Michael Lopp is a veteran Silicon Valley-based engineering leader who builds both people and product at historic companies such as Borland, Netscape, Palantir, Pinterest, and Apple. While he’s not deeply worrying about staying relevant, he writes about backpacks, bridges, people, leadership, and werewolves at the popular weblog, Rands in Repose. He currently works as the VP of Product Engineering at Slack in San Francisco where he’s furiously working on reinventing work.
Lara is an author, public speaker, and coach for managers and leaders across the tech industry. As a founder of Wherewithall, Lara and her team run workshops, roundtables, and trainings on core management skills like delivering great feedback and setting clear expectations. Before Wherewithall, Lara spent a decade growing emerging leaders as the VP of Engineering at Kickstarter and an Engineering Director at Etsy. She champions management as a practice, building fast websites, and celebrating your achievements with donuts (and sometimes sushi).
Bryan Helmkamp is the founder and CEO of Code Climate, where he helps software development teams improve code quality. Over the past six years, Code Climate has helped thousands of organizations improve their code review workflows and ship better code in less time. Prior to Code Climate, Bryan was CTO at Efficiency 2.0, a company focused on using science to help people lower their energy use, and also an engineer at Gilt Groupe. He has given talks on software engineering principles and practices around the world. Bryan co-authored the book “Service Oriented Design with Ruby” and also “The RSpec Book”.
Ale is the Head of Engineering at Code Climate where she helps engineering leaders with actionable metrics. With over 9 years of technical experience, she is passionate about growing an inclusive team and help foster an environment where everyone can grow their skills, do their best work, build resilient and scalable systems and deliver impactful solutions. Also, Ale is one of the founders of Latinas in Tech NYC.
Ushashi Chakraborty is a Director of Engineering for Backend Engineering at Mode Analytics in San Francisco. She moved to California in October 2018 from Chicago where she worked in Groupon for 5 years as an Engineering Manager for Consumer Applications and before that as a Software Development Engineer in Test. She has also worked in Microsoft and Thomson Reuters. She holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from North Dakota State University. Ushashi has been involved with theater since high school and, especially, with improv since 2015. She is a Second City Training Center, Chicago alumni and has performed improv, sketch and stand up across several small theaters in Chicago.
Mike is an NYC-based engineering leader who's worked in a variety of domains, including energy management systems, bond pricing, high-performance computing, and agile consulting. Currently he's at Pivotal as the VP of Engineering, where he's growing the people and the organization who build Pivotal Cloud Foundry a tool built for deploying and operating modern applications. Mike is also an active member of the Ruby open-source community, where as a maintainer of a few popular libraries he occasionally still gets to code.
Christina is Co-founder and CEO of Vanta, a YC-backed security and compliance startup. Previously, she worked as Dropbox Paper's Lead PM, cofounded a mobile startup, and started her career in venture at Union Square Ventures. In her spare time, she reads books, runs in circles, and cooks Sunday dinners for friends.
Juan Pablo is the VP of Engineering at Splice.com. He's spent the last 10 years building effective distributed engineering teams and Latin-American open-source software communities. When not in meetings, he listens to hardcore punk. He was born in Bogotá, lives in New York and loves empanadas.
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