Women in Technology Breakfast

Track: Unobtanium
Building a career in tech: the good, the bad and the ugly Join us for breakfast with some of the amazing women in tech. Our panelists will discuss some of the advice they received throughout their careers in tech and if there is anything they wish they had done differently.
Najae Stevenson
FullStack Software Engineer with 6+yrs of experience. I graduated from Colorado State Global Campus with a Technology Degree. I am a 2 time speaker at DevNexus and an extroverted mother of 4. I am the President of Black Consultants at Daugherty Business Solutions. I am a champion for D&I and effective communication.
Cecelia Martinez
Cecelia Martinez is a Developer Advocate for Appflow at Ionic, a company that helps web developers build cross-platform applications using modern technology. She is dedicated to creating better, more inclusive developer experiences for all. Previous companies include Cypress and Replay, with areas of expertise including web development (React, Angular, Vue), testing, developer tools, and open source. She is a Lead Volunteer with Women Who Code FrontEnd, Chapter Head of Out in Tech Atlanta, and a GitHub Star.
Emily Jiang
Emily Jiang is a Java Champion. She is Liberty Cloud Native Architect and Chief Advocate, Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) in IBM, based at Hursley Lab in the UK. Emily is a MicroProfile guru and has been working on MicroProfile since 2016 and leads a number of specifications including MicroProfile Config and Fault Tolerance. She interacts with most of the other MicroProfile specifications. She is also active in Jakarta EE specifications. She is a co-lead in Jakarta Config and also a Jakarta Context and Dependency Injection (CDI) committer. At IBM, she leads the effort of implementing all of MicroProfile specifications on Open Liberty. She is passionate about MicroProfile and Jakarta EE. She regularly speaks at conferences, such as QCon, Code One, DevNexus, JAX London, Voxxed, Devoxx, EclipseCon, GeeCon, JFokus, etc. Connect with Emily on Twitter @emilyfhjiang LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilyfhjiang).
Valarie Regas
Valarie Regas is a DevOps fanatic, a Georgia Tech coding bootcamp graduate, and a veteran mommy. She holds a BA in Psychology and currently works as a Developer Advocate. After years being a stay-at-home mom, she decided to change her life by entering tech, and has learned a lot along the way. Outside of work, she enjoys mixed martial arts fighting, table-top role playing games, public speaking, creating tiny humans, and activism of all sorts.
Gail Anderson
Gail Anderson, Research Director, Anderson Software Group, Inc. Gail C. Anderson is a Java Champion, Oracle Ace Member, and a past member of the NetBeans Dream Team. She is the Director of Research and founding member of the Anderson Software Group, a leading provider of training courses in Java, JavaFX, Python, Go, Modern C++, and Docker and Kubernetes. Gail enjoys researching and writing about leading-edge Java technologies. She is the co-author of nine textbooks on software programming, including β€œThe Definitive Guide to Modern Java Clients with JavaFX 17”, Second Edition. She also contributed to the book β€œ97 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know!”. Gail has conducted Technical Sessions and Hands-on Labs at Oracle Code One and JavaOne conferences in the USA, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Gail has also presented sessions at Devoxx, Devnexus, and previous JChampions Conferences. For more information about Gail, visit asgteach.com, the Anderson Software Group on Facebook, and @gail_asgteach on Twitter.