Wednesday 13 May, 2015

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Theme: Explore.Connect.Reimagine

This theme expands on Codess’s mission to provide a community for female technical women to come together and support one another in their professional careers. Explore is all about learning new skills and deepening your knowledge, connect is all about meeting likeminded people and reimagine is really about showcasing innovation.

The Codess Seattle event will be for female engineers from University all the way through to leadership. We will have a combination of technical talks, innovation conversations, and career orientated and inspiring discussions, as well as networking sessions and a Q&A panel.  We will hear from our keynote Julie Larson Green on Wednesday from 10-11am, and our Executive Panel on Thursday from 10-11am which currently includes Michael Gough, Bonnie Ross and Nadia Shouraboura.

We will also have some fantastic sessions from technical women at the likes of Amazon, Sound Cloud, Facebook, Microsoft and a number of fantastic start-ups.

Want to learn more about Data Science? Or perhaps you are interested in Gaming or Device Evolution? Ever wondered what the Art of Communication is? Why not come and create a Windows 8 App in 45 minutes? We have it all at Codess Seattle.


Julie Larson Green

Chief Experience Officer - Microsoft

Julie Larson-Green is a renowned leader in user interface design and a pioneer in product development and engineering. She is a national thought-leader in computing and technology, and she is one of the highest ranking women leaders in software and hardware engineering at Microsoft. Today, she is Chief Experience Officer for the Applications and Services group. 

Julie’s talent and passion for building products has made a dramatic impact to Microsoft for more than 20 years. 

She led the development of the Office 2007 UI known as the “ribbon” menu which provided a contextually relevant experience across the Office suite. In recognition for her work, Julie received the Microsoft Technical Community Network Outstanding Technical Leadership award in 2008.   

During her tenure as Vice President for program management, design, and planning in Windows, Julie directed the transformation of the 6,000+ employee organization to focus on building the product for the end-to-end customer experience. These efforts built an organization that was significantly more agile and responsive with a predictable product roadmap in the development of Windows 7, resulting in Windows setting new sales records and winning significant technical acclaim. Microsoft carried these best practices into Windows 8.   

Julie’s remarkable ability to unify leaders and teams to a single mission and create a shared vision of how technology can be built in a cohesive cross-system approach has led to significant product improvements.  Her principles of open communication, transparency across teams, and willingness to explore ideas from anyone has created a paradigm shift in product team collaboration and innovation. 

She exemplifies what is possible with her willingness to seek new ways to build products, her individuality, and her pioneering spirit. Through her work, Julie has inspired thousands of individuals to be innovative and explore new possibilities, fostering growth for the entire industry. 

Julie is passionate about future generations learning to code as a part of education curriculums because the ability to apply coding fundamentals is increasingly becoming an important skill in every job.  She works with schools to build programs to include coding basics as a part of their core curriculum. 

Nathalie Molina Niño

CRO - PowerToFly

Nathalie is currently Chief Revenue Officer of PowerToFly, a high-growth startup aimed at closing the gender gap in tech.  A consummate intra & entrepreneur, Nathalie launched her first tech startup at the age of 20. She later graduated with a degree in playwriting at Columbia University, driven by the belief in the importance of storytelling in business. In 2012, Molina Niño co-founded Entrepreneurs@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership studies of Barnard College at Columbia University, with the mission of leveling the playing field for women entrepreneurs, where she remains involved as a founding advisor.

In 2014, she was selected by General Services Administration’s SocialGov community to join a “dream team of public participation” to help in crafting a guide that details the best ways for the government to engage and collaborate with its citizens. Prior to Athena, Molina Niño was involved in launching and growing a multinational business with Lionbridge (NASDAQ: LIOX) into a $100M operation within 6 years.

Molina Niño is, above all else, passionate about developing and supporting entrepreneurs of color and women-led startups. 

