Restoring Resilience: Celebrating, Thanking & Honoring our Tireless Tech Community

Virtual Classes
Fri, May 7, 2021, 12:00 PM (EDT)

About this event

How long has it been since you really took a minute to invest in yourself? Even just took a mid-day pause, solely for you?! Juggling work with family and friends and investing in your community is exhausting.  We see you (yes, YOU!). We recognize the work, time, energy, and passion you share with your job, friends, family, and community every day. We honor all that you give to support your people and care for those around you. We know this year has been a lot for you.

We also know you can't pour from an empty cup. And so, we invite you to join us for this special event designed to fill your cup with thoughtful conversations, best practices, empowering advice, and a moment to invest time and energy back into yourself!  Join us; you deserve it.

This event will feature a Personal Presentation with Rana el Kaliouby who will discuss her book "Girl Decoded" and share her own life journey and career path. This discussion will be followed by a Conversation Panel with tech leaders who will share their insights and advice for building a career you love while actively giving to family, friends, and community.

Event Agenda (listed in EDT)

  • 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: Personal Presentation with Rana el Kaliouby, Girl Decoded 
  • 12:45 pm - 1:00 pm: Open Q&A with Rana el Kaliouby 
  • 1:00 pm - 1:30pm:  Conversation Panel
    • Bhavan Ramakrishnan, Senior Engineering Manager, Nextiva
    • Destiny Hayes, Site Reliability Engineer/Operations Manager, Nextiva
    • Kristin Gallucci, Chief Marketing Strategist, United Franchise Group
    • Margaret O'Hagan, Grainger
    • Eryn Petersen, CTO Drizly (moderator)
  • 1:30 pm - 1:45 pm: Open Q&A with Panelists

Guest Bios:

Rana el Kaliouby

A pioneer in Emotion AI, Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva, and author of the newly released book Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology. A passionate advocate for humanizing technology, ethics in AI, and diversity, Rana has been recognized on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list and as one of Forbes' Top 50 Women in Tech. Rana is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Young Presidents' Organization member. She has also co-hosted a PBS NOVA series on AI. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and a Post Doctorate from MIT.

Purchase the book here. Learn more about Rana el Kaliouby and her business on social media: 

Rana el Kaliouby
Twitter: @kaliouby
LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook 

Twitter: @Affectiva
LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook

Code of Conduct: GDI's mission is focused on providing opportunities for women to learn web and software development, but our classes and events are open to all genders and identities. We are dedicated to providing a welcoming and comfortable environment for all to learn to code and every attendee is expected to uphold our Code of Conduct (





  • Katie Brydon

    Katie Brydon

    Girl Develop It

    Community Director

  • Katie Franco

    Katie Franco

    Girl Develop It

    Executive Director


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