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Office Hour with Bridget Kromhout (DramaFever), Katherine Daniels (Etsy), Samantha Thomas (University of Minnesota), Jennifer Davis (Chef), and Lara Swanson (Etsy)

Bridget Kromhout (Microsoft), Ryn Daniels (HashiCorp), Samantha Grumdahl (University of Minnesota), Jennifer Davis (Microsoft), Lara Hogan (Wherewithall)
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Women have a place at the command prompt, and this panel of successful women already in Ops are here to encourage, share success stories, and practical tips. Come talk about Operations and:

  • Work/life balance
  • Diversity
  • Career growth/planning
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Bridget Kromhout


Bridget Kromhout is a principal cloud advocate at Microsoft. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if the cloud can be considered tangible). After 15 years as an operations engineer, Bridget 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, Minnesota. She podcasts with Arrested DevOps, blogs at, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.

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Ryn Daniels


Ryn Daniels is a staff infrastructure software engineer who got their start in programming with TI-80 calculators back when GeoCities was still cool. Their work has focused on infrastructure operability, sustainable on-call practices, and the design of effective and empathetic engineering cultures. They are the co-author of O’Reilly’s Effective DevOps and have spoken at numerous industry conferences on devops engineering and culture topics. Ryn lives in Berlin, Germany with a perfectly reasonable number of cats and in their spare time can often be found powerlifting, playing cello, or handcrafting knitted server koozies for the data center.

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Samantha Grumdahl

University of Minnesota

Samantha works as a network and systems administrator for the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Providing IT support for a variety of academic departments and supporting researchers from all over the world allows her to bring a unique multicultural perspective. Her volunteer efforts are focused on increasing interest in the STEM fields, especially among women and minorities.

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Jennifer Davis


Jennifer Davis is a cloud operations advocate at Microsoft. Previously, she was a principal site reliability engineer at RealSelf and developed cookbooks to simplify building and managing infrastructure at Chef. Jennifer is the coauthor of Effective DevOps and speaks about DevOps, tech culture, and monitoring. She also gives tutorials on a variety of technical topics. When she’s not working, she enjoys learning to make things and spending quality time with her family.

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Lara Hogan


Lara Hogan is an engineering leader, coach, and consultant at Wherewithall, and is also the author of Designing for Performance and Demystifying Public Speaking. She champions engineering management as a practice, helps people get comfortable public speaking, and believes it’s important to celebrate career achievements with donuts.