Speakers

Rupa Dachere

Founder and Executive Director of codechix.org

Rupa Dachere is the Founder and Executive Director of CodeChix, a 501©3 charitable non-profit dedicated to the Education, Advocacy and Mentorship of women engineers in industry. She is a Senior Member of Technical Staff at her day job at VMware. Rupa has been a software engineer and tinkerer for decades and loves to learn new technologies/skills and share her knowledge with others.  She is also an Advisor at the Stanford Engineering-For-Good program.

A recognized speaker and panelist at PyCon, OSCON, Grace Hopper Conference and several international conferences, Rupa is known for her straight talk about the challenges that women face in the tech industry and her dedication to addressing the retention issue through her programs at CodeChix and her unique annual technical conference, DevPulseCon which focuses on open source. Rupa attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for her Computer Science degree and is the recipient of awards from the IEEE and ABI. Learn more about her at rupadachere.com.

Nithya Ruff

Board of Directors, Diversity and Inclusion, CodeChix

Nithya A. Ruff is the senior director for Comcast’s Open Source Strategy practice. Nithya first glimpsed the power of open source while at SGI in the ‘90s and has been building bridges between hardware developers and the open source community ever since. Previously, she created and managed Western’s Digital’s Open Source office and has held leadership positions at Wind River (an Intel company), Synopsys, Avaya, Tripwire, and Eastman Kodak. Nithya has been a passionate advocate for opening doors to new people in open source for many years and has promoted diverse ways of contributing to open source projects. She is coleader of the Women of OpenStack (WOO) group and a liaison into the OpenStack Foundation. Her work has included partnering with NCWIT on a Male Allies Workshop and panel and serving as a mentor at OpenStack. She is also a sponsor of the Women in Open Source (WIOS) Lunch at the Linux Foundation and an active leader of WIOS, advocating for reducing barriers for women and underrepresented minorities.   Her writing on open source and best practices for increasing diversity has appeared in Light ReadingHuffington PostOpensource.com, and the San Jose Business Journal_. You can often find her on social media promoting dialogue on diversity and open source. In recognition of her work in open source both on the business and community side, Nithya was named to _CIO Magazine’s most influential women in open source list.  Nithya holds an MS in computer science from NDSU and an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School. She lives in the Bay Area and is a proud mother of two daughters.

Jeeyun Lim

Jeeyun is a software engineer at VMware and a core contributing member to the Clarity open source project.

Rachel Thomas

Rachel Thomas is a co-founder of fast.ai and helped create the free Practical Deep Learning for Coders MOOC, which 50,000 students have taken.  She is also a researcher-in-residence at USF Data Institute, where she teaches a course on numerical linear algebra to Masters of Analytics students. Rachel has a  PhD in mathematics from Duke and has previously worked as a quant in energy trading, a data scientist/engineer at Uber, and a senior instructor at Hackbright. She is a popular writer on data science and diversity in tech, and her writing has made the front page of Hacker News (4x); front page of Medium (2x); been included in newsletters by O’Reilly, Fortune, CrunchBase, & MatterMark; and been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, & Chinese.

Mansi Narula

Mansi Narula is a Senior Data Architect in eBay as part of Commerce Data Infrastructure Team. She has more than 15 years of experience in Data Architecture Space. She has worked in Yahoo, Virgin Mobile, SBC and Hewlett Packard in the past. She has previously published a paper on “A Middle Approach to Schema Design in OLTP Applications” She has previously presented at NOCOUG Fall Conference 2014 on “Database Platform Selection Tool” and has presented internally at eBay Women in Technology on Cassandra and has delivered many Data Architecture related Brown bags to eBay developers in the past.

 

Ricky Trigalo

Ricky brings fifteen years of experience in storage and visualization industry, including diverse roles, such as: product management, system and solution architect, development engineer and customer and partner relationship management. In the last eighteen months, Ricky led the development and product management of an incubation (XLR8) project with VMware OCTO in the Cloud Management domain. Before VMware, Ricky was Director of Virtualization Solution Architecture in Diablo Technologies, designing solutions for Mission Critical Applications with low latency Flash on Memory devices and before Diablo, she was Sr. Product Manager with SANRAD.

