Workshop Information:

Title: Fine-tune Your Career with Improv

Time (Pacific): 0800-1200

Location: Acacia B

Prerequisites: None

Cost per person: $0 (FREE)

To attend you must purchase a [TDI Ticket] AND [A Workshop “General Admission” ticket AND the add-on for this workshop]

Presenter(s): Leslie Martinich, and Christina Aldan,

Leslie Martinich

Leslie Martinich, a computer scientist who began her journey writing compilers, operating systems, and advanced communication software, led her team to deliver ground-breaking technology allowing developers to create parallel and distributed programs through Remote Procedure Calls (RPC).

In the middle of her career, she made a pivotal realization: project failures weren’t due to technical hurdles, but rather rooted in managerial and leadership challenges. Determined to rectify this deficiency, she built leadership programs which she presented across 6 continents (sorry, Antarctica!), focused on innovation and preparing effective leaders. Her enthusiasm lies in instilling engaged leadership skills that resonate with the aspirations of today’s young tech professionals and entrepreneurs.

Leslie is more than just a leader in tech; she’s a catalyst for change. From sparking innovation to nurturing teamwork, Leslie’s mission is to empower organizations to go beyond delivering products. Her guiding principle? Engaged leaders inspire teams, reduce turnover, and drive towards excellence in quality. Join her on a journey that’s not just about quick fixes but about inspiring and helping leaders to become the influential change-makers of tomorrow.

Christina Aldan

Christina Aldan is a brand strategy consultant, keynote speaker, trainer, and mentor. She offers businesses brand consulting and creative content for everyday media. With over 18 years of experience in the digital realm, Christina is highly regarded for her approach to business, partnering with clients to find unique strategies that ensure their goals are met. Christina builds connections through her keynote addresses, training workshops, and technological education. She uses these tools to help individuals and businesses cultivate value in everyday media. Christina has delivered talks on all 7 continents, presenting training workshops for the Microsoft MVP community, international corporations, and conferences worldwide. Christina uses her charisma and expertise to inspire others by mentoring women in business like herself. She also has sat on state and local boards supporting women in tech, entrepreneurship, mental health, and children with learning disabilities.

She is the recipient of the Las Vegas Women in Tech Community Service Award, the Distinguished Woman of the Year Award in STEM. Learn more at:


Human behavior can be fine-tuned to get the best results in your career path. Understanding how our emotions and nervous system affect our behavior makes us more effective in negotiations and communications. Train your brain to respond to get the best possible outcomes in work situations.

Practice actionable communication strategies throughout this workshop with improv, role playing in actual scenarios from the software development industry, and creative discussions.


    • Participants will be able to communicate with their teams to achieve successful outcomes.

    • Participants will be able to negotiate with colleagues and customers to lead to winning outcomes.

    • Participants will be able to communicate with executives.