SHERITA M. HAIGLER serves as the Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion at United Way of Greater St. Louis where the mission is to: “Help People Live Their Best Possible Lives”. Sherita’s primary responsibility is to lead the internal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts and ensure they align with the strategic plan of the organization. As the lead Sherita, works in partnership with leadership and Human Resources to create an inclusive organizational environment where employees, volunteers, and investors of all genders, ethnicities, backgrounds and orientations feel welcome and can flourish and contribute to United Way’s mission.
Sherita also works as a facilitator for Diversity Awareness Partnership in its Give Respect Get Respect Program.
JASON STONE had an early start in web development when he sold an online real estate portal concept to HitCom Intellipages in 1996. He spent six years as the marketing manager for SportingNews.com, helping the publication grow from content on AOL to one of the most trafficked sports sites on the web. Today, he serves as Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy at Engage Software where he works with clients from a wide variety of commercial and non-profit verticals.
MELISSA PABST, MBA, spent 15 years working as an industrial chemist in quality control laboratories before deciding to put her career on a new trajectory. After earning her MBA in 2017, she jumped into Savvy Coder’s bootcamp and every other available opportunity to her expand her education in programming. Melissa knows, first-hand, the difficulty of career transitions, but she has also learned how rewarding the journey can be. In both chemistry and coding, Melissa displays demonstrable passion for STEM careers and life-long education in STEM fields. Serving on the advisory board of Savvy Coders, Melissa works to guide others down the path toward careers in coding, just as others guided Melissa on her own path.
KIANNA REED, is a Project Manager with OCI Computer Software. Kianna brings over 10 years’ experience in Sales and Management where she has helped businesses ranging from major retailers and brands to Software Startups achieve top line revenue growth while efficiently scaling operations.
JOHN KREWSON is the founder and President of Sketch Development Services, a software development studio that provides Agile coaching, consulting and training. Sketch delivers software for its customers using Agile principles and practices, and helps other organizations with their Agile transformations. John has been an active member of the Agile community since 2003 as a developer, ScrumMaster, development leader and coach. He recently led the agile transformation for MasterCard Worldwide, scaling agility to 10,000 team members across 6 continents and multiple product lines.
STEPHANIE GRIMSHAW is a career coach/talent acquisition professional at Neteffects. She possesses over 20 years of experience within Human Resources, Career Coaching, Business Development and Technology – all of which helps her bring deep relationships to the table. As a career coach, she helps build resumes, LinkedIn profiles and networks. She opens her network to help those reach the right people, so they can engage in meaningful conversations to become gainfully employed. She focuses on continuous learning so that she can take what she has learned and pass along to those that can utilize her experience, knowledge and guidance. Stephanie helps prepare people for interviews, weigh out the pros and cons of positions to make sure they are looking for the right opportunities, she teaches people how to interview the employer so they know exactly what they are getting into with no hidden surprises. She have a deep passion for helping others and all she asks is that you pay it forward to the next person, changing this world.
MATT THOMAS is an experienced solution-minded Senior Software Engineer currently employed at Bayer Crop Science on the Customer Platform for internal and external brand web presences. He is dedicated to mentoring students & junior developers in development and career skills. He routinely presents talks and assists in organizing local Meetups. In his personal time, he likes to work on and build automotive, web and IoT projects.