Come join a panel discussion on women in technology led by Kellyn Pot’Vin, with panelists: Amy Caldwell, Heli Helskyaho, Sarah Zumbrum, and Alex Gorbachev. Due to cultural differences between men and women, the percentage of females who participate in networking opportunities, such as user group meetings, blogs, etc., is much lower in comparison to their male colleagues.
Topics of discussion will include the following: How do we get more women to join local user groups, blog, or even present at their local user groups’ quarterly or annual events? How do we get more young women interested in careers in the technical fields?
MEET THE PANELISTS
Kellyn Pot’Vinis a former Oracle ACE Director, current OakTable Network member, and the consulting member for the Strategic Customer Program, a specialized group of Enterprise Manager specialists at Oracle. She specializes in environment optimization tuning, automation, and creating systems that are robust and enterprise-level. Kellyn works almost exclusively on mult-TB size databases, including Exadata and solid-state disk solutions, and is known for her extensive work with both the Enterprise Manager 12c and its command-line interface. Her blog, http://dbakevlar.com, and social media activity under @DBAKevlar is well-respected for her insight and content. She is the co-author on a number of technical books, hosts webinars for ODTUG, OTN and All Things Oracle, and has presented at Oracle OpenWorld, Hotsos, Collaborate, and Kscope, along with numerous other US and European conferences. Kellyn is a strong advocate for Women in Technology, citing education on topics regarding stereotypes and presenting opportunities early as the path to overcoming challenges.
Amy Caldwell has worked in the Oracle space for 14 years and has touched many areas of software development. Her specialties include database design, advanced PL/SQL development, and integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite. As a graduate of Georgia Tech's Industrial Engineering program, Amy enjoys finding ways to bring engineering skills to streamline processes at her organization. Amy also fills a liaison role between the development and DBA teams, and she is always promoting ways to increase teamwork between groups. She is passionate about improving software development practices and is the content lead for the Building Better Software track at Kscope14. Amy works at Chick-fil-A, Inc. in Atlanta and lives with her husband Sam and their three children.
Few DBAs are as well-equipped as Alex Gorbachev to handle any kind of database scenario. Alex has architected and designed numerous successful database solutions that address challenging business requirements. Alex is a respected figure in the Oracle world and a sought-after leader and speaker at Oracle conferences around the globe. He regularly publishes articles on the Pythian blog and runs online webinars. Alex is a member of the OakTable Network and an Oracle ACE Director. Today, Alex is working at The Pythian Group as chief technology officer, continuing to bridge the gap between business and technology. The search for the perfect fit between technology, engineering talents, and business processes is what keeps him up at night.
Heli Helskyaho holds a Master’s degree (Computer Science) in Helsinki University and she is specialized on databases. Heli is also an Oracle ACE Director and a frequent speaker in many conferences. She has been working on IT since 1990 and with Oracle products since 1993. She has been in several positions but any role has always included database design. Heli has been an Oracle Designer user since 1996 and a Data Modeler user since 2010. Heli has been a board member and/or president of Oracle User Group Finland since 2001 and spokesperson/ambassador for EMEA Oracle user groups community (EOUC) since 2007. She is also the CEO for Miracle Finland Oy. Heli believes that good database design and good documentation reduces performance problems and makes solving them easier.
Sarah Zumbrum is an Associate ACE and an Oracle Certified Implementation Specialist with Finit Solutions, headquartered in Media, PA. She has previously worked in-house as a business intelligence architect and as an EPM consultant, specializing in the Hyperion suite of tools. She has been a speaker at ODTUG's Kscope and OAUG's Connection Point, is a member of ODTUG's Hyperion SIG Board, and is a recent graduate of ODTUG's Leadership Program. She has served as a Hyperion content reviewer for RMOUG's Training Days 2014 and is on the Foundations & Data Management Track team for Kscope 2014. She is an avid marathoner and resides with her husband in Raleigh, NC.
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