- Advancing Women Technologists in Omaha
Interested in advancing women technologists in the Omaha area? So were the three Fellows chosen by Do Space to develop new resources and tools to promote the advancement of women technologists and tech entrepreneurs in Omaha! Each Do Space Fellow was assigned an expert mentor, and received a $10,000 stipend to bring her big idea to life. Come hear how those ideas were shaped into action as the three Fellows, Carina Glover, April Goettle and Bianca Zongrone Jefferson share the results of their work. Networking begins at 5:15pm, with our presenters taking the stage around 5:45pm. Please RSVP so we have an accurate count for the snacks and refreshments being sponsored by Do Space.
- A Personal Journey Into Software Engineering
Please join us as we hear about Abby Jones' personal journey from teaching in the classroom to becoming a software engineer and how the skills she learned in the classroom translated into her new role. Abby taught special education for over a decade and then joined Mutual of Omaha in 2016 as a member of the Solution Architecture division's Mentoring Practice. She helped create their Front End Developers Community of Practice and was a member of the Talent Strategy Steering Committee. Most recently, Abby has been working with teams building software on the Amazon Web Services platform. Outside of work, her favorite activity is jamming out on guitar and hand percussion with her two-year-old niece. WiTH will be combining this meeting with our local OJUG group. TEK Systems is our sponsor and will provide us with pizza, pop and water. Our host for the event is Blue Cross Blue Shield, 1919 Aksarben Dr. Networking will begin at 5:15, with Abby hitting the stage around 5:45. We'll be sure to leave plenty of time for Q&A at the end.
- Data Driven Analysis
Kim Buckley, Director, ERP Reporting and Analytics, HDR Inc., will be outlining the differences between Data Science, Data Analytics and Business Intelligence and how each can help shape the future of your organization. Join us for snacks, refreshments and networking at HDR's new headquarters in Aksarben Village. Please RSVP so we can get an accurate count for planning purposes. Free parking is available in the parking garage, 1930 S. 64 Ave, directly east of the HDR building. Park on the ground floor and enter the building from the retail alley and proceed to the lobby. Please have a photo ID ready to show at the Security Check-in desk in the main lobby.
- Software Test Automation
Test automation lies at the heart of Agile software development. Having automated tests often improves code quality, increases confidence that code works as anticipated, and also ensures that end users quickly receive a product that suits their needs. At the March meetup, we will be diving into the basics of UI test automation and discussing some of the benefits of writing test cases for enterprise applications. Our speaker for the evening is Lauren Koperski. Lauren is an Application Developer at Mutual of Omaha and has worked to create an automated UI test suite for an internal application, which due in part to its technical state, has become one of the primary candidates for use in experimentation with newer technologies. Mutual of Omaha is our sponsor for the evening, providing food and beverage, beginning at 5:15pm. Lauren Koperski will begin her automated testing talk at 6pm and then we will open it up for discussion and questions at 6:45pm. ** last minute request from attendees: Please help our flood victims! The flooding happening to so many communities in Nebraska is devastating. WiTH would like to help the victims by assisting the Salvation Army in collecting donations. You can contribute by bringing needed items or a monetary donation to our meeting on Tuesday, March 19. We'll get the contributions to the Salvation Army's drop-off center, which is at the former Canfield's store at 84th and Center this week. Here is a link for the details: https://www.wowt.com/content/news/HOW-TO-HELP-Salvation-Army-setting-up-donation-drop-off-507231171.html
- Feng Shui Principles in the Digital World
If you have a desire to create an environment that helps you to think more clearly and be more productive, then learning some feng shui principles for your home and business is for you! Feng shui is an ancient Chinese philosophical system that deals with harmonizing people to their surroundings and can be applied at home and in business. Feng shui is experiencing a resurgence, especially in the business marketing and digital space, including websites, where it is all about the expression of the energy of a business, its identity, and goals. Pam Hagge from Harbinger Partners will share the basics of feng shui and tips to help you create a more harmonious home and work environment that invigorates and supports you and others. Networking will begin around 5:15pm, with the meeting portion of our night commencing around 5:45pm. Harbinger Partners will sponsor our event and provide us with snacks and beverages. Solve is our host for the night, allowing us to take advantage of their centrally located facilities. Thanks in advance to both our sponsor and our host!
- Effectively Managing Change
Change is constant and inevitable in all areas of our lives, our workplace, and most of all in IT. Change can be very difficult for people and organizations. The January presentation will discuss proven methods for managing change in a way that will improve the potential for overall success. Susan Haller has been an IT Leader in the Omaha Community for over 10 years. She has experienced change first hand at several companies as they grew, changed and even closed. Susan has witnessed how proactively managing the changes reduces the amount of stress and problems related to the changes. Please join us for an interactive evening, with network beginning around 5:15pm and the meeting portion of our night starting at 5:45. Our sponsor this month is Advantage Tech. They will be providing appetizers and beverages during our networking time.
- WiTH Holiday Social
It is hard to believe that we are already wrapping up 2018, but it is true! So, it's time for our annual holiday social! There is no formal topic for this night. We will simply come together to eat, drink and be merry! Harbinger Partners will be sponsoring our social and will be providing appetizers and dessert. There will be prize drawings for everyone present and also small gifts for anyone submitting an idea for a meeting topic in 2019. Like last year, we will also be collecting non-perishables for the Food Bank of the Heartland. If you'd like to bring a donation, our organizers will be dropping off the donation in the name of Women in Technology in the Heartland. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! Hope to see you all there!
- Business Email Compromise: What it Looks Like & How to Protect Yourself
Business Email Compromise: What it Looks Like and What You Can Do to Protect Yourself presented by Cyber Security Expert, Stacy Eldridge. Stacy is currently the Cyber Security Manager at Lincoln Electric System. Previously, she was the DLP Technical Program Manager and Senior Staff Cyber Security Investigator at General Electric Digital managing DLP operations and investigations for more than 90,000 employees. Stacy also spent nearly a decade as a Digital Forensic Examiner in federal law enforcement on the Computer Analysis Response Team. Stacy currently holds the following certifications: ACE, CFCE, GCCC, and GSEC and has a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems. During the holiday months the WiTH Group gives back. We will be gathering donations for the Diaper Drive during this meeting. All diaper donations will be taken to the Lydia House. So bring a pack of diapers and help out those in need. Food and Beverages served at 5:15 with presentation to follow at the Offices of CRI. Come check this out!
- Emotional & Social Intelligence: Better Relationships/Improved Performance
What is that “secret ingredient” that can help all of us achieve greater fulfillment, build better relationships, and improve performance? Is it just intelligence and hard work or is there something else? Join us for this interactive session as we talk with Rodney Verhoeff, an experienced program and project professional, leadership coach and a niche management consultant. We will discuss that secret ingredient and the vital role it plays in the work environment to help us better understand and motivate ourselves and others.
- Lightning Talk Meet-UP Extravaganza with the OJUG
Please join us for a first time ever combined meeting of the Omaha Java User Group (OJUG, @OmahaJug) and Women in Technology in the Heartland (WITH, @WITHeartland)! We are excited to present you with 10 Lightning Talks from a sample of the dynamic, Information Technology-focused, User Groups in the Omaha area. Come explore the opportunities available to you to learn, collaborate and network with other IT professionals. If you are thinking about a career in technology, or you are already an IT professional, don't miss this event! TechOmaha Omaha SQL User Group Nebraska JS Omaha Maker Group Google Developer Group Omaha Agile User Group .Net User Group Learn Swift Omaha WITH OJUG See you there!