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(TECH) Event organizers don’t always know where to look when hoping to improve diversity, so here are hundreds of Austin women ready to get involved!

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UPDATE: During the COVID-19 outbreak most conferences are shut down, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t contact these women to speak with or for you on podcasts, or as blog guests, or in video form. They are willing to help when it is needed most, so reach out. We have also added a Defense Tech category, so check it out!!

Have you ever been to a tech event and were struck by the lack of women on panels? Not any of our events of course, but it happens, and in Austin, we don’t believe it is intentional. Yet it still happens.

Instead of complain and move on, we’re doing something about it by publishing a list of women that have raised their hands, ready to get involved!

Click to tweet: “There are no more excuses for events without women speakers, here are several hundred in Austin tech ready to help!”

We intend on updating this list from time to time, so check back for more names, or add yours if you’re interested.

This isn’t any sort of speaker agreement, just a list of people that identify as female that are willing to step in to speak on their areas of expertise. Austin is a cool town to be involved in, and we’re proud to be headquartered here!!

The categories are: Business Development and/or Sales, Creative, Defense, Development and/or Engineering, Finance and/or Investing, IT and/or Programming, Marketing and/or Media, Non-Profit and/or Academia, Operations and/or Management, Security and/or Tech Law, UX/UI Research and/or Design.

It was difficult for each person to select only one category that describes them (for example, I tend to speak on marketing, but my title is COO, so I am listed under “Operations / Management”), so click around to find a good fit for your event.

Business Development and/or Sales

Allison Ramsey
CEO & Founder, Empire Life

Amber Gunst
CEO, Austin Technology Council

Angela Frackowiak
Sales Development Manager, MobileIron

Ashelena Leveille
Program Manager, Customer Success, SolarWinds

Azucena Perez
Vice President, Mentor Program, Ceresa

Brittani McCall
Co-founder & Chief Revenue Officer, BrightReps

Christina Trapolino
Enterprise Solutions Engineer, Monetate

Christol “Dominica” McGinnis
CEO, The BridgeField Group

Cindy Goldsberry
Revenue & Relationships Partner, Investor, Author, Higher State Technology

Cindy Y. Lo, DMCP
CEO & Chief Event Strategist, Red Velvet Events

Corina Frankie
CEO & Founder, Brand Besties

Courtney Doman
Director of Sales Engineering, Khoros

Dawn Delatte
Designer & Managing Director at thoughtbot

Elisa Sepulveda
Regional Managing Director, The Riveter

Emily Roberson McCoy
Director of Circular Economy Programs, US Business Council for Sustainable Development

Grace Lanni
CEO, All About That Brand

Irene Brinker
CEO/Founder, Devali

Janet Zaretsky
BS-to-Brilliance Master, Empowered Women Enterprises, LLC

Jennifer Archambeault
Broker/Owner

Jennifer Monk Lin
Principal Product Manager, IBM Cloud

Kadi Grigg
DevSecOps Advocate, Sonatype

Kaitlyn DeBernardo
Head of Strategy, RigUp

Kana LiVolsi
CEO & Co-Founder, Dos Mundos Creative

Kristin Harrison
Inside Sales Representative: Western United States, Asia Pacific, and The Americas, System Surveyor

