We here at MotherCoders are real lucky to be rollin' deep in a community of industry experts that are women. These technologists help our students succeed by volunteering as guest speakers, lecturers, and web development and design coaches. (And yes, many of them are moms themselves!)
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Sheri Atwood is the Founder & CEO, SupportPay by Ittavi. She is a former Silicon Valley executive, a single mom & a child of a bad divorced. She married at 19, completed undergrad in 3 yrs, finished her MBA 10 days before her child was born, while working full time, divorced at 25 & was the youngest Vice President at Symantec. Wanting to change the world and help millions of parents and children worldwide she left corporate America to start her technology company. She is energetic, resourceful & lives by the motto "Don't talk about it, be about it!"
You can find Sheri on Twitter @sheriatwood.
Topic: Web Development
Shannon Burns is a developer, speaker and social justice advocate. In her efforts to fight the gender inequity in tech, she founded Hacking for Women, the first forward-funded scholarship program for women in coding. Currently, Shannon is traveling around the world speaking on topics such as imposter syndrome and test driven development. She's also an artist, singer, and mentor to many aspiring coders in the Bay Area.
You can find Shannon on Twitter at @karishannon.
Topic: Startups & Health Tech
Kathy Bellevin is Co-Founder and COO of Wildflower Health, a mobile health engagement platform for improving healthcare quality and lowering medical costs. Their first program, Due Date Plus, the first smart phone-enabled maternity program for health plan members.
Kathy has 15 years of broad experience in leadership roles for start-ups and enterprises across healthcare, retail, media and sustainability. With a focus on general management, product marketing, strategy and design, Kathy has led teams for diverse brands such as Medco, Time Warner, Martha Stewart, Sephora, NBC, and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Kathy is also a mom of 2 boys.
You can find Kathy on Twitter at @bellevin.
Topic: Web Development Coach
Charmaine Chan is an Assistant Technical Director at Industrial Light and Magic who's worked on films such as Transformers, Mission Impossible, and Harry Potter. She has a background in photography and post production and taught herself scripting and programming. Before entering the visual effects industry, Charmaine did motion graphics at Deluxe Digital Studios and freelanced web development on the side. She is an enthusiast of art and technology and loves anything that merges these two traditionally opposite applications.
Topic: Career-Mapping Coach
Karen is a leadership coaching and consultant who's helping the next generation of women reach their career goals in tech. Having achieved professional success while becoming mom to two kids, she's now paying it forward.
A software engineer determined to have it all, Karen was a vice president at Adobe Systems, where she led corporate-wide product globalization, software security, and other cross company functions while reporting to the CTO. While there, she co-founded the “Adobe & Women” initiative, dedicated to attracting, retaining, and providing career development opportunities for women. After Adobe, Karenbecame CEO of Athentica, an early-stage startup in online learning.
Karen is on the Board of Directors of The CLUB, an incubator of women leaders, mentors young women in the Women’s Launch Pad at Brown University, and serves on the Advisory Board for MentorNet, an organization that provides mentoring for STEM students. She also enjoys speaking at women’s leadership conferences and writing for Women 2.0, Fast Company Labs, Inc., Femgineer. In addition, Karen publishes Use Your Inside Voice, a blog about the intersection of leadership and parenting, and partners with Femgineer to deliver workshops and talks that help women in tech level up in their careers.
You can find Karen on Twitter at @kecatlin.
Ina Yosun Chang
Topic: Developing for Google Glass
Yosun is an ardent technologist, who grew up in the Bay Area. After starting her own web design company in high school, she went to UC San Diego to study Bioengineering before switching to a double major in Physics and Philosophy. She is currently an independent artist, freelance developer, and writer, working on virtual and augmented reality technologies, 3d graphics, mobile iOS and Android development. Her current portfolio can be found here: http://hacks.yosun.me/.
You can find Ina on Twitter @yosun.
Topic: Web Development Coach
Sarah is a graduate of the MotherCoders pilot program who's now working as a web developer(!) at a global cosmetic retailer. Prior to becoming a web developer, Sarah was a Marketing Analyst within the ACG group at Autodesk, where she analyzed web metrics for campaign optimization and helped develop and perform A/B tests. And before that, Sarah spent 6 years in the financial industry working closely with technical teams to define requirements and test cases for complex algorithms.
Sarah has the most beautiful 2 year old daughter and an amazingly supportive husband, who has encouraged her to pursue a career in web development.
