Paul Andrew

  • Location: UK (UTC +0)
  • Expertise: Azure Data Platform, Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, Big Data, Lambda Architectures
  • Contact: Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog

OMrPaulAndrewnce upon a time there was a junior developer. This developer was passionate about what he did and wanted to share all his knowledge with anyone willing to listen. Ambition was a key motivator, combined with a small amount of competitiveness and a burning desire to know everything he had big plans to become a subject matter expert in his field.

Through our incredible data platform community these goals can be achieved. The community can facilitate your growth and open doors to every corner of this vast IT industry. But be warned, this takes commitment, bucket loads of effort and (let’s be realistic) a reasonable amount of personal time sacrificed. However, you will get out what you put in.

If these things ring true with you and you wish to grow yourself through our community please reach out, I’d be happy to help.

I was that junior developer about 20 years ago and what was true then is still true now. But maybe slightly more refined. The community has supported my career growth in ways I never expected, through blogging, helping, speaking and organising events.

I’m now a Senior Data Analytics Consultant at Adatis (a London based business intelligence consultancy) and Microsoft Data Platform MVP. I currently specialise in architecting big data solutions with Microsoft Azure services and delivering intelligent insights for my customers business.

I look forward to hearing from you and starting your data journey in our community.

 

 

 

 

Martina Grom

  • Location: AUT (UTC +1)
  • Expertise: Cloud Computing, Cloud Architecture & Strategy, Change Management, Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Enterprise Social.
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn | About.me

My passion is online and social media, cloud computing, and Office 365.

I have a Master’s of International Business Administration from the University of Vienna, Austria.

I am an introvert who loves to speak at conferences. It challenges me and as English is not my first language it is also always a challenge to give english talks. In the beginning I used to speak at smaller events but soon I tried to speak at larger events. I love to share knowledge as I know you learn something new every time when you attend a session. Hopefully I can give something back to others.

I am recognized as an expert in Microsoft Online Services solutions and was one of the first eight MVPs worldwide to receive an award in 2011 for my expertise in Office 365. Since 2015, I am also a Regional Director for Microsoft.

You can reach me on Twitter | LinkedIn | About.me and I am excited to support you.

 

 

Sarah Withee

Sarah Withee at AlterConf Portland 2016

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US (Eastern, UTC-5)
Areas of expertise: More little bits of many things and less expertise in one thing! PHP,  JavaScript, C#, Java, C++, Python, SQL, software engineer, hardware building and programming, robotics, team building, mental health in tech, women in tech, community building, starting in open source, programming language comparisons, tech resume building, and a whole host of other things I haven’t remembered to list.
Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn | Website | Blog

Hi! I’m Sarah, a friendly polyglot software engineer, public speaker, teacher and mentor, and hardware and robot tinkerer located in Pittsburgh, PA. I have a passion for technology and have ever since I wrote my first computer programs in elementary school.

My first conference talk was in 2015. Several friends had told me about a conference in a city a few hours away that really wanted women speakers, and saince I had been teaching a college programming class, I would do fine at this. Having no idea on what to make up a talk about, I was browsing Twitter one day and noticed a lot of tweets about the Raspberry Pi. I had several years of robotics experience at that point, and so I made up an abstract about how to build hardware projects with it. I proposed it there. A friend suggested a local conference, so I proposed it there. I was on an organizing committee, and someone in that group said “you’re giving it at ours too, right?” Then an on-campus organization wanted me to give it there. So I had a talk to give at four places and I haven’t even written it yet! The talk, “Intro to Hacking with the Raspberry Pi,” has been my most popular talk ever, including my second presentation getting an encore because the room had so many people inside and outside trying to see it that it was causing problems for the organizers. (If you want to read the full story of my first zany year of speaking, I wrote a blog post on it.)

I’ve been speaking and teaching since 2011, and have given dozens of talks and presentations at a wide variety of conferences and events. They have ranged from incredibly popular technical talks to powerful talks capable of making people laugh and cry at the same time. I’ve taught workshops on programming and hardware building to women in tech as well as students of all ages. I’ve helped organize 6 conferences and have volunteered with several others.