Laura Webb
SVP, Sales & Marketing, Tailwind

Marissa Limsiaco
President & Co-Founder, Tenavox

Miriam Arora
Sales Manager, Saba Software

Natalie Yerkovich
Founder & CEO, Hello Mailbox

Nicole Forbes
Sr Strategic Partner Manager, BigCommerce

Paige Drews
VP of Sales, Indio Technologies

Patti DeNucci
DeNucci & Co LLC / The Intentional Networker

Phoebe Nygren
Corporate Account Executive, Box

Rochelle Gonzalez
Senior Sales Executive, Shogun

Sabrina Wojtewicz
Regional Executive Director, Bunker Labs

Shaydi DeJesus
City Lead (Southwest Region), Bunker Labs

Sierra Bailey
Business Strategist, Doers Shakers Makers

Sierra Bloodgood
Partner, Guinn Partners

Sloan Foster
CMO, Kuware

Teri Kelly
Chief Revenue Officer, Valkyrie

Valerie Archer
Partner Development Director, BuildFax

Creative

Amy Weissgarber
Creative Director/Photographer

AprilJo Murphy
Writer and Editor

Ashland Viscosi
Founder, Creatives Meet Business

Emily Leach
Founder, The Freelance Conference

Gracie Arenas Strittmatter
Technical Art Director, EA/BioWare

Jan Bozarth
Chief Creative Officer + Founder, Dreameroo

Kristen Dunn
Graphic Designer + Illustrator, Kristen Dunn Media

Kirtana Banskota
Founder, Banskota Productions

Liz Feezor
Founder and Principal, Liz Feezor Creative

Lizette Resendez
Associate Creative Director, Oracle

Madhavi Rao
Chief Strategy Officer, Valkyrie Intelligence

Melanie Sexton
Learning and Experience Designer, Sonatype

Michu Benaim Steiner
Partner and creative chief, In-House Intl.

Dr. Mickra Hamilton
CEO, Apeiron Zoh Corporation

Roanna Flowers
Program Developer, Strategy & Story

Samantha Soper
Freelance Creative & UX Strategist, WP Developer, Illustrator

Sarabeth Flowers Lewis
Freelance SaaS Copywriter, Lewis Commercial Writing

Sequoyah Johnson
Artist & Teacher

Shannon Lea
Certified Coach, Strengths Strategy, Inc.

Sheana Firth
Principal, Breakaway Graphics LLC

Sheri Graner Ray
Sr. Game Designer

Vana Ash
Designer & Photographer, Vana Ash Creative

Defense Tech

Macon Field
Principal, Macon Strategies | Consultant, National Advanced Mobility Consortium

Samanth Snables
Cofounder, re:3D

Maggie Engler
Lead Data Scientist, Global Disinformation Index

Development and/or Engineering

Alyss Noland
Senior Developer Advocate, Box

Anna Chaney
Engineering Director – Machine Learning, Resideo

Anne Jude Hunt
VP and Head of Product, Medici

Annie Hsieh
Dev Lead, Square Root

Bindiya Mansharamani
Director of Engineering, Rigup

Brandy Keller
Senior Director of Product Management and Product Marketing, Community Brands

Brittany Hicks
Founder, BrightAngle

Candace Ohm
Senior Business Intelligence Developer, DOSH

Caitlin Hudon
Lead Data Scientist, OnlineMedEd

Caroline Gorman
Sr. Product Manager, Dosh

Cheryl Tulkoff
Director of Corporate Quality, National Instruments

Claire Bingham
Software Engineer (Mobile Android), HomeAway

Dana Lachman
Front End Engineer, HomeAway

Dana Vantrease
Hardware Tech Lead, Amazon Web Services

Dianni Ortegon
Product Manager, Khoros

Emily Bartha
Senior Data Scientist, The Zebra

Erin Randall
Principal Coach – Agile, Ad Meliora Coaching

Ezinne Udezue
VP of Product Management, Procore

Ginger Johnson
Principal, GSJohnson PLLC

Giselle Valenzuela Aldridge
Founder, Colossians Consulting

Happiness Garber
Senior Technology Analyst and Design Strategist, City of Austin

Jamy Squillace
Director of Product Management, uShip

Jaya Zenchenko
Principal Data Guru, ZenBusiness PBC

Karen Posada
Senior Front End Engineer, Nav Inc.

