10