Tech 25 winner Casey (Cumbow) Schlotter helps individuals unlock their potential to make the world a better place
As Indiana’s tech community continues to grow and mature, it’s getting harder and harder to narrow down the winners for our annual Tech 25 Awards program. Clearly, there is a wealth of tech talent in the Hoosier state, and they are making incredible moves. Join us in celebrating the Tech 25 class of 2020 through this profile series and learn a bit more about each winner.
Casey is a former middle school math teacher-turned-software engineer on a journey to help individuals unlock their potential to make the world a better place. She joined forces with Lessonly in 2017 and currently works as an Engineering Manager at Lessonly, helping engineers do their best work.
Casey’s teammates describe her as a force for good who wants to make the world a better place, and she’s succeeding! She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and believes the “soft” skills are more challenging than the technical skills. In her spare time, you can find Casey training for triathlons, building furniture, or watching sports.
What led you to get into tech and this occupation? What was your first job in tech?
I was formerly a middle school math teacher who discovered a passion for education technology, which turned into a passion for software engineering. I was inspired by the challenge tech provides and the potential to use technology to make the world a better place and change lives. My first job in tech was as an instructor at a code school.
When you think of a day in your life, what are your main responsibilities?
My number one priority is supporting the engineers on our team. I support them through in-person conversations, Slack messages, code reviews, and/or team meetings. My goal is to unlock their potential so that they can accomplish their goals!
Which resources would you recommend to those who want to learn more or advance their skills in this occupation?
I’d highly recommend the following resources:
- Nonviolent Communication by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg
- Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
- Crucial Conversations
- The Manager’s Path by Camille Fournier
- Inclusion Nudges by Lisa Kepinski and Tinna C. Nielsen
- Software Lead Weekly
Casey Schlotter is a Tech 25 winner who is helping to grow and improve the tech landscape of Indiana. She was nominated by her Senior Director of Product and Engineering, Andrew Robinson III. To learn more about the Tech 25 Awards, click here.
Visit the Indianapolis Business Journal website to see the full listing and celebration of the 2020 Tech 25 honorees in the joint CTO of the Year and Tech 25 Awards supplement. You can also watch a video of the livestream from the CTO of the Year and Tech 25 Awards virtual event.