Women in Technology Luncheon
Sponsored by SQLSentry, Inc.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
11:45am - 1:15pm

Panel Discussion: “Beyond Stereotypes: Equality, Gender Neutrality, and Valuing Team Diversity”

Are there times when you feel the “odd one out” on your team? Do you have to make an effort to fit in? Often, even when there isn’t blatant sexism, racism or other discrimination in play, there can still be a lot of peer pressure to conform to the group and consequences if you don’t. Join us as our panel discusses some central questions around promoting equality and respect in the workplace. We’ll discuss hard topics like how to establish, build, and grow relationships with co-workers in a diverse setting, how to deal with situations where you – or a colleague – suffer from social exclusion, and how to arrange social events that are inclusive and promote teamwork in a professional setting.  And we’ll share ideas on what we can do to enhance each individual’s contributions and build stronger, more effective teams.

WIT Panelists


Erin Stellato

Erin is a Principal Consultant with SQLskills and lives in Cleveland, OH. She has over 12 years of technology experience and has worked with SQL Server since 2003. Her areas of interest include internals, performance tuning, and high availability and disaster recovery. Erin is a SQL Server MVP and an active member of the SQL Server community – presenting at user groups, SQLSaturdays and PASS Summit. She is involved with PASS through the Ohio North SQL Server User Group and the 2013 Nomination Committee, and was previously the leader of the Performance Virtual Chapter.


Rob Farley

Rob is an MCM, MVP, MCT and PASS Director. More significantly he is a husband, and father of three in Adelaide, Australia, where he runs both LobsterPot Solutions and the local PASS chapter. Rob is known for following his convictions and not being afraid to stand up for what he believes in, even if he risks social exclusion in doing so.


Cindy Gross

Cindy is a member of the Microsoft Customer Advisory Team (CAT), where she works with Microsoft Business Intelligence, SQL Server, Hadoop, and Hive to make data more accessible to decision makers and generate more business value. She has extensive data platform experience, with roles that span engineering and direct customer engagement, and was honored to earn the title of SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master. As an active member of the technical community, she regularly speaks at local and national events and contributes to whitepapers, blogs, technical articles, and books.

Kevin Kline

Kevin is a well-known database expert and software industry veteran. A long-time Microsoft SQL Server MVP and noted leader in the IT industry, he is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of popular IT books such as SQL in a Nutshell. Kevin is a top-rated speaker at industry conferences worldwide.


Gail Shaw

Gail is a database consultant from Johannesburg, South Africa, specialising in performance tuning and database optimisation. Prior to consulting, she worked at a large South African investment bank and was responsible for the performance of the major systems there.
Gail is a Microsoft Certified Master for SQL Server 2008 and an author for the SQLServerCentral forums. She has presented multiple times at both TechEd Africa and PASS Summit. She was awarded MVP for SQL Server in July 2008.