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Women in Technology: Strategies for Success

6th Annual WIT Luncheon & Panel Discussion - Thursday, November 20, 2008

Time: 11:30 am, Room 6C

We all face challenges in our work lives. We each have professional goals we would like to achieve. What are the best tactics for overcoming obstacles and getting what we want from our careers?

The Women in Technology (WIT) Special Interest Group (SIG) invites you to a panel discussion with a variety of women who are in successful hi-tech careers. Our panelists will share examples from their own lives, talk about how they confronted challenges and what steps they took to advance in their careers.

The event will include discussion from the audience. Please come and share your questions, perspectives and experiences. Lunch will be served.

Confirmed WIT Panelists:

Billie Jo Murray
General Manager SQL Central Services, Microsoft

As General Manager for SQL Central Services, Billie Jo Murray is responsible for coordinating customer liaison, release, user assistance, quality and build programs. Billie Jo joined Microsoft in 1997 has held several exciting positions including test manager and group manager over various SQL release functions. Prior to Microsoft, she was Director of Database Technology and Web Development for Novell and recognized as the Novell Employee of the year in 1995. Billie Jo holds two Bachelor of Science Degrees from Montana State University, one in Computer Science and a second in Electrical Engineering.

Crystal Robinson-Pipersburgh
Sr. Manager Database Administration, Intuit

Crystal Robinson-Pipersburgh is a California transplant from the east coast. She manages the Corporate Database team for Mountain View, California's Intuit, makers of Quickbooks, Quicken & Turbo Tax. Her responsibilities include providing strategic guidance in database management and database trends, evaluating new database platforms and supervising a support staff of seventeen database administrators and managers. Her team provides continuous support and protection, for Intuit's MS SQL Server, Oracle and MySQL databases supporting both internal and external customers.

Prior to her 8 years at Intuit as both a Database Administrator and group manager, Crystal was a software trainer and traveling consultant as well as a C, Cobol, PL/SQL and Oracle Forms developer for SCT Banner, currently owned by SunGard. Crystal holds a Bachelor of Science in Computing Information Systems from Loma Linda University and a MBA in management from La Sierra University, both of Southern California.

Kimberly Tripp
SQL Server MVP and Microsoft Regional Director

Kimberly L. Tripp is a SQL Server MVP and a Microsoft Regional Director and has worked with SQL Server since 1990. Since 1995, Kimberly has worked as a speaker, writer, trainer and consultant for her own company SYSolutions, Inc. In consulting, Kimberly tackles tough real-world problems focused mostly on performance, tuning, system availability, and minimizing data loss. In writing, Kimberly contributes regularly for SQL Server Magazine, was a technical contributor for the SQL Server 2000 Resource Kit, and co-authored the MSPress title SQL Server 2000 High Availability. In speaking, Kimberly lectures for a variety of events such as Microsoft Tech*Ed, Microsoft ITForum, SQL PASS, and SQL Connections where she is consistently a top rated speaker. Her comments usually include that she has a gift of being able to discuss complex technical topics with ease and occasional humor. Currently, Kimberly is creating SQL Server 2008 content including articles, labs, whitepapers, and workshops. Prior to starting SYSolutions, Kimberly held positions at Microsoft including Subject Matter Expert/Trainer for Microsoft University and Technical Writer for the SQL Server Development Team.

You can get more details about Kimberly on her website: http://www.SQLskills.com and her blog: http://www.SQLskills.com/blogs/Kimberly. Kimberly is the co-chair of the SQL Connections conference with her husband, Paul Randal.

Lynda Rab
Sr. Data Warehouse Analyst and PASS Program Director

Lynda Rab is an IT professional with over 15 years of technical experience. She has been working with SQL Server since version 4.2 and is now focusing her efforts on Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence working for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Lynda has been a PASS volunteer since 2001 and has been instrumental in the implementation of many major initiatives.

She has worked her way up the volunteer ladder as a PASS SIG Leader to SIG Coordinator to the PASS Board of Directors. Along the way she received the PASSion award for "leadership in fostering the overall growth and prosperity for the Professional Association for SQL Server". Currently, as PASS Program Director she is working to match and surpass the success of what has been offered by past Summit programs. One key initiative she is working on this year with the PASS Program committee is to deliver to the PASS community an improved Speaker Resource Center. One of next year's goals will be to improve how PASS cultivates and develops new PASS speakers. Active in her local SQL Server Community, she is a member of a chapter leader team that is organizing and running the OttawaSQL.net Chapter. Lynda lives in Ottawa, Canada with her husband and young son.

Kalen Delaney
SQL Server MVP, trainer and author

Kalen Delaney has been working with SQL Server for 21 years, starting with her employment with the Sybase Corporation in October 1987. Even after all these years, she loves the product and tries to learn all she can about each new version. She is the primary author of the Inside SQL Server series of books for SQL Server 7, 2000 and 2005 and currently working on her next book: SQL Server 2008 Internals. She was also on the planning committee for starting up SQL Server Magazine, and has been a regular columnist and contributing editor since that time.

Kalen also speaks at conferences and teaches her advanced SQL Server training around the world. She has spoken at every single U.S. PASS conference since the organization's founding. Kalen receives raves reviews from students telling her the class is the best one they have ever taken. She thinks that is because she loves talking about SQL Server so much, and her passion is what inspires her students.

Kalen recently partnered with a Pacific Northwest consulting company, accepting the position as Director of Training. Her goal is to train the best new crop of SQL Server DBAs to help provide managed DBA services and tuning to clients around the country.

You can find out more about Kalen's Advanced SQL Server Internals class, and her schedule, on her website: www.InsideSQLServer.com, and you can find out about her consulting company at www.SQLTuners.net.