You can find Sarah on Twitter at @SarahDoczy12.
Topic: Tech for Social Good
Jaime-Alexis is the Director of Marketing at Code for America, a non-profit that builds open source technology and organizes a network of people dedicated to making government services simple, effective, and easy to use. Before joining Code for America, Jaime-Alexis served as Deputy Director at Exhale, overseeing organizational operations, programs, and strategy.
Outside of work, Jaime-Alexis is an avid runner, having completed 6 marathons and eating plenty of red velvet cupcakes along the way. In 2010, she joined New Leaders Council Executive Team as their Director of Digital Strategy. Jaime-Alexis holds a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a graduate of Vassar College.
You can find Jaime-Alexis on Twitter at @JaimeAlexis.
Topic: Tech for Community Engagement
Natalie lives at the intersection of social movements and technology. She is currently the Executive Director and co-founder of a new organization that supports the sharing economy movement, Peers. Prior to joining Peers, she was the CEO and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for powering people–driven economic change.
Previously, Natalie served as digital director for President Obama’s Organizing for America (OFA) and the Democratic National Committee. While there, she oversaw the online strategy in the successful fight to pass comprehensive health reform. She built and directed the team responsible for shaping the president's presence and message through social networks, mobile phones, the website BarackObama.com and through email communication with the President's millions of supporters.
Prior to joining OFA, Natalie built the first online organizing department at the Sierra Club and served as the deputy organizing director for MoveOn.org.
Named one of the Top Fifty Women to Watch in Tech, Natalie is often speaking and training at conferences like the New Organizing Institute, Personal Democracy Forum, and Netroots Nation. Natalie is based in San Francisco, CA with her husband Matt Ewing and new son, Huck. The daughter of a preacher from Kansas, Natalie is a graduate of Pepperdine University, Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing and is a Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellow.
You can find Natalie on Twitter @nataliefoster.
Topic: UX/UI Design + Web Development
Ipsheeta is co-founder of the FTW Group, a product development & design firm. She codes across the stack and was part of the founding leadership of @PyLadiesSF. She currently serves on the board of the @LoveBalmProject. Ipsheeta holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from UC Berkeley. She promises to tweet more @ftwipsheeta!
Topic: Product Design + Mobile Development
Anne Halsall is the founder & CPO of Winnie, a tech startup that connect parents with the information they need about the world around them. She is a startup veteran with a background in product and UI design, a mother of two, a self-professed social philosophy wonk, and a feminist.
Prior to starting Winnie, Anne had the privilege to work at a number of excellent tech companies, including Postmates, Quora, Inkling and Google.
You can find Isa on Twitter at @annekate.
Topic: Product Marketing
Giselle's passion is for marketing great people, products and ideas domestically and abroad. She's spent the past several years at Facebook developing marketing channels and programs for agencies and developers and is currently focused on ads product development. Prior to Facebook she held roles in traditional sales and marketing organizations and was a start-up co-founder. Her experience spans private and public sector.
Giselle's expertise includes: Marketing, marketing communications, program and project management, business development, channel strategies, and start-up operations. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.B.A. from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Giselle is active in her community through a variety of entrepreneurship initiatives as well as in civic and advocacy efforts. She is also a new mom of a lovely baby girl named Lula.
You can find more info about Giselle's on LinkedIn.
Topic: UX/UI Design + Tech for Social Good
Cyd Harrell is a highly versatile and collaborative user experience expert with 12+ years of success improving online and software products. As the UX evangelist at Code for America, she works with fellows and staff to ensure they’re creating inventive and cost-effective solutions to serve the needs of real users. Previously she has been a Board Member at Brightworks School and the VP of UX Research at Bolt Peters.
You can find Cyd on Twitter at @cydharrell.
Topic: Web Development
Passionate in amplifying stories, Isa has worked in various industries representing brands throughout the business process. She has helped companies with digital and print campaigns, and is now excited to build meaningful experiences through web development.
You can find Isa on Twitter at @msherico.
Topic: Web Design Coach
Helen is a Visual Designer at Sharethrough, an advertising technology company. She graduated from CSUN with an emphasis in animation and 3D computer graphics. She dabbled in the animation industry, from Dreamworks to Westernized Productions but made her way into the technology industry, where she enjoys the dynamic and fast paced environment. She is a self taught designer and is constantly found dabbling in various creative mediums. When she is not designing she is taking photographs or attempting to learn how to code.
