Kamilah Taylor

Kamilah Taylor is an engineer, writer, entrepreneur and a public speaker who hails from the tiny island of Jamaica and lives in San Francisco. She is currently the Head of the Financial Products Engineering group at Gusto, and she was also a tech lead on Gusto Wallet, which launched in the fall of 2020. She’s worked on mobile apps at many places including Gusto, Krikey, and LinkedIn, worked on robotics at Wolfram Research and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and is a cofounder of Swaay, an app that facilitated thoughtful conversation online. She is also an advocate for encouraging more underrepresented minorities to choose STEM as a career field and is a coauthor of the books Women in Tech and Swift For Good. One hundred percent of all revenue of Swift For Good went to charity. Kamilah was named as one of Business Insider’s 43 most powerful women in tech in 2017, and one of Essence’s 10 Black Women Rocking the Tech World in 2018. In her free time she likes to work on puzzles, buys too many books, and watches all the Star Trek. Her perfect day involves a tropical beach, a good book, and delicious food.



Engineering Leadership

Jenn Clevenger (Etsy Senior Director of Engineering), Kamilah Taylor (Gusto Head of Financial Products Engineering), Sukrutha Bhadouria (Salesforce Director of Engineering) and Willie Hooykaas-Baldwin (Salesforce VP of Engineering) discuss all things engineering leadership. Learn why they got into management, their favorite parts of their jobs, and how they each work to ensure a sense of fairness, inclusion, and diversity within their teams while also building a culture of psychological safety. They'll discuss the importance of sponsorship, mentoring & growing your personal network and share tips for building a network and nurturing those relationships. They'll also tackle subjects like coping with mounting responsibilities, learning how and when to ask for help, hiring to backfill your weaknesses, recognizing when it's time to change your leadership style, and some of their proudest accomplishments!