Katie McNeil
Software Engineer, Senseye

Kim My Cao
Senior Engineer, Software DevOps & Automation, Dover Fueling Solutions

Krista Goralczyk
Senior Frontend Engineer, The Zebra

Kristen Beane
Product Manager, Rooster Teeth Games

Lydia Guarino
Senior Engineer, data.world

Lynn Riley
CIO, Kilroy Blockchain

Mandy Lowry
Lead Programmer/Co-Founder Black Hive Media

Megan Oertel
Director of Analytics, SyscoLABS

Melissa Eaden
QA Manager, Unity Technologies

Melissa Von Holstein
Senior Product Manager, The Zebra

Molly Mae Potter
Director – Client Engineering Operations, Dell

Muna Hussaini
Senior Manager – DevOps Transformation, PayPal

Mya Pitzeruse
Senior Software Engineer, Indeed.com

Nancy Kinney
Infrastructure Specialist at United States Veterans Corps

Nicole Bryan
VP Product Development, Tasktop Technologies

Numa Dhamani
Machine Learning Engineer, Yonder

Olivia Hayes
Director of Product, FetchMD

Rita Hewitt
Sr. Product Manager, Cvent

Robin Dykema
UI Engineer, Taulia

Robin Reynolds
Senior Director of Product, uShip & Founder, Roots and Revival

Sanchi Srivastava
Data Scientist, Dell Technologies

Sara Inés Calderón
Sr. React Native Engineer, Tribl & musx

Sarah Colby
Reverse Engineering Tool Developer, Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative

Sarah King
Director of Product, Molecula

Siobhan Burch
Software Engineer, HomeAway

Tasha McCarter
Manager of Development, SunPower Corporation

Taylor Barnett
Senior Community Engineer, Transposit

Tess Snider
Owner/Programmer, Hidden Achievement

Tulsi Dharmarajan
SVP Product & Technology, Verb

Wendy LeFevre
Data Science Manager, RigUp

Finance and/or Investing

Claire England
Kauffman Fellow and Early-Stage Investor

Kerry Rupp
General Partner, True Wealth Ventures

Mari Ramirez
Owner/CPA

Meredith Butterfield
Principal Data Scientist, Valkyrie Intelligence

Sara T Brand
Founding General Partner, True Wealth Ventures

Shaydi DeJesus
City Lead & SoGal Austin Lead, Bunker Labs Austin

Tina Cannon
Executive Director, Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce

IT and/or Programming

Angela Mendenhall
Business Systems Engineering, AVP

Danielle Cooper
Software Engineering Manager, Dematic

Emilie Yeager
Director of Product & Software Engineering, Curb

Emily Cogsdill
Senior Data Insight Analyst, HomeAway

Jessica Salinas
Content & Collaboration Manager, Cloudera

Julie Varghese
Digital Product Manager, H-E-B

Magdalena Vial
Sr. Manager, IT Strategy & Business Operations, Forcepoint

Sara Hall
Advisor, Valkyrie Intelligence

Sasha Parsons
Associate Product Manager, Indeed

Spencer Unangst
IT Business Operations, Forcepoint

Marketing and/or Media

Ada Ryland
Earlystage Startup Founder Trainer/Coach

Alexis Davis
Founder, The Content Plug

Alicia Palomares
Digital Marketing Analyst, Kadence Digital

Alix Morrow
Chief Make-It-Happenator at AlixCompany LLC

Amanda Powell
Director of Marketing, DigitalMarketer

Amy Lemen
Product Marketing Manager – Cloud, Blue Prism

Andrea Bridges-Smith
Global Product Marketing Manager, HomeAway

Angelica Erazo
Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Oracle

Annie Thompson
President, Executive Producer, Pen + Prue Productions

Ashley Jennings
Director of Entrepreneurship, College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas

