K Rain Leander is a systematic, slightly psychic, interdisciplinary community liaison with a Bachelor’s in dance and a Master’s in IT. An epic public speaker, she has disappeared within a box stuffed with swords, created life, and went skydiving with the Queen. Seriously. Rain is an active technical contributor with OpenStack, RDO, TripleO, Fedora, and DjangoGirls. Come say hello. Bring cake.
For the past 15 years, Sarah-Jane Morris has been growing and nurturing developer communities at various stages of growth; at startups like Context IO and Keen IO, at high growth companies like Shopify, and at corporations like Intel. SJ’s audacious vision to make every developer community diverse, welcoming and sustainable inspired her to launch Listen Community Consulting in 2019. Alongside Listen, she joined HubSpot’s Developer Relations team as a Senior Program Manager in November 2019.
Shannon Burns is an engineering manager working on internal developer tools at Slack. She loves that she gets to spend her days nerding out on improving the working lives of her coworkers. Before building internal tools, Shannon was a Developer Advocate and speaker, working at Slack and Nginx. In her efforts to fight the gender inequity in tech, she founded Hacking for Women, the first forward-funded scholarship program for women in coding. She’s also an artist, singer, and mentor to aspiring engineers from atypical backgrounds in the Bay Area.
Sherrie Rohde is the community manager at Magento, where she’s responsible for Magento Masters, the Magento forums, and Magento meetups. On a mission to help the Magento community be successful in their own roles, she’s focused on improving mental health and creating an inclusive environment. Previously, Sherrie was the ecommerce program manager at Rebellion Media, a Magento developer at Minerva Promotions, and moderator on the Magento forums, gaining experience in UX and product management. Sherrie also served as the producer of My Community Manager’s #CMGRHangout and Community Manager appreciation day broadcasts. She’s been featured in industry podcast Community Signal and has spoken at a number of events throughout the world, including the Community Leadership Summit and Magento conferences. Sherrie is proud to call Los Angeles home, where she loves exploring the outdoors, including hiking and volunteering as a naturalist for Cabrillo Whalewatch.
Taylor Barnett is a Senior Community Engineer at Transposit. She is passionate about building great developer experiences with an emphasis on empathy and inclusion within Product, documentation, and other community-focused projects. After leaving software engineering, Taylor led Developer Relations at Stoplight, an API design management platform, and worked with the developer community, SDKs, and documentation at Keen, a data analytics API company. In her free time, she’s either climbing rocks with friends, trying to find the funkiest sour beers, or hanging out with her corgi, Yoda, in Austin, Texas.
Tessa Mero is a Developer Evangelist for Cisco DevNet. She enjoys organizing an API meetup and conference. In the past, she has contributed to a leadership team for the open source Joomla! Project for 5 years, including the board of directors, leading the production team, as well as evangelizing Joomla as a public speaker. She organized a PHP Conference for 3 years as well. She also is an avid career mentor and has helped countless developers become successful. On her free time, she likes to play video games, learn new tech, camping, and eat Korean food.
Growing up, Tim created overlap in Venn Diagrams of various social circles – the smart kids and jocks, stoners and straight-edged, cool kids and band nerds. Today he helps bring together people from different worlds – be those geographic, professional, spiritual, socioeconomic, or other – fostering environments of inclusion and value. Tim is the Founder of Gnomadic - an organization whose mission is to generate universal positive vibes through community-centric action and influence. His professional community-building experience has amassed through roles at companies like Techstars, SendGrid, and most recently Keen IO.
VM (aka Vicky) spent most of her 20 years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, and providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses. Now she leverages nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and a strong business background to advise companies about free/open source, technology, community, business, and the intersections between them. She is the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects. Think of it as the missing manual of open source contributions and community participation. The book is published by The Pragmatic Programmers and is now available in an early release beta version. It’s available at https://fossforge.com. Vicky is the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016). She’s a moderator and author for opensource.com, a Director for the Open Source Initiative, and a frequent and popular speaker at free/open source conferences and events. She blogs about free/open source, business, and technical management at http://anonymoushash.vmbrasseur.com.