Naomi Wolf

Bestselling author, public intellectual, and social activist

Bestselling author, public intellectual, and social activist Naomi Wolf doesn’t just comment on our world’s most pervasive problems, she helps to solve them. Wolf has authored a multitude of inspiring, thought-provoking books including landmark international bestseller, The Beauty Myth, which challenged the cosmetics industry and the marketing of unrealistic standards of beauty and launched a new wave of feminism in the early 1990s. The New York Times called it one of the most important books of the 20th century. 

Wolf was a columnist for Project Syndicate, is a frequent blogger for The Huffington Post, and writes cultural commentary for The Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, and The Wall St. Journal. Her TV appearances include Meet the Press and The Colbert Report. A graduate of Yale and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Wolf was a consultant to Al Gore during his presidential campaign on women’s issues and social policy. She has a doctorate from The University of Oxford and is a Fellow at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, Wolf is also a Consultant for Barnard's Athena Center for Leadership Studies.

Michael Gough

CVP Design - Microsoft

Michael Gough is a widely recognized design evangelist and advocate for the next generation of creatives. He has been pushing the envelope with disruptive design work and technology innovation for years. Michael is the CVP of design for the Applications and Services group in the My Life and Work team.  

Gough joined Microsoft on February 2, 2015 from Adobe Systems Inc. where he most recently served as vice president of experience design leading its multidisciplinary experience creation organization Adobe XD. His responsibilities included leading the design of individual products, cross-product experiences, and the creation of next-generation products and services.  Gough and his team spearheaded critical design initiatives at Adobe, including the creation of their digital publishing business, the experience vision for the Creative Cloud and the Marketing Cloud, the company’s  internet-connected stylus, Ink and ruler, Slide for drawing with the iPad and the iOS app Adobe Line.  The new generation of creative professionals, who are highly-networked, digital citizens and willingly share their assets, require new tools.   This hardware and app were the first leap into new hardware for people to continue their creativity digitally and spur new innovations for drawing and design.  

Before joining Adobe in 2005, Gough served as the Chief creative officer at Macromedia, the vice president of brand design at Nike Inc., chief creative officer at Quokka Sports Inc., and founder and creative director at Construct Internet Design.  He also serves on the board of the award-winning Institute for Applied Tinkering which runs both Brightworks and Tinkering School in San Francisco, California.  He attended California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo studying architecture and The University of Oregon. 

Gough is a regular speaker at industry conferences on the topics of design, creativity, innovation and education, include SXSW Interactive, MAX The Creativity Conference, Bloomberg Next Big Thing, AGI London and Design Thinkers.  

Bonnie Ross

CVP - Microsoft

As Corporate Vice President for 343 Industries, Bonnie Ross is responsible for defining the vision and leading the Halo franchise. In 2007, she founded 343 Industries, an entertainment studio committed to fostering the growth and expansion of the Halo franchise, as well as driving innovation across Microsoft platforms. Ross is passionate about bringing together art and technology to transform how we experience entertainment and her commitment to the Halo story, characters, universe, and gameplay has helped 343 Industries build immersive, sci-fi entertainment experiences. Halo has created a legion of fans and sold more than 65 million games worldwide, generating more than six billion hours of Halo gameplay on Xbox Live. 

Over the last seven years, Ross pushed to broaden franchise reach and define Halo as a leader in transmedia entertainment across the entire entertainment industry with the likes of the Halo 4 video game, a live-action digital series in Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Halo Legends, a collection of anime short films, and the Halo Channel, an all-new digital interactive entertainment network that provides personalized access to Halo content.  In addition, 12 of 15 Halo novels have been named to the New York Times Best Sellers list and Halo consumer products have generated over one billion in consumer spend.

She brings over 20 years of experience in the game industry, beginning her gaming career as a producer on PC sports games. She has worked on such titles as NBA: Inside Drive, Pandora’s Box, Zoo Tycoon, Dungeon Siege, Counter-Strike, Gears of War, Jade Empire, Psychonauts, Mass Effect, Halo 3, Halo: ODST, Halo: Reach, Halo: Anniversary, Halo: Spartan Assault, Halo 4, and the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection. 

