[ONLINE] GOTO Night: Chicago Diversity and Inclusion Panel

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To join this panel discussion, head over to Zoom at 5:30 CDT: https://zoom.us/j/190314018

GOTO have decided to make all upcoming GOTO Night's online until further notice, including this one.

Speakers: Kim Holmes, Ashley Powell, Lorena Mesa and Chelsea Troy

5:30pm - 5:40pm - Intro
5:40pm - 7:00pm - Panel Q&A

This panel with four leaders across the tech industry will cover topics on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and becoming a DEI leader. This is a chance to share advice and resources, and learn from thought leaders in the tech industry.

We welcome everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion.

A few of the topics we’ll cover:
- Leadership
- Salary
- Mentorship
- Community

link to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/190314018


Kim Holmes - Panelist:
As a seasoned entrepreneur, Kim B. Holmes has worked in financial services delivering enterprise class technology solutions in the insurance and banking sectors, both domestically and internationally. After 19+ years in as a Director in Business Technology at Discover Financial Services, Kim recently moved into a role in Talent Acquisition at Discover, focused on technology talent acquisition. Kim is passionate about driving innovation through inclusion, working to create educational and professional opportunities for women and people of color.

Lorena Mesa - Panelist:
Political scientist turned coder, Lorena Mesa is a data engineer on GitHub's software intelligence systems team, Director and Vice-Chair, Elect on the Python Software Foundation, and PyLadies Chicago co-organizer. Lorena's time at Obama for America and her subsequent graduate research required her to learn how to transform messy, incomplete data into intelligible analysis on topics like predicting Latinx voter behavior. It's this unique background in research and applied mathematics that drove Lorena to pursue a career in engineering and data science. One part activist, one part Star Wars fanatic, and another part Trekkie, Lorena abides by the motto to "live long and prosper".

Ashley Powell - Panelist:
Ashley Quinto Powell is a sales and revenue consultant. As a consultant, Quinto Powell works with startups and small businesses, with founder-led sales efforts. She focuses on strategy and sales messaging that honors the reputation and personality of the founders. She is a national speaker — most recently for the TEDx, Pinterest, and Google — and she supports women in business through formal and informal mentorship communities. Quinto Powell is the founder of The Madison Bossy and The Chicago Boss, a community of women actively advancing their careers while raising children.

Chelsea Troy - Moderator:
Chelsea writes code for money. Her recent projects include an automated image processing pipeline for NASA Landsat images and a dual-platform mobile app to engage science enthusiasts in original research. She looks for clients who are saving the planet, advancing basic scientific research, or providing resources to underserved communities. She has been known to take projects in mobile development, web development, and machine learning. She streams some programming sessions to YouTube, so you can watch her code (and narrate!) in real time. She then turns the recordings into educational materials.

Chelsea also teaches Mobile Software Development at the Master’s Program in Computer Science at the University of Chicago. She is the author of chelseatroy.com and a book called Remote Work Sucks (the title is kind of a trap). She organizes two conferences: PromptConf (Chicago area, very technical) and ORD Camp (Chicago area, not nearly as technical).

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