Codess NYC

Saturday 8 March, 2014

Come join us for an afternoon full of engaging speakers, fun mentorship opportunities, and an incredible gathering of women in engineering and technology!

Codess NYC is Microsoft’s special way of reaching out and thanking YOU for choosing to enter a field of engineering or tech in your university studies. We hope to offer you perspective, advice, and so much more so that you can be successful in your future career.


Marlen Amaro

Marlen graduated from Carnegie Mellon University as a university hire and is currently an Associate Consultant at Microsoft supporting the Dynamics CRM and AX group. She has been a part of Microsoft for 2 years and is excited to present on how to communicate confidence at work!

Victoria Lee

Victoria graduated from Boston University in 2012 and is currently a Technical Account Manager within the Services (Enterprise Product Group). She was a university hire and is currently based in our New York office.

Cassandra Yapple

Cassandra is a 2012 University of Michigan alumna, and upon receiving her undergraduate and graduate degrees she departed Ann Arbor to head out to west to work as a SDE on the Xbox Music team at Microsoft.  In a little over a year Cassandra has already established a huge network across not only various orgs within the company but even with working professionals outside of Microsoft.  When she’s not rocking out at work, meeting new people or kickstarting personal projects into product code, she’s super active in the Women of Microsoft community and education projects in the Seattle area. 

Nathalie Krup

Nathalie Krup has attended a number of great universities – completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and then continuing on with her graduate school studies at both the London School of Economics and USC. She attended Columbia to receive her post-baccalaureate and is currently a Global Consumer Insights Manager working within the Marketing Strategy group at Microsoft.

Darrah Joy Clay

Darrah Joy attended Queens University of Charlotte and is a Strategic Account Manager in the Advertising and Online division. She is excited to present more information on how women can further their career within their organizations.

Naomi Fink

Naomi Fink is an alumna of Barnard College in New York City and is currently an Account Manager for the Bing Ads Client Services group at Microsoft. She is a champion of diversity and is excited to present how important diversity is in the workplace and what you can do to support that.

Freada Sylvester

Freada is an alumna of both Northeastern University and CUNY Brooklyn in New York. She is currently a Technical Account Manager working within the Premier Support group. She has worked at Microsoft for 2 years and is pleased to be presenting “Women at Not Worth Less” – why you are a crucial part of your work environment.

Nevea Van Wright

Nevea attended New Jersey Institute of Technology and is currently a senior PM in Skype Consumer Electronics. Nevea has launched Skype products and services with major partners. Launches include Skype Mobile on Verizon Wireless, Skype on Xfinity with Comcast, and Logitech TV Cam HD. She enjoys mentoring college students and recent grads.

Maria Naggaga

Maria Naggaga attended Dalhousie University in Canada and is currently a Technical Evangelist based in the New York City office. She is a big advocate for entrepreneurship (no matter where you are in your career) and is passionate about tech.

Janet Strackhouse

Janet attended Penn State University and is currently a Principal Solutions Specialist in the Applications Platforms for Enterprise Customers. She is an experienced leader at work and is passionate about teaching others to lead change in their workspace.

Riddhi Mehta

Riddhi Mehta started working with the Bing local team as a PM last March. This is her first job, she graduated from Columbia University last December with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. Before which she received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai at DJ Sanghvi College. Before this she worked as a Product Owner and Developer intern at McKinsey & Company for their AppDev department. She is originally from Mumbai and moved to the US about 3 years ago. She is very excited to be here and to be a part of Microsoft as well as Bing!

Yuang Zheng

Yuan is a senior program manager in Windows Azure core fabric controller team. She Joined Microsoft after graduating Columbia, and started as a SDET in Windows. She’s passionate about mentoring young grads in their career and is excited about going back to the Columbia campus.

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12:00 - 18:30 Codess NYC
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