International Women's Day 2016


Jennifer Apacible
Software Engineer, Google


Jennifer Apacible is a Software Engineer on the Chrome Media team focusing on the cast experience. She joined Google in 2014 after receiving a BS in Computer Science at the University of Washington. Her interests lie in HCI, networks, and security. Previously, she was an intern at Amazon and Facebook.

Lesley Baker 
Mobile Developer, For 
Jack & Jill

Lightning Talk

Lesley Baker has spent the past year and a half building iOS apps for her own company, For Jack & Jill. Her apps focus on helping kids better understand and feel empowered to do something about their feelings, such as pain, anger, and anxiety.
Lesley draws upon 10+ years of industry experience as both a developer and program manager. Before rolling solo, she wore the multiple hats of startup life at Rivet & Sway, a women’s eyewear company and worked at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. She started her career at Microsoft after graduating with a bachelors in computer science from the University of Washington. She spends a week in the summer teaching the delight of coding at App Camp for Girls.

Anna Cavender
Technical Program Manager, 

Lightning Talk

Anna Cavender is a Technical Product Manager focusing on accessibility for communications products at Google. Previously, she was a Software Engineer on Hangouts video calls and Chrome video. Before Google, Anna completed a Ph.D. at the University of Washington focusing on accessible technology for deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and blind users. She was a co-founder of the Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing and serves on the editorial board for ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing.

Kate Edwards
Executive Director, International Game Developers Association
Lightning Talk

Kate Edwards is the Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), appointed in December 2012. She is also the founder and principal consultant of Geogrify, a Seattle-based consultancy for content culturalization, leveraging her expertise as an applied geographer, writer, and corporate strategist. Formerly as Microsoft’s first Geopolitical Strategist in the Geopolitical Strategy team she created and managed, Kate was responsible for protecting the company against political and cultural content risks across all products and locales. Since leaving Microsoft, she has provided guidance to many companies on a wide range of geopolitical and cultural issues and she continues to work on a variety of game franchises. Kate is also a regular columnist for MultiLingual Computing magazine. In October 2013, Fortune magazine named her as one of the "10 most powerful women" in the game industry and in December 2014 she was named by as one of their six People of the Year in the game industry.

Hasmik Kalantarian
Software Engineer, Disney
IoT Panelist

Hasmik Kalantarian has been working in Android development for 3 years. She currently works for the Walt Disney Company in the Disney Parks & Resorts Digital department and has worked on both the new Disneyland and Disneyworld Android applications. Hasmik graduated from University of Washington with a degree in Human Centered Information Management.

Priscilla Knox
Tech PM, Google
Closing Remarks

Priscilla is a Program Manager on the self-driving car project at Google. She grew up in Portland, Maine and never expected to be working alongside so many robots. She received her degree in American Studies and English Lit from George Washington University, and initially moved out West to pursue brand representation for a men's clothing company. However, in early 2012, Priscilla’s career path took a very strange turn when she decided to join the self-driving car team. She was captivated by the potential impact of autonomous technology on our current transportation system - and wanted to be a part of it. The car’s ability to make sense of real-world chaos still never ceases to amaze her!

Margaret Maynard-Reid
Android Developer, General UI LLC
Panel Moderator

Margaret Maynard-­Reid is an Android Developer at General UI LLC, and has taught Android at the UW Continuing Edu Program. She is actively involved with the Android community, ­speaking at conferences, and organizing meetups, DevFests and Android Study Jams. She is an organizer and the Women Techmakers lead for GDG Seattle, and an organizer for a few Android meetups in the local community. For the past four years, she developed Android Apps for start­ups and published her own on Google Play, Amazon Appstore, Xiaomi and Baidu. Prior to her developer career, she has led large ­scale programs at Microsoft (e.g. the Bing brand launch), Hewlett Packard, and Procter and Gamble. Margaret holds an MBA degree from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Her passions include Internet of Things, Android, organizing, learning, teaching and cooking.

Grace Metri
IoT Community Evangelist, Intel
IoT Panelist

Grace Metri is an Internet of Things (IoT) Community Evangelist in the Software and Services Group at Intel Corporation, where she builds cutting-edge demonstrations of IoT technology and engages with the Maker community through hackathons, workshops, and conferences worldwide. She is also a maker, a software developer, and an enthusiastic supporter of increasing diversity in STEM fields. Grace holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Wayne State University, Michigan, and has research interests in IoT, mobile computing, and energy efficiency.

Corrie Scalisi
Software Engineer, Nest
IoT Panelist

Corrie has been at Google for 8.5 years. She recently started on Nest as an engineer and manager for the Nest Apps team in Kirkland. Before that, Corrie was the TL of Google Doodles for 3.5 years, where she worked with a team of four other engineers on the Google Homepage doodles (both interactive and infrastructure to show static doodles). Prior to that, she worked on Search and Google News. When Corrie isn’t working, she enjoys riding her horse and long-distance running.

Dawn Shaikh
UX Manager, Google

Dawn Shaikh, Senior UX Manager at Google, is currently leading research across the Communications group at Google and leading design for Google’s consumer and enterprise Hangouts efforts. She was previously the Head of UX for Google Cloud Platform where she managed design, research, and prototyping for Google's external cloud-based developer tools. Dawn took Google Cloud Platform from several disparate offerings to one unified platform designed to meet developers in their daily workflows. During her 8.5 years at Google, she has worked on AdWords, Internationalization, Google Fonts, and Google Apps for Enterprise. She also spent one year as an Engineering Ambassador in Bangalore, India where she focused on SMB enterprise needs. Dawn has a PhD in Human Factors Psychology from Wichita State University.

Sim Singh
UW student, Co-Founder of Tech++
IoT Panelist

Sim is a Junior at the University of Washington studying Informatics. She grew up in the Silicon Valley and went to an all-girls school. Sim loves focusing on how technology can empower women to achieve at the highest level. More importantly, she loves that technology is permeating everything that we do and changing the way we innovate, communicate, and learn!

Paula Tomlinson
Engineer, Impinj
IoT Panelist

Paula Tomlinson has worked in the device space for more than 20 years including Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. She is currently Director of Embedded SW Engineering at Impinj; a Seattle based company specializing in RFID hardware and software platforms and solutions. She’s a former columnist for Windows Developer’s Journal and serves on the board of directors for Team Survivor Northwest. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University, an MBA in Technical Management from the University of Phoenix, and a Master of Science in Astronomy from Swinburne Center for Supercomputing and Astrophysics.

Zaheera Valani
Dev Manager, Tableau
Lighting Talk

Zaheera has been working in the tech industry for 12+ years spanning two countries and three very different companies. She is currently a development manager at Tableau leading the Big Data team. Zaheera started her career at Microsoft on the Excel team. While she was at Microsoft she had the opportunity to help setup and build out the Microsoft Vancouver Development Centre. After 9 years at Microsoft, Zaheera moved on to take on a senior engineering leadership role at a HealthCare analytics startup in Bellevue.

Zaheera was born in Nairobi, Kenya, grew up in Toronto, Canada and currently lives in Redmond with her husband and four year old son. As a family they love participating in and watching sports (Go Hawks! Go Canucks!)