If you’re interested in starting to conference speak and just not sure how, or you have an idea and not sure how to form it into a great talk, I’d love to help out! I love talking to people and inspiring and encouraging them to get started speaking, but also coaching them through the brainstorming, proposal, writing, designing slides, and presentation processes. I’ve worked with many people over the years to help get their talks into shape, and would be glad to help you out too!

Feel free to contact me on my website’s contact page, find me on Twitter, or send me a message on LinkedIn. Let me know you found me on SpeakingMentors.com!

Greg Moore

  • Location: Troy NY (UTC -5)
  • SQL Server, Disasters, Cave Rescue
  • @stridergdm

I’m just getting started here so bear with me as I figure out the lay of the land.

I’m a SQL DBA with over 20 years of experience with SQL Server.

I’ve been speaking at SQL Saturday Events for over 3 years now and love to see new speakers breaking into the field.

In addition to SQL, I also am a caver and teach cave rescue. I also enjoy studying disasters such as plane crashes.

I’ve combined my interests in these three fields into a book, currently on Amazon (small plug) IT Disaster Response: Lessons Learned in the Field.

I’d love to say my first SQL Saturday speaking engagement was a downright success with a standing ovation at the end.  But alas, honesty and modesty prevails and I have to say far from that. The title was “Tips that Saved my Bacon.” Before I even started the presentation, a woman in the back raised her hand and asked, “What is bacon?”  Fortunately it got better from there.

If I can survive that, you can survive your first speaking experience.

I’m looking forward to working with folks who like to combine slightly offbeat topics into something educational and entertaining.

Chris O’Dell

  • Location: London, UK (UTC)
  • Expertise: CI/CD, AWS, DevOps, .Net
  • Contact: Twitter | Email

I knew I wanted to be a programmer since I was a child – computers were magical and I could make them do things simply by typing instructions into it.  I remember the first time we got the internet at home and I discovered HTML.  I decided I’d take computer classes at school despite being the only girl.  I then got a degree in Computer Science before embarking out into the world.

It was in my third job and first job in London that I gave my first presentation. I had great encouragement from colleagues and I told a familiar story – our CI/CD development practices.  It was 20 mins long and at a small meetup.

To my surprise, I was asked to give the talk again at other meetups and even a full 60 minute version at a big London conference.  Suddenly I’m a speaker!

I’ve continued to speak at events and, despite mistakes, I’m enjoying sharing knowledge and I’d like to share these skills with others.

Chris Yates

 

Location: Kentucky (UTC -5)
Expertise: SQL Server
Contact: Twitter|LinkedIn

I’m an 18-year vet of SQL Server currently living in Kentucky. I started off as a developer who turned into an accidental DBA as most of us do. I started working with SQL Server full time back in 2000. Most of my speaking originally centered around Juvenile Diabetes which I’m an advocate for. Over time I felt as though I could start helping others in my own industry. After becoming an Assistant Vice President|Database Administration Manager I found myself with speaking opportunities that I never thought I would have. If you’ve been around me long enough then you will know I’m big on if we just reach one person than it is all worth it.

The art of public speaking can be both daunting and rewarding. I’m living proof that if you put hard work into it you will be able to succeed. Everyone has some sort of story to share; don’t wait another minute.

The people found on this site are here to help and some of the best data professionals around.

Feel free to reach me on Twitter or LinkedIn

 

Clark Sell

From humble beginnings as a mechanic who later became a software engineer/architect now business owner has built software for some of the biggest companies on the planet. Clark’s passionately unapologetic on a mission to create the most inclusive, tech-savvy, family-friendly community of geeks on the planet. Fueled by creativity, Clark invests his time partnering with companies on how to foster their own communities while helping them solve business problems through innovative technology solutions and common sense.

http://unspecified.io

https://www.ThatConference.com

Jessica DeVita

Hi I’m Jessica. I’ve spoken at many conferences and have coached almost 60 people through workshops and individual coaching. I’m @ubergeekgirl on twitter