Ashley Malcom
Paid Media Manager, uShip

Becky Trevino
Vice President Product Marketing, Snow Software

Cara Caulkins
Founder and President, Cara Caulkins Communications

Catherine Jewell
Head Coach, The Career Passion Coach

Caroline Gormley
Lifecycle Marketing Strategist, Freelance

Casey Taylor
Analytics Consultant

Cathy Tilton
Founder, Digital Creative

Christa Tuttle
CEO, Launch Marketing

Christina Linnell
Social Media Community Manager, Indeed

Christina Freeman
Director of Product (Marketing Growth), The Zebra

Cristina Oliver
Senior Director of Communications, LCRA

Christy Leger Kirby
Strategy Director, Khoros

Corina Kellam
Director, Omnichannel Strategy, W2O Group

Courtney Lowell
Head of Corporate Communications and PR, Silvercar

Crystal Rivera
Senior Associate, Digital Marketing, Silicon Valley Bank

Crystal Towns
Vice President of Marketing, Feniex Industries

Dakota Lowe
Freelancer and Social Media Manager, Khoros

Dana Marruffo
Freelance PR/Principal BuzzPR

Dana Rygwelski
Director of Communications + Ecosystem, MassChallenge Texas

Dara Quackenbush
Account Executive, Business Wire

Deanna Ramirez
Owner, Marketing & Project Management Agency

Deb Gabor
CEO, Sol Marketing

Donnet Bruce
Integrated Marketing Manager, Freelance

Elisa Leichty
Owner and Digital Marketer, Heavy Fuel

Erica Lanyon
Vice President of Marketing, Zello

Erin Wike
Career Coach & Lecturer, The University of Texas

Fran Harris
CEO, Fran Harris Enterprises, LLC

Grace Lanni
All About That Brand

Haley Martis
Global Event Operations, Dell

Hope Ruiz
Marketing Manager, Duo Security

Hudaina Baig
Account Director, SocialWithin

Jacqueline Riedmann
Vice President, Amoura Productions

Jenn Deering Davis
VP, Global Communications, Content & Brand, Cision

Jenny Magic
Consultant, Convince & Convert

Jenny (Ryan) Ragusa
Head of Product Marketing, data.world

Jodi Bart Holzband
Owner, Classic Bart PR + Communications

Joleen Jernigan
Writer & Social Media Manager, Reach Social Media

Josefina Casati
Consultant

Julie Niehoff
Founder, Distance Learning Media

Kathleen Lucente
Founder & President, Red Fan Communications

Kat Mandelstein
Director of Marketing, PwC

Kelly Rohm
Global Data Center Integration Manager, Dell Financial Services

Kelly Treybig
Videographer

Kelsey Hayenga
Marketing Events Manager, PostUp

Kim Carpenter
Founder, World Changing Women

Kristina Smith-Puerto
Social Selling Program Manager, NetSuite

Lani Dame
Agile Marketing Coach, IBM

Laura Furr
Owner, Lollipop Social Media

Laura Russell
Director of Strategy, Adlucent

Laurie Felker Jones
Founder + CEO, JuceBox Hero

Lauren Mireles
Integrated Marketing Manager, Americas at National Instruments

Leslie Wingo
President/CEO, Sanders\Wingo

Lisa Boe
Senior Marketing Communications and Strategic Design Consultant

Lisa Friedrich
SEO Manager, uShip

Lisa O’Neill
Principal, Breakaway Public Relations

LuAnn Glowacz
Executive Ghostwriter & Chief Word Nerd, WordCove, LLC

Lydia Fiedler
Community and Website Manager

Marcy Comer
VP Marketing, Dosh

Marny Lifshen
Author/Speaker, Marny Lifshen Communications

Mary Ann Azevedo
Reporter, Crunchbase News

Mary Ann Roser
Founder & Chief, Roser Prose, LLC

Meagan Dobson
Coach, Consultant, Marketer and Evangelist, Future of Work

Megan Headley
VP of Research, TrustRadius

Melanie Wise
Principal, MW Marketing Consulting

Melina Moreno
Founder, Social Ads Made Simple

Melinda Garvey
Founder, Austin Woman magazine and On The Dot

Melissa Lopez
Sr. Global Talent Acquisition Specialist, AMD

Meredith Rose Howard
Global Social and Digital Lead, Deloitte

Michael Manning
VP of Marketing, Ebco

Michelle Loughry
VP of Operations + Client Experience, VINE Collective

Michelle Stinson Ross
Marketing Operations Director, Apogee Results

Michelle Williams
Paid Media, Aceable

Molly Gardner
Content Manager, Mutual Mobile

Monica Teredesai
Product Management, ObjectSolutions, Inc.

