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Conversations w/ the gurus of RVA's tech scene, including start-up founders, corporate execs, and world-class engineers.
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Ryan Shriver, Chief Technology Officer, specializes in solving complex technical problems and is a trusted partner to some of our biggest clients. Ryan is passionate about teaching and mentoring: in addition to leading our Cloud and DevOps team, Ryan teaches Problem Solving for Designers at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Arts.Chris Belyea is SingleStone’s Cloud and DevOps Technical Director. Chris guides clients through Cloud and DevOps transformations, including cloud strategy, migrating workloads to the cloud, automating infrastructure deployment, creating CI/CD pipelines, and improving automated configuration management.
Greg is a Senior Computer Scientist with broad academic, technical, research, and leadership experience. His areas of expertise include Software Engineering and Systems, Parallel and Distributed Computing, Information Assurance, and Mobile Computing. He spent over 4 years as a Master Software Engineer with Capital One and is has now been with Terazo for over 2 years where he recently moved into the role of Market Technical Director. Greg has developed graduate and undergraduate programs, curricula, and courses (online and in-seat), and has taught a wide variety of courses to students at all levels. 
Julia is an innovative leader with a rich Interdisciplinary background blending vision, strategy, systems thinking, data science, and machine-learning engineering to drive innovation within organizations. She has the ability to lead cross-functional team development and delivery of data/algorithmic products and services, influence the adoption of new technologies and organizational work structures, and evangelize the long-term vision of an augmented algorithmic organization.She is currently leading and growing a team of very-talented and highly-engaged Data Engineers and ML Engineers with a diverse skill set in Azure cloud engineering, software development, machine learning, data lakes, data streaming, and distributed computing to support the development, productionisation, and operationalization of predictive models (algorithms) that enhance the iconic CarMax customer experience. Julia uses the Agile approach and DevOps practices to continually deliver enhancements and new features with direct, measurable business value.
David is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Forestry Machine Learning, which is a strategic partner for companies that seek to gain competitive advantage through data and artificial intelligence. Following the successful acquisition of his last startup and leading a consulting organization in Capital One's Center for Machine Learning, he wanted to get back to my passion as an entrepreneur. David is a former Director of Machine Learning at Capital One. His team, in the Center for Machine Learning, builds predictive solutions across lines of business including use cases in time series forecasting, anomaly detection, natural language and distributed model training. Prior to this role, he was a co-founder and chief operating officer of a boutique data agency called Notch which Capital One acquired in December of 2017.
Melanie is a full time Managing Vice President of IT at Capital One where she works with the technology team that helps keep the business running. In her “spare time”, she’s volunteering for community and civic organizations. She serves as the Board Chair for Full Circle Grief Center, putting in countless hours and supporting families who have lost children, parents and loved ones. Melanie is also a member of the Westhampton Woman’s Club where she helps support a wide range of charities. She finds at least one charity each month where she can do something to help and make a difference.
Beth is a cybersecurity and data privacy attorney at Woods Rogers who serves clients across Virginia. She uses her significant experience in technology to counsel clients on a broad range of issues.As chair of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice at Woods Rogers, Beth advises clients both on cybersecurity concerns and privacy regulatory compliance. Beth is a Certified Information Privacy Professional with both U.S. and Europe designations (CIPP/US & CIPP/E) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).Beth’s experience on the intersection of technology and the law is extensive. Her clients run the gamut of Fortune 200 companies to universities to municipalities, and span industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, banking, and energy. Beth also advises clients in high tech fields such as biotechnology and software development and has experience with clients pioneering new technologies such as blockchain and IoT devices.
Vida Williams, Data & Machine Learning Expert, Adjunct Professor, and Entrepreneur joins us again as she discusses Bias in Machine Learning as well as Antiracism and Inclusion in Technology Today. In the past few weeks, Vida has also become the Chief Diversity Officer at Singlestone and she shares how to create a diverse and inclusive work environment. 
John is an experienced Chief Operations Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in PHP, Computer Science, Distributed Databases, Databases, and Mobile Applications. He is a strong professional with a BS focused in Computer Engineering, Engineering Management from Vanderbilt University. 
Romain is an executive with over 15 years experience in Information Technology and General Management. He is passionate about engaging diverse minds to build strong solutions for complex problems. He is currently the Managing Director at Ippon Technologies, a global consulting firm specializing in Digital, Data, and Cloud solutions. In his free time, he is an avid runner and marathoner, lapsed triathlete, and unrepentant Geek; maker of a mean beef burgundy. 
