Journey as Women Engineering Leaders - Stories, Challenges, and Lessons Learned

Journey as Women Engineering Leaders - Stories, Challenges, and Lessons Learned

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• 5:30 PM - 6:20PM - Check-in, food, and networking

• 6:20 PM - 6:30PM - Opening remarks

• 6:30 PM - 7:10PM - Panel discussion

• 7:10 PM - 8:30PM - Breakout session and networking


  • Ming Hua, Engineering Director @ Facebook

  • Jessica McKellar, Founder & CTO @ Pilot (former Engineering Director @ Dropbox)

  • Joanne Pons, VP of Engineering @ MyVest (moderator)


We believe peer learning is equally important. After the panel discussion, we will break out into small groups to further discuss this topic. This is to leverage peer learning and develop deeper connections.

Breakout session is optional and has limited capacity. Opt-in is needed at check-in (via iPad).


Ming Hua (

Ming Hua leads the engineering team of Local Group at Facebook. Her team builds products to help people engage with businesses in their local community and help businesses start, grow and succeed. The portfolio of products include Pages, Local Search, Events, Job Search, Nearby Friends and many more. The Local group helps more than 70 million businesses thrive on Facebook. Ming joined Facebook as a Research Scientist in 2009 and has worked on a variety of projects from Machine Learning systems to user facing products. She believes in bringing technology and empathy together to solve real problems for people.

Ming holds a Ph.D. degree in the field of machine learning from Simon Fraser University, Canada. She has published in premier journals including IEEE TKDE and the VLDB Journal, as well as premier academic conferences including ACM SIGKDD, VLDB, IEEE ICDE and ACM SIGMOD. Ming served as a NSF reviewer and published a book "Ranking Queries on Uncertain Data" with Springer in 2011.

Jessica McKellar (

Rolf Njor Jensen is SVP Engineering @ Tradeshift - the business commerce company - where he runs engineering and platform operations efforts from the 200-odd engineers, and is part of executive management and strategic efforts such as fundraising due diligence and acquisition evaluations and integrations. Rolf started when Tradeshift was still in a garage with a title of "Code Monkey", and has grown with the company, being part of the journey and inherent challenges: culture, organization, staffing, and of course: technical.

Erika Reinhardt (

Erika Reinhardt is Engineering Manager @ Stripe, She leads the Payments Experience engineering group at Stripe, which builds the integrations and product interfaces to Stripe's payment capabilities, including Checkout, Elements, and tools for users to manage their day-to-day payment operations. Previously she was the Director of Engineering at OpenAI (a machine learning research non-profit), co-founded the voter registration non-profit Voteplz for the 2016 election, and was the Director of Product Engineering at Planet Labs, a startup launching earth observation satellites. She studied computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering at MIT.

Joanne Pons (

Joanne is VP of Engineering at MyVest, providers of innovative wealth management technology for the digital age. Joanne leads the applications engineering team in executing MyVest’s product & technology strategy. She has been with MyVest since its early days, and was instrumental in designing and developing the award-winning SPS™ platform.

Joanne is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, and served on the board of CodeEd, a non-profit that teaches computer science to girls in underserved communities. Her team-driven leadership approach earned her the distinction of San Francisco’s Best Tech Manager at the 2016 TIMMY Awards.

Speakers (4)
VP of Engineering @ My Vest
Founder and CTO @ Pilot
Engineering Manager @ Stripe
Engineering Director @ Facebook
Videos (1)

9/19/2018 @ Checkr

Joanne Pons, Jessica McKellar, Erika Reinhardt, Ming Hua
5:30 PM - 6:20 PM PDT
Check-in, food, and networking
6:20 PM - 6:30 PM PDT
Opening remarks
6:30 PM - 7:10 PM PDT
Panel discussion
Joanne Pons
VP of Engineering @ My Vest
Jessica McKellar
Founder and CTO @ Pilot
Erika Reinhardt
Engineering Manager @ Stripe
Ming Hua
Engineering Director @ Facebook
7:10 PM - 8:30 PM PDT
Breakout session and networking
September 19, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM PDT
19th Floor, Checkr
120 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
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Jerry Li
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