Pride in DevOps: LGBTQ+ Inclusive Workplaces

Women In DevOps
Women In DevOps
Public group

Online event

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Join us for a discussion to acknowledge that even though the DevOps industry is ‘progressive’, there is more work to be done to achieve true gender inclusivity. Our aim is to uncover how we can create LGBTQ+ friendly environments, discuss experiences and unite the LGBTQ+ DevOps community in a light-hearted but meaningful discussion.

Itinerary (GMT):
8.00PM - 9.00PM - Panel discussion with live Q&A
9.00PM - 9.30PM - Networking

Join the panel discussion here:

Join the networking here:

- Lucy Neal - Co-Founder and Marketing Manager at Women In DevOps
- Aubrey Stearn - Interim CTO at Oakam
- Forest Handford - DevOps Leader
- Steve Demeter - Engineering Manager at Google
- Pamela Burga - Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Live Nation

Aubrey Stearn
Aubrey is currently the Interim CTO at Oakam, a dynamic micro lending start-up. She’s previously held interim roles at Nationwide, Arcadia, PizzaHut and TraveLodge. A developer at heart & former head of IT Operations, she understands the synergy possible with DevOps.

Forest Handford
Forest Handford is a DevOps leader from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA. Forest has held DevOps leadership roles at MEDITECH and Affectiva. Forest was also a DevOps individual contributor at Carbonite. She was recently part of a layoff due to COVID-19 and looking for a new role. Forest is the founder of a non-profit called Employee Empowerment that is working to end the wage gap. She publicly transitioned in March of 2019 on International Women's Day when she also came out as being pansexual. While not at work, she's bringing her family to corn mazes, conventions, and Burning Man events. Forest uses her LinkedIn profile for her professional blogging. Forest can also be found on Twitter @ForestJay.

Steve Demeter
Steve Demeter was the AppStore's very first rags-to-riches success story. His award-winning game Trism launched to the top of the charts the day the AppStore launched. Since then, he has appeared on MSNBC, The New York Times, BBC, and CNN. He has guest lectured at Stanford, and has been recognized as one of Business Insider's Most Influential LGBTQ+ people in tech. He currently holds a position as a Senior Engineering Manager at YouTube, and volunteers on their Pride leadership committee.

Pamela Burga
15 years of effectively leveraging strong interpersonal and analytical skills to coach and advise executives and diverse stakeholders, Pamela Burga has driven individual and team performance in a variety of industries, including tech, government, entertainment,
education, aerospace, and healthcare. Pamela joined Live Nation in 2018 as the Manager of Diversity & Belonging and owns workforce analytics, drives ERG strategy, and is developing diversity training platforms and career development programs. Prior to Live Nation, she implemented talent development, performance management, and Diversity & Inclusion initiatives at SpaceX to support enabling life on Mars. Pamela has previously held leadership roles in compensation, talent attraction, and as an HR Business Partner at DIRECTV Latin America, McKesson, and AT&T.