Kesha Williams
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  • Atlanta,
  • Georgia,
  • United States
Member Since: 2018/08/29
Industry: Computer & IT
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Award-Winning Software Engineering Manager, TED Speaker & International Keynote, Alexa Champion, Java Author & Instructor

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Professional Background
Java Editor
InfoQ
January 2018 – Present
I am an editor for the Java section of InfoQ. I contribute news on all aspects of Java, the JVM and related ecosystem.
Author
Pluralsight
December 2017 – Present
I am the author of "Building Microservices REST APIs Using Spring Data REST".
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Manning Publications Co.
December 2017 – Present
I am the author of "AWS Machine Learning in Motion".
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Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning
November 2017 – Present
I am the author of "Java Persistence API (JPA): The Basics" and "Java Persistence API (JPA): Inheritance and Querying".
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Independent Speaking Engagements
October 2016 – Present
-Pluralsight LIVE - 8/18
-O'Reilly OSCON - 7/18
-KeepCoding Connect (Keynote) - 7/18
-Thunder Nerds Interview - 6/18
-We RISE by Women Who Code- 6/18
-Women in Technology (WIT) - 6/18
-Alexa in Canada podcast 6/18
-This Week in Voice podcast 6/18
-WITI Summit 6/18
-PHP[TEK] 6/18
-Georgia State University (GSU) (Keynote) 4/18
-ChickTech: ACT-W 4/18
-New Orleans Entrepreneur Week 3/18
-JazzCon.Tech 3/18
-Women of Silicon Valley 3/18
-Women Who Code Atlanta 3/18
-Southern Company HQ 3/18
-SushinePHP 2/18
-NDC{London} 1/18
-PubConf London 1/18
-.NET Rocks Interview 1/18
-Femgineer Interview 12/17
-The Connect Show 12/17
-DataSciCon.Tech 12/17
-PHP[World] 11/17
-Google DevFest Orlando 11/17
-Thunder Nerds Interview 11/17
-Google DevFest Atlanta (Keynote) 11/17
-All Things Open 10/17
-NomadPHP 10/17
- HBCU Tech Summit 10/17
-Women Who Code Atlanta 9/17
-STEM Atlanta Women 9/17
-Connect.Tech 9/17
-The Connect Show 8/17
-Scenic City Summit 7/17
-TED Institute - Spotlight Presentation Academy- 7/17
-We RISE 6/17
-MailChimp HQ 6/17
-Open for Business 6/17
-PHP[TEK] 5/17
-Women in Technology (WIT) 3/17
-Atlanta Science Festival/Emory 3/17
-General Assembly 3/17
-Hollis Innovation Academy 2/17
-Tech Square Labs 2/17
-General Assembly 2/17
-Usher's New Look Foundation 10/16
Adjunct Instructor (Java)
University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education
January 2008 – Present
Irvine, California
I develop online courses in the topics of Java programming, object-oriented analysis & design, and design patterns. I teach and mentor students of various ages from around the world.
Software Engineering Manager
Chick-fil-A Corporate
May 2005 – Present
Greater Atlanta Area
-Lead and mentor software engineers building next-generation cloud applications
-Define and implement onboarding process for software engineers
-Develop technical training curriculum for software engineers
-Serve as a technical evangelist for Chick-fil-A in the software engineering community
-Code solutions using Java & Spring, Angular, and Amazon Web Services (AWS)
-Lead innovation teams in investigating how emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Computer Vision/Facial Recognition, and Virtual/Augmented Reality can improve restaurant operations and customer experiences
Senior Java Consultant
NTT DATA Services (U.S. Air Force)
November 2004 – May 2005
I was responsible for the implementation and delivery of  U. S. Air Force enterprise-wide supply chain web applications using Java technologies and frameworks.
Senior Software Developer
Delta Air Lines
September 1998 – November 2004
I was responsible for designing, implementing, and supporting the booking engine for www.delta.com using Java technologies and frameworks.
Applications Programmer Analyst
McKesson
May 1996 – September 1998
I was responsible for designing, implementing, and supporting web applications using Microsoft Technologies: Active Server Pages (ASP), VB Script, HTML, and Active X Controls.
Summer Intern
National Security Agency (NSA)
May 1995 – August 1995
I participated in technology activities related to national security.
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Education
University of Phoenix
Master of Information Systems
Management Information Systems, General
2005 – 2007
Courses of Study: Managerial Communication, Business Systems, CIS Project Management, CIS Risk Management, CIS Strategic Management, Programming, Systems Analysis & Development, Networking, and Database Design
Spelman College
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics
Computer Science
1992 – 1996
Cum Laude Graduate, Dean’s List, Honor Roll, Academic Scholarship
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Full Biography

Kesha Williams is an award-winning software engineering manager with over 20 years’ experience. She began her career with the National Security Agency (NSA) and has worked for the US Air Force, Delta Air Lines, McKesson Information Systems, and Chick-fil-A. She's passionate about emerging technologies, speaking, teaching, and mentoring. She's trained thousands of software engineers in the US, Europe, and Asia while teaching for the University of California. She routinely leads innovation teams in proving out emerging technologies and shares her learnings at technical conferences around the globe and even on the TED stage as a winner of their Spotlight Presentation Academy. She recently won the Ada Lovelace Award in Computer Engineering from Look Far and the Think Different Innovation Award from Chick-fil-A for her work with Artificial Intelligence (AI). She was recently featured in Amazon's "Alexa Women of Voice" campaign and named an "Alexa Champion".  In her spare time, she leads the Georgia chapter of Technovation, writes technology news for InfoQ, authors video courses, mentors women in tech, and conducts free coding workshops for children at her local library.

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