[email protected] conferences: Women in Tech
Learn, be inspired, and connect with others working to advance inclusion in the technology industry. [email protected] conferences: Women in Tech is your chance to hear from some of the amazing women in Manning’s network of experts.
Listen as women across different roles discuss data science, cloud development, toxic work environments, and more.
october 13 2020
12:00 - 5:00 PM EST
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Featuring four expert speakers, plus ten minute lightning talks.
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conference speakers
Cornelia Davis
Cornelia Davis is one of the lucky ones – she was introduced to technology quite by accident and at thirty years in, estimates she is about halfway through a career she could not imagine being more exciting and rewarding. A computer scientist by training and practice, she is one of those rare women who is still a practicing technologist this far into her career.

Cornelia has spent that career at the forefront of technological innovation, starting out doing image processing algorithm development, moving to web-centric computing in the late 1990s, and has now spent nearly the last decade working in cloud-native software and infrastructure (yes, including Kubernetes). She is the author of Cloud Native Patterns: Designing change tolerant software. Cornelia is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Weaveworks, the GitOps company.

Meeting the producers of Code: Debugging the Gender Gap in 2014 was an awakening for Cornelia – only then did she fully realize the systemic issues that were at the root of dwindling numbers of women in tech. Since then Cornelia has been actively engaged with programs such as Girls Who Code, and has become a more active mentor/mentee to/with a wide range of women in all phases of their career trajectory.
Cornelia Davis is the CTO at Weaveworks. A teacher at heart, she’s spent the last 25 years making good software and great software developers.
Marcia Villalba
As mobile has become the primary channel for engaging users, it’s critical that developers deliver applications with uncompromising user experience, performance, and scale. In this session I want to show you how to use AWS Amplify (mobile/web development tools and services), and AWS AppSync (managed GraphQL service) to develop, release, and operate cloud-powered applications. Also we will see how we can manage the lifecycle of the application when working with multiple persons in a team. And while we do all this we will be building a React application from scratch that will be available for everybody to try after the presentation is over.
Marcia Villalba is a senior full-stack developer. She has been designing and developing software professionally for over 10 years for well-known companies such as Rovio, IBM, and Nokia. Marcia has been working with AWS for more than 4 years and works daily with serverless technologies including AWS Lambda.
Jamie Riedesel
Toxic workplaces come in many kinds, and some are so sneaky you won’t know you were in one until you’re long gone. Abuse survival is like that sometimes. Time in the industry helps give you that baseline, but wouldn’t it be nice to know what to look for so you can stop being toxic too?

This talk will be going over various ways that workplaces can be toxic, the psychological safety techniques that work to survive them, and how to identify techniques you’ve picked up. Knowing toxic environment coping strategies helps you isolate the long-term damage, and gives you a leg up in relearning healthier techniques.
Jamie Riedesel is a lead engineer at Dropbox. She has over twenty years of experience in IT, working in both government, education, legacy companies, and startups. She has specialized in DevOps for the past decade, running distributed systems in public clouds and designing software telemetry architectures.
Dzejla Medjedovic
In this talk, we will look at the main techniques and algorithms useful for a software engineer working with large amounts of data, and how massive datasets are changing the algorithm and data structure design in modern software. The talk will first cover different ways in which big data creates bottlenecks in applications, and then offer a quick peek at the basic toolbox of practical data structures and algorithms that a data scientist, backend or data engineer can use when grappling with big datasets. The talk will show practical use cases from a number of different domains.
Dzejla Medjedovic earned her PhD in the Applied Algorithms Lab of the computer science department at Stony Brook University, NY in 2014. She has worked on a number of projects in algorithms for massive data, taught algorithms at various levels and also spent some time at Microsoft.
Lizzie Seigel
Building a chatbot can be hard, and chatbots get stuck sometimes. Learn to build a chatbot for both the SMS and Voice platforms in 20 minutes using Twilio, Azure Cognitive Services, and JavaScript. The bot will be a hybrid where it offers a fallback option to connect the bot to a human should the bot get stuck. We will also cover lessons learned from using different ML libraries like Google Cloud, TensorFlow, IBM Watson, and more.

Lizzie serves developers in the Bay Area and beyond on Twilio’s developer evangelism team and previously studied Computer Science at Bryn Mawr. She likes Swift, JavaScript, and working with AI, but has been seen writing Python and Haskell. She also enjoys reading, tennis, ping pong, and all things Disney.

