Presentation: Diversity & Inclusion in Tech: A Panel Discussion

Track: Building Great Engineering Cultures

Location: Seacliff ABC

Duration: 5:25pm - 6:15pm

Day of week: Wednesday

Level: Intermediate

Persona: General Software, Technical Engineering Manager

Abstract

Moderated by Karen Casella, Engineering Leader @Netflix

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is an important topic in our industry, especially in light of changing demographics, globalization, and the competition for talent. Join industry leaders as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of creating and sustaining an inclusive culture and their experiences implementing diversity & inclusion strategies in technical organizations. We’ll explore how and why diversity is important, key challenges the panelists encountered, success stories and ideas for how each of us can help foster a more inclusive technical organization. Following the panel discussion, join us for the QCon closing reception, where we will continue the discussion about D&I, while networking with fellow conference attendees.

Speaker: Karen Casella

Engineering Leader @Netflix, previously @EBay & @Sun

Karen is currently an engineering leader @ Netflix, where she is responsible for the teams that build the server-side infrastructure to enable a secure viewing experience for our members. Karen had previously led engineering and architecture teams @EBay & @Sun, before taking a ten year detour to start-up land. Karen is passionate about diversity and inclusion in technology organizations and how to encourage young people from under-represented groups to start their journey towards our incredible world of ever-changing technology.

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Speaker: Randy Shoup

VP Engineering at StitchFix, Previously @Google & @Ebay

Randy is a 25-year veteran of Silicon Valley, and has worked as a senior technology leader and executive at companies ranging from small startups, to mid-sized places, to eBay and Google. Randy is currently VP Engineering at Stitch Fix in San Francisco. He is particularly passionate about the nexus of culture, technology, and organization.

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Speaker: Karen Catlin

Advocate for Women in Tech, Former VP OF Eng, Adobe

After spending over 25 years building software products, Karen Catlin is now an advocate for women working in the tech industry. She's a leadership coach, a frequent speaker, and co-author of "Present! A Techie’s Guide to Public Speaking." Karen holds a degree in Computer Science from Brown University.

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Speaker: Susan Nesbitt

Head of Business Development @ Make School

Susan is currently the Head of Business Development for Make School in San Francisco where she is helping to build diverse computer science classrooms and change the face of technology. Previously, Susan was the Director of Partnerships and Development at Girls Who Code. She was Deputy Director at Craigslist Foundation and spent much of her career in product management roles at Yahoo! and in digital music, most notably at Shawn Fanning's SNOCAP. She holds a patent for financial information portal from Yahoo!, is a 6-time AIDS LifeCycle cyclist, U.S. Sailing certified, a dedicated vinyasa yogi and adores travel of all kinds.

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Speaker: Steve Johnson

Vice President of Product Design & Creative @Netflix

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