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DevOpsDays Zürich

Laurence Kozera & Arjanna Van Der Plas

03 - 04 May 2023 | Alte Kaserne Winterthur

Laurence Kozera

Psychological Safety Expert

Laurence Kozera is a consultant in psychological safety. With over a decade of experience, including a background in languages and a tenure as a former employee of Google, she has a unique ability to build trust and foster collaboration within engineering teams and partner ecosystems. Her expertise in navigating communication nuances allows for smooth understanding and cooperation, streamlining the solution-building process. Laurence excels in working with ambitious and impactful ideas driven by diverse stakeholders. To learn more about her, please visit her website

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Arjanna Van Der Plas

Leadership coach

Arjanna van der Plas is a formerly Silicon Valley-based leadership coach with a background in strategic product design.

In the past 10 years, she's helped many leaders and teams to overcome mental barriers, and achieve their professional and personal goals.

Arjanna is certified as a co-active coach by CTI, the largest in-person coach training school in the world, as well as by the International Coaching Federation.

She draws from her background in industrial design engineering (TU Delft) to find creative solutions for her clients’ challenges.

You can read more about her on her websites and


Building High-Performing Teams: The crucial Role of Psychological Safety

What’s the secret behind high-performing teams? It’s psychological safety, according to a famous Google study called Project Aristotle.

Teams with greater psychological safety, a.k.a. teams that have a shared expectation that teammates will not embarrass, reject, or punish each other for sharing ideas, taking risks, or soliciting feedback, not only tend to perform better, but also engage in behaviors that contribute to greater success and innovation.

That all sounds fancy, but how do you increase psychological safety in your team, especially during remote and hybrid work, with new or diverse personalities, or legacy tensions?

Learn from experts and real-life examples on how to foster psychological safety in your team in this hands-on session led by psychological safety expert and former Googler Laurence Kozera and engineer-turned-leadership coach Arjanna van der Plas.

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