The focus of the panel is for the panelists to share from their perspective/experience what it is like to be a female working in the tech industry(including a bit about their backgrounds, journey to current roles, successes, failures, lessons learned), to help break down any myths about being in this industry, and provide advice on how to get into this industry.
I’m Katie Kelly and I am the Director of Technology at Eight Bit Studios in Chicago. I’ve worked in the technology space for a little over 20 years working on everything from writing programs that send faxes (yes, really), to desktop development, to the web, and mobile. I took some programming classes during my college days studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the mid-90s (gasp!), but it wasn’t until my first job as a chemical engineer that I realized that I could make a career out of writing code and have a ton of fun doing it. I also enjoy the outdoors, running, reading, and spending time with my husband and two kids.
Damilola Olotu is a Product Manager at Amazon Prime Air owning technology that is used to enable delivery of packages to customers via drone. Previously, Dami was the Finance partner for the same team defining the business model to allow for cost competitive scaling of drone delivery. Before joining Amazon, Dami worked in Marketing Strategy, Management Consulting and as a Financial Advisor. She holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA in Economics from Knox College. Dami grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and now lives/works between Seattle, WA and Chicago, IL. Outside of work, Dami spends her time mentoring career changers and recording Gospel music.
Amisha Vadalia is an East coast native currently residing in Silicon Valley, CA. She serves as the Director of Operations at Plus.ai, where she is helping to shape the future of autonomous trucking. She previously worked in the renewable energy sector, leading operations at a solar monitoring and data analytics company. Amisha went to the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where she received a joint degree in International Relations and Management. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, running, and Indian dancing.
Krista Satterthwaite is the Vice President and General Manager, Synergy and OneView for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Hybrid IT Group. In this role, Krista has global operational P&L responsibilities for a multi-billion dollar business at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Krista is responsible for the development of the business strategy, Go-To-Market execution and resource allocation. Krista has over 20 years of industry experience in product management, marketing, marketing research and sales in the technology and consumer goods industries. She has held numerous positions, including the first product manager on blade servers responsible for defining and managing World’s Best-Selling Server Blade. Krista also drove a transition in an HPE start-up business from a ‘product’ GTM to a ‘solution’ GTM team and launched solutions to fit customer needs.