Bridget and Matty chat about organizing conferences with guests Jamesha “Jam” Fisher, Debbie Gillespie, and Christian Herro, in front of a live studio audience at devopsdays Minneapolis 2018.
Jamesha “Jam” Fisher is a past organizer of devopsdays Silicon Valley, and they just moved to Minneapolis. Christian Herro is a founding organizer of devopsdays Madison, and Debbie Gillespie is a new organizer of devopsdays Minneapolis.
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Jamesha Fisher has worked in the Tech industry for over 10 years, with a keen eye towards operations and security. Currently a Infrastructure Engineer at Splice, they have lent their expertise throughout their career in Operations and Security Engineering at companies including Google, GitHub, and CloudPassage. They also share their stories and experience to many communities through speaking and meetups across the globe. In their spare time they are a maker of things musical, delicious, and digital.
Debbie Gillespie is a Site Reliability Engineer for Particle where she spends her time automating all the things. Previous to Particle, she spent 15 years at the University of MN developing software and cultivating communities of practice.
Christian is an engineer at Nextpoint and an organizer of devopsdays Madison. He’s been an ops person for nearly 20 years, only getting out into the wider world of open source recently. He still misses ksh a little. Christian enjoys dancing, live music, board games, and suffers attending to the whims of Prickles the cat.
Matt Stratton is a DevOps Advocate at PagerDuty, where he helps dev and ops teams advance the practice of their craft and become more operationally mature. He collaborates with PagerDuty customers and industry thought leaders in the broader DevOps community, and back in the day, his license plate actually said “DevOps”.
Matt has over 20 years of experience in IT operations, ranging from large financial institutions such as JPMorganChase and internet firms, including Apartments.com. He is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and ITSM focused events, including ChefConf, DevOpsDays, Interop, PINK, and others worldwide. Matt is the founder and co-host of the popular Arrested DevOps podcast, as well as a global organizer of the DevOpsDays set of conferences.
He lives in Chicago and has three awesome kids, whom he loves just a little bit more than he loves Doctor Who. He is currently on a mission to discover the best phở in the world.
Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, focusing on the open source Kubernetes ecosystem. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if “cloud” can be considered tangible). After 15 years as an operations engineer, she traded being on call for being on a plane. A frequent speaker and program committee member for tech conferences, she leads the devopsdays organization globally and the devops community at home in Minneapolis. She podcasts with Arrested DevOps, blogs at https://bridgetkromhout.com, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.