GDI Careers: A Day in the Life of a Developer (6-event series)

Brad's Deals - 640 N. LaSalle St., Suite 460 Chicago - View Map Girl Develop It Chicago
Wed, Dec 17, 2014, 6:00 PM (CST)

About this event

Are you trying to break into the tech field? Curious about what its like to work in different technical positions? Looking to hire members for your team? Join us for the six event GDI Careers speaker series “A Day in the Life”  and learn more about important pieces of a tech team.

In our sixth event of the speaker series, hear from a panel of ladies from different companies and at different points in their career about how they came to be a developer, 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 Snacks and GDI Intro

6:15 - 7:00 Panelist Perspectives

7:00 - 7:30 Moderated and Open Q&A

7:30 - 8:00 Networking

Employers and recruiters are welcome to attend and bring marketing materials to share with attendees following the panel! Please note that you will be attending when you RSVP so that you can be announced.

RSVP for the other panels in the series at the links below:

Tues, Sep 30  - Designer

Thur, Oct 16  - Product/Project Manager

Wed, Nov 5  - Executive

Wed, Nov 19  - Technical Recruiter

Wed, Dec 3  - QA Engineer

Wed, Dec 17  - Developer (RSVP HERE)

Attendance is free for this and all events in the speaker series! Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct.


Street and garage parking is available for a fee.

Some of our Panelists:

Valerie Concepcion: Valerie Concepcion is a Lead Software Engineer at Chicago-based financial services company Enova. Prior to joining Enova, worked for several years as a technical consultant at NTT DATA Corporation, architecting enterprise content management solutions. In 2011, she worked for e-commerce company Groupon as a software engineer, helping to design and develop new personalization features and tools for A/B testing.  Valerie has been actively involved in the Chicago tech community for a number of years, having served as a pro-bono consultant for Taproot Foundation, co-organizer for Chicago Women Developers, and now as a member of the Women In Tech organization at Enova.  She received her BS in Computer Science at Northwestern University.

Coraline Ada Ehmke: Coraline Ada Ehmke is a speaker, author, teacher, open source advocate and technologist with 20 years of experience in developing apps for the web. As a founding  member of, and, she works diligently to promote diversity and inclusivity in the tech industry. Her current  interests include small-application ecosystems, APIs, business intelligence, machine learning, and predictive analytics.

Stephanie Foster: After failing to identify her “mystery compound” in organic chemistry in college, Stephanie Foster decided to give computer science a try; it was love at first for loop. She is currently a software engineer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where she develops web applications to aid in disaster response. Prior to Lincoln Lab, she was a full stack developer at Northrop Grumman. When she’s not busy phoning in a scrum, she enjoys skeeball, catching up with her DVR, and ballet.

Lauren Scott: Lauren is a Junior Developer at Brad's Deals, poet, Dev Bootcamp graduate, and advocate for women in technology.  Her favorite part about programming is that it's the perfect mix of creating things and solving puzzles.  In her spare time, she teaches classes for Girl Develop It and is a lead organizer of RailsBridge Chicago.  She's passionate about teaching, learning, coding, feminism, tabletop RPGs and a good dumpling.

HOSTED BY: Brad's Deals

Brad’s Deals is a curated guide to the best shopping deals used by over 10 million consumers. We level the playing field and reduce the noise in people’s lives to give them back time, save them money and help them to be better consumers. We’re focused on solving really cool problems, like scaling out a service that is doubling in traffic every year, building an engaged community of avid deal seekers, defining the future of retail on mobile, and processing huge amounts of data to deliver the most relevant content to the right people, in the right channel, at the right time. 


Wednesday, Dec 17
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)


Brad's Deals
640 N. LaSalle St., Suite 460 Chicago