December 14 - 15, 2021 | Virtual Event
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Wednesday, December 15 • 15:30 - 16:20
Panel Discussion: Women Explorers: What Does the Future of Mainframe Development Look Like? - Richelle Anne Craw, Katelyn Nienaber & Jessielaine Punongbayan, Broadcom; Lauren Li & Billie Jean Simmons, IBM

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Meet the women of the Zowe Explorer Squad. In this session, the panelists will share valuable insights on navigating the challenges of modernizing the mainframe developer experience. The session will cover topics such as collaborating in the Zowe Explorer project, building a positive culture across different companies, managing open source commitments with internal priorities, overcoming time zone barriers, embracing the team diversity, and feeling confident in making decisions about the future of the project.


Richelle Anne Craw

Senior Software Engineer, Broadcom
Richelle is a mainframer, COBOL developer, Zowe committer and Zowe Explorer Squad scrum master. She has over 10 years of mainframe experience in the various aspects of the field. In her current role, she enjoys developing new solutions for modern mainframe developers, working on Zowe... Read More →
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Jessielaine Punongbayan

Product Marketing Engineer, Broadcom
Jessielaine is a modern mainframe engineer who has experience in both mainframe and distributed systems. She is passionate in finding new solutions to modernize mainframe and share it with the community through her blogs and video tutorials. She is the Squad Lead for Zowe Explorer... Read More →

Lauren Li

Front-End Developer, IBM
Lauren is a front-end developer with a special interest in user experience design and research, and has been working with the open-source Zowe Explorer project for 2.5 years. First introduced to mainframes upon joining IBM 3 years ago, she aims to lower the barrier of entry for those... Read More →

Billie Jean Simmons

Software Engineer, IBM
Billie Jean is a software engineer and was introduced to mainframes upon joining IBM 3.5 years ago. She specializes in developing modern mainframe tools and has experience in mainframe systems administration. She enjoys learning more about working with mainframes using legacy and... Read More →

Katelyn Nienaber

Software Engineer, Broadcom
Katelyn is a young programmer who loves learning new things! She started at Broadcom 2 years ago and has been exploring mainframe and Node.js ever since. Modern Mainframe has really helped her start contributing to the community, and she is eager to help make mainframe development... Read More →

Wednesday December 15, 2021 15:30 - 16:20 JST
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