What to Expect: DockerCon 2021 – Women in Tech Panel

At Docker, we feel strongly about embracing diversity and we are committed to being proactive with respect to inclusion. As an example of our support for diversity, we are hosting the Community Rooms during DockerCon with panels and sessions for our global audience in their native languages. We are also highlighting the contributions from our women Captains and community developers.

At DockerCon, the Women in Tech panel will focus on the breadth and depth of knowledge from our panelists and their experiences using Docker technology throughout their career. Join us as we discuss the career choices that led these women to become application developers and hear about key innovations that they are working on.  

Women in Tech Panel 4:15 Pacific on May 27, 2021

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This panel is just one event out of a one day event packed with demonstrations, product announcement, company updates and more – all of it is focused on modern application delivery in a cloud-native world.

Our panelists and moderators include:

Hema Ganapathy – Moderator
Product Marketing, Docker

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Hema is a highly seasoned technology professional with 30+ years of experience in software development, telecommunications, cloud computing and big data.  She has held senior positions in companies such as Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks and Alcatel.  She started her career as a software engineer working on complex projects for internet routing and switching and has programmed in many languages.  Currently Hema is in product marketing at Docker.

Dieu Cao – Moderator
Sr Director, Product Management – Docker


Dieu Cao is a Sr. Director of Product Management at Docker where she works with the Docker Desktop, Engine, Compose and Build teams.  In Dieu’s spare time, she enjoys playing Minecraft and going to the beach with her family.

Julie Lerman – Panelist
Docker Captain and Software Coach – The Data Farm


Julie is a long-time Microsoft MVP who now counts her years as a coder in decades. She makes her living as a mentor and consultant to software teams around the world. You can find Julie presenting on Entity Framework, Domain Driven Design and other topics at user groups and conferences around the world. Julie blogs at thedatafarm.com/blog, is the author of the highly acclaimed “Programming Entity Framework” books, the MSDN Magazine Data Points column and popular videos on Pluralsight.com. Follow Julie on twitter @julielerman.

Melissa McKay – Panelist
Docker Captain and Developer Advocate – JFrog


Melissa is a long-time developer/software engineer turned international speaker and is currently a Developer Advocate for JFrog, Inc., sharing in the mission to improve the developer experience with DevOps methodologies. Her background and experience as a software engineer span a slew of languages, technologies, and tools used in the development and operation of enterprise products and services. She is a mom, Java Champion, co-author of the upcoming book DevOps Tools for Java Developers, a huge fan of _UN_conferences, and is always on the lookout for ways to grow and learn. Given her passion for teaching, sharing, and inspiring fellow practitioners, you are likely to cross paths with her in the conference circuit — both online and off!

Jocelyn Matthews – Panelist
Community Manager – Storj


Jocelyn is Community Manager at Storj Labs. Previously a faculty member of Santa Monica College, she is also a former lab member at CITRIS (the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) Banatao Institute. Jocelyn is a former Rosberg-Geist Fellow at the Center for African Studies at UC Berkeley. Her ethnographic social research has received grant funding from HASTAC Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance Collaboratory; the Sultan Grant for Arab Cultural Studies; UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender Studies; and the National Science Foundation (NSF). In her spare time, she is an active member of the Bay Area Black Designers group, and the lead admin for DevRel Collective. She cares very much about diversity, inclusion and equity, values she brought to bear both as a former faculty member of the California college system, and while teaching underserved teens in Oakland.

There are only a few days left before DockerCon 2021 – make sure to sign up today!

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