Ever since Ada Lovelace wrote the first computer software, women have been smashing it as technologists — but they haven’t always been given the recognition they deserved.
When we started White October Events, one of our aims was to put on tech conferences that were truly representative and inclusive. Over the last few years we’ve welcomed some amazing and inspiring women to our conference stages, so we’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for sharing their knowledge and experience with us.
Here are just a few:
Lara is one half of Wherewithall, a consultancy she founded with Deepa Subramaniam. Lara has spoken at a number of our conferences, and will be joining us again at The Lead Developer in New York later this year. She champions performance as an integral part of a users’ experience, and helps speakers become more confident up on stage. She’s inspiring, funny and a force to be reckoned with.
The other half of Wherewithall, Deepa champions data-driven design iteration, achieving high-velocity team output in fast-paced environments and building collaboration and joy into company culture. Deepa was a principal Product Lead on CreativeCloud for Adobe, worked with charity:water, before becoming Director of Product at Hillary for America and then VP of Product and Design at Kickstarter. Deepa will also be speaking at The Lead Developer in New York and we can’t wait to be inspired by her!
Mina is a White October Events veteran: she spoke at Render last year and The Lead Developer in Austin just last week. Drawing on her experience of working with Hillary for America, Mina spoke about using your time and skills to affect social change. You can watch Mina’s talk about working on the campaign and creating the best named design system ever, ‘Pantsuit’ here.
Julia is Head of Infrastructure Engineering at Slack where she has built the team from 10 to 60+. At The Lead Developer in Austin last week, Julia shared her huge wealth of knowledge in a fantastic talk about how to build strong, successful teams. Julia’s own success stems from her ability to bridge the gap between engineering and business, and we hope to welcome her back to a White October Events conference again soon.
Kara is a software engineer at Google and a regular at AngularConnect. Prior to Google, Kara built UI components in Angular for guest management systems at OpenTable. As well as being hugely knowledgeable, Kara live codes like no one else.
Meri is CTO at MOO, an internationally known speaker, author and the co-curator and chair of The Lead Developer conference. We literally couldn’t do it without her. Meri is passionate about technology, coaching and mentoring. She is an inspiration, a great source of industry knowledge and we feel very privileged to work with her!
Duretti is a senior engineer at Slack and avid podcaster. She spoke at The Lead Developer way back in 2016 about fostering excellent working environments and cultures with minimally felt process. Duretti is constantly thinking of ways to humanise engineering and believes there’s real strength in fostering soft skills within teams.
Watch the video: How do you get an engineering team to eat their vegetables?
Follow her on twitter: @duretti
Check out her podcast
Una is an international public speaker, technical writer, open source advocate, and the Director of Product Design at Bustle Digital Group in New York City. She will be speaking at Render later this month about the past, present and future of CSS. You can follow Una’s thoughts on front end development and design over on her blog.
Angie is a Senior Automation Engineer at Twitter, and a prolific inventor. She spoke at our Selenium conference in London on how to get automation included in your definition of done. Day to day, she helps scrum teams integrate automation process and strategies into their practices. Angie is also an inventor, known for her innovative, out-of-the-box thinking style which has resulted in more than 20 patented inventions.
Watch the video: How to Get Automation Included in Your Definition of Done
Follow her on twitter: @techgirl1908
Check out her website
Leonie is Communications Director & Principal Engineer at The Paciello Group. She is a passionate and prolific speaker about web standards, accessibility mechanics, and pushing the boundaries of inclusive design. We’re looking forward to her speaking about accessibility and performance at DeltaV in May.
If you’re thinking about speaking at any of our conferences, we’d love to hear from you! We welcome new and experienced speakers alike: we’re happy to help with your CFP submission, and can arrange speaker coaching if you’d like. We cover all our speakers’ travel, accommodation and expenses.
Tempted? Find out when all our CFPs open over on our website.