A Day in the Life of a Developer

Tandem - 2035 W. Wabansia Ave Chicago - View Map Girl Develop It Chicago
Thu, Oct 12, 2017, 6:00 PM (CDT)

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 first 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 developers, 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 (RSVP here)

• Date TBD (November) - Designer

• Date TBD (December) - Data Scientist

• 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

Allison Seboldt, Web Developer at DRW

Originally a Public Relations major from ISU, this self taught programmer now builds websites and apps for one of Chicago's most prominent trading firms. Allison is passionate about tech and encouraging women to pursue technical roles. Outside of work, she enjoys reading for her bookclub, watching football, and keeping her new kitten out of trouble. 

Katie Simmons, Software Engineer at Jellyvision

Katie Simmons supplemented her massage and shiatsu therapy practice with contract gigs ranging from website development to small business networking solutions prior to transitioning to a full-time tech career in 2012. Now as a software engineer on the data team at Jellyvision, Katie uses Python to make sure users get the data they need to make key business decisions. As an active facilitator of Jellyvision Women in Tech, she works with her fellow engineers to improve professional development at Jellyvision, and to empower women in Chicago to pursue coding careers.

Katy Exline, Production Engineer at Braintree

Katy is a member of the platform team at Braintree which handles the configuration and maintenance of the servers (both physical and virtual) that host the bulk of Braintree's production code. Day to day she works with linux, puppet, ruby, bash, python, and a whole bunch of yaml files. Some of her favorite things include her sassy terrier pup "Doolin", maps, cocktails, Pilates and knitting.

Mica Alaniz, Front End Developer at Leapfrog Online & Technical Director at Ameya Pawar for Governor

Mica Alaniz is a Chicagoan, first and foremost. She is a Front-end Developer at Leapfrog Online where she builds web apps and emails for Fortune 500 companies and is also a Technical Director for Ameya Pawar for Governor. She holds a Master's in New Media Studies from DePaul. In her off time she builds Slackbots, maintains isthereacubsgametoday.com, listens to too many podcasts and is always trying to locate the nearest elote cart.

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.


Thursday, Oct 12
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)


2035 W. Wabansia Ave Chicago