Webinar #8 - 'Shifting Mindsets, Attracting Talent and a Culture of Integrity'
Join us for another meaningful and empowering panel discussion acknowledging that even though the DevOps industry is progressive, there is more work done to achieve a true inclusive workforce. An opportunity to amplify influential black voices in technology to discuss experiences, strategies and celebrate achievements.
- Siobhan Baker - Software Engineer and Leadership Team at Coding Black Females (Chair)
- Rihanna Kedir - Software Engineer
- Rianne Lewis - Associate Software Engineer at News UK
- Gbemisola Ojo - Senior Cloud DevOps Engineer at Accenture UK
Siobhan first entered tech in 2017 as the Community Manager for a UK social enterprise aiming to get more women into the industry. Whilst there she scaled their community offering almost threefold - delivering over 200 activities including free coding courses. She left just over a year later to pursue a coding internship, which pivoted her into full-stack software development at 8th Light. Outside of work, Siobhan volunteers with Coding Black Females on their leadership team. She is also actively questioning how to blend her interests in art, philosophy, and coding.
Rihanna is a Software Engineer and crafter from Ethiopia, Italy. Rihanna is a women tech-makers ambassador as well as a GDG lead and Google developer expert in Web, Dart, and Flutter. Prior to starting her career in tech, Rihanna worked for four years as an accountant while taking courses in Art and Fashion Design. She eventually began working as a Fashion Accessory designer but soon after, felt compelled to pursue a degree in Computer Science. Her past working experiences and creativity led to her passion for web and mobile technologies. Rihanna strongly believes in the importance of sharing knowledge and experience; in her free time, she volunteers as a mentor and often organises various events such as hackathons and tech-conferences.
Gbemisola is a Senior Cloud DevOps Engineer from Accenture UK with vast experience managing cloud infrastructures in AWS and automating software development process using Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment pipelines. Gbemisola is also a Certified Apache Cassandra Database Administrator. She has a bachelor's and master's degree in Mechanical Engineering; her strong passion for technology and an appetite for life-long learning was the reason she chose a career in Technology. Gbemisola developed programming skills independently and continues to gain new sets of skills through practical projects, constantly expanding her capacity in the IT industry.
Hailing from the multicultural metropolis of London, Rianne Lewis is an Associate Software Engineer. Her career pivoted into DevOps after completing the 12-week intensive programme and passing the AWS Cloud Practitioner exam, she successfully interviewed at News UK.
Seven months in as a Software Engineer, Rianne’s day to day tasks involves finding solutions from a Systems Engineer perspective. This includes, managing the infrastructure that different teams build their apps on through AWS. Outside of work, Rianne is a music enthusiast.
- Hayley Killengrey - Host and Chair at Women in DevOps
- Annie Barnett - DevOps Engineer at EA
- Christine Meynard - Development Manager at Riot Games
- Shelby Moledina - Co-Founder, COO, and Game Director for Double Loop Games
- Aurelie Le Chevalier - Lead Programmer at Thunder Lotus Games
- Jola Bolaji - Product Manager at Tic Toc Games
Annie Barnett has 6 years' experience working in the technology industry in a variety of roles including test, test leadership, programming, level 3 support and DevOps. She moved to the games industry at the end of 2018 to follow her passion of bringing joy to others. She supports a number of titles within the Need for Speed franchise as a DevOps Engineer with Need for Speed Heat being her first released title. She spends most of her free time playing with her two rabbits, cross-stitching and playing World of Warcraft.
Christine Meynard has been in the technology industry for over 25 years and in 2019 stepped into the gaming industry as a Development Manager at Riot Games. Over the course of 25 years, she has held positions in all areas of the SDLC including Senior Software Engineer, Development Manager, Engineering Manager, and Director. She has worked on HR Cognitive Skills applications, U.S Government Election Voting Applications, and Game Deployment Pipelines, and Continuous Improvements. Christine is a strong believer in continuous education and has several Agile certifications. She has a passion for assisting other women with achieving their technology career goals through coaching, mentoring, and outreach programs such as Girls Who Code. Christine lives in LA with her two dogs (Sophie and Tyler). Outside of work, she enjoys researching and programming VR/AR applications, 3D printing, playing live music, and riding her motorcycle.
Shelby Moledina is co-founder, COO, and Game Director for Double Loop Games. She has over 18 years of experience in the games industry, serving as Gameplay Engineer, Designer, Executive Producer, Head of Monetization, and Director of Product. She has shipped over 25 games of almost every genre and platform, at Pipeworks, ROBLOX, DeNA, and Warner Bros. She is currently leading development on a new, unannounced mobile title at Double Loop Games. She loves playing RPGs, taking naps, and cuddling cute things.
Aurelie Le Chevalier
Aurelie Le Chevalier is a lead programmer with over 8 years of experience in the games industry. She spent over 6 years at Ubisoft Montreal, working on titles like 'Child of Light' and 'For Honor' as a gameplay/AI programmer and then as a programming team lead. She is now working at Thunder Lotus Games as the lead programmer on an announced project. She loves teaching and has dreams of starting her own games studio someday. As a hobby, she hits people with foam swords and competes in trollball tournaments.
Jola Bolaji has been the product manager at Tic Toc Games for four years where, despite being KPI and data-driven, her motto has always been “players first”. With Tic Toc Games, she has had the opportunity to ship game titles such as Smurfs Bubble Story and Funko Pop! Blitz with publisher partners such as Disney, Sony & NBC Universal. Her favorite part of her job is the day-to-day management of live operations.
