Starting out as a Graphic Designer, Kristi Centinaro was driven to "create things people could interact with", and taught herself how to code after-hours starting in 2008 using online courses, books, and "lots and lots of Google". She now works as a Front-End Engineer and is passionate about helping others learn how to code and 'career switch' into tech. When she's not building websites or web apps, she freelances as a Concept Artist & Illustrator.
Fueled by a passion to empower women in all areas of life, Yasmine founded the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Develop It in 2011 while running her first software company. After it was acquired, she went on a 6-month solo trek around South America that inspired her current company, ROAR for Good, a self-defense wearable technology startup aimed at diminishing violence against women and addressing the underlying causes of the violence.
In addition, Yasmine serves on the board of Coded by Kids, a non-profit that helps inner city kids learn how to code.
Jenn Lukas is a multi-talented front-end consultant and freelancer developer in Philadelphia and is the founder of Ladies in Tech. She writes for The Nerdary, is a columnist for .net magazine, and has contributed to The Pastry Box Project. She has spoken at a variety of conferences including SXSW, An Event Apart, and CSS Dev Conference. Jenn's past experiences range from creating Navy training simulations to leading the front-end team at Happy Cog as Interactive Development Director. She was named one of Mashable's 15 Developer/Hacker Women to Follow on Twitter, and you can find her on Twitter posting development and cat-related news.
Pam Selle thought the Internet was basically the coolest thing ever when she was younger. She's now a professional developer/software engineer. Pam got involved with GDI because she think others should experience the fun of seeing something they made appear on the web. In her spare time, she speaks at conferences, writes, practices yoga, rides her bicycle, and is involved in many Philadelphia organizations such as Girl Geek Dinners. She blogs at TheWebivore.com.
Zoe runs a tiny front-end web development company focused on working with talented designers to create beautiful, functional websites. She works mostly with WordPress and Shopify - language-wise, that means a lot of HTML, CSS, PHP, Liquid, and jQuery. She is also mom to two little boys, a newbie distance runner, and sometimes blogger.
Tracy is a co-owner of YIKES, Inc., a Philadelphia web design and development shop. She has been designing websites since 1996 and working with WordPress since 2006. She spends her days building custom themes for WordPress and seeing how much functionality she can add without knowing PHP. When not wrangling HTML and CSS, Tracy rides bikes, drinks coffee, eats sushi, chases her 7 year old daughter and takes pictures of abandoned buildings.
Sarah is a software engineer and general language nerd. After finishing her BA in English literature, she fell into a technology job, fell in love, and never looked back. She returned to school and got a computer science degree from the University of Pennsylvania after working in IT for several years. She is now a polyglot programmer and developer at The Neat Company in Philadelphia. You can find out more about her adventures in programming at www.devlogged.com.
While in college, Jessica Ivins took a class devoted to HTML and CSS, fell in love, and never looked back. She began her career as a front-end developer, and while working in the real world, she fell in love again with the principles of user-centered design. She is currently a UX specialist at AWeber. She has served as an officer for Philadelphia's UX community PhillyCHI and organizes meetings for the Philadelphia UX Book Club. In her spare time, Jess busies herself with reading, cooking, and enjoying a fine glass of wine. She's also mildly obsessed with the TV show Forensic Files.