Past Meetup

Panel: ORM’s and Data Management

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For this month's meetup we're going to be discussing the "highs" and "lows" of using an ORM, when is it useful, and when is it best to avoid them. We have invited 4 panelists to discuss their experiences, successes, and pain points while using an ORM in their application.

For more info on what an ORM is:

Our panelists:

Alison Stanton (twitter (

As Chief Problem Solver at Stanton Ventures ( Alison focuses on business intelligence reporting, product measurement, process improvement through automation, and technical training. She makes data accessible, discoverable, and actionable for Operations teams, Product Managers, and clients. Currently, her main languages are SQL, Python, and LookML. She loves knitting and using technology to empower audacious ideas.

Patrick Gombert (twitter (

Patrick is a software engineer currently working at Sprout Social. He enjoys functional programming and studying the history of computer science.

Hettie Dombrovskaya (blog (

Henrietta Dombrovskaya (currently a Senior Data Architect at Braviant holding, Chicago IL) is a database researcher and developer with over 30 years of academic and industrial experience. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Saint Petersburg, Russia. She taught Database and Transaction theory at the University of Saint - Petersburg (Russia), at the Computer Systems Institute in Skokie, IL and at Spherion Consulting in Chicago, as well as multiple database tuning classes for both beginners and advanced professional.

Joe Hirn (bio (

Joe Hirn is CTO at DevMynd Software where he is practice lead and head of delivery for a talented design and engineering team. Throughout his career he's donned the garb of nearly every data storage cape the fashionable industry of business computing has seen fit to promote. From analytic systems with star schemas and data cubes to low latency, high frequency trading systems, he's made them all sing. He might even still be friends with some DBAs from the 2000s.


412 S Wells. Chicago, IL 60607, Suite 1000

8th Light will be hosting and providing food for this meetup.