Susan is an experienced Product Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the software industry. Skilled in Product Management, Product Marketing, Ecommerce, Advertising, and many more. She spent over 7 years at Snag and, most recently, was a Senior Product Manager of On-Demand Staffing. At the beginning of this year, became the Director of Product at Hatch, a software company that combines two-way text. e-mail, and phone with automation in one collaborative workspace to help you increase close rates, shorten sales cycles, and boost 5-star reviews. 
As an innovative and practiced thought-leader in data management, Lewis has more than 20 years of experience successfully designing, managing, implementing and leading global data management and information technology solutions. His successful track record is marked by strong leadership coupled with a passion for driving data and technology solutions from a clear business-value proposition. Lewis joined Impact Makers in 2016 as the Data Services Practice Lead and also served as Chief Operating Officer prior to becoming CEO.
Vida is an innovation advocate who is determined that innovation cannot leave humanity behind, Vida utilizes her experience as a data scientist to drive social and economic change in communities. A promising start as a tech writer spurred a nearly 20 year career with data, technology, and innovation, spanning several industries including energy, healthcare and education. In 2013, she co-founded a small social enterprise consulting firm, Axis Partners, Inc. where they serve mission-driven organizations in the areas of data architecture, process engineering and data sciences. Recently her endeavors as an adjunct professor at VCU’s da Vinci center has led her to be named as the school’s first ever “Innovator in Residence”. She is also currently at Singlestone as a Data & Machine Learning Solution Lead. Vida remains active in her community through board memberships with Code VA, Podium and Virginia Union University’s (VUU) Center for Undergraduate Research. 
Andrew Clark is a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of a machine learning assurance company called Monitaur. Monitaur is a Machine Learning Assurance platform addressing the needs of companies using models to make decisions in regulated industries. Andrew received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, an M.S. in Data Science from Southern Methodist University, and is a Ph.D. student in Economics at the University of Reading. He also holds the Certified Analytics Professional, American Statistical Association Graduate Statistician, and AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certifications. An avid conference speaker, Andrew has appeared as a speaker at numerous conferences presenting on open source audit analytics, machine learning, and emerging technologies. 
Scott is an experienced Executive with a demonstrated performance history in enabling clients to overcome management and technology challenges. Proven partnerships with clients in driving transformative change include outsourcing, globalization, large implementations and migrations (including Cloud and DevOps). He is currently the President of LeapIT, a consulting organization that takes an unconventional approach to cloud workforce development, connecting under-resourced companies with overlooked talent. https://media-exp1.licdn.com/dms/image/C4E03AQH0Jfh3fn2Vzw/profile-displayphoto-shrink_800_800/0?e=1594252800&v=beta&t=kIFFZSB8Djhg3OIsVkcoHi96JD37MtuXPpuZRHydcfo
Guru Mony is currently the Director of DevOps and Quality Engineering at Markel, a Global Fortune 500 Insurance Company headquartered in Richmond. He has a passion for building and managing enterprise Agile QA solutions. His expertise is in building, coaching, and scaling Agile development teams with a penchant for TDD and BDD practice adoption for achieving Continuous Delivery for quality software. Guru is a "fun filled guy and highly motivated with a go getter attitude." https://media-exp1.licdn.com/dms/image/C4E03AQG0iEDnyUW85A/profile-displayphoto-shrink_800_800/0?e=1593648000&v=beta&t=FoPrzHcdWSxidWXCT5cCVqHcMojUuerb5ZVtmE9izUU
Tapabrata "Topo" Pal has over 20 years of IT experience in various technology roles (developer, operations engineer, and architect) in the retail, healthcare, and finance industries. Over the last 10 years, Topo has served in various positions at Capital One and for three years, a director of Capital One’s Enterprise Architecture group, where he led the company’s DevOpsSec initiatives. He is currently Sr. Director and Sr. Distinguished Engineer and is focused on next-generation infrastructure. Previously, Tapabrata spent some time in academics doing doctoral and post-doctoral research in the field of solid state physics. Topo has also traveled the country to speak at the DevOps Enterprise Summit for many years. 
Richard was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland before coming to the states to attend James Madison University. He began his career in private banking for JP Morgan before making his move to Richmond, where he spent 14 years at ChamberRVA. He spent that time pioneering and launching multiple leadership programs designed to attract and retain emerging leaders in the Richmond region, and was recognized as one of Richmond’s Top 40 under 40. In his role of Executive Director, he is focused on the success of Startup Virginia, and the Richmond entrepreneurial community. Startup Virginia connects our startup community to exceptional mentors and extensive programs in a dynamic workspace to create businesses that dramatically shape the economic landscape. Their goal is to establish Virginia as a premier destination for high-growth startups making real impact in our communities and beyond.
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