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Community, Career and You: a Microsoft MVP Panel  

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3:30 PM Saturday
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Interested : (81) - Registered : (34)


No person survives as an island, and no career grows spontaneously. In this session, we will discuss how to strategically grow your professional opportunities by participating in technical communities. Whether an open source, cross-platform, .NET, iOS, Android or Linux developer (or all of the above), this panel will let you tap into the real-world experiences of Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). You will also learn about what it takes to receive and benefit from the MVP Award, and how to get started with the MVP Mentor program. Raucous (or at least mildly amusing) stories guaranteed.

The Speaker(s)


Esther Lee

Esther is a Community Program Manager for the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award Program where she focuses on the developer community. Her passion for growing the technical capabilities of communities has led her to work in west Africa, SE and NE Asia, and the US. When not building community or watching out for MVPs, she can be found chasing her two young kids. Esther holds a MCP from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a BA from Dartmouth College.

Kari Finn

Kari is a Community Program Manager for the Microsoft Most Valuable professional (MVP) Award Program where she manages the relationship of consumer focused MVPs in the US. She is also the program lead for the MVP Mentor Program, whose mission it is to foster the next generation of technologists to be leaders in their fields and communities. Kari is very passionate about supporting young people to achieve their dreams of being leading technologists by matching them to MVP Mentors to guide them. When not supporting the MVP community, Kari can be found perfecting the art of food fermentation and preservation. She holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and lives in Seattle, WA.

Peter Kellner

Peter Kellner, a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP since 2007, is founder and president of 73rd Street Associates and a seasoned software professional specializing in high quality, scalable and extensible .Net web applications. His experience includes building and leading engineering teams both on and off shore. When not working, Peter spends most his free time biking.

David McCarter

David McCarter is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), C# Corner MVP, solutions architect, speaker, consultant, professional code reviewer and interviewer in San Diego, California. He is the editor-in-chief of a web site dedicated to helping software engineers in all aspects of programming since 1994. David has written for programming magazines and has published many books including "David McCarter's .NET Coding Standards" available at: He is one of the founders and directors of the San Diego .NET Developers Group ( for 20 years. In 2008 David won the INETA Community Excellence Award for his involvement in the .NET community. Daivd is a featured writer and MVP on C# Corner. David is also an inventor of a software printing system that was approved by the US Patient Office in May 2008. His Microsoft MVP profile is located at:

Deborah Kurata

Deborah Kurata is a software developer, consultant, conference speaker, and Pluralsight author. For her work in support of software developers, she has been recognized with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and is a Google Developer Expert (GDE). She has authored several technical books and speaks at user groups and conferences. She has published several Pluralsight courses including "Angular: Getting Started" and "Angular NgRx: Getting Started".

Jeremy Clark

Jeremy Clark makes developers better. By drawing on over 15 years of experience in application development, he helps developers take a step up in their skillset with a focus on making complex topics approachable regardless of skill level. He is a Microsoft MVP for Visual C#, and he has authored seven courses for Pluralsight, including "C# Interfaces", a course aimed at giving developers a clear understanding of abstraction. Jeremy lives in Southern California with 2 cats and a banjo. For more information, visit

Ryan Riley

Ryan Riley is a Visual F# MVP and Engineer for Tachyus, a start-up using F# to profoundly revolutionize the oil & gas industry. He runs the Community for F# virtual user group and serves on the management committee for the Open Web Interface for .NET (OWIN) specification.

Mathias Brandewinder

I have been writing software on .NET for 10 years, mostly C#, until I fell in love with F# and functional programming. I enjoy arguing about code and how to make it better, and get very excited when discussing testing or F#. My other professional interests are applied math and machine learning. If you want to know more about me, you can check out my blog here or find me on Twitter as @brandewinder.

Joseph Kleinschmidt

Joe Kleinschmidt is the Chief Technology Officer for Leverage Software, an online community and social networking platform used by companies such as Microsoft, Sun, Oracle,, and many others. Before co-founding Leverage, Joe worked with a variety of firms from small software start-ups to larger organizations such as Lucent and Macromedia. Joe's past experience includes developing software used by traders on the Chicago Board of Trade, building drug screening software for pharmaceutical researchers, and working with energy companies on their technology needs in the face of deregulation. Joe is based in San Francisco.
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