Nadia Shouraboura

Founder and CEO - Hointer

Dr. Nadia Shouraboura is the CEO of Hointer. Hointer is reinventing the shopping experience, making it easy and fun. At Hointer men and women have a new way of discovering, trying-on and buying great clothing. 

Nadia was born in Soviet Russia and pursued her education in mathematics and science in the city of Moscow. In 1987 she began her career, after emigrating from Russia to Israel, as a software developer working on Computer Aided Design systems for industrial robotics. Her work attracted the attention of professors at Princeton University in the US, where she was offered a full scholarship for study and research. During her PhD work, Nadia performed research at AT&T Bell Labs and co-founded Starlight Multimedia, a developer of multi-media applications. Her work at Princeton resulted in several important papers, referenced by over 200 publications. She received a PhD in Mathematics from Princeton. In 1994 Nadia joined a technology startup, Diamond Technology Partners, working with a variety of major retail companies. Later she joined a JP Morgan Venture startup, Mobilocity, as its Managing Director in charge of the wireless division. Following her leadership role at Mobilocity, Nadia became a pioneer in the emerging world of energy trading, joining Exelon as the manager responsible for the energy trading algorithms and software. 

Nadia joined Amazon.com in March of 2004. As Technology Vice President of Amazon’s Worldwide Operations she owned technology powering Amazon’s global supply chain and fulfillment. Nadia also served on Jeff Bezos' senior leadership team responsible for overall direction and operations of Amazon. Nadia lives in Seattle with her husband and sixteen year-old daughter.

Stuart Reges

Principal Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering - University of Washington

Stuart Reges is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington where he manages the introductory programming classes which currently have over2800 students per year in the first course and over 1800 students a year in the second course.

He spent ten years at Stanford first redesigning the introductory programming courses and later serving as Assistant Chairman for Education in the years when the department introduced an undergraduate major in computer science.  For his efforts at Stanford he won the Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Education.

He also spent 8 years at the University of Arizona redesigning their introductory courses and undergraduate program, winning several awards for teaching and advising.

In 2012 he won the Distinguished Teaching Award which is the highest award given by UW for teaching.

Aman Bhutani


Aman Bhutani, SVP & CTO for Brand Expedia, leads a global team responsible for all customer and supplier facing systems across all travel products. The Brand Expedia technology team focuses on technology investments and execution powering the company’s mission of  “Revolutionizing travel through the power of technology.” Aman also leads a team focused on integrating newly acquired businesses within Expedia. He joined Expedia in 2010 after many years in the financial services industry, consulting and as an entrepreneur.

Laura Butler

Engineering Manager - One Drive

Laura started at Microsoft back in 1989 as a development intern from Harvard and worked on Word for Windows 1.0.  Shortly afterwards she dropped out of Harvard to join Microsoft fulltime, like one of our other famous employees. After shipping many versions of Windows, NetMeeting and Exchange RTC, she took a hiatus from Microsoft for a few years of adventure.  Startups, cooking classes, circus acrobatics, house remodeling, mountain climbing, reading the complete trilogy of Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, running marathons, and improv comedy are just a few of the things she packed into her time off.  All of these skills turned out to be handy when she returned to Microsoft in the summer of 2009 to work on Windows Phone where she led the team that created a buttery smooth User Interface, ported Direct X to the phone, and built the first Metro experience.  For 2 years she was the Director of Development for Windows Phone CXE, where her team delivered 3 releases per year, and with our partners moved the phone experience to Quad Core and 1080p displays with the best cameras in the industry.  Recently, Laura moved to One Drive Share Point in September 2014 to be an Engineering Manager in the ASG division and learn about the cloud half of the mobile first cloud first plan for Microsoft.

