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NonTraditional Tech: Don’t be Constrained by Stereotypes ON-LINE REGISTRATION CLOSED-WALK-INS WELCOME
1875 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006

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Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Category: Accelerate(her)

Interested in tech or moving up in tech but intimidated by the “traditional” Silicon Valley, ivy league candidate? Don’t be!

Tech has a long way to go but the work has already begun to make this a more inclusive space. We have brought together an amazing panel of women in technology to talk about their tech journey, give tips on breaking barriers, and illustrate that nontraditional candidate can succeed.

Our panelists will highlight nontraditional tech backgrounds of all kinds: education, experience, discipline, ethnicity, sex, etc and talk about how to overcome perceived limitations associated with each and empower attendees to purse tech by sharing their success stories.


Panelist Bios:

Gabriella Ziccarelli

Gabriella is a DC-based intellectual property attorney of Silicon Valley career origins, with multi-faceted experience in the tech industry. She’s served as outside counsel, worked in-house at technology companies in Silicon Valley, advised tech start-ups, clerked for a magistrate judge,and actively brings the technology community together through dynamic programming. She is a fierce proponent for the empowerment and creation of opportunities for women and minorities in the tech industry. Prior to her career in tech, Gabriella worked closely with the Arizona Board of Regents as an advocate for higher education, women’s rights, and LGBTQ rights initiatives at the University of Arizona.   

Valerie Woolard 

Valerie Woolard Srinivasan is a software engineer at Panoply in Washington, DC, where she builds tools for podcasters in Ruby on Rails. She has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Chicago. She has taken a particular interest in teaching programming as a means of diversifying the field of software engineering. She leads the Women Who Code DC algorithms meetup and is always looking for fun and creative approaches to programming education. In addition to programming, she will gladly speak at length about running, American musical theatre, vegan cooking, and podcast recommendations. She lives in DC with her husband, who is also her best editor and advocate.   

Tiffany Li 

Tiffany Li is Commercial Counsel at General Assembly, the global education institution. She is also a Fellow with the Internet Law & Policy Foundry and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPT and CIPM). She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Global Law Scholar, and a B.A. from University of California Los Angeles, where she was a Norma J. Ehrlich Alumni Scholar.  Tiffany is an affiliate with the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy and the UC Berkeley Center for Technology Society & Policy. She is also a Women Leading Privacy Advisory Board Member for the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Her past experience includes legal positions at the Wikimedia Foundation (Wikipedia), Ask.com, Amazon, the U.S. Department of State, and the Federal Communications Commission.   

Ryann Richardson, Uber    

Ryann Richardson is a Regional Partnerships Manager at Uber, where she works to build strategic business development and marketing partnerships with global consumer brands for the company's Eastern US markets. Additionally, she serves as a member of Uber's employee-led Diversity & Inclusion strike team, which champions employment and development opportunities for underrepresented communities at Uber. Prior to joining the ridesharing giant, she owned and operated a boutique Fashion and Lifestyle PR agency, and later worked as a market launcher for T-Mobile.
Ryann sits on the Board of Directors of the Miss Philadelphia Scholarship Organization, a program that has awarded nearly $100,000 in college scholarships to women in the greater Philadelphia region in the last 5 years alone. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Industry Management from Philadelphia University, and is a fierce advocate for the inclusion of women of diverse backgrounds in business and technology leadership.

Camille Stewart, WIT YPSIG Chair