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TechTalks – Conference Success

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


In this month’s TechTalk, we will delve into the art of networking, presentation skills, and maximizing your conference experience. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting in your career, mastering these skills can significantly boost your confidence and impact at conferences and beyond.

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Elizabeth Christensen – Manager of Customer Success
Crunchy Data

Elizabeth Christensen writes blogs, tutorials, and product documentation at Crunchy Data. Elizabeth travels often for technical conferences and loves to sit at a booth and talk to random strangers about technology. Elizabeth has spoken at pgDay Paris, the Southern California Linux Expo, FOSS4GNA, DjangoconUS, and will be speaking this summer at KCDC. Elizabeth’s favorite topics are databases, PostgreSQL, and open-source mapping with PostGIS. She loves talks where she can speak to folks new to databases, new to Postgres, or in non-traditional technical roles. In addition to her talks, Elizabeth helps others on her team find speaking slots, answer CFPs, and prepare technical talks. Elizabeth is on the board of the United States PostgreSQL Association (pgUS) which supports several annual conferences and events. She also co-organizes PostGIS Day and hosts a local Kansas City Postgres User Group.

Rhia Dixon- Associate Director of Technology

Rhia Dixon is passionate about coding and using her love for problem-solving to automate processes and deliver optimized and efficient business solutions. Rhia also is committed to fostering teams and actively building the Kansas City community through involvement as an ambassador and mentor for the Kansas City Women in Technology. Throughout her career, she has remained dedicated to training and providing support to individuals from diverse technical and non-technical backgrounds and participating as a panelist and speaker at local and regional conferences.

Christen Marshall- Senior Sales Engineer

Christen is an experienced data management specialist with over 10 years of expertise as a data analyst, engineer, and architect, and Snowflake is the only thing she has not broken (yet). Passionate about innovation and process improvement, Christen has successfully modernized data platforms, implemented new technologies, and identified major cost savings at companies in Healthcare and Oil and Gas. She loves sharing knowledge with others and enabling teams to choose optimal solutions. Currently a Senior Solutions Engineer, Christen helps customers build innovative, cost-effective solutions to business challenges in Healthcare using the Snowflake Data Cloud.

Gabby Spurling – Managing Director of Technology

Gabby is passionate about marketing and technology and uses both disciplines to find creative solutions to difficult problems. She loves working with teams and mentoring others to fulfill their highest potential in technology. She also remains actively involved in the community and speaks at various local conferences in the Kansas City area.


May 21
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Dimensional Innovations
3421 Merriam Drive
Overland Park, KS 66203 United States
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