DePaul UPE invites you to meet 5 successful women in tech. They will share their stories, debunk myths, and reveal different paths to careers in technology. Come join the conversation!
12:30-1:00pm - LUNCH, NETWORKING & CHECK-IN
1:00-2:00pm - KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Betty Shanahan
2:00-2:15pm - BREAK
2:15-4:15pm - PANEL DISCUSSION
4:15-5:30pm - NETWORKING
FREE EVENT! SPONSORED BY DEPAUL UPE. OPEN TO PUBLIC!
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Betty Shanahan, Associate Vice President, Administration & Operations for DePaul University
Betty Shanahan was a key driver behind the recent launch of DePaul’s new ESPORTS teams and gaming center.
Betty began her career as the first female engineer in Data General’s development facility. There she gained notoriety as “the one-woman engineer” when Tracy Kidder chronicled her team’s development of a minicomputer in the book Wired called “the original nerd epic,” Soul of a New Machine.
Betty spent 24 years in the computer, electronics, and software industries in development, marketing and executive management roles. During that time, she has been a member of teams for emerging technologies such as the first commercial parallel processor, graphics processing, and embedded smartphone technology.
In 2010, she was the first woman to receive the Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumnus Award from the MSU College of Engineering. In 2012, Betty was named is one of STEMConnector’s “100 Women Leaders in STEM.” In 2013, she received an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Connecticut. Most recently, she was named one of the two 2018 recipients of Michigan State University’s Alumni Grand Award for Service.
Dannie Lynn Fountain – Account Representative, Search Ads 360, Google
Jodi HIll – Vice President of Business Strategy, Senior Lifestyle
Becky Jacob – Data Scientist, Sprout Social
Danyell Jones – UX Research Lead, ZS Associates
Dannie Lynn Fountain is a marketing strategist currently working at Google. She has 10+ years of experience as an entrepreneur and strategist. Today, she works with creative entrepreneurs and corporations to strategize and implement marketing processes to increase their leads and sales. Her specialty is focusing on sales through passionate storytelling, regardless of industry. Beyond strategy, Dannie is the author of four books and a regular speaker on marketing and entrepreneurship worldwide. She is also the founder of the #sidehustlegal movement. She has a Bachelors in Marketing, a Masters in HR, and is a current Doctoral student in HR. Her work has been recognized by Forbes, Bustle, Business Insider, Cosmopolitan, Digiday, Girlboss, PR News, and more.
Jodi Hill is the Vice President of Business Strategy at Senior Lifestyle, a senior housing management company that focuses on providing best in class care and services for our seniors. Jodi oversees the development, integrations, and data analysis of the core systems used throughout the asset management, sales & marketing, and accounting departments. In her role at Senior Lifestyle she has developed an OLAP database that integrated data from five sources for centralized access and has worked on a benchmarking algorithm to dynamically classify locations in categories of similar attributes. Jodi started her career in the military and eventually graduated from college with a degree in Accounting. She worked for a consulting firm implementing Oracle based financial and business intelligence applications before joining Senior Lifestyle.
Becky Jacob is a Data Scientist at Sprout Social, a social media management SaaS company. An Austin native, Becky began her career at a small market research firm serving as the voice of science for website a/b testing and optimization. She left that job to pursue her graduate degree in data science at DePaul University.
As a member of Sprout Social’s Data Science and Growth teams, her primary role is to build out an efficient and fully robust testing platform for in app experiments as well as email and general website optimization. Her work with the Growth team also includes clustering customers based on app usage and modeling future conversion and churn. When she is not busy sciencing data, Becky can be found avoiding cooking at all costs, and running (read: slowly jogging) around parks throughout Chicago.
Danyell Jones is the User Experience (UX) Research Lead at ZS Associates in Evanston, IL, where she oversees and conducts research across 5 different verticals in the Software Development group that helps teams develop software applications that support pharmaceutical clients. She works with teams to develop reusable and efficient processes for conducting and analyzing research while increasing the visibility of the research practice and user experience team. Previously, Danyell established and led the research practice at Relativity, a software firm in Chicago, where she conducted user research to support teams with data-driven product development. In addition to working in user research, she teaches graduate-level classes in the HCI program at DePaul University. Danyell is also a runner, an avid reader, a Whovian, and a video game lover.
For more, keep up with Danyell at danyelljones.com.
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