After a last-minute logistical dilemma and a quick venue change, we held our first Women in DevOps of the decade in collaboration with Monzo. We would just like to say a huge thank you to our community, speakers, and team for bearing with us and enabling the evening to happen. Ironically, we had no technology at one of our biggest technology events, but the spirit and support of our community enabled us to pull through and have a successful evening.
You can expect an engaging panel discussion and lightning talk, so get your questions at the ready! We will provide complimentary food, drinks and the opportunity to network with other ambitious DevOps leaders.
This is an event open to ALL to attend so tell your friends, colleagues and fellow DevOps lovers.
Therese Stowell from Pivotal Software, Inc. answered questions specifically on transforming from software engineering to product management, and how Pivotal is transforming the way the world builds software. Ola Berjak and Gulfem Demir offered discussions regarding backups and restoring data crashes (and how DevOps isn’t rocket science!) Finally, Elina Lobanova gave insightful, empowering ideas on how we should work towards equality in technology.
This is an event open to ALL to attend.
We will be providing complimentary food, drinks and the opportunity to network with market leading experts. Come and join our open and inclusive community and feel inspired to become the DevOps leaders of the future.
The talks will be touching on DevOps, Cloud, Migration and Kubernetes from various different perspectives. We will be announcing the speakers shortly. We will be providing complimentary food and drinks.
There will be a series of discussions on the trials, tribulations and triumphs of women in DevOps. Discussing technical experiences that others had witnessed during their careers with a panel Q&A after the talks.
A balanced workforce drives innovation and we believe that businesses need to do more than attract and retain women into their communities, we exist to bridge that gap.
We will be providing complimentary food and drinks. So join us to be inspired, engaged and empowered. This is a free event for all to attend.
The world has made progress on the problem of gender inequality, however, inequality is still a global issue. A balanced workforce drives innovation and we believe that businesses need to do more than attract and retain women into their communities, we exist to bridge that gap.
This week we teamed up with Cloudreach for a special 'Balance for Better' International Women's Day 2019 collaboration. The event showcased three diverse technical talks from Leigh Dixon, Tania Ash, Idelkys Quintana Ramirez and Ariane G. We'd like to say a special thank you to our speakers, attendees, co-hosts and community for enabling us to have another inspiring and empowering evening. Cloudreach and KPMG are great examples of tech organizations that are empowering women.
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Nestled behind the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, you'll find Facebook's HQ and our most recent Women in DevOps meetup collaboration. Facebook's mission is: give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. A mission we’re keen to collaborate on by bringing the DevOps community together.
The evening was another successful evening, with speakers including:
- Charlie de Courcy and Mariano Vecchioli - Cloud Consultant Lead, at Google
- Amy Phillips - Engineering Manager, at Moo
- Maria Koukou - Head of Analytics - Maersk
Our speakers all brought completely different elements within DevOps to the table. Discussing leanings, tools and technologies and allowing for a truly insightful evening, celebrating and empowering women in technology.
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"Thank you all for your efforts in putting together such an awesome event. You should all be very proud!"
After an incredible summer which kicked off our biggest event yet, we took Women in DevOps to the astounding PhotoBox HQ in Farringdon for our first ever panel discussion with Refinery29, Inc. In this very busy and hectic world, we appreciate all attendees for taking the time to join us in Central London last night. We also thank you for your engaging, inspirational conversation, and the sharing of your ideas and expertise. Your energy and enthusiasm was catching and we were thrilled with our speakers Emily McDonald from Refinery29, Inc., Amanda Colpoys from Moonpig, Simon Martin from Facebook, Laura Herrera from CBRE and Annelies Valk from Vodafone. With special thanks to our hosts PhotoBox for providing us with a night to remember!
"Loved every second of it! Keep it up and I'll be forever happy"
The sun was out, with picturesque cityscape views of London from Expedia Group’s vibrant rooftop offices, which created the perfect Women in DevOps setup for our Summer Edition - Part One event. This was our second Women in DevOps event, and what a great turnout we had! Thank you to all who attended with guest speakers including Jessica Falks from Improbable, Stefania Chaplin from Sonatype and Dimple Dalby from comparethemarket.com.
Jessica Falks talked about what it’s like to work with Improbable and DevOps internships opportunities, Stefania Chaplin spoke about a solution project she has implemented with Sonatype and Dimple Dalby gave her insight on different secret management tools she uses as a Senior DevOps Engineer at ComparetheMarket.com.
The evening allowed for engaging, informative and empowering discussion on all things related to DevOps. The energy and enthusiasm of the audience was catching, and we believe our second Women in DevOps event to be an absolute success. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and hosts Expedia Group for providing us with a night to remember!
"It was perfect! Thank you all for your efforts in putting together such an awesome event. You should all be very proud!"
This was our first Women in DevOps guest speaker event, hosted and sponsored by Improbable. Our speakers for the evening were Software Engineer, Keeley Erhards from Improbable, Software Engineer, Dimple Dalby from Deliveroo and Engineering Leader, Jessica Leigh Jones from Sony.
The event is open to ALL to attend and was a great event. Keeley explored Improbable's experience bringing OpenTracing to all services that run in our infrastructure—tracing everything from gRPC & HTTP requests to backend DB calls. Dimple's talk covered amusing parallels between her dev and dance lives, and aims to share a few of these in her talk "A Great Performance; what dancers can teach us about developing for scale." Jessica gave an inspirational talk on her road to success and what she had to overcome as a woman in a male-dominant industry.
"Brilliant. Unlike most DevOps meetups there wasn’t a single line of code. Just, purely useful insights and views. Very refreshing. Thank You."