Bridget and Matty chat about organizing conferences with guests Jam Leomi, Debbie Gillespie, and Christian Herro, in front of a live studio audience at devopsdays Minneapolis 2018.
Jam Leomi 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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Jam Leomi 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 Staff Developer Advocate at Pulumi and the global chair of the DevOpsDays set of conferences.
Matt has over 20 years of experience in IT operations and is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and cloud engineering focused events worldwide. Demonstrating his keen insight into the changing landscape of technology, he recently changed his license plate from
He lives in Chicago and has three awesome kids, whom he loves just a little bit more than he loves Diet Coke. Matt is the keeper of the Thought Leaderboard for the DevOps Party Games online game show and you can find him on Twitter at @mattstratton.
Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft Azure, focusing on the open source cloud native ecosystem. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if ‘cloud’ can be considered tangible). After years on call for production (from enterprise to research to startups) and a couple of customer-facing adventures, she now herds cats and wrangles docs on the product side of engineering. In the wider tech community, she has done much conference speaking and organizing, and advises the global devopsdays organization after leading it for over five years. Living in Minneapolis, she enjoys snowshoeing in the winter and bicycling in the summer (with winter cycling as a stretch goal).