Google developer group is hosting in-person event in vancouver focusing on Gender equality in tech career. Let's get together and hang out to do some chit-chat about tech and career.
6-6.30pm - Community group introduction
6.30-7.00pm - Fireside chat with speakers but not limited to the following topic
What are the issues on gender (in)equality you should be aware of, as a newcomer immigrant and jobseeker in the tech industry?
How do gender (in)equality issues show up in the workplace?
What could you do about it?
Director (Diversity, Inclusion & Equity)
Director for Quality Assurance
Executive Director & Founder
PhD, Lecturer (Human-Computer Interaction)
Electronic Arts (EA)
Machine Learning Engineer
Stephanie believes that in order to bring your authentic self to work psychological safety is a must. She is TransLink's first Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Lead driving inclusion across Vancouver's transit agency for 8000 employees. Prior to TransLink, she was the senior director of Inclusive Culture at SAP for 5 years where she has led the EDGE certification. SAP became the first multinational tech company to receive the certification in 2016. Her equity, diversity and inclusion journey started in 2011 when she became the GIRLsmarts4tech Grade 7 sponsor at SAP.
Neha is an experienced professional with extensive experience in Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Process Improvement. Over the past 15+ years, she has acquired a wide range of knowledge and experience in various domains like Education, Aerospace, Customer Experience Management, Banking, Canadian Immigration and E-commerce. Currently she is the Director of Quality Assurance at Cymax Group Technologies. Within Cymax, Neha leads and manages a team of manual testers and automation engineers, that support the design and development of various internal and external applications. In her free time, she likes to read books, write articles, go for walks and volunteer with various professional and non-profit organizations.
The human brain, behaviour and interactions with their environment never fail to intrigue Samin Saadat. After spending long hours in psychology labs at UBC and completing her Masters at the Sauder School of Business, she entered the workforce and observed a gap between what research suggests and what companies actually do to increase productivity and profitability. Over the last 10 years, Samin has developed expertise in people growth and culture building by working closely with business owners and individuals to develop the right mindset, skills and environment for cultivating a thriving workforce. Also, Samin strongly believes every single individual, regardless of their race, age, status, gender, position, mental health matters and physical conditions deserves to reach their full potential and they all have something unique to offer. Now, Samin is on a mission to bridge the existing gap in the workforce and support individuals and companies to reach their full potential through Jalapeño Employee Engagement—leveraging technology and psychology to bring research findings to life to help companies save invaluable dollars and to help individuals enhance their quality of life.
Mirjana is a professor of computer science at Northeastern University at Khoury College. Her area of teaching is human computer interaction. She graduated from the University of Novi Sad in Serbia with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in architecture. Outside of teaching, she is currently an AR product manager and head of the AI division at NexTech AR solutions.
Hey everyone! My name is Jordan Patterson (she/her), and I’ve been a machine learning engineer at Electronic Arts (EA) for almost three years now. In my spare time I like to be active, travel, socialize, and volunteer. Gender equality is a topic that is dear to my heart, and it’s an ongoing conversation at EA. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences, and discussing how we can do better.
IT Service Specialist
Cristina helps identify the causes of problems at Best Buy by facilitating discussions of major incidents and providing analysis to avoid the recurrence of incidents. Her curiosity of her new role led her to take the ITIL 4 certification recently. She has also been running process improvement projects to drive down costs for the company. Prior to Best Buy, she was an experienced Technical Support Manager with over a decade's experience in the computer software industry. To facilitate her drive for connections, she participates in the weekly Tech2Step walks.