail.
• Code wasn’t our secret sauce.