Not long ago, Jessica Kerr thought learning a new programming language meant memorizing syntax. After a dozen slow years of Java and C, she discovered F#, then Scala and Ruby and more. Now languages are a cromulent means for learning new concepts and ideas. Her mission as a speaker is to bring these gems back to Java and C# developers, that all may take as much joy in our work as she does. Her mission in real life is to keep two daughters alive without squashing their innate craziness.