Nammy Sirur
Cofounder, The 9to5 MisFits and MisFit Communications

Nerissa Sardi
VP of Marketing, Galileo Learning Innovation Camps for Kids

Nichele Lindstrom
Director of Digital, Whole Foods Market

Nicole Beck
PR Manager, The Zebra

Nicole Boynton
Director of Education, Texas National Title

Nicole Cook
Social Media Training, Schmooze Networking

Noreen Vincent
Marketing and Ecommerce Consultant

Pavi S Dinamani
Cofounder, The 9to5 MisFits and MisFit Communications

Piper LeMoine
Web Developer, AT&T Cybersecurity

Rachel Jamail
Site Lead, Facebook

Rachel B. Lee
Sr. Brand Manager, Gartner

Rachel Truair
Director of Global Enterprise Campaigns, Adobe

Rachelle McWright
Social Media Community Manager, Emerson

Samantha Rae Lopez
Social Media Strategist, Khoros

Sarah Boyd
Principal & Marketing Strategist, Confido Marketing

Sarah L Cook
Director of Marketing, Caringo Inc.

Sarah A. Parker
Content Marketing Manager, Cision

Sarah Wong
Social Media Coordinator, The Hollis Co.

Shayda Torabi
Co Founder of RESTART CBD

Shilpa Bakre
Communications Strategist, UT at Austin

Traci Koller Mazurek
Supervisor and Team Lead, Social Media & Digital, INK Communications Co.

Tracy Cooper
Drupal Digital Marketing, SEO, & Analytics, Volacci Marketing

Tzatzil LeMair
Account Director, Sensis

Upasna Gautam
Product Management, CNN/WarnerMedia

Valerie Whitmore
Founder & Director of Marketing, CDKitchen, Inc.

Vickie Flaugher
Founder, Content Enterprises

Wendy Covey
CEO and Co-Founder, TREW Marketing

Whitney Magnuson
Global Head of Social Media & Influencer Marketing, IBM

Yaneli Rubio
Global Product Marketing Manager, HomeAway

Non-Profit and/or Academia

Amanda Myers
Vice President of Product Management, Personify

Amenity Applewhite
Product Manager, City of Austin

Audrey Cisneros
Technical Trainer, IDEA Public Schools

Beverly Hamilton
Principal, Small But Mighty Consulting

Carol Ramsey
Computer Science Manager, UTeach

Estefanita Jaselle Valdez
Instructional Designer, Aceable

Gina Helfrich
Program Officer for Global Technology Programs, Internews

Geeta Shukla
Associate Director of Services, CoPilot powered by College Forward

Kelly Mayberry
Business Consultant, Ngage Live Chat

Leigh Petersen
Business Analyst, HomeAway

Lesley Robinson
COO, CALSO Community Inc. / INCO US

Maggie Cameron
Director of Enterprise Products, Personify

Patty Prado
Project Manager, Leadership Development & Assessment, Dell Medical School

