Jennifer is a software engineer who has been writing code since before she realized it was a credible career path. She currently works as the lead front-end developer at a legal tech startup in Kansas City.
She is widely known for her work in the Kansas City community, and in 2013 founded Kansas City Women in Technology, a 501(c)(3) organization to help grow the number of women in technology careers in Kansas City. She built numerous coding programs from the ground up to support KCWiT's mission, including CoderDojoKC, Coding & Cupcakes, Coding & Cocktails, and the Kansas City Django Girls workshop. She has worked tirelessly to build a robust and thriving network of women in technology through creating learning, volunteering, mentoring, speaking, and leadership opportunities for the those in her community.
Jennifer began her speaker career shortly after launching KCWiT, hoping not only to share tips on coding, leadership, and community building but to inspire other women to start speaking as well. Jennifer is now a sought-after international speaker who brings passion and excitement to her talks coupled with tangible, immediately executable strategies and a no-excuses-get-shit-done attitude.
When she's not coding, speaking, or running operations at KCWiT, Jennifer is an avid cook, foodie, bourbon drinker, furbaby momma, and fitness geek never going more than 3 days without lifting heavy objects.
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