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The pandemic has changed the shape of our daily lives, including the way we work. The abrupt closure of offices and workplaces this past year has ushered in a new era of remote work for millions. It’s tempting to think that such flexible work is now available but navigating work, housework, caregiving, and homeschooling is a daily challenge for many. This panel will address COVID's influence on work/life balance, adapting to a changing work environment, and suggest strategies on how to juggle it all. The panelists will also share personal insights regarding how they have navigated work and home life during the pandemic.

Moderator:

Danielle Skeen

Digital Marketer. Tech Evangelist. Entrepreneur. Danielle Skeen wears many hats and wears them well. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, this Island lady has always had an innate desire to and ability to connect with people. Her passion for diversity and inclusion coupled with her creative, strategic thinking and love of storytelling, has led her to be a powerful influence on corporate and organizational structure. Danielle is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Communication. Her early-in-career endeavors included positions at MTV Networks and Bad Boy Entertainment. In 2012 Danielle left the media and entertainment industry and ventured into Advertising. In 2015, after 3.5 years at New York City based firm - Kirshenbaum Bond
Senecal & Partners (kbs+), Danielle entered the world of technology when she accepted a sales position at Microsoft Advertising. During her tenor at Microsoft, Danielle served as an award-winning salesperson with an expertise in digital, native, mobile, SEO/SEM and programmatic. In 2018, she transitioned out of sales and into operations where she managed Go to Market strategies for key product launches in the US, Latin America, Canada and Europe ; all while serving as a leader in the Diversity & Inclusion space. Most recently, Danielle made a pivot out of Microsoft Advertising into the Microsoft Business
Development team where she manages and negotiates demand partnership deals for the company. Outside of her thriving career in the corporate sector, Danielle prides herself on being a social entrepreneur. She is the CEO/Owner of Caption-It! App – a mobile app designed to provide captions and quotes for social media posting and sharing. Additionally, she is also Co-owner of &Noire (andnoire.com) – an ecommerce website created to increase visibility and profit to black-owned brands. Danielle has a passion for traveling and for giving back. In 2013 she founded The Star Boutique, Inc. - a nonprofit organization that supports teenage girls in New York City who are affected by homelessness. Through the Star Boutique, Danielle and her team have changed the lives of several hundreds of girls and has been recognized in local, national, and international media for their efforts. Annually, Danielle combines both of her passions by traveling to Kenya to engage in community work with underprivilege youth and struggling small business owners. When she is not closing business deals and changing lives, Danielle serves a Public Speaker who gives lectures and workshops around the subjects of Empowerment, Brand Development, Diversity & Inclusion and Philanthropy. From colleges to corporations, Danielle is on a journey of spreading inspiration and empowerment globally.

Panelists:

Kristie Howard

Kristie is an Engineering Leader at Netflix.  She has over twenty years of experience, beginning as a soldier in the US Army where she specialized in Army Battle Command Systems and led troops in Operations Enduring and Iraq Freedom, during three deployments to the middle east.

Following her military service, Kristie relocated to Washington, D.C. and worked for the federal government in various systems administration, hardware engineering and eventually engineering management roles.  Simultaneously, she attended the University of Maryland at College Park and earned her undergraduate degree in Computer Studies, and later a Masters of Business Administration with the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University.  

After serving the country as a soldier and a civilian for all of her professional career she transitioned to Corporate America and began a new chapter at Google, as a Hardware Operations Manager for Google Data Centers where she worked first in North Carolina and later in Atlanta, GA.  From there she transitioned from her focus on hardware to Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) and moved to NYC to manage a Google SRE team focused on virtualization technologies.  In Jan 2021, she accepted a role as an Engineering Manager with Netflix, leading the Critical Operations and Reliability Engineering team, focused on the Streaming product.      

Kristie prides herself in being an advocate for veterans, women, and people of color in the tech industry by learning to navigate the landscape and leaving the map for others to follow.  She is passionate about coaching, sharing her story, and inspiring greatness in others.    

Kim Bostic

Kim Bostic is a Mobile Engineering Manager at Stitch Fix, a $1 billion plus a year AI-driven retail personalization company. In her current role as well as previous roles at CNN, The Home Depot, Mailchimp and Northrop Grumman she’s managed all facets of the OTT, Web and Mobile Engineering software development life cycle with a keen focus on innovation, L&D, CI/CD and quality. Although an engineering visionary, Kim’s true superpower is serving her teams and the consumers they build for, with radical empathy. When Kim, a wife and mother of 3, isn't busy being a tech maven, her favorite pastimes are spending time with family, volunteering at church, brunching with girlfriends (extra Mimosa's please), eating amazing food and joyscrolling IG to find her next hair color.

Christine Etoke

Experienced Data Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Python,Java,Airflow, Spark,Data Modeling, SQL, Statistical Modeling, Data Analysis, and SAS. Strong information technology professional with a MSc in Statistics focused in Decision-Making Systems from Ecole nationale de la Statistique et de l'Analyse de l'Information.

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August 23, 2021
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