Rachel Kubicki Collins
Chief Development Officer, Marathon Kids

Sarah Ortiz Shields
Executive Director, Austin Tech Alliance

Sylvia Butanda
Deputy Executive Director, Latinitas

Yasmin Diallo Turk
Project Director, HOPE for Senegal

Operations and/or Management

Alexandria Porter
Founder & CEO, Volumer & Underminer Studios

Alora Chistiakoff
President, Firebird Summit

Amanda Kirchem
Technical Program Manager, Cvent

Amy Noack
Customer Success, Olono

Anna Miller
Owner & President, Higher State Technology

Anna Robinson
CEO & Founder, CERESA

Angela Melpolder
Human Resources Generalist, Cvent

Anita Tavakley
Client and Customer Success

Anna Dickerson
Director of Marketing and Operations, The Agent School

Ashley Connell
Founder, Prowess Project

Ashley Perryman
Director of Global Talent Management at Epicor Software

Barbary Brunner
Executive Vice President, Denary LLC

Beth Yehaskel
VP of Customer Success, Jungle Scout

Brooke Olson
Recruiter, Rooster Teeth

Carla Carrasco
Strategy Analyst, Indeed.com

Chelle Honiker
CEO, Athenia Creative, LLC

Chris Benevich
Program Manager, Design Thinking Austin

Christine Bolaños
Freelance Journalist

Clarissa Fuselier
Operations Manager, Bazaarvoice

Courtney Langdon
Knowledge Manager, Q2 eBanking

Cynthia Balusek
VP, Global Customer Support

Deborah Mendelson
CEO, Founder, Bouyant

Deeksha Srinath
Product Experience, CURB, Inc.

Elise Graham Kennedy
Honey & Vinegar, Founder

Fo Neale-May
Vice President, Lending Operations, Kasasa

Heather Le
Cofounder, Candidly

Jami Caruso
Director of Customer Happiness, uShip

Jennifer Haston
Founder, Haston Helping Hands

Jessica Miller-Merrell
CEO, Workology

Kaneisha Grayson
Founder & CEO, The Art of Applying

Katie Stephens
CEO & Founder, MakeCrate

Kelsi Cochran
Head of People, Everlywell

Kristin Steiner
Digital Lifecycle Services Manager, Emerson Automation Solutions

Lani Rosales
COO at The American Genius

Lauren Goldstein
Founder, Golden Key Partnership

Lav Chintapalli
CEO & Leadership Coach, Pathway Power; Founder, Women Leaders Rising

Lindsay Cooper
Senior Project Manager, Handsome

Lisa Andrade
CEO, M33

Lisa Besserman
Head of Program – Incubator, Indeed; CEO & Founder, Startup Buenos Aires

Lisa Novak
Head of talent, data.world

Mandalyn McDaniel
Data Analyst, FEMA

Marisa Goldenberg
CEO, Skyvera

Melissa Arnett
Business Intelligence Program Manager, Oracle

Melissa Moloney
Senior Manager, Accenture

Micaela Eller
Sr Agile Transformation Leader, IBM

Mirrya Huszka
Director of Program Management, Entegris

Mojdeh Gharbi
Co-Owner/VP of Marketing & Operations, Certain Affinity

Monica Cornetti
CEO Sententia Gamification

Nada Lulic
Head of Human Resources and Talent, SpyCloud

Nancy Maxfield-Wilson
Chief Resilience Officer, MyMaxPerformance LLC

Nicole Tanzillo
Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder of CERESA

Oktavia Merazga
Talent Analytics Manager, Hintt

Rebecca Clay
Enterprise Sales Engineer, data.world

Renee Trepagnier
VP Operations, Aunt Bertha

Renee Trudeau
Founder & President, Renee Trudeau

RM Harrison
Career Pivot Consultant

Rachelle Oribio
CEO & Founder at ValorUp

Raechele Greenwald
Founder + CEO, Software Sandbox

Renée Hopkins
Head of Global Workforce Planning & Analytics, Facebook

Sara Canaday
Leadership + keynote speaker, Sara Canaday & Associates

Sarah Figge
Director, Customer Success, Khoros

Sarah Roche
Digital Project Manager, Charles Schwab

Shelley Delayne
Founder, Orange Coworking

Siri Chakka
Co-founder, Reset

Sophia Dozier
Diversity and Inclusion Leader, IBM

Syd Markle
Agile Coach, IBM

Theresa Kushner
Partner, Business Data Leadership

Tracy Hennessy
Director of Delivery, Handsome

Unji Udeshi
Director of Global Customer Marketing, HomeAway

Vaishali Jadhav
Program Manager, Global Manager Development, Indeed

Valerie Figlin
Program/Project Manager, Facebook

Vickie Sokol Evans
Founder, RedCape Co.

