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Special Events at PASS Summit

Professional enrichment at PASS Summit stretches beyond just outstanding seminars presented by top-drawer community speakers. Meeting like-minded professionals and sharing special interests are key to the complete Summit experience. Come connect, share, and learn with your peers - we would love to see you there! 

Special Events include: Welcome Reception and Quizbowl | Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Lunch | Exhibitor Reception | WIT Luncheon | Microsoft Appreciation Party | Chapter Lunch 

Register now for PASS Summit 2010! 


Welcome Reception & Quizbowl

Monday, November 8, 2010
Welcome Reception

PASS Summit 2010 will kick-off on Monday, November 8 with the always-fun Welcome Reception and annual Quizbowl game.

Quizbowl, sponsored by

Organized by the PASS Virtual Chapters and hosted by Louis Davidson and Tim Ford, this year's Celebrity SQL Quizbowl will feature four teams of SQL Server notables -

Team 1:  Allen White and Wendy Pastrick

Team 2: Buck Woody and Jen McCown

Team 3: Tom Larock and Denny Cherry

Team 4: Kendra Little and Jeremiah Peschka

They will be playing for you! Great prizes to be won courtesy of Wiley. Join us at the Welcome Reception and watch these celebrities prove their SQL knowledge. See the prizes below and learn more.

  1. Kindle
  2. Kodak Zi8 video camera, remote, mic, memory card
  3. Kodak Zi8 video camera, memory card
  4. $100 gift card for Wiley books
  5. $100 gift card for Wiley books
  6. $100 gift card for Wiley books

Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Lunch - Sponsored by DELL and EMC

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Unite with MVPs, SQLCAT architects, and your peers at this informal and interactive lunch. Share your knowledge, stimulate new ideas, and gain insights. There will be at least 50 different topics and tables for the best lunch 'n learn going! See the BOF listing.


Exhibitor Reception - Sponsored by DELL

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Eat, drink, and see all the latest new solutions and add-ons to set your SQL Server and BI implementations on fire!

WIT Luncheon and Panel Discussion, presented by

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Join us for the 8th Annual Women in Technology Luncheon and Panel Discussion, organized by the PASS WIT Virtual Chapter, and sponsored by Go Daddy. Everyone is welcome! The event will include discussion from the audience. Lunch will be served.

Recruiting, Retaining & Advancing Women in Technology: Why does it matter?

Increasing the role of women in technology has a direct impact on the women working in hi-tech, but the effects can go far beyond that. How do female tech workers influence innovation and product development? How do men benefit from having more women working in technology? Can the presence of women in tech affect a company’s bottom line? What does it mean for women and their families when they have access to hi-tech jobs?

WIT Panelists


Billie Jo Murray
General Manager, SQL Central Services, Microsoft

As General Manager for Business Platform Engineering Services, Billie Jo Murray is responsible for coordinating customer liaison, release, user assistance, quality, and build programs. 

Billie Jo joined Microsoft in 1997 as a test lead and has since held several exciting positions including test manager and group manager over various SQL release functions.  Previous to coming to Microsoft, she was Director of Database Technology and Web Development for Novell and recognized as the Novell Employee of the Year in 1995. 

Billie Jo holds two Bachelor of Science Degrees from Montana State University, one in Computer Science and a second in Electrical Engineering. 

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, racing in Duathalons, making quilts and spending time with her husband of 25 years and daughter age 17.


Nora Denzel
Senior Vice President and General Manager - Employee Management Solutions, Intuit

Nora Denzel is Senior Vice President and General Manager for Intuit’s Employee Management Solutions division, which provides easy-to-use payroll and other management services for more than 1 million small businesses. With more than 20 years experience in the software industry, Nora is responsible for creating and delivering the division’s strategy, development and sales efforts.

Before joining Intuit, Nora was Senior Vice President of Hewlett-Packard's global software business, where she led the division to double-digit growth and profitability. She began her career as an engineer at IBM and advanced quickly to executive positions during her 13-year tenure.

She serves on the board of directors for Overland Storage Inc. and the Anita Borg Institute, which provides resources and programs to help recruit, retain, and develop women leaders in high-tech fields. Nora earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from the State University of New York and a master’s in business administration from Santa Clara University.


Michelle Ufford
Senior SQL Server DBA, GoDaddy.com

Michelle Ufford specializes in designing and tuning high-volume, multi-terabyte databases. She's perhaps best known for her index defragmentation script and for tuning a VLDB to support 27k transactions per second during Super Bowl.  Michelle is a SQL Server presenter, author, and enthusiast.  Her blog, http://sqlfool.com, was awarded "Best New Blog" & runner-up for "Best BI Blog Post" at the PASS Log Reader Awards at Summit 2009. An active PASS member, her contributions include founding the East Iowa PASS chapter, organizing two SQL Saturdays, and acting as co-Regional Mentor for the US-North Central region.


Denise McInerney
Staff Database Administrator, Intuit

Denise McInerney has been an organizer of the PASS Women In Technology luncheon and Panel Discussion since 2004. She founded the WIT Virtual Chapter to create opportunities for women within PASS to meet and network and provide a forum for discussion of issues pertinent to women working in technology. She currently serves as the WIT VC Co-chairperson.

Denise has over twelve years experience as a SQL Server DBA. Denise's focus is design and performance tuning OLTP databases that support web-based applications.

Denise has been an active PASS volunteer since 2003. She served on the Program Committee for four years, including one year as Program Committee Manager. Denise was the recipient of the PASSion Award in 2007.



Stacia Misner
Principal, Data Inspirations

Stacia Misner is a consultant, educator, mentor, and author specializing in business intelligence solutions since 1999 with more than 25 years of experience in information technology. She is the author and co-author of eight books about business intelligence. Her most recent books include Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Step by Step and Introducing SQL Server 2008 R2. Stacia provides consulting and custom education services through Data Inspirations and writes about her experiences with BI at blog.datainspirations.com.

Microsoft Appreciation Party

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Microsoft will be sponsoring the PASS Summit evening party at Gameworks Wednesday evening. Make sure to join 3,000 of your SQL Server BFFs at this fun event, open to all PASS Summit attendees.


Chapter Lunch

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Connect with community leaders in your geographical area, and find SQL Server events and learning opportunities happening right in your back yard! Meet and eat with PASS Chapter Leaders and your peers who can help you become more involved in your local SQL Server community. Join us on Thursday for some great networking opportunities.


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