 

 

Elizabeth K. Joseph

Elizabeth K. Joseph is a Developer Advocate at Mesosphere focused on DC/OS. Previously, she spent four years as a systems engineer on the OpenStack Infrastructure team and six years on the Ubuntu Community Council. She is the author of Common OpenStack Deployments and The Official Ubuntu Book, 8th and 9th editions. At home in San Francisco, she sits on the Board of Directors for Partimus.org, a non-profit providing Linux-based computers to schools and community centers.

 

Gloria W

With 20+ years of embedded systems, system admin, dev-ops and software experience, Gloria brings a long and interesting perspective to any talk. She has freelanced for much of her career, working for the Library of Congress, Motorola, iMentor, and many start-ups and mid-sized companies, wearing many hats, and adding successful projects to her vast and varied experience. 

Amanda Blevins

Amanda Blevins, Chief Technologist in the Office of the CTO, ensures our solutions meet our customers’ expectations for quality and functionality through customer intimacy, field engagement, and unifying R&D. She provides transparency to VMware customers around our vision and strategy as well as Office of the CTO innovation. Amanda also focuses on Emerging Technologies within and outside of VMware. She has helped numerous large organizations with IT and Digital Transformation. Amanda is widely respected for her technical knowledge and business acumen. Amanda has enjoyed the technology industry for over twenty years. She studied Computer Science at Vanderbilt University while playing Division I soccer. Through the years her path included various engineering, architectural, and leadership roles to support lines of business in many industries including retail, manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial services, service providers, information, technology, media, energy, transportation, and the Department of Defense. In these global organizations Amanda was responsible for designing and implementing the technology strategy to support worldwide operations and to grow lines of business.

 

Michelle Ho

Michelle got her BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering. Although her fundamental degree is in EE, her knowledge and work experience has ranged from defense missiles, device physics/silicon fabrication, to ASIC verification. She seems to have not made up her mind yet, with interest in a new field every few years. Currently she is interested in cybersecurity and has been on the pursuit of figuring out how to get from being a hardware engineer to a software engineer. Taking small steps in the transition, she is making her way through the ever changing career journey. Michelle currently works for Intel.

 

Christine Lu

Christine is a Solutions Engineering Manager at Facebook where she gets to spend her days working with clients and simultaneously writing code that impacts 5M advertisers on Facebook’s platform. She started her career pursuing both business and technology roles and has landed in this unique team. She now leads the team’s efforts working with Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) across Facebook and is tacking challenges scaling out personalized 1:1 customer recommendations to an SMB business model.

 

Dil Ibrahim

Dil leads the Solutions Engineering team in North America and has been with Facebook just short of 5 years. Dil has 3 distinct responsibilities, top advertisers on Facebook, Small and medium businesses and Measurement.Solutions Engineering is an external facing team of engineers that works to deliver more value to advertisers using technology. This team works on the cutting edge of business and technology to architect solutions that are leveraged by a large customer base to get the most out of Facebook marketing. Solutions that the team has helped build many ads products at scale. The team also works as the CTO for an advertiser’s marketing teams providing technical consultation & guidance and also works with the Marketing ecosystem that includes Facebook Marketing Partners & Measurement Partners. Prior to Facebook, Dil held engineering leadership roles in Silicon Valley, started her own company to develop mobile apps and holds a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science.

 

Rituparna Mukhergee

Rituparna is a Solutions Engineer at Facebook where she spends her time working with clients and writing code to that impacts Facebook’s Marketing API developers. She completed her Masters in Computer Science from Columbia University and wanted to work in a team where she would get a chance to understand business and apply technology to better these businesses and that’s how she became a part of this team. Currently she is working on understanding the marketing developer ecosystem, identifying the challenges that developers face in using our platform and improving the platform to help these developers become successful marketing partners.

 

Yanxi Pan

Yanxi is a software engineer at Facebook. She is responsible for ads optimization via machine learning technologies. She built a personalized product recommendation system for dynamic ads which significantly improved the ads quality and value. Passionate about machine learning and data mining. Prior to joining Facebook, she graduated from Columbia University with a master's degree in Computer Science.

 

Emanuel Strauss

Emanuel Strauss supports Facebook’s Business Integrity efforts, building the machine learning systems used to detect and remove low quality content that violates Facebook’s policies. Emanuel obtained his PhD in Particle Physics from Stony Brook University and spent several years doing research at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN prior to transitioning to industry. His current work combines machine learning with human-assisted computation to ensure a high-quality user experience across Facebook’s various surfaces, such as Ads, Pages, Groups, and Commerce.