This sounds good and interesting. Reminded me how when starting to program in Scala one can begin with familiar OOP style (of Java) and only introduce herself to Scala's functional features one by one.
There's been a lot of talk recently about diversity in tech conferences. I'd like to share how we tackled this when planning the Front End Summit at Yahoo in 2011. While I'm not sure it's easy to replicate with public conferences, I think there are some important lessons nonetheless.