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Angela Wong

Senior Product Analyst for Personalization, Big Data, and Data Science, The Washington Post
Staying a Woman in Tech

Angela Wong is a senior product analyst on the big data and data science team at The Washington Post. She leads product development and UX for data-powered products for readers, the newsroom, and the advertising team at The Washington Post.
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Anita Hall is a self-taught web and mobile applications developer. In her free time she teaches HTML/CSS and Javascript to the underserved youth of Washington DC. She has also traveled around the DMV teaching programming workshops to interested youth. Anita
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As an early pioneer of the Internet, Anne Balduzzi has over 25 years of online expertise. Her background includes marketing and product development roles at Apple, AOL (when it was a start-up), and Viewtron, the first consumer online service in
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Archana Vemulapalli

District of Columbia Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Smart Locally. Smart Globally.

Ms. Archana Vemulapalli was nominated to serve as the District’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) by Mayor Muriel Bowser on January 12, 2016. Prior to joining OCTO, Ms. Vemulapalli was Chief Technology Officer for Pristine Environments where she helped business leaders
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Ashley Holtz

Senior Services Engineer, Crowdstrike
Intro to Digital Forensics

Ashley Holtz is a programmer, researcher, and consultant at CrowdStrike in Washington, DC focusing on security and digital forensics. Ashley has lectured at several major universities and is currently adjunct faculty at Montgomery College where she educates career changers in
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Courtney Klein is the Co-Founder and CEO of SEED SPOT, an organization designed to educate, accelerate, and invest in entrepreneurs who are creating solutions to social problems. SEED SPOT ranks as one of the “Top 20 Accelerators in the World”
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Danielle Tate is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, spokeswoman, and speaker with a career that spans a decade in startup world. In 2007 she founded MissNowMrs.com, an online name-change service that has scaled to over 350,000 customers in 2 countries. In
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Elizabeth Lindsey is the Executive Director of Byte Back, a nonprofit improving economic opportunity by providing technology training and career preparation to underserved Washington, DC area residents. For 20 years, Byte Back’s programs have provided a pathway to tech skills,
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Passionate about emerging technology, civil rights, and entrepreneurship, Erin Horne McKinney is the cofounder of Black Female Founders (#BFF) and KissIntel. She previously served as the Senior Advisor on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to D.C.’s Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity
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Jenn Hirsch has chased technology and trends across the globe for nearly twenty years as an operator, trend forecaster and strategist. Wharton MBA, UCLA undergrad and Global Technology Trend Scout at Ernst and Young. In her role as Global Technology
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Jessica Bell

Developer, Washington Post
Staying a Woman in Tech

Jessica is a front end web developer at the Washington Post. Outside of work, she is on the leadership groups for DCFemTech and DC Tech Meetup and is an active member of Women Who Code. She teaches at General Assembly
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Kelly Hoey

Author and Investor

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). As a connector, and networking expert, Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“25
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Khuloud Odeh

VP and CIO, IT, Urban Institute
Staying a Woman in Tech

Khuloud Odeh is vice president for information technology (IT) and chief information officer (CIO) at the Urban Institute, where she leads the strategic planning and implementation of research, operations, and communications technology. Odeh is not your typical technologist: she brings
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Lindsey Dragun

Associate Full-Stack Developer, PBS
Accessibility: Problems and Fixes

Lindsey is a full-stack developer at PBS, where they work on products such as pbs.org. They are a lead for Women Who Code DC and run Pride & Tech DC. They have a passion for accessibility across tech and life
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Mayra is a senior digital strategist, marketing technologist, interface designer, and upcoming author working and living in the Washington DC metro area since 1995. For more than 20 years, Mayra has been helping organizations, brands, digital agencies, and entrepreneurs create and execute
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Nicole Donnelly

Data Management IT Specialist, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, District of Columbia
Accessing APIs with Python

Nicole Donnelly is a data management IT specialist with the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, District of Columbia. She believes a city that consumes and understands its own data is acting in the true spirit of public service by
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Patty Hatter is vice president and general manager of the Intel Security Group Professional Services organization. She recently transitioned from the role of Intel Security CIO, and prior to that was the vice president of Operations and CIO at McAfee.
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Priyanka Komala

Technology Director, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Get on Stage – Tips, Tricks & Insights to Build Your Identity as a Technology Leader

A Rising Star finalist for the 18th Annual Women in Technology Leadership Awards, when Priyanka was five, she stepped on her first stage and gave an impromptu speech about an aeroplane.  This excitement never left her as she went to
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Rohit Bhargava

Founder & Chief Trend Curator, The Non-Obvious Company
The Super Human Art Of Predicting The Future

Rohit Bhargava is a trend curator, marketing expert, storyteller and the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of five books including Non-Obvious and Likeonomics. After spending 15 years leading brand strategy at two of the most highly respected marketing agencies in
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Sydney Klein

Vice President, Information Security Officer, Capital One
Staying a Woman in Tech

Theresa Caragol has over 20 years of strategy and implementation experience in IT and telecommunications. She brings together a unique blend of skills and experience with extensive IT – hardware and software to enterprise, and partner ecosystems including resale and managed services
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Theresa Hennesey

SVP, Group Technical Advisor, Comcast

Tia White

Sr. Technology Manager, Capital One
DevOps: What’s all the hype about?

Tia J. White joined Capital One in 2015 where she currently works on LIQUID TECH leading the Operational Excellence team. In this role, Tia is responsible for overseeing the Strategic, Risk, Production Support and Database Engineering teams to ensure the
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Tracey Welson-Rossman

CMO, Chariot Solutions; Founder, TechGirlz; Co-Founder, Women in Tech Summit
Staying a Woman in Tech

Tracey is the founder of TechGirlz. She is also a founding member of, and Chief Marketing Officer for, Chariot Solutions, a Philadelphia-based Java and open source software development and consulting firm. Tracey has created the branding and marketing strategy for
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Valerie Woolard Srinivasan is a software engineer at Panoply in Washington, DC, where she builds tools for podcasters in Ruby on Rails. She has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Chicago. She leads the Women Who
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