Jessica DeVita

Jan Mulkens

Jan Mulkens Speaking Mentor
  • Location: Belgium (UTC +1)
  • Expertise: Applied Machine Learning with SQL Server and Azure ML Services, Power BI, Database DevOps (SQL Server), Data Integration with SSIS, Data Warehousing, Storytelling.
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn

Short version:

  • Active in IT since 2010 having covered a lot of the current Microsoft Data/BI/AI Stack
  • From nervous newbie speaker in 2014 to experienced international speaker in 2017
  • Grew from attendee to blogger to speaker to User Group founder
  • Willing to provide help on all topics but most comfortable in SQL Server, Power BI, Applied Machine Learning (Azure ML & SQL Server ML Services).
  • When not able to help you, I’ll find someone for you who can help you.
  • Contact me at any time with any question

Long version:

Back in July of 2010, I was working in a call center as a sales advisor. I didn’t have a college degree due to personal circumstances at the time, but i did have a healthy dose of curiousity. In response to an internal opening, I started working with the existing reports in excel that company had. Over the course of a couple of months, I slowly started automating them while learning and experimenting with the back-end, SQL Server 2005. Finally in April of 2011, I was asked to join the IT team full time. And when I say IT team, i mean the IT Manager and me.

Fast forward to July 2014, where I joined one of the largest consultancy firms in Belgium as a Microsoft Business Intelligence Consultant. Since then, I’ve learned a lot, from working with customers to teaching and coaching new starters. But also technical skills like optimising queries for performance, setting up a data warehouse end to end, working with relevant Azure offerings and automating everything possible.

What was perhaps the largest change for me, came when I started diving into Data Science and the related offerings by Microsoft,  which at the time was only Azure Machine Learning Studio. I quickly learned the basics through online courses, including Microsoft’s Professional Program for Data Science, and was able to apply these principles when SQL Server 2016 came out with R Services. Throughout this all I had unknowingly positioned myself in such a way that in january of 2017 I was asked to pick up the secondary role of Competence Center Lead for Microsoft Advanced Analytics. Basically meaning I need to ensure everyone in our business unit has access to the necessary knowledge to serve current and future customers for offerings in this space.

Throughout this crazy personal journey I’ve been giving presentations since the end of 2014. Sharing what i’ve learned at user groups and conferences, has so far been an absolute joy. The feeling you get when someone comes up to you afterwards and talks about the new insights they got through your talk is almost addictive. It also enabled me to get new insights myself by talking with a very diverse audience, each with different use cases. And it helped me to learn more about the international community around SQL Server and what other people are doing at their employers and customers. Being quickly integrated into the speaker community where you can learn even more and help even more people is one of the surprising side effects of speaking.

However, as an employee for a consultancy firm and not being my own boss, this doesn’t come easy or cheaply. I’ve been paying for my own travel expenses to speak at 15 events in 2017 and as of february 2018 I’m already accepted at 10 events for 2018 with 11 more currently pending a decision.

So one of my goals, apart from helping you out, is ensuring that you’re in a position to someday offer others help with writing an abstract or creating a presentation. Or perhaps you might one day help a user group or even start your own user group!

Wouter de Kort

  • Location: Netherlands (UTC +1)
  • Expertise: Software development on the Microsoft stack, DevOps, Azure.
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn

We’ve got our first computer when I was 6 years old. After discovering Solitaire I started playing with Quick Basic when I was 7. I’ve been programming ever since. Currently, I work as a lead architect and consultant where I try to help organizations stay on the cutting edge of software development.

My main focus is around Microsoft and DevOps.  I wrote a couple of books on C#, Azure and DevOps and of course I like to speak! I try to present as often as possible at local user groups and national and international conferences. I’ve given talks to small groups to rooms filled with hundreds of people.  Something that really helped me with all this is my experience as a part time minister. In that capacity I gave a lot of talks, received all kinds of speaking training and coached people of all levels to present their ideas.

Because of all this Microsoft awarded me the Microsoft MVP Visual Studio and Development Technologies award. I’m also a part of the Microsoft ALM Rangers.

I like helping others so feel free to reach out. We can work on anything you want ranging from choosing a topic, finding a conference to speak at to reviewing your slides and practicing your presentation.