Guests of Community Pulse

John Willis

John Willis

John Willis has worked in the IT management industry for more than 35 years. Currently he is an Evangelist at Docker Inc. Prior to Docker Willis was the VP of Solutions for Socketplane (sold to Docker) and Enstratius (sold to Dell). Prior to Socketplane and Enstratius Willis was the VP of Training & Services at Opscode where he formalized the training, evangelism, and professional services functions at the firm. Willis also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award winning IBM business partner, which specializes in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise. Willis has authored six IBM Redbooks for IBM on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems.

Jono Bacon

Jono Bacon

Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, speaker, author, and podcaster. He is the founder of Jono Bacon Consulting which provides community strategy/execution, developer workflow, and other services. He also previously served as director of community at GitHub, Canonical, XPRIZE, OpenAdvantage. His clients include Huawei, GitLab, Microsoft, Sony Mobile, Deutsche Bank, HackerOne, Mattermost, SAP, data.world, Creative Commons, and others. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Art of Community, is a columnist for Forbes and opensource.com, founder of the Community Leadership Summit, and co-founder of the Bad Voltage and LugRadio podcasts.

Justin Reese

Justin Reese

Founder of Code & Supply, organizer of Abstractions, Heartifacts, and Uptime conferences.

Karen White

Karen White

Karen White is a Developer Marketing Manager at Rasa, an open source framework for conversational AI with a global community of contributors. She specializes in content and product marketing for developer tools, helping developers discover and leverage new technology to build cool things! Before joining Rasa, Karen was a Developer Advocate at BigCommerce, where she focused on community building, developer experience, and developer education. You can find Karen on Medium at medium.com/@karen_pwhite and Twitter at @karen_pwhite.

Karissa Peth

Karissa Peth

Karissa is a Sr. Developer Relations Program Manager at Microsoft and previously spent time building community at Bugsnag & New Relic. She loves Go + Python and has too many IOT side projects started. Prior to her transition into the magical work of developer relations she was a cancer researcher for 9 years. Due to her work in bio science she is prone to asking about sample sizes and standard error when presented graphs, and assumes discussions of funnels are not about marketing. She spends her weekends racing on sailboats and also enjoys sewing clothes.

Kelsey Hightower

Kelsey Hightower

Kelsey is a technologist building things that make people smile.

Ken Mugrage

Ken Mugrage

A technology evangelist for ThoughtWorks, Ken Mugrage is focused on providing education on DevOps and continuous delivery. He began his IT career in the early 1990s as a system administrator for Seattle’s first Internet service provider. Ken went on to form his own web development company in 1994, creating some of the first data-driven websites anywhere. During the next twenty years he held almost every position in a software development organization—from developer to director of a global engineering team. Using his experience Ken has consulted with top companies on applying the right technical solutions to business problems.

Kim Bannerman

Kim Bannerman

Over a decade in Technology. Passionate about making Open Source and Community better tomorrow than it was today and helping people grow. Always focused on the customer. Interests: emerging technology, science fiction & fantasy, college football, traveling

Lauren Cooney

Lauren Cooney

Lauren Cooney has twenty years of experience creating, building and leading high-growth teams, businesses, platforms and developer communities for multiple Fortune 500 companies including BEA Systems (now Oracle), IBM, Microsoft, Juniper, and Cisco Systems, where she has led product management, Open Source, product marketing, developer strategy, and new business model creation. Her work has netted companies over $1B in revenue, hundreds of new clients and over a million developers.

Lauren recently founded Spark Labs. Spark Labs educates and empowers up and coming leaders and top organizations to innovate with intention and inclusivity for the greater good, creating diverse and authentic programs and communities to help all women accelerate their careers in technology and business. Utilizing twenty years of expertise in executive roles and leading teams for Fortune 500 companies, Spark Labs’ goal is to improve diversity and keep women in the “pipeline” while accelerating their path to the C-Suite. Spark Labs offers executive coaching, leadership training, retention and inclusivity programs and a robust community for women looking to accelerate their career beyond the traditional corporate models and offerings.

The Huffington Post, CIO Magazine, Business Insider and Light Reading have all recognized Cooney as a top leader in software, open source, developer relations, women in technology and cloud computing industries. In 2019 Cooney was also appointed to the Forbes Business Council.