We RISE is all about growing and showcasing women in technology organized by the directors of the Atlanta network of Women Who Code. Women Who Code is a global 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. We connect amazing women with other like-minded amazing women around the globe, who unite under one simple notion -- the world of technology is much better with women in it.
Founded in 2013, the Atlanta network of Women Who Code is one of the most diverse and active networks globally. Our local leaders have worked closely with the larger Atlanta tech community for the last 4+ years to make sure our members (2,700+ strong) have a seat at the table. We are making our mark on one of the fastest-growing tech and startup ecosystems in the country.
Responding to the feedback of our membership, we launched the We RISE Tech Conference in 2017 with over 400 attendees. This year we are expecting over 500 attendees.
Erica Stanley is an engineering manager at SalesLoft – where she’s helping grow the product engineering team for one the Southeast’s fastest growing SaaS companies. She holds a B.S and M.S in Computer Science from Clark Atlanta University and conducted post-graduate research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Always eager to explore and push boundaries in tech, Erica has worked in various areas of technology, including web, mobile, augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence and human-centered computing.
Erica is active in the Atlanta technology community. She helps develop and teach youth coding programs, speaks at local hackathons, conferences, and user groups.
She also founded the Atlanta network of Women Who Code, where she leads new developer workshops and organizes monthly tech talks, hack nights, and networking events for women technologists.
Beth Laing grew-up in online journalism, working with newspaper companies in Atlanta, GA, San Jose, CA and Saint Paul, MN with a detour to work for an internet start-up, Infonautics, in Philadelphia, PA along the way. After leaving the world of newspapers, Beth worked as a project manager for several organizations focused on the intersection of news, society and technology. In 2015 she transitioned into software development with the help of a full immersion bootcamp. As one of the directors for Women Who Code's Atlanta chapter, Beth works to create great programming and build community for the amazing women in technology of Atlanta. She is passionate about making technology a welcoming community for everyone and breaking down barriers. Beth works as a software developer at CNN/Turner on a variety of projects for internal customer. She spends a lot of time figuring out why things don't work and how to fix them!
Angel Banks specializes in UX strategy and design for enterprise, finance, healthcare, and biotech applications. She has a background in front-end development, project management, and product management. Active in the Atlanta tech community, she is a Director of Women Who Code Atlanta, Women Techmakers Atlanta Lead, and co-organizer of We RISE Tech, DevFest Atlanta, and ngAtlanta conferences.