Non-Traditional Paths to Tech

Turo - 116 New Montogomery San Francisco - View Map Girl Develop It San Francisco
Tue, Apr 24, 2018, 6:00 PM (PDT)

About this event

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 they share their stories and advice on how they fell in love with tech and how they navigated their career transitions.


Jessica Dene Earley-Cha is a Developer Advocate for Google Assistant. She loves to connect with developers to learn how to add VUI (voice user interface) to their apps. Jessica is a full stack developer who enjoys sharing knowledge and support others. Jessica is the co-organizer for Google Developers Group San Francisco, is a Women Techmakers lead and a teacher for Girl Develop It. You’ll find her either spending time with her dog, collecting strawberry knick knack or coding one of her many personal projects.

Kristin Mayer is a Software Engineer at CoderPad. She has been 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 worked at Fabric Genomics for a year and a half and is now a software engineer at CoderPad.

Nicole Fish is a professional dancer turned psychology major turned software engineer. A fierce STEMinist dedicated to paying it forward, an impressive two-time college dropout, and a proud graduate of an all women’s coding bootcamp/ feminist utopia, she is passionate about building tools that empower people. As the primary front-end architect of the latest product at Elevate Security, she first pushed her code into production this month, which immediately vanquished her imposter syndrome.

Sarah Federman is a UX designer and front end engineer who loves applying systems thinking to solve product problems. She graduated with her BFA in New Media Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. Previously a UI engineer at LinkedIn, she’s currently using her diverse skillset to help create the design system at Adobe, dubbed Spectrum.

Kelly Tran is a product manager by profession and a software engineer by education. In her free time, she volunteers as a Chapter Leader for Girl Develop It. She loves organization (like a lot) and obsessively organizes all aspects of her life (work and GDI included). She is a huge fan of containers, both virtual and physical, and adamantly believes that things belong in other things. Fittingly, her favorite HTML tag is the div, and her favorite store is The Container Store.


6:00 - 6:30 - Sign In, Networking
6:30 - 6:45 - Introductions
6:45 - 7:45 - Panel Discussion
7:45 - 8:00 - Audience Q&A
8:00 - 8:30 - 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!


Tuesday, Apr 24
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)


116 New Montogomery San Francisco