Many thanks to the wonderful local women who will be sharing their path to careers in technology with the girls on Girls Tech Career Day November 14, 2013.
Katie Allen has been an Electrical Engineer at Rockwell Collins for 2 years. She works on Air Flight Displays that go in the cockpit of airplanes. Pilots use them for navigation, communication, flight planning, weather data, engine status, and much more. Without her displays, a plane couldn’t leave the ground. Before joining Rockwell, Katie got her degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. She has always loved math and science and loves to share her passion with the next generation. Katie lives in North Liberty with her husband Scott and their dog, Chance.
Breahna owns Revive Design Studios, LLC where she designs and builds custom WordPress websites and designs iOS apps for Xcode developers. She has an AAS degree in Web Technologies with an emphasis on Graphic Design and a background in Web Project Management.
She is a nominee for the 2013 Principal Financial Group Women of Innovation Awards, presented by the Technology Association of Iowa. She was nominated for her involvement in the Creative Corridor’s tech community and organization of tech groups such as Iowa Web Designers and Developers and Geek Out, Go Out.
Leah is a UI Designer/Production Specialist at ConnectFive. She is experienced in designing print and web-based materials. Leah graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Art Studio – emphasis in Graphic Design and minors in Art History and Marketing. Before becoming part of the ConnectFive team, Leah worked as a freelance designer. Aside from her work, Leah enjoys painting, traveling, and spending time with family.
Dawn wears many hats for ConnectFive, including UX Documentation Lead, Project Manager and HR Liaison. She graduated from Central College with a BA in Computer Science and a minor in Business Management. Prior to joining ConnectFive, Dawn worked in systems analysis, project management and technical writing roles for companies in the pharmaceutical and educational assessment industries. In addition to her technical side, Dawn has also managed hospital volunteers, sold real estate and volunteered for many school, church and sports activities within the community.
Samantha recently graduated from the University of Iowa in Industrial Engineering. Her focus areas included manufacturing and management. She chose these areas because of her love for being around people and helping them to succeed. She started with P&G Oral Care after college and has now been working there for 3 months. While in college she was very involved with the Institute of Industrial Engineers, IIE, and on leadership for Dance Marathon. In her free time she enjoys doing crafts to decorate her new place, as well as cheering on the Hawkeyes with friends.
Katelyn Lensch is a UI designer and developer for ConnectFive. She discovered her love of technology and graphic design in High School while building websites for local companies and as a member of the Iowa State 4H Technology Team. She went to the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with B.A.’s in Graphic Design and Computer Science. She has worked as an interface designer and developer for several Iowa companies helping to create websites, mobile apps and software on touch screen devices.
Jill recently graduated from the University of Iowa in Mechanical Engineering. Her focus was in manufacturing, due to her interest in learning, understanding, and improving processes, as well as her passion for working with people. After a successful internship with P&G Oral Care she decided to join the team full time and has now been working there for 3 months. While in college she was very involved with the Society of Women Engineers, SWE, and concluded her four years as the President of the University of Iowa Section. She continues to be involved with SWE as the Vice President of the Eastern Central Iowa SWE Professional Section. In her free time she continues to play water polo after playing for the University of Iowa’s Club team for four years. She also loves to take her new addition to her family, Bentley, to the dog park.
Shuva Rahim has been a photographer since 2008, when she started her business, Accent Photographics. She takes a documentary, unposed approach to her images of businesses, couples, families and events. She also teaches continuing- education classes at Kirkwood Community College related to basic computer skills, social media and digital photography. Shuva has a bachelor’s in journalism from Iowa State University, and is a graduate of the photography program at the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.
Katie Robbins is an Iowa native. She hails from Lone Tree, IA and graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA in Dance. She is now the Head of Happiness at Sculpt, a social media marketing company located in downtown Iowa City. Katie’s goal at Sculpt is to help both her clients and her fellow employees succeed in everything they do. She believes in the power of connecting creative individuals to build the enthusiasm and momentum to do just about anything!
Katie is a Packaging Project Manager at Procter and Gamble’s Toothbrush factory. She has a Packaging Engineering degree from Michigan State University and has worked in her field for over 20 years. In her free time Katie spends lots of time with her husband Norbert, and her children Liza and Patrick. Katie is a co-coach of a First Lego League Lego Robotics team, an OAKTech coach & you can see her family’s tree hugger on the corner of Washington & Linn Streets in downtown Iowa City.
Cyndi Showalter is an intellectual property rights licensing professional with more than 30 years’ experience minimizing risk while maximizing innovative solutions meeting today’s complex corporate responsibilities. A recognized leader in team building, litigation management and process development, Cyndi has joined ACT Inc to develop third party licensing programs.
Cyndi has received numerous awards during her career including the President’s Award for Innovation and Training, The President’s Award for Team Excellence, a GROW Award for Results and a Gold Award for Integrity.