San Francisco 2018 w/ Job & Coaching Fair

August 4, 2018

Job / Coaching Fair
2:00 - 5:00pm PST
Conference
6:30-11:00pm PST

Microsoft Reactor

680 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA

Speakers

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Image of Tre' Grisby

Tre' Grisby
One Benefits the Many
I have been in tech since 2001 but interested in it my whole life. Most of the time I was One of the few, if not the Only one at the meeting. When I say One I mean, the only Black/African-American male in the group. For me there are two approaches to life. Live in Paranoia or Don’t. I decided not to live in Paranoia. Don’t spend time worrying about what people’s actions mean or could mean. Living Paranoia free I could "Move Forward”. Disregarding anything but the blatantly obvious racism and/or discrimination.
In 2013 it was pointed out that I was the only Black/African-American running online gaming conventions. Before Twitch was an itch I was recording long format video of people gaming online and showing it on YouTube. What I learned from that comment by a colleague was that I can be a role model for others. I haven’t won a Nobel peace prize, but I have given a few people more to think about. Young Black/African-American males might see me when they envision something no else like them is doing. It is hard to imagine doing something that no one like you is doing or has done. Until the Wright brothers invented airplanes flying was for the birds. Now people fly all the time and the world wouldn’t be the same without it.
What I try to do is not separate us by focusing on external things like color, gender, etc. Instead invite everyone and deal with the issues as they come.

About Tre' Grisby
He became a “gamer”, "skateboarder", “coder”, and lifelong tech enthusiast in High School; and is passionate about the importance and value of connecting young people to the world of technology at an early age – particularly youth in high needs and underserved communities. In his view, “communities of opportunity”. On a professional and personal level, his early introduction to the “tech world” has been transformative – resulting in a lifelong enthusiasm for continuous learning, sharing and deep engagement in the tech community.

A strong proponent for “STEAM” education – including the arts, design, graphics – (for many a creative gateway to the sciences and mathematics), Lewis (Tre’) is a technology professional with 15-plus years of experience providing computer support services in the fast-paced infrastructure business environment (transportation and water/sewer utility sectors).

In his spare time, he works on Javascript projects – “The Matrix RPG”, online RPG Convention “LUG Con”. He is very active in the Bay area community, i.e., Organizer of Berkeley Javascript Dojo Meetup, Co-Organizer of SF Node Meetup, a SunCode Solar Hackathon “People’s Choice” Award Winner; and is the Organizer of a monthly Shadowrun 5 Campaign that is now in its 4th year.

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Image of Jenna Quindica

Jenna Quindica
The Bipolar Software Engineer
Jenna Quindica was working at her third startup when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her journey has been a rocky one, marked by medication changes, mental health days, and more. She wouldn't have been able to maintain her full-time software engineering job without help, support, and encouragement from her manager and coworkers.

Jenna will share how she navigated a diagnosis and now a chronic, mental illness. This is a story with a happy ending. Attendees will walk away feeling more comfortable discussing mental health in the workplace and everyday life.

About Jenna Quindica
Jenna Quindica is a multiracial woman, born and raised in Hawaii, who has worked at startups exclusively her whole career. She's a Cornell- and self-taught software engineer whose focus is on product and data scale. Jenna loves Broadway and is seen in her natural habitat rapping Hamilton in full.

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Image of Michelle Glauser

Michelle Glauser
Techtonica: Empowering Local Women and Non-Binary Adults in Need with Tech Skills
When I decided I wanted to join tech, I had to get married to do so. Becoming a software engineer was really empowering because it tripled my income, but the lack of diversity and inclusion in tech was shocking. I saw that the exact people who are most underrepresented in tech were the people who were also most in danger of displacement because of the high income disparity being caused by tech. I also saw that existing programs had too many barriers to allow those most in need of training any empowerment, so I started Techtonica, a nonprofit that provides six months of free tech training with living and childcare stipends followed by job placement.

I'll tell you about how Techtonica works to empower local women and non-binary adults with low incomes, the values we focus on, the community workshops we offer in partnership with nonprofits, our six-month apprenticeship training program, our recently-graduated apprentices, the companies where we've placed our apprentices, and our goals going forward.

About Michelle Glauser
Michelle Glauser grew up in a large, blue-collar family and was lucky to find her way to tech. She is the founder and CEO of Techtonica, a nonprofit that offers local women and non-binary adults with low incomes free tech training, along with living and childcare stipends, then places them in positions at sponsoring companies that are ready to support more diverse teams. Techtonica's first cohort of apprentices recently graduated and 100% were placed with partner companies. Michelle is also a software engineer, the lead organizer for PyLadiesSF (the world's largest chapter of women who code in Python), and on the leadership team of Diversity Advocates. In 2015, she spearheaded the #ILookLikeAnEngineer ad campaign. Both LinkedIn and Upworthy have recognized her work.

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image of Mark de Dios

Mark de Dios
Diversity and "Diversity"
A quick look into what it means to "be" diverse vis a vis "performing" diversity in tech with regards to the bootcamp experience, the job search experience, etc.

About Mark de Dios
First-generation Filipino American software engineer with a background in anthropology and journalism. Previous dabbler with the JET Program, recently graduated dabbler of Dev Bootcamp, forever dabbler with piano, trombone, tarot, etc. Prefers and enjoys the SoundCloud suggestion algorithm.

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Image of Bryan Hughes

Bryan Hughes
The Mental Health Impacts of Growing Up Queer
My anxiety impacts my life every day. Sometimes it's just a low hum in the background, and sometimes it actively gets in the way of my ability to work and engage in meaningful relationships.

My anxiety doesn't exist in a vacuum though, and it didn't appear out of thin air. Growing up bisexual in Texas in the 80s and 90s had a lasting and damaging impact on my life, including my mental health.

The interplay of my queerness and my anxiety is deep, nuanced, and inseperable. And it's not just me either, there is a deep need for mental healthcare among all marginalized communities.

About Bryan Hughes
Bryan Hughes is a developer evangelist at Microsoft, long-time member of the Node.js and NodeBots communities, and tech activist. Bryan is the creator of Raspi IO which provides Raspberry Pi support for the Johnny-Five JavaScript robotics library. Bryan also created Raver Lights, a distributed wireless lighting system designed for festivals, and Request Inspector, a Node.js performance diagnostics tool. Outside of tech, Bryan is a photographer, writer, a once upon a time pianist, and a wine aficionado. He's also bisexual and grew up in various places in Texas, which both define much of who he is today.

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