A Day in the Life of a Data Engineer

Tandem - 2035 W. Wabansia Ave Chicago - View Map Girl Develop It Chicago
Mon, Dec 4, 2017, 6:00 PM (CST)

About this event

Are you trying to break into the tech field? Curious about what it’s like to work in different technical positions? Join Girl Develop It and DevMynd for the “Day in the Life” speaker series to learn more about some of the important pieces of a tech team.

In our third event of the series, hear from a panel of women from different companies and at different points in their career about how they all came to be data engineers, what their day-to-day responsibilities are like, and what advice they have for folks looking to enter the field.

Schedule for the evening:

6:00 - 6:15: Drinks & Introduction

6:15 - 7:15: Panelist Perspectives

7:15 - 8:00: Moderated & Open Q&A

Panels in this series:

• Thurs, Oct 12 - Developer

• Wed, Nov 8 - Designer

• Mon, Dec 4 - Data Engineer (RSVP here)

• Date TBD (January) - Product/Project Manager

• Date TBD (February) - Technical Recruiter

Attendance is free for this and all events in the speaker series! Drinks as refreshment will be provided by our partner for this series, DevMynd. 

Girl Develop It welcomes all genders and identities to our classroom. By entering this group, all community members agree to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Our panelists

Alison Stanton - Founder & Chief Problem Solver at Stanton Ventures

Alison Stanton focuses on business intelligence reporting, product measurement, and process improvement through automation. She makes data accessible, discoverable, and actionable for Operations teams, Product Managers, and clients. Currently, her main languages are SQL, Python, and LookML. She loves knitting, working on women coder retention, and using technology to empower audacious ideas.

Kate Agnew - Data Engineer at Signal Digital

Kate-Laurel is an engineer whose interests lie at the intersection of data engineering and data science. She comes to the field from a professional background in ancient history, and is an advocate for the application of humanities skills to data and computing work.

MJ Berends - Data Apps Team Lead at Jellyvision

MJ's data adventures began back in the early 2000s when "data scientist" meant "researcher who struggles with R". She struggled a lot with R. Around 2011, she found her way out of linguistics and into software development, where she began helping marketers make sense of the social media landscape. A few clustering models and dashboards later, she now spends her days at Jellyvision trying to engineer relevant and compelling ways of presenting data.

Sunah Suh - Senior Data Engineer at Mozilla Corporation

Sunah is a Senior Data Engineer at Mozilla, working on the data platform for Firefox Telemetry. She made the switch into data engineering from web backend and management at Etsy and a startup called Floship. She has many, many hours toward a graduate degree in Library and Information Science that she might finish some day and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Our partner


DevMynd is a digital product consultancy in Chicago and San Francisco. They create custom software for innovation and growth. From groundbreaking startups to some of the world’s foremost brands, they are proud of the collaborative work they’ve done with their clients.


Monday, Dec 4
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)


2035 W. Wabansia Ave Chicago