Joy Chik

Distinguished Engineer & Partner Engineering Director, Enterprise Client and Mobility – Cloud and Enterprise Division

As a Distinguished Engineer and Partner Engineering Director, Joy Chik is responsible for delivering services under Enterprise Mobility Suite including both Intune for modern device and application management and Remote Desktop Service that delivers a rich and fluid desktop and application remoting solution.  The key value that Intune and RDS provides is the ability for enterprise to enable People centric IT and enterprise mobility.  These services allow IT to control the applications and data that employees need to perform their job, while making them accessible from the wide variety of devices the employees use.  This provides “work anywhere from any device” and “bring your device to work” scenarios while ensuring that your control and compliance needs are met.

Joy joined Microsoft in June 1998.  She started as a software design engineer in the Windows NT Terminal Server group and worked on features such as Remote Desktop Protocol.  Windows 2000 was her first release.  She became a development lead in 2001.  She was responsible for delivering the Remote Desktop features for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.  In 2005, she has taken on the Development Manager role for the entire Terminal Server and VDI business.  She has shipped Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012.

Enterprise Client and Mobility (ECM) team has four geographic locations: Cambridge, Mountain View, Utah and Redmond with a total of about 500 people.

Prior to joining Microsoft full time, Joy interned at Microsoft with the Exchange team in 1996.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY in 1998.

Joy enjoys traveling; she has visited every continent except Antarctica.  Joy practices yoga on a daily basis.  She also enjoys biking, hiking, dining and watching movies on weekends.

Michele Freed

Technology Executive - Microsoft

Driven and influential Technology Executive, acknowledged for 16 years of successful technical and business leadership with a Fortune 100 organization. Relationship cultivation, technical acumen and global strategic business planning abilities have repeatedly positioned organizations for growth and enhanced capacity for profit. Helps organizations determine a path for more prudent decisional governance. Possesses a deep and broad understanding of international sales and business development strategies. Known as an innovator who also comprehends how to monetize ideas and evaluate opportunities. Helped reshape Microsoft’s incubation process, and served as key consultant to a divisional President. A tireless customer advocate with a passion for improving buyer experience. An effective team builder and thought leader capable of persuasive direction.

Gail Giacobbe

Principal Group Program Manager - Skype

Principal Group Program Manager - Skype. I excel at recruiting and building excellent teams, developing product vision and strategy, and designing products and services that customers love.Past projects at Microsoft include leadership roles in Outlook, SharePoint and Windows. Prior to Microsoft I was employee #42 at Seattle startup Greatergood.com, which was funded by Madrona Venture Group. I am passionate about increasing the % of women in leadership roles in technology. To this end I serve as a founding member of Women of Office, a group whose mission is to foster community and support for women in the Office organization; I also provide individual and group mentoring for women across the company.

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Time Event
09:00 - 10:00 Registration and Breakfast
10:00 - 11:00 Introduction (Wednesday 13th May)
from Kathryn McKinley (Microsoft) & Keynote Julie Larson Green
10:00 - 11:00 Executive Panel & Q&A (Thursday 14th May)
with Michael Gough (Microsoft), Bonnie Ross (Microsoft), Nadia Shouraboura (Hointer), Stuart Reges (Washington University), Aman Bhutani (Expedia) & moderated by Joy Chik and Laura Butler (Microsoft)
11:15 - 12:00 Break-out sessions
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 13:45 Break-out sessions
14:00 - 14:45 Fireside Chat (Wednesday 13th May)
with Nathalie Molina Niño (CRO, Powertofly) and Naomi Wolf (Bestselling Author & Political Activist)
14:00 - 14:45 Break-out sessions (Thursday 14th May)
15:00 - 15:45 Break-out sessions (Wednesday 13th May)
15:00 - 15:45 Close of Event and Competition Winners Announced (Thursday 14th May)
with Michele Freed & Gail Giacobbe (Microsoft)
16:00 - 17:00 Refreshments & Networking (Wednesday 13th May)
16:00 - 17:00 End of Event Celebration: Cocktails and Canapés (Thursday 14th May)

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