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Wisdom From Our Sisters
March 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thank you, Palantir, for sponsoring! https://www.palantir.com/careers/
Join BCC and Women Who Code as a panel of Black women share their journey to and through tech. The backgrounds covered by the panelists include the traditional CS degree path, self taught, and bootcamp route.
Sabra Alexandria Neal was the first African American Ph.D. Graduate from the School of Computational Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. SaBra is currently a Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman, a leading defense contractor. She’s an analytical, inquisitive systems engineer with a solid foundation in research, math, programming, and modeling and simulation. Her technical abilities include; but, are not limited to Modeling and Simulation, Data Distribution, Object Oriented Design, Agile, Git, C, C++,Java, and Python. She has numerous publications in modeling and simulation and you can learn more about her by visiting her website at sabraneal.com.
Alexis is a Senior Full Stack Engineer at Contactually where she works in Ruby on Rails and React every day. She became a developer through Dev Bootcamp Chicago, graduating in October 2015. Prior to working in the tech industry she was a theatrical lighting designer in the midwest. In Alexis’ spare time she volunteers as the Director of IT for the International Quidditch Association, travels as much as possible, plays a variety of video games with her fiancé, and watches/analyzes anything produced by the Walt Disney Company.
Labrina Loving started her journey in tech in middle school simply because she loved programming. Currently, she is a Cloud Solution Architect and Senior Software Engineer for at Microsoft with over 18 years of experience in software development and consulting. In her role, she works with companies in the Government, Health, and Retail space to help move their solutions to the cloud and innovate their products. She works with them to leverage the cloud for cutting edge technologies like Conversational AI, Machine Learning, VR/AR, IoT, Mobile, and Analytics. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2016, LaBrina worked with several consulting organizations helping Fortune 500 companies and Government agencies with digital transformation. She also loves cooking and traveling, be on the lookout for her podcast that combines code and cooking.
Lentie Ward is a Front End developer at Blue State Digital, an agency in DC where she started as an intern 5 years ago. She has always been design oriented, exploring her interests in various crafts, interior and graphic design. It was this interest to further customize her MySpace profile back in middle/high school that she was introduced to Web Design and development. Lentie went on to major in Applied IT concentrated in Web Development, with minors in Graphic Design and Business from George Mason University. When away from a screen, Lentie enjoys playing (and watching) soccer, cooking, and traveling.
Lisa Blunt is a federal IT consultant and front-end software engineer. She comes from a non-traditional technology background, having earned a degree in Literatures and Cultures in English from Brown University. Lisa discovered her passion for technology by taking an English course called “Electronic Media” where her capstone project was to build a website from scratch. Lisa is a recipient of The Apex Society’s Power 30 Under 30™ Award in Science and Technology.
Sarah Williams has spent the last ten years of her life being in the tech industry doing tech-related consultant work for numerous companies. A couple of years ago, she started teaching herself how to code and build websites. Using this knowledge, she started her own web agency, SLW Digital, building sites for Black creatives and industry professionals. She has garnished a following on Twitter with her blog series #WordPressWednesday, which give reviews and advice on all things WordPress. Sarah was recently featured on the the list of 200 Black Women in Tech to Follow on Twitter.