Let's Think Big

Saturday 15 April, 2017


Codess is coming to New York! You're invited to network and hear from an inspiring group of technical women at The Microsoft Technology Center in Times Square at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 15. One lucky attendee will also win an XBox One S console by sharing their experience using #CodessEvent. The event will be a great chance to meet new people, learn from one another, and empower each other to think big every day!

1:30–2:00:         Check-in

2:00–3:30:         Talks from Women in Tech!

3:30–4:00:         Q&A

4:00–5:00:         Mix, mingle, eat drink and photo booth!



Microsoft Technology Center

11 Times Square, 7th Floor

(Between 41st & 42nd Streets on 8th Ave.)


New York, NY, 10036


Dara Oke

Program Manager on New Experiences & Technology in Windows - Microsoft

Dara is a Program Manager at Microsoft, working on New Experiences & Technology in Windows. She's a recent graduate from The University of Texas at Austin where she studied Computer Science, with minors in Math and African Diaspora Studies. She's passionate about the intersection of design and technology, diversifying tech, and innovating for the global consumer with a specific focus on Africa. Outside of Microsoft, she is a portrait photographer, self-proclaimed brunch connoisseur, lifestyle blogger, and runs a creative agency that helps brands tell their story to the world.

Julie Glixon

Program Manager on Microsoft Azure - Microsoft

Julie is a Program Manager on the Microsoft Azure team. She works on Azure Government Engineering to provide scalable capabilities to the U.S. Government market. She is extremely data-driven and customer focused – which she believes has been integral to her success.

 Before working at Microsoft, Julie worked in Washington D.C. working at a contracting company specializing in communications and digital signal processing. She is a proud alumni of Virginia Tech (go Hokies!). Outside of work, Julie enjoys exploring the PNW, snowboarding, attending concerts in Seattle’s unique venues, laughing at her French Bulldog, Wilbur, and travelling. 

Marrissa Hellesen

Software Engineer on Microsoft Word - Microsoft

Marrissa is a Software Engineer on the Word team. She works on the integration of Word and Outlook to provide an awesome mail authoring experience for millions of users.

Prior to moving to Seattle, Marrissa attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she earned her CS degree. Since moving, she can be found volunteering at the animal shelter, hanging out with her husband and dog, or working with various organizations to advance women in technology.

Adina Shanholtz

Technical Evangelist - Microsoft

Adina Shanholtz (aka the Fey Technologist) is a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft. She graduated from Oberlin College with a double major in Computer Science and East Asian Studies. She has a passion for Game Development, Internet of Things/Wearable technology, and empowering others through programming.

In her spare time Adina likes to knit, practice her Japanese, and perform hoop and poi circus arts.

Sarah Kaiser

University Recruiter - Microsoft

Sarah has been a University Recruiter at Microsoft for the last 2 years. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biology and before recruiting tried various roles as a teacher, librarian, lab researcher, and dental assistant. And before that she spent 2 years traveling in East Asia and India.

Sarah is particularly interested in helping Microsoft continue down its’ path of creating a more inclusive and dynamic work environment. I like to ask the tough questions about corporate culture and how we can make the places we work better reflect the world that we aspire towards.

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