Topic: UX Design
Lee is a senior product manager and user experience designer at Good World Solutions, where she helps develop great products and services to better understand the impact of worker voices in major supply chains. Before Good World Solutions, Lee held various product consulting roles at start-ups, developing solutions for consumer presentation tools, predictive sales forecasting, architecture project management, and private social networking for board directors. Prior to consulting, Lee started her career as a product designer at Autodesk and spent 7 years as a program manager at Mindjet.
Lee has also completed environmental service work in New Zealand, enjoying the country’s beautiful surrounds and outdoor activities. Lee graduated from UC Berkeley with a Cognitive Science degree, concentrating on Human Computer Interaction, under the mentorship of James Landay and Scott Klemmer.
You can find Lee on Twitter at @gerelehoward.
Annamaria is the Founder of Equita, a new accelerator for female-led, tech startups. A serial entrepreneur, Annamaria has been involved in technology enterprise creation and consulting for over 15 years. She is a Global Ambassador for Cleantech Open and an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Stanford University's STVP. Since 2000, Annamaria has worked at and with Silicon Valley startups and organizations like IBM, The Wall Street Journal, and the United Nations, often as founder/co-founder and first employee status. She has served on boards of several companies and not for profit organizations: StorWatts, Ottomate, Tripos, and The Palo Alto Philharmonic Association. She mentors and judges startup competitions, including Cleantech Open, Astia, Startup Chile, and Hackathons.
A native of Hungary, Annamaria received her BS from the University of Szeged and studied at Creighton University, her masters from Middlebury College Monterey Institute of International Studies, and she continued her postgraduate studies at Stanford University.
Annamaria is a mom, avid trail runner, yogi, foodie, and sommelier. She also and loves traveling with her family.
You can find Annamaria on Twitter at @AnnamariaKonya.
Raina Kumra is the CEO of Juggernaut, an agency focused on digital, design and disruption through behavioral & brand strategy. Its mission is to create work that improves people's lives by creating cross-cultural impact in both public and private sectors. Raina also identifies and evaluates early stage investments. Her current clients include: The Knight Foundation, The Walt Disney Company, and the Federal Government.
Raina Kumra previously served with Robert Bole as Co-Directors of Innovation at the BBG, the world's largest international media organization. The new leadership team advanced the BBG’s mission to reach global audiences and brought in agile development, public-private partnerships and innovation under the Obama Administration. Prior to that she was the Senior New Media Advisor in the State Department's Office of eDiplomacy, Diplomatic Innovation Division.
Raina holds a B.S. in Film and Television from Boston University, an M.A. in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU’s ITP program and an M.Des.S. in Design Studies for Digital Applications in Urban Planning and Architecture from Harvard University.
Raina is also a new mom.
You can find Raina on Twitter at @rainakumra.
Topic: Web Development Coach
After earning an MS in Civil Engineering, Natalie worked as a stress analyst and helped design the wing of Boeing’s carbon composite 787. During school and throughout her career, she's been impressed with the contrast between what a single software engineer can accomplish vs the thousands of engineers it takes to design and build something like a plane.
She took some programming courses in school and has been scripting in Matlab for years, but it was after relocating to the Bay Area while staying at home with her son (and finally managing a bit of sleep) that she decided to take the plunge to teach herself how to build software. She's been learning the full-stack with the help of books, workshops, online tutorials, and of course Mother Coder's pilot program. To help solidify many of the concepts she's been scraping together a webapp that will initially aggregate food blog posts and ultimately provide a platform for UGC similar to Reddit. The project can be found here: http://www.communitynosh.com
She's currently expecting baby #2 sometime around the first of the new year. Once her family resumes a manageable amount of sleep, she plans to find a job as a jr. web developer.
You can find Natalie on Twitter at @legosnpixiedust.
Topic: UX/UI Design Coach
Soo is a User Experience Designer working to bridge the gap between people and technology. She is a UX consultant and also co-founder of Dreamcatchr. Born in Korea but having been raised in Iraq, Soo brings a unique global perspective to her work. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and have also studied design thinking at Stanford. On her spare time, she likes to experiment in the kitchen, her latest creation was a spicy sea snail salad.
You can find Soo on Twitter @SMoonTweets.
Topic: Data Driven Design
Sulekha is a User Experience designer with 12+ years experience shaping high traffic websites, e-commerce, and enterprise apps. She's an expert in conceptualisation, design and development of user interfaces for web, mobile and desktop applications who's worked with both established and startup companies in Silicon Valley, such as Intuit, Cisco, eBay, Bank of America, Oracle, Speck Design and Covigo.