Victoria Sherman
Partner/Head of Global Operations, The Lonely Entrepreneur

Vi Nguyen
CEO and cofounder, Homads

Zinni Jha
Business Strategy Lead, Data Optimization, Transunion

Security and/or Tech Law

Cheska Lesaca
Business Operations Analyst, Ethoca/MasterCard

Karen M Landolt
Lecturer, The University of Texas at Austin

Laura Frederick
Senior Counsel, Tesla

Laura Powell
Privacy Director, Indeed

Marissa E Palmer
IT Security Risk & Compliance Analyst, HomeAway

Mary Haskett
CEO & Co-Founder, Blink Identity

Reda Hicks
Founder, GotSpot, Inc.

Sarah Van Sicklen
Commercial Counsel

UX/UI Design and/or Research

Abbey McCoy
CEO/CXO, AbbeyXD

Addy RuthSr. Front End Web Design/Developer, Strive Logistics

Alex O’Neal
Principal UX Designer, Infor

Alyssa Hess
Lead Researcher, UX Measurement & Foundations, HomeAway

Anna Krachey
Senior Experience Designer, Handsome

Annette Neu
UX Principal, InStride

Annette Priest
President, Revel Insight

Annie Hardy
Senior Experience Design Visioneer, Cisco

April Wright
UX Designer, Blackbaud

Bethany Sonefeld
Lead Product Designer, Cloudflare

Céline Thibault
Researcher and Designer, Handsome

Denise Heebner
UX & Interaction Designer, IBM

Emily Sue Tomac
Research Manager, TrustRadius

Erin Young
Founder and Principal Architect, Slide UX

Hailey Farris
Experience Designer, HomeAway

Harib Massu
UX Content Strategist, Charles Schwab

Jane Jones
UX Research Operations Manager, The Zebra

Jenn Lindeman
UX Designer, Silvercar

Jennifer Houlihan
Freelance UX Designer & Researcher

Jess Moss
Sr. Experience Designer, projekt202

Jessica Steinbomer
Author and Researcher, Progress UX Research

Jessica Sustaita
Senior UX Research, HomeAway

Joie Chung
Design Lead, HomeAway

Kati Presley
Head of UX, Rocksauce Studios

Krystal Webber
Global Design & Strategy Leader, IBM Blockchain Services, IBM

Laura Trujillo
Content Strategist, City of Austin

Lauren Golembiewski
CEO & Co-founder, Voxable

Leslie Harris
Visual Designer, T3

Marla Erwin
UX/UI Product Design Manager, Charles Schwab

Mary Hannah Duhon
Interaction Designer, Handsome

Megan Johns
Owner, Astire Games & Professor at University of Texas

Melissa Lau
UX Design, Self Employed

Samantha Saenz
UX Content Strategist & Copywriter

Sameera Kapila
Design Director, thoughtbot

Sarah Kettles
Director of Research, The Zebra

Selina Martinez
Senior Product Owner, Quest Software

Shadeequa (Dee) Miller, Ph.D.
Independent Consultant, Dawn Specialty Consulting

Sharon Brener
Director of User Experience, data.world

Tori Breitling
Product Designer, City of Austin

Zoha Shafiq
Experience Designer, HomeAway

Methodology Notes:– We opted out of using pictures because this is not about appearances, rather skill.- This is not an awards show, these are people who filled out a simple form indicating their interest. – We asked for LinkedIn profiles rather than transient social media profiles or websites that may not remain up to date.

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Mary Pustejovsky

    February 24, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    How do we go about being added? I am a Senior Technical Product Manager and I’m happy to speak at events.

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Slack is adding a synchronous audio chat room feature similar to what Clubhouse already has. While not everyone is happy about it, the addition is true to Slack’s ongoing form—if a little redundant.

Slack’s audio rooms would work similarly to Clubhouse’s current feature of the same persuasion. The rooms themselves would be ongoing for as long as they were open, and users would be able to drop in and out of calls at their leisure, even joining the conversation when permitted by the host or settings. In theory, it’s a cool way to round out Slack’s platform and make for yet another way for people to engage during the work day.