Anne Michels
With its reputation of being a ‘land of bros’, many women worry that it is difficult or even impossible for them to pursue a successful career in tech. While much has changed over the past few years, women – especially those early in career – can still find themselves in situations where they have to ‘earn a seat at the table’. In this session, Anne Michels, director at Microsoft, who has worked in tech for over 13 years, will share tips on how to build a successful career in tech as a woman – and why the seat at the table might not always be the right focus.

Anne Michels, director of marketing for Microsoft Teams Free, has been working in the tech industry for over 13 years – driving the marketing strategy for a variety of programs and products. She strongly believes that diversity and representation matter and wants to help women – especially those early in career – to pursue a successful career in tech. Anne holds a Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Bonn. She is fluent in German, English and Spanish, and lives with her family – her husband Michael and their daughter Tori – in Seattle.

Layla Porter
As a former Pilates teacher and professional horse-rider, Layla changed careers and became a self-taught .NET developer. Microsoft technologies and the support of people using it became her new passion. Layla is a Microsoft MVP and in 2020 was elected to the .NET Foundation Board of Directors. She organises the .NET user group in Milton Keynes and helps developers all over the world as a Twilio developer evangelist.
Laura "The VR Girl" Hall
In this presentation, Laura Hall discusses how important avatars are and how she built here entire brand around an avatar.
Laura Hall, also known as The Virtual Reality Girl, is a top VR live streamer. She has built very strong connections within the VR industry and has worked with VR studios across the globe successfully introducing their VR applications to thousands of people.

Laura has been a pioneer in making music and compelling content with AR and VR. She has also served as a mentor in the community and is willing to be outspoken and bold in the future she sees for the technology.
Marcy Boyle
Virtual reality is expected to grow to an $87 billion market by 2025. VR is currently being adopted in gaming, entertainment, education, and enterprise applications. How might VR change the way we live and work, and where? What opportunities lie ahead for the emerging immersive era?
Marcy Boyle, CEO and co-founder of Hot Bit VR, is excited by the opportunity to re-imagine shopping through VR/AR/XR technology. She was selected by Oculus for their Launch Pad program in 2016, and her VR experiences have been featured at festivals and platforms including FIVARS, VRUK, SamsungVR. Hot Bit has been featured in Entrepreneur, Fox News, and delivered VR live streams for the Emmy Awards, and a futurist themed debate series on Microsoft’s Altspace. She is a frequent speaker on virtual reality, including talks at Augmented World Expo, KAIST University, Carnegie Mellon, ZDnet’s Tonya Hall Show, Digital Hollywood, and currently writes about immersive technology for the Transformative Technology Lab. Marcy graduated from Barnard College, Columbia U. and volunteers for Pledge LA, and the Black Technology Mentorship Program.
Emily Robinson
As data science explodes in popularity, more and more people are vying for entry-level data science jobs. How can you stand out from the crowd? If you’re a junior or mid-level data scientist, how can you continue to grow your skills, meet other data scientists, and share what you’ve learned? In this talk, Emily will show you how you can make a strong data science portfolio, including by giving talks, contributing to other’s open source projects, writing tutorials, and building side projects, that will accelerate your career.
Emily works at Warby Parker as a senior data scientist on a centralized team tackling some of the company’s biggest projects. Previously she was at DataCamp, where she built and ran their experimentation analytics system, and at Etsy, where she worked with their search team to design, implement, and analyze experiments.
Olga Makhasoeva
There are specific skills that are crucial for people to utilize in every profession, and without a doubt, one of the most essential skills in a workplace is the ability to ask questions. It doesn’t matter what your job title is. Whether you’re a junior developer, a team lead, or an architect; you need to master the art of asking questions. Why is this skill so important? One study shows that curious children ask, on average, 73 questions every day, a practice that helps them learn faster. This practice is also true of students, interns, and new hires. Asking questions is the simplest and most productive way of learning. However, as we become more senior in our fields, we tend to assume we know it all and stop asking as many questions. But do we ever stop wondering, challenging ourselves, doubting things, or searching for answers? In this talk, Oli will share insights she’s gained while conducting podcast interviews with individuals from a variety of sectors in the Scala community. She’ll also discuss how she’s incorporated these principles into asking the right questions, a skill that helps her be an effective technical consultant.
Olga is a solutions architect and frequent speaker at Scala conferences, including keynotes at ScalaIO-2019 and ScalaConf-2019. She hosts a podcast about Scala and its community called “Scala Love”, and co-hosts Russian Scala podcast “Scalalaz”.
also confirmed
Ekaterina Kochmar
Sarah Kaiser
Naomi Ceder
Carol Nichols
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