We had a great time getting to know Kristen Olsen at this month’s WIT breakfast.
Kristen Olsen (@kdolsen) moved to San Luis Obispo nearly 20 years ago to pursue her dream of improving people’s lives through software development. She gets that opportunity every day as a Software Development Manager for Amazon, leading a team that enables people all over the world to independently publish their books for distribution on Kindle and print.
She studied Computer Science at Cal Poly and her career has been a tour of many of the large technology companies that people love – including Intel, HP, Apple, and Adobe (then Macromedia). Locally she started working for LEVEL Studios helping to create websites for large companies and then worked remotely as an Apple employee helping to write the services that Developers use to make applications available on iOS and Mac devices. After working remotely for years she wanted to come into a local office again which lead her to Amazon in San Luis Obispo.
Kristen lives in North County with her amazing husband Joe who stays home to take care of the kids and two young boys who are always at the ready with hugs. In her free time she loves to spend time with her husband and sons playing video & board games, watching eSports, being a part of a church community, and making crafts.
Weren’t able to join us in person? No problem. Join us digitally by checking out link below for Kristen’s insights on being a woman in tech, supporting a stay-at-home dad, eSports, video games—and how, for Kristen, technology is an act of making:
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We had a great time getting to know Sarah Risley at this month’s WIT breakfast.
Sarah Risley (@SarahRisley) is the Nuclear Training Accreditation Supervisor at Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Diablo Canyon Power Plant. In 2010, driven by her passion for recruitment and retention of women in technology, she founded the Diablo Canyon Chapter of U.S. Women in Nuclear (U.S. WIN). U.S. WIN is the premier network of more than 8,000 members that work in, and support nuclear and radiation-related fields, with a keen focus on public outreach and professional development. She continues on the board today, and also represents members from the central and pacific regions on the national level by her service on the U.S. WIN Steering Committee, and is the Executive Sponsor for the national Professional Development Committee. Sarah holds a Master of Business Administration from Cal Poly and Bachelor of Science in Corporate Communication from the University of Texas, Austin. Sarah, her husband Chris, and their two young children reside in San Luis Obispo’s south county.
For those you who missed the breakfast—don’t worry! We recorded the interview.
Check out the link below for Sarah’s insights on being a working mother, movies—from Nightmare Before Christmas to Some Like it Hot—and women in tech:
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Softec would like to hear from businesses or individuals that would be interested in speaking at Softec Events. Please reply to this email and include complete contact information, speaker bio, and topic description. Send this to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Softec holds Tech Brews in San Luis and Santa Maria each month and the presentation are approximately 20 minutes in length.
- Softec holds Dinners that draw large crowds. Common format is a panel of experts talking on hot topics in tech.
- Softec Open Houses are held in partnership with local businesses that are willing to give Softec an inside peek at cool tech things.
The first evaluation in giving someone a speaking slot is the WOW factor of the topic and speaker. Our mission in the community is to connect people, resources, and ideas to create a vibrant tech industry here on the central coast. We do this by creating fun events that attract smart people so they can meet other smart people. Over the last twenty plus years we have found that smart people talking about cool tech ideas create Softec moments.
Softec Moments are when people, ideas, and resources come together to create business formation or growth opportunities in our community. Many of the leading tech businesses in the region have one or more Softec moments in their history.
We had a great time getting to know Kelly Irish at this month’s WIT breakfast.
Kelly is currently a software engineering manager at MindBody. She received a BS in computer science from Virginia Tech and has worked as a software engineer for the past 20 years. She’s coded for small consumer focused startups to business management software, but the majority of her time was spent coding for government contracts from submarines to surveillance.
For those you who missed the breakfast—don’t worry! We recorded the interview.
Check out the link below for Kelly’s insights on submarines, coding, and women in tech:
Want more? Be sure to stop by our Facebook page to hear about upcoming events, drop a comment, or request a future speaker.
Our friends in Santa Maria have a tech related event coming up on November 3, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Radisson Hotel. Click on the link before for program details.
Women is Tech is our fastest growing interest group now with 3 meetings: Breakfast @ Whole Foods, Lunch at Shalimar, and a Happy Hour at Wine shed.
Please visit the Women in Tech Interest Group Page for the most current information.
We are loving our new place the the Grill House in Downtown SLO.
The room in the back is the perfect size to fit out growing group. With several Large LCD screens, shelter from the upcoming winter rains, and no road noise – this is the perfect place abd we have the event to recover from those terrible Mondays!
Visit our TechBrew page to learn about the next presentation.
Quintron Systems, Inc. will be hosting their 2nd Annual Technology Expo on July 9, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria, CA from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. See attached Flyer. We will be featuring over twenty-five leading technology based manufacturers covering Audio, Video, CCTV, Networking, Digital Signage and Control Systems to name a few. Quintron Systems is inviting Central Coast Businesses, Governmental Agencies (both local and Federal), Education Facilities, and the general public to come experience an afternoon full of cutting edge technology, food and networking.
We will also be hosting several classes throughout the afternoon including:
- Sound design and troubleshooting for live music venues, hosted by JBL
- Analog vs IP based surveillance systems, hosted by Vivotek
- Interactive Collaboration systems for huddle and classrooms, hosted by Kramer Electronics
- Emerging technology for boardrooms and classrooms, hosted by Extron Electronics
This is your time to discuss what matters to you!
For more information and class times please contact Yolanda Clark at 805-361-8313 or please visit our website: http://quintron-isd.com/media.
QUINTRON SYSTEMS, INC.
Administrative Assistant- Integrated Systems Division
2105 South Blosser Road
Santa Maria, CA 93458-7311
Office: 805-928-4343 x 313
If you missed the plant tour at Lineage Logistics you missed a very cool tour and you can take the word both ways. The Santa Maria Manufacturers Association was the coordinator for the event and we had 40-45 people for a 7:30am start time. The thing you have to know about Santa Maria is they tend to start earlier than most SLO groups.
The building is 225,000 square feet and it is actually much larger than the footprint would indicate. I spent 16 years working in the foodservice industry so I am no stranger to this sort of facility but I must admit to being in awe of the 40 foot ceiling. Other facilities I have worked in were closer to 25 feet and that was considered state of the art in those days.
They took us through the warehouse and there is something special about walking into a room that is 100,000+ SF with minus 40 degree air. It has been a long time since I have experienced that temp and in some ways I miss it – however I quickly got over it. I suspect that more than a few people that are acclimated to the mild central coast felt this was way cool in both senses of the words. Those that showed up in shorts probably regretted that morning’s wardrobe selection.
This is a shot of the front of the building and by this point the group had spent a few minutes in sub-zero warehouses so they were enjoying the warmth even if it was a brisk morning by local standards.
This picture of the forktrucks gives you some idea of the scale of the building. Those forklifts run up to 40 feet and weigh in at about 8,000 pounds with an average lift of 2,000. Needless to say they must have very well trained staff.
I love how they paid attention to the little details. Note in this picture that the signs are printed two ways. One is inverted so it reads properly in the mirror of the truck when they are backing up to the dock. Truck can back up and seal to the building and then open the door on inside so they do not compromise the temperature of the storage area. The facility has open dry storage at a very balmy 38 degrees and some office space so if you are looking for that sort of thing give them a call.
I do not know about everyone else but I really enjoy plant tours and would like to thank the Santa Maria Manufacturer’s Association for putting these types of events on. Santa Maria has lots of very interesting businesses and they have a warm welcome even at the very cool places.