West Speakers 2018

West Conference


Liz Caffery

Functional Architect, Application Development, Comcast

Liz Caffery recently transitioned to the role Scrum Master for Application Development at Comcast Business. In this role, she partners with multiple delivery teams to support their innovation initiatives using Agile principles and frameworks. Her professional projects focus on bringing telephony service to desktop computers through applications that integrate with business tools like Skype, Office 365, Google, and Salesforce. Read More >>

Bobbie Carlton

Founder, Innovation Women

(@WomenInnoBobbie Carlton is the founder of Innovation Women, an online “visibility” bureau, helping drive visibility for entrepreneurial, technical and innovative women through speaking engagements. Innovation Women helps connect event managers with awesome female speakers, thought leaders and subject matter experts, Read More >>

Emma Follender

Senior Developer, Instrument

(@EFollenderEmma Follender is a senior developer at Instrument, based in Portland, OR. As a childhood Neopets Girl™, she was seduced by glitter text and began writing code at age 8. Fascinated by the ability of the the web to communicate the mundane in an engaging way, she focuses heavily on front-end development and data visualization. Read More >>

 Amy Gawronski Zuccaro

Director, Global eCommerce UX, Symantec

Amy Gawronski Zuccaro is the Senior Manager for Global UX Design in the Norton eCommerce group at Symantec,  the world’s leading cyber security company. Her team is responsible for the user experience and visual design on all the customer touchpoints, from purchase consideration to transaction and fulfillment. Read More >>

 Elizabeth Giorgi

Founder & CEO, Mighteor

(@lizgiorgiElizabeth Giorgi is the Founder and CEO of Mighteor, one of the world’s first internet video production companies. Mighteor’s innovative combination of production and online promotion techniques have helped clients achieve more than 100 million organic of views, capture the attention of hard to engage customers and positioned major Fortune 500s to implement video strategies with the effectiveness of a startup. Read More >>

Amy Holt

Assistant Instructor, Turing School of Software & Design

(@ameseeeAmy is currently on the Back End Engineering Instructional Team at Turing School of Software & Design. As a former k-12 educator, her passion for empowering female students to pursue STEM careers led her to pursue software engineering herself. Read More >>

 Lauren Hasson

Founder, DevelopHer

(@LaurenRHasson) Lauren Hasson is the Founder of DevelopHer, a career development platform for tech women by tech women, and a software engineer at a prominent Bay Area fintech company where she’s building their iOS SDK and working in information security. Her work has been featured in Apple keynotes, she was one of 100 top innovators invited to attend the UK G8 Innovation and Decide Now Act Summits with the United Nation’s technology council, Read More >>

 Laura Janusek

Vice President of Product, Modern Teacher

(@LBJanusek) Laura Janusek is VP of Product at Modern Teacher, a company that provides technology-enabled solutions to support K12 school districts across the U.S. In this role, Laura manages the development and quality assurance team and oversees the development lifecycle, from ideation through live releases and enhancements. She also manages a content creation team, including e-learning and graphic designers. Read More >>

Prajacta Khopkar

Software Developer, Robustwealth

Prajacta works as a Software Developer at a FinTech startup, Robustwealth. She has a strong foundation in front end development. She earned her Masters in Computer Science from Sacred Heart University, CT. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling to new places, hiking and camping. Read More >>

Sarah Lacy

Founder and CEO, Chairman Mom

Sarah Lacy is a mother of two, veteran journalist, founder of Pando, author of “A Uterus is a Feature Not a Bug”, and CEO/Co-founder of Chairman Mom. Sarah is passionate about helping women achieve success in life/at work, and has dedicated her life to reporting on Silicon Valley’s latest tech news, all while spending as much time with her kids as possible. Read More >>

Natalie Makowka

Executive Director, Application Development, Comcast

Natalie Makowka currently serves as Executive Director, Application Development at Comcast Business. Her team’s vision is to use experience, creativity, and teamwork to make innovative business services a reality at Comcast. In this role, Natalie is responsible for all aspects of software development. She has also has championed the very successful Agile transformation of her organization, which has brought increased productivity and transparency.  Read More >>

Shelley Peterson

Emerging Technologies Lead, Lockheed Martin

(@ShelWPetersonShelley Peterson has supported Lockheed Martin pursuits, diving into the rapidly evolving augmented reality and wearables market to integrate emerging technologies into solutions for Lockheed Martin applications. Read More >>

Marnie Pflueger

Executive Director, Video IP Engineering & Research (VIPER), Comcast

Marnie Pflueger currently serves as an Executive Director, Quality Assurance (QA) Engineering at Comcast in the Video IP Engineering & Research (VIPER) organization. She is responsible for leading and advancing a fast-moving team in application, system integration, and performance testing, test automation & tool development and release management of IP video technology platforms. Read More >>

Malgorzata Schwab

Principal IT Systems Architect, DaVita

Malgorzata Schwab is a Principal IT Systems Architect at DaVita where she leads the implementation of a strategic mobile platform supporting DaVita Hospital Services and telemedicine. She also spearheads several other initiatives aimed at predictive analytics to improve clinical outcomes of dialysis treatments. Read More >>

Debra Turner-Kelly

Business Solutions Manager, AT&T

Debra is currently a Business Solutions Manager with AT&T, providing operational business solutions and software requirements for strategic growth enterprise products. Her latest assignment is supporting cybersecurity products from ideation to market launch. Debra loves the opportunity and creativity that working in technology provides daily. Read More >>

Christine Weber

Sr Vice President, OTT Engineering, SlingTV

As Senior Vice President of OTT Engineering for DISH Technologies / Sling TV, Christine Weber provides technical vision and direction for the company in the areas of large scale Over the Top Services and customer facing network architecture. An industry veteran, she currently oversees a nationwide team of approximately 175 highly skilled engineers, architects and operations specialists that provides network, systems and software solutions for SlingTV and other OTT services. Read More >>

Tracey Welson-Rossman

Founder, TechGirlz

(@TWelsonRossman) 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 Chariot, helping it to grow from 10 employees in 2002 to 50. Read More >>