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Are you on an active job search or thinking of changing careers?

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Join us to learn from Vancouver's IT professionals how they transitioned to tech careers, and find out about employment opportunities in the local tech industry.

SPEAKERS

Lee Ling Yang

Lee Ling is currently a Product Manager at CTO.ai, where she collaborates with cross-functional stakeholders to ship features that benefit the end users and business. Her day to day includes liaising with executives and engineers to understand their needs, plan scope, estimate timeline and ensure on-time delivery with quality.

Before switching to Tech, she spent 5 years working as a Biologist, graduating with a Master in Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of British Columbia. With the help of her mentors, she was able to make a career change from Biology to Tech.

Because of this, she is passionate about helping others explore career options and building the skills and confidence to transition from one path to another. She is currently volunteering with Driving WomenInTech, where she organizes a Build a Robot event in partnership with Vancouver StartUp Week. Previously, she was a mentor for YWCA’s NextStep Mentorship Program and the Director of Immigrant Women in Science (a program of the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology).

Michela Toscano

Michela is an entrepreneur and technologist based in Vancouver, BC. She is principal of IONICA, a site reliability engineering and hosting firm for business-critical applications, also based in Vancouver.

IONICA’s cloud and hybrid hosting platform is one of the few 100% Canadian enterprise hosting services available – fully owned and managed by a Canadian firm on Canadian soil. Their secure, high performance, and highly available infrastructure is comprised of points of presence in Vancouver, BC and Montreal, QC.

IONICA’s focus, apart from delivering outstanding service and invincible technology for our clients, is positive social impact. We donate a significant portion of company profits to charity every year, and will surpass $100,000 in total donations by the end of 2019.

Michela holds a master’s degree in business administration with specialisations in technology and marketing from University of British Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In her spare time, Michela enjoys running, cycling, listening to music, attending concerts, art, Linux and open source technology, Python programming, learning the French language, and spending time with her wife and their two dogs.

Wren Peters

Wren Peters is a Vancouver-based designer with experience in product, UX, UI, and web design. She is a senior instructor with Canada Learning Code, and has previously crafted user experiences and interfaces for the financial services industry.

Prior to launching a career in tech, Wren was pursuing her lifelong interests in wildlife and nature conservation during her degree program in Geography at the University of Calgary. After experiencing burnout in her Masters program, Wren decided to shift her career focus and enrolled in a front-end development program at BCIT.

She now balances her work in tech with contributing to bird migration research as a volunteer citizen scientist with Wild Research.

Saki Serizawa

Saki’s journey starts in social sciences, where she graduated with a BSc in Global Resource Systems from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. Upon graduating, she began her career in non-profit where she ran after school programs for newcomers to Canada. At this time, she was fascinated (and intimidated) by the tech industry's seeming potential for professional growth and overall flexibility. She decided to test the tech waters by conducting informational interviews, attending recruiting events, going to Coding bootcamp open houses, and taking courses with Ladies Learning Code. Eventually she dove in fully, and enrolled as a full time student in the Computer Systems Technology Program at BCIT. While there, she was part of the co-op program and continues to be a co-executive for the Women in Computing club.

Today she is a Programmer Analyst at UBC where she works with data and data visualizations to help people gain insight and understanding into the complexities of their work. Her work helps foster and promote a data-driven culture at the University’s Alumni department. With the ongoing support of the community around her, she appreciates that switching careers feels less like a "switch" and more of an opportunity to gain skills that build off her previous experiences.

Khristine Cariño (moderator)

Khristine currently manages employer and mentorship engagement of YWCA's new Tech Connect program, linking visible minority immigrant women to employment opportunities in the BC tech industry.

A recognized leader in the local STEM community, she is Director for Communications & Events, and board member, of the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST).

Khristine's interest in tech began with data analytics as a graduate student at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University where she was completing a PhD in Dental Sciences as a Monbusho scholar. After years working as a researcher at UBC, she recently shifted her focus to promoting science and tech education at the community level via a grassroots non-profit, East Van Kids STEAM. Passionate about community impact, Khristine is additionally a champion for mothers returning to work: building community, providing support and resources via Empower.Mom.

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Please be advised that photographs and videos will be taken at the event and may be used by SCWIST and YWCA on their website, marketing materials, and other publications. By being at this event, you consent to SCWIST and YWCA onto photograph and use your image and likeness. Grant of rights: You irrevocably and wholly grant SCWIST and YWCA on the exclusive use of your name, voice, picture, and likeness as recorded during this event. You also irrevocably and wholly grant the exclusive use of any statements and actions you make as recorded during this event. This grant of rights shall be effective throughout the world and in perpetuity. Use by SCWIST and YWCA on: These organizations may use any footage it obtains at this event for any purpose, including but not limited to live and recorded transmission, advertising, promotion, sale, and transfer, in all media now known or hereafter devised throughout the world and in perpetuity. You agree you have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before participating in this event.

CHILDREN

Parents are welcome to bring their children but will be primarily responsible for their care and well-being. Please email kcarino@ywcavan.org to arrange for children's activity kits.

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