But not everyone is stoked about the addition. Pocketnow’s Nadeem Sarwar makes a strong point about the redundancy of adding a Clubhouse feature to the already-packed Slack deck: “…from a regular remote worker’s perspective, I’d rather use services such as Telegram, Discord, or Google Meet that we’ve grown accustomed to using for jumping into a group call with my teammates.”
“…[T]he need for audio chatrooms to get in a chaotic chat with colleagues, with whom you already chat over work and share memes five days a week, doesn’t make much sense,” he adds.

Sarwar also references research about remote meeting fatigue from Stanford and The Washington Post, positing that—since video conferences are already played out at this point—adding another quasi-conference option to Slack doesn’t serve much of a purpose.

He isn’t wrong. There are multitudinous conference options on the market now, many of which are free. One could argue that Slack, having marketed itself as a text-first communication hub, has no business entering the audio chat landscape.

That argument falls on its face when you consider Slack’s model—something both Sawar and the Slack CEO himself mention—involves “stealing” and implementing “good ideas” from others in order to make their own platform as comprehensive as possible. If one is able to use Slack for the majority of tasks that Google, Discord, and Clubhouse offer, that makes the platform a lot more attractive to users who are on the fence.

And, perhaps more importantly, it ensures that current users won’t migrate to a comparable platform in the future—especially if their colleagues are making the same choice.

It’s a smart move for Slack, especially given Clubhouse’s lack of Android support at this time—something Clubhouse has said probably still won’t launch for a couple of months.

The Clubhouse team, for their part, continues to add new features in efforts to maintain the platform’s upward mobility. One such feature is the option for paid subscriptions to content creators, allowing for people to monetize their presence on the platform. At the time of this writing, Clubhouse is valued at around $1 billion.

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An industry first: IBM launches quantum developer certification program

(TECH NEWS) Developers with quantum computing skills can now prove they’ve mastered the subject with IBM’s first-ever Quantum Developer Certification.

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Last week, IBM announced its first-ever developer certification for programming quantum computers, which is also the quantum industry’s first.

“Our team is extremely proud to be able to offer the first-ever quantum developer certification,” a company blog post read. “We hope its availability will provide a valuable learning path for developers and stakeholders looking to prepare themselves for quantum computing in the future.”

The IBM Quantum Developer Certification focuses on IBM’s software tools, specifically Qiskit, their open-source software development kit for quantum computing. Launched in 2017, Qiskit already has over 600,000 installs. And, it’s being used by developers to develop apps, improve code, and participate in hackathons and summer schools.

While the Quantum Developer Certification is the only quantum certification IBM offers now, it won’t be the last. IBM says it is “the first of several in a series of certifications.” This is part of the company’s quantum development roadmap to build a “diverse, global, cloud-based ecosystem of developers who can bring quantum computing skills to their own communities and industries.”

Offered through the Pearson VUE platform, the Quantum Developer Certification exam is 60 questions long. The exam will test a developer’s competency in the fundamentals of quantum computing concepts. Also, it will examine if a person can use Qiskit SDK from the Python programming language to “create and execute quantum computing programs on IBM quantum computers and simulators.”

This certification is exciting for the quantum community because it will officially demonstrate a person’s mastery of quantum computing. And, for the most part, I think most of us can agree that certifying your skills looks good on resumes, and it shows employers you’re serious about your career. However, getting one can be costly. Currently, IBM doesn’t have any scholarships in place, but they say they are working on rolling one out to those who are interested in getting certified.

Along with the certification, IBM is also supporting educators to prepare the future quantum workforce. They are giving educators access to IBM Quantum tools through their Quantum Educators Program and semester-long quantum computing course, Introduction to Quantum Computing and Quantum Hardware, and its free Qiskit digital textbook.

According to a report, quantum computing is predicted to become a $65 billion industry by 2030, and IBM wants to help companies “get their workforce quantum ready” for when it does.

“With our IBM Quantum Developer Certification, IBM Quantum is offering a path for people with all development backgrounds to earn a certification in programming with Qiskit, allowing them to leverage their quantum coding skills into a potential opportunity in this exciting new workforce,” the company blog post read.

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