Refresh the Triangle is a meetup organized around bringing together developers, designers, content creators, project managers, and anyone else who works inside the digital space to discuss and share big ideas about how to improve at our craft, delight our stakeholders, and create quality experiences online.
Our goal is simple: bring together the best and brightest new media professionals in the Triangle so that we may learn from and inspire one another.
Refresh the Triangle is excited to bring together a panel of women leaders from across our industry to discuss the state of technology from their perspective.
We’re inspired by this opportunity to hear personal stories and experiences and to discuss today’s challenges.
As we move forward in shaping Raleigh to be one of the most forward-thinking centers of technology and design, it’s important for us to have these moments to see our industry and communities from every angle.
Sandi is a teacher, sometime consultant, cyclist, Rubyist, reluctant author, obsessive programmer, recalcitrant blogger and the antidote for ambition. She's a cornerstone of the triangle's development community, and has been programming for 30+ years.
Before co-founding Oak City Labs, Carol was the Director of Engineering at StepLeader Digital, a mobile application platform for local media stations and colleges across the country. Prior to StepLeader, she managed software and systems engineering at Teradata and iContact leading the adoption of agile practices and continuous delivery. Carol started her career as a Systems Engineer and enjoys working with Linux infrastructures deployed to AWS or Google Cloud. She holds an MBA in Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization from NC State and a BS in Business Administration from University of South Carolina - Upstate.
Outside of Oak City Labs, Carol is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, preferably outside.
Sarah Kahn is a UX Manager at Intel. She has been designing and building web interfaces since 2008. She likes making wireframes and prototypes on lots and lots of grid paper, and purr programming with her cat, Delia. She wrote the GDI UX curriculum, which you can fork here.
Susan's professional background is in both technical communication and user experience, and she manages a team of user experience designers for an enterprise software company. A firm believer in the value provided by professional organizations, particularly for people in tech, she founded the Houston chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association in 2013. She's a co-organizer of Ladies That UX - Durham and president of Triangle UXPA. Susan has graduate degrees in both journalism and human factors in information design, and lives in Durham with her husband Chuck and their dog, Tucker T.
Ashley is a developer at thoughtbot. She is one of the top contributors to ActiveMerchant and loves helping out in the development community. She's an organizer of Railsbridge Triangle, a UNC graduate and enjoys cycling, backpacking and playing frisbee with her dog.
Valerie is the Community Manager at Industrious Raleigh, a coworking space for startups and small businesses in downtown Raleigh. She's passionate about leveling the field in entrepreneurship, making it possible for women, communities of color, and social entrepreneurs to access capital and realize triple-bottom line impact.