Sulekha is also mom to 3 kids.
You can find Sulekha on Twitter @SulekhaNair.
Topic: Tech for Social Good + Civic Innovation
Nicole Neditch (Fellowship Director) Prior to joining Code for America, Nicole worked for the City of Oakland in the Office of the City Administrator. There, she helped launch initiatives related to open government, online engagement, service design and public participation. She launched an Open Data platform, an online engagement website, developed the City’s first social media presence and collaborated with community groups like OpenOakland, to bring technologists, community members and City Staff together to work on civic issues. She was the Oakland partner to the 2013 Code for America team that developed RecordTrac, a tool that helps the City manage and track public record requests. Before working for the City of Oakland, Nicole built websites for Government organizations, non-profits, foundations and art organizations. She owned a cafe/gallery/community hub in Oakland called Mama Buzz Cafe, served on the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Commission, founded the Bay Area Visual Arts Network (BayVAN) and was a founding member of Oakland’s first friday artwalk, ArtMurmur.
Nicole is also a mom of 2 girls.
You can find Nicole on Twitter @nneditch.
Topic: Web Development
Jenn Palbusa is a Manager and Senior Web Content Developer at Gap Inc., with over 15 years of experience from startups to ad agencies. In her role, she manages the front-end web development for Gap.com in North America as well as leads her team in new and exciting web technologies. As much as she loves debugging code in console and creating inspirational digital experiences, she equally enjoys exploring all California has to offer outdoors. She is an avid athletics enthusiast, has participated in several triathlons, is inseparable from the ocean and has an art collection like, woah. Jenn finds beauty in the space where graphics meets code and is excited about the ever-changing digital landscape.
Topic: Web Development
Jackie Quinn is a software engineer on the Chrome for iOS team at Google. Prior to Google, she worked as a research scientist for the Bio/Nano Programmable Matter group at Autodesk, where she worked on building web-based computer-aided design tools for synthetic biologists. She is currently an editor for the Synthetic Biology Open Language, a data exchange standard for synthetic biology. Her interests range from design languages to biological engineering to the role of women in the tech industry to proprioception and body awareness. Jackie earned her bachelor's degree in engineering sciences with a computer science secondary from Harvard University.
You can find Jackie on Twitter @jyquinn.
Topic: Mobile Development + Entrepreneurship
Catalina is the founder and CEO of GradGuru, a free app that reduces community college drop out rates and accelerates student completion by helping users manage school deadlines, get advice, and earn rewards for doing to the right things.
Prior to GradGuru, Catalina founded Catalista, a mobile platform that allows users to find local volunteer opportunities in their neighborhood in real-time, rate them, and track and share their good deeds with their social networks. Launched and featured at Google’s 2009‘s I/O Developer Conference, Catalista has since been downloaded over 40,000 times. It's been named one of Forbes Magazine’s “Top 10 Apps to Change the World” and USA Today’s “Best Apps of 2009.”
Catalina earned a Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University and a B.A. from Pomona College.
You can find Catalina on Twitter @catalinarh.
Topic: Tech for Social Good
Tejal is the Founder & CEO of KidAmit, a platform that helps parents search, compare, and apply to preschools. She has an engineering degree from University of Rochester, and she also co-founded Peninsula Wealth, an independent wealth management firm.
Before co-founding KidAdmit, Tejal focused on implementing special programs in elementary schools. She has used her 10+ years of professional experience to build successful businesses and her passion lies in early childhood education.
Tejal is a 2nd degree black belt in Karate, lives in San Francisco with her husband, and enjoys being called "momma" by her 2 boys, Nishane and Logas.
You can find Tejal on Twitter at @tejaltshah.
Topic: Product Management
Alyssa is a Sr. Product Manager at IBM, where she works on the mobile product for Tealeaf. She has a strong design background, particularly in mobile UX/app design/development/launch best practices, in addition to business development, rapid prototyping, big data analytics, channel marketing, and customer experience management.
In her free time, Alyssa volunteers her tech skills to non-profits. In fact, this baby you're looking at right here exists thanks to her help. (Thanks, Alyssa!)
You can find Alyssa on Twitter @sAlyssaSF.
