Singularity-Proof Yourself [future of work, non-technical] (FITC, RBC FutureMakers)
Selling Yourself Without Selling Out [personal branding]
Empathy Across Borders [future of work, HR tech]
Sage Franch is the co-founder and CTO of Crescendo, and founder and editor of tech lifestyle blog, Trendy Techie. In 2018 she left her corporate job to launch a startup that would solve a problem she and many of her peers in the tech industry had faced: workplace discrimination. Prior to starting Crescendo, Sage was a developer and technical evangelist at Microsoft, where she worked on conversational AI and holographic computing apps. She also had a brief stint teaching blockchain development, and co-created the blockchain developer curriculum at Lighthouse Labs. Now, Sage splits her time between Toronto and Montreal, and is focused on using technology as a force for positive change.
Sage Franch is the co-founder and CTO of Crescendo, a diversity education app for Slack that teaches empathy and inclusion in the workplace. In 2018 she left her corporate job to launch a startup that would solve a problem she and many of her peers in the tech industry had faced: workplace discrimination. A seasoned developer and technical educator, Sage has contributed code to startups and non-profits across North America. In her previous roles, Sage specialized in cognitive computing, mixed reality, and blockchain, and prior to that she created global-scale online courses for developers as an educator at Microsoft Learning.
Sage is also creator of Trendy Techie, a global mentorship blog for women in STEM, and Extrovirtual, the virtual networking challenge. She moonlights as a technical education consultant, sits on the board of The Bishop Strachan School, and frequently teaches youth coding and entrepreneurship workshops. Above everything, Sage aims to use her digital skills to build a brighter, fairer future for all.