Executive Director & Founder
Rupa Dachere is the Founder and Executive Director of CodeChix.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education, promotion and mentorship of women engineers. She is also a Sr. Member of Technical Staff at VMware and holds Advisory roles at the Stanford GAP-For-Good program and the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Colorado, Boulder.
Rupa started CodeChix as a grassroots group in her living room in 2009 to address the needs of women engineers in industry and academia and has grown it into an organization with chapters in the Bay Area, Seattle and Wisconsin. She has self-funded CodeChix and hopes to inspire other women engineers to follow their dreams and passions while being financially independent. As of 2016, she has focused CodeChix on the Bay Area through her unique hyper-technical annual conference DevPulseCon.
Rupa is the recipient of the IEEE Meritorious Award for Informal Education and the Anita Borg Institute’s Pass-It-On Award. Rupa did her Computer Science studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder and is an active technical speaker at conferences like PyCon, OSCON, USENIX, Silicon Valley Code Camp, Grace Hopper Conference and others. Her dream is to one day have parity in the number of female and male engineers in academia and industry. Learn more about her at rupadachere.com.
Staffing Lead, Google
Inga is a passionate leader with a history of supporting non-profits with causes aligned with women in technology and, specifically, engineering leaders.
Director of Open Source, Comcast
Nithya A. Ruff is the Senior Director for Comcast’s Open Source Practice. She is responsible for growing Open Source culture inside of Comcast and engagement with external communities. Prior to this, she started and grew the Western Digital’s Open Source Strategy Office. Nithya has been a passionate advocate and a speaker for opening doors to new people in Open Source for many years. She has also been a promoter of valuing diverse ways of contributing to open source such as in marketing, legal and community. You can often find her on social media promoting dialogue on diversity and open source.
VP of Engineering, WalmartLabs
Tim Kimmet has been in the software industry for over 17 years and is VP of Platform & Systems at Walmart Global eCommerce. Early in his career, Tim developed a solid basis for object oriented design and architecture when he built flight control systems for the FAA. He has a proven background in designing and building architectures that are long lasting and provide the foundation for some of the largest web sites including Ebay, PayPal, and currently at Walmart Global eCommerce.
Tim has broad architectural knowledge that spans many platforms, software and infrastructure/operations. Tim enjoys developing people and leading high performance teams towards conceiving and implementing innovative solutions in high-growth environments. Tim is on the board of directors of Codechix and continues to speak at Codechix meet-ups– his most recent talk was titled “Directed Acyclic Graphs” at Google . Tim co-authored the book Core Java Web Server, which was published by Prentice Hall in 1998. Tim obtained his BS in Computer Science and minor in Mathematics from San Jose State University.
Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Director of Community Engagement, San Jose Mayor’s Office
Sabrina Farmer is an Engineering Director at Google, where she is responsible for Google Apps Site Reliability, which include the teams responsible for running Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Google4Work. She has more than 19 years of experience in production engineering, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of New Orleans. She is a long-time advocate and supporter for women in technology and computer science, developing programs focused on advancing women and making the work environment more inclusive and flexible, and mentors women within and outside of Google. She is a founder of the Usenix SRECon technical conference focused on production engineering, and founded the “Scholarship for Women in Computer Science” at the University of New Orleans which is awarded annually.
Dr. Rebecca Parsons
Dr. Rebecca Parsons is ThoughtWorks’ Chief Technology Officer. She has more than 20 years’ application development experience, in industries ranging from telecommunications to emergent internet services. She has extensive experience leading in the creation of large-scale distributed object applications, services based applications, and the integration of disparate systems.
Before coming to ThoughtWorks she worked as an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Central Florida. She also worked as Director’s Post Doctoral Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory researching issues in parallel and distributed computation, genetic algorithms, computational biology and non-linear dynamical systems. She spent her sabbatical from ThoughtWorks working with UNICEF’s Innovation Lab in Kampala, Uganda in 2010.
Rebecca received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Economics from Bradley University, a Masters of Science in Computer Science from Rice University and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rice University.