Non-Traditional Paths to a Technical Career

AdRoll - 2300 Harrison Street San Francisco - View Map Girl Develop It San Francisco
Thu, Jul 13, 2017, 6:30 PM (PDT)

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Event Description

Are you interested in making the leap to a technical career? Breaking into a new industry can be daunting. Learn how you can strategically explore a new career path at our Non-Traditional Paths to a Technical Career event. Join us for a night of networking and panel discussion with amazing women from diverse backgrounds as share their stories and advice on how they fell in love with tech and how they navigated their career transitions. 

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Brenda Jin - Staff Engineer @ Slack, Chapter Leader & Board Member @ Girl Develop It.
Brenda loves to empower humans to connect with each other and their environment using technology. She transitioned to a software development after brief careers in non-profit fundraising and operatic performance. At Slack, she launched the App Directory, improved API performance, and works on the Enterprise product. Previously, she was a UI Developer at, where she played a key role in transforming the e-commerce company's website into a mobile-friendly experience.

Larissa Licha - Product Manager @ AdRoll
Larissa is originally from Germany but moved to San Francisco to work as Product Manager for Attribution and Incrementality at AdRoll. She leads a team heavily focused on research and development on all things causality. Before moving into tech, Larissa was a tattoo artist and part of a somewhat reasonably okay NY hardcore band, speaking of untraditional paths!

Kristin Mayer - Software Engineer @ Fabric Genomics
Kristin was an environmental consultant, Peace Corps Volunteer, PhD dropout, and design lecturer before she went to Hack Reactor in the fall of 2015 to become a software engineer. She has been at Fabric Genomics (formerly Omicia) for a little over a year now as a full-stack software engineer working on building their web application for clinical labs and hospitals. 

Chaitanya Ravula - Director of Solutions Engineering @ AdRoll
Chaitanya is currently Director of Global Solutions Engineering at AdRoll. She build and leads teams that work on all technical aspects of integrations. She works closely with clients’ technical teams to ensure that integrations are robust and quick. She also loves robots, dogs, hikes, and traveling.

Hanah Yendler - Front End Engineer @ SEPHORA
Hanah is currently a front-end developer at Sephora, but is new-ish to the software world. Previous to software development, Hanah worked in food education, student affairs, cosmetics retail and majored in pirate history.  Hanah attended a coding bootcamp, subsequently taught at two bootcamps, and is now excited to share her journey and love of learning.  In her spare time she performs and teaches lindy hop and swing dancing.

Panel moderated by Truc Nguyen, Chapter Leader @ Girl Develop It & Senior Product Designer @ Unity Technologies.  As an engineer by training turned generalist designer, Truc works collaboratively with stakeholders to explore, design, and develop pragmatic solutions to business problems. Outside of work Truc enjoys being active- and had a brief stint as group fitness instructor- also also likes baking, cats, and empowering women.


6:00 - 6:30 - Sign In, Networking, Get Tickets for Door Prize
6:30 - 6:45 - Introductions
6:45 - 7:45 - Panel Discussion
7:45 - 8:00 - Audience Q&A
8:00 - 8:30 - Door Prize Raffle and Mingling


This event is free. Please RSVP only if you can attend and update your RSVP if your availability changes. We have limited space and waitlist functionality on Meetup. We look forward to meeting you!


Thursday, Jul 13
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)


2300 Harrison Street San Francisco