Résumé, Strengths, & Speaking

Work

My tech career has focused on internal tools and Design Systems at scale. I've built component libraries, written technical documentation, created and given developer trainings, taught at a dev bootcamp, owned product management for a Design System used by 150+ projects, all with a focus on the engineer as customer. As an entrepreneur, I wear all the hats. More details on my LinkedIn profile.

The Unfolding — unfolding.style
CEO, Personal Style Coach
Mar 2020 — Present
Indeed.com
Product Manager, Design Systems
Sep 2019 – Mar 2020
Indeed.com
Software Engineer
Jul 2017 – Sep 2019
RetailMeNot
Senior UI Engineer
Nov 2014 – July 2017
MakerSquare (HackReactor)
Instructor, Front-End
Apr 2014 – Nov 2014
Square Root
Front-End Developer
May 2012 – Apr 2014
Bazaarvoice
Senior UI Designer
Aug 2009 – May 2012
iMarc, BMG, freelance
Web Designer
2008 – 2009
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BS Graphic Design, Communication
2003 – 2007

Strengths

Not all skills are visible on a resume. Here's me at my best, explained via my StrengthsFinder Top 5.

Activator

I make things happen by turning thoughts into action. I'm a catalyst, and my enthusiasm is contagious.

Futuristic

I'm a visionary. My powerful visions and explanations of what could be helps others turn aspirations into reality.

Strategic

I intuit and create alternative ways. I anticipate relevant patterns, making me an agile decision-maker.

Input

I accumulate information, ideas, and relationships that help me make credible and well-informed decisions.

Communication

My ability to find words for my (and your) thoughts and feelings helps me make meaningful connections.

See my full Strengths profile report.

Selected Public Speaking

A Working Theory of Components

CSSCONF EU · BERLIN, GERMANY · JUNE 2019
CLARITYCONF · SAN FRANCISCO, CA · NOVEMBER 2017

“One of those great ones: masterfully weaving two topics, astronomy and
web development, with an impeccable presentation, purposeful analogies,
valuable insight and captivating stories.”

I Have No Idea What I'm Doing

CONVERGE SE · COLUMBIA, SC · APRIL 2015
KEYNOTE CSSCONF OAKLAND · OAKLAND, CA · DECEMBER 2014
FRONT END DESIGN CONF · ST. PETERSBURG, FL · JULY 2014

“Unequivocally my favourite session—an eloquent and raw talk that
spoke directly to the soul of everyone there.”

Design Systems, CSS, & Component Library Trainings

INTERNAL FOR INDEED  · AUSTIN, TX & TOKYO, JAPAN · 2017–2018

“Elyse does a great job making an abstract concept very relatable. Rather than talk about high level best practices, she found relevant real life examples. Her workshop felt more collaborative then just a one-way lecture.”

Organizer, CFP & Speaker Selection and Mentorship program

SASSCONF · AUSTIN, TX · 2015

Created and ran call for proposal and speaker selection process, including a speaker mentorship program to help speakers prepare, refine, and practice their talks. Improved submission rate from underrepresented groups in tech from 5% to 48%, including international, women, trans and LGTBQ+, and non-white speakers.

Created and fundraised for attendee scholarship program. Through corporate and attendee scholarship donations, we funded five full-ride scholarships for women/non-binary attendees from three countries. This program also inspired other conferences to create full-fledged scholarships.

"Conf scholarships aren't about diversity numbers; they can be life-changing. Thanks for the reminder @elyseholladay. —Una Kravets, on her experience with SassConf's scholarship program

Choose your Own Refactoring Adventure, a Workshop

SASSCONF · NEW YORK CITY, NY · OCTOBER 2014 · in collaboration with Jina Anne