Topic: Data Science
Noelle Sio Saldana currently heads the Data Science practice at Pivotal Labs in Santa Monica. She has worked with numerous enterprise and startup companies on their analytics initiatives, presented at several industry conferences, and helped hire and train a global Data Science team. She has expertise in combining disparate data sets (e.g. digital, manual, text) and using predictive analytics to drive both internal processes and end user experiences for companies across industry verticals. She recently collaborated with DataKind and Crisis Text Line, the first free national text line for those in crisis, to help establish their analytics framework and improve their ‘intelligent switchboard’ for routing text-ers to appropriate crisis counselors.
Previously, Noelle worked as a researcher at eHarmony and Fox Interactive Media, where she leveraged massive datasets up to the petabyte level for marketing optimization, fraud detection, and ad monetization products. She was among the first contributors to Apache MADlib, an in-database machine learning library. Noelle holds an A.B. From Washington University in St. Louis in Applied Mathematics and Physical Anthropology and a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Cal Poly Pomona.
You can find Noelle on Twitter at @noellesio.
Topic: Design Workshop
Julie Stanford is Founder and Principal Designer at Sliced Bread Design, a user experience agency in Mountain View going on it’s 15th year. Julie's favorite thing in the world is to help companies use design thinking to reinvent a product space. She has particularly been a thought leader in techniques for need-finding research, rapid experimentation and cross platform experience design.
Julie is also a recognized educator at Stanford, where she is on the faculty of the d.School and the Computer Science department.
Julie has a BS in Symbolic Systems and a MA in Communication, both with a specialization in Human Computer Interaction from Stanford University.
You can find Julie on Twitter at @JulieStanford.
Topic: Web Development
Amrita is Director of Product Management at Teachscape, an educational technology company that creates software tools and professional learning resource for teachers. She is also mom to a delightful 2 year old son. Prior to Teachscape, Amrita spent a year at the Stanford School of Education earning an MA in Education, where she notably worked with Motion Math, Togetherville Inc, and the 21st Century Literacy Project. Before Stanford, she worked as a Senior Software Engineer at a tech firm, IRI Inc.
Amrita is deeply committed to understanding how the intersection of education, design and technology can create experiences and applications that encourage self-discovery and bring to light information about oneself and one's environment that might not be obvious on a surface.
In addition to a Masters in Education, Amrita holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Computer Science.
You can find Amrita on Twitter @_amrita.
Topic: Big Data
Michelle is a Director and Data Engineer at Keen IO. She was the first non-founder to join the custom-analytics platform company, where she spends most of her time helping customers use the Keen IO API to accelerate their business with data - how to model it, collect it, analyze it, and share it.
Prior to joining Keen IO, Michelle spent almost 6 years as a management consultant at Accenture, implementing enterprise level technology systems at Fortune 100 companies.
You can find Michelle on Twitter @michellewetzler.
Molly Clare Wilson
Topic: UX/UI Design + Design Thinking
At Stanford and independently, she teaches user-centered design methodology to graduate students, entrepreneurs, teachers, industry leaders, and pretty much anybody who will listen.
Molly's skill set includes design research, teaching and facilitation, Creative Suite, front-end HTML/CSS/JS, public speaking, reading all the design books she can get her hands on, and rolling with the punches.
You can find Molly on Twitter at @mollyclare
Topic: Career-Mapping Coach
Victoria Woo moved from the familiarity of her home in Hong Kong to the United States at the age of 11 with limited English. Her experiences and observations from the trials of transition in early life shaped her, and through personal experiences—eventually involving 11 international relocations—as well as the observations of others, she realized that how we approach transitions, craft experiences into narratives and make sense of change is integral to our happiness and well-being.
Victoria has over 20 years experience in start-ups and international business development. Her Ph.D. focused on how thriving can become an outcome of change, as opposed to discomfort, ambiguity and aimlessness. Her quest targeted the cognitive, social and behavioral aspects of change and led to the creation of Kissaah, a methodology to transform transitions for individuals, groups and organizations. By applying a science-based model for analysis, decision-making and strategic change, Kissaah amplifies the best in people and organizations.
You can find Victoria on Twitter @thrive_in.
Topic Web Development + Technical Project Management
Raenne is a Partner at Quilted, a worker-owned, cooperatively-managed company that's stitching together technology and social change. She is passionate about organizational strategy and savvy communication. She enjoys innovating on value-driven development processes, collaborative design projects, and business practices that support workers as whole people.
Prior to Quilted she worked in technology policy promoting digital rights at the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and in communications and campaign strategy with Smartmeme. She enjoys working on inspiring social collaborative projects and has a penchant for all things open source.