10 Influential Women Making the Web Faster

Dawn Parzych

In honor of International Women’s Day, here's a list of 10 influential women in web performance and DevOps you should be following. This is only a small sample of some of the many amazing women helping make the web faster and secure.

Barbara Bermes


Senior Product Manager, Firefox Mobile at Mozilla. Barbara encourages the world's developers to build websites and make the web faster. She used to develop mobile web sites and applications for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Now she is focused on making the mobile web faster for all at Firefox Mobile.

Bridget Kromhout


Principal technologist for Cloud Foundry at Pivotal. Bridget is a core organizer for DevOpsDays and serves on the program committee for Velocity. She shares her formidable knowledge by speaking at tech conferences, podcasting at ArrestedDevOps and Tweeting.

Courtney Nash


Director of Strategic Content at O’Reilly Media. A neuroscientist turned web performance and DevOps enthusiast, Courtney serves as a co-chair for the Velocity conferences. Courtney leads strategy for all O’Reilly content offerings related to web operations, high performance applications and security.

Estelle Weyl


Developer Evangelist at Instart Logic. Estelle is an Open Web standardista sharing knowledge on CSS, JavaScript, HTML5, accessibility and performance through conference presentations, workshops and books. Her tutorials and workshops can be found at estelle.github.io. She’ll be willing to help you with your performance questions if you bribe her with sushi, chocolate or ice cream.

Ghaida Zahran


Product Designer at Netflix. Ghaida helped build Zurb Foundation. Ghaida started the San Jose chapter of Girl Develop It to encourage more women to get into tech. She examines how design decisions impact everybody from the end user to key stakeholders. She enjoys cats, memes and speaking in the third person.

Lara Hogan


Senior Engineering Manager at Etsy. Lara is a leader in the web performance space. She believes performance is as much a part of company culture as it is part of the user experience. She is the author of Designing for Performance, a great introduction to performance from a design and front end development perspective. She is an avid connoisseur of donuts.

Lori MacVittie


Principal Technical Evangelist at F5 Networks. Lori is member of the steering committee for CloudNOW, a consortium of the leading women in cloud computing. She blogs regularly about DevOps, HTTP2, cloud computing, infrastructure, security topics and more.

Sangeeta Narayanan


Director, Edge Developer Experience at Netflix. Sangeeta leads a team ensuring that the Netflix API can be updated on demand without impacting the user experience. She speaks about lessons learned as Netflix innovates and scales, while maintaining a good user experience.

Sara Soueidan


Freelance front-end developer. Sara was named 2015 Developer of the Year by the Net awards. Her current focus in on SVG and CSS, which she shares via blog posts, workshops, and speaking engagements. Sara helps companies of all sizes deliver responsive web sites. She also helps raise birds in her home country of Lebanon.

Tammy Everts


Senior Researcher & Evangelist at Soasta. Tammy co-founded WPOStats.com, an online repository for web performance ROI statistics. She recently wrote Time is Money: The Business Value of Web Performance – a must-read for anybody interested in the ROI of web performance.

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