Agile + DevOps West 2021 Leadership Summit Session: Transform Yourself Before Transforming Others


Friday, June 11, 2021 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Transform Yourself Before Transforming Others

The aspiration of leadership is often rooted in character traits that make effectively leading healthy organizations difficult. Pride, ego, and ambition are powerful internal motivators, but they must be tempered in order for you to grow into the kind of leader your people need. An effective transformation of any kind must start with you to be successful. Join Lee Eason as he shares his stories of leading organizational change while highlighting the personal growth that had to occur for him to be successful. Learn how Lee lead product development turn-arounds and widespread organizational changes, by first finding balance and dealing with some personal demons. Leave this presentation with ideas on how to cast aside character traits that will get in the way of change and become a better leader. Take home personal transformation practices that you can use to improve yourself and ultimately your organization.

Lee Eason
Edward Jones

“Do you know much about computers?” After a moment of consideration, desperate for a job, Lee Eason replied, “I can do anything you need with computers.” As a just graduated History Education major, he knew almost nothing about computers. But what he lacked in experience he made up for with determination and curiosity. That first job at a small furniture plant in Raleigh, NC, launched a 20+ year career that would take Lee through roles as an IT manager, software developer, architect, Agile and DevOps leader, entrepreneur, Chief Technology Officer, and now Director of Digital Branch Experience at Edward Jones. Those roles have spanned several industries including marketing, education, healthcare, and financial technology. His passion for learning and teaching has been central to his success as a leader and change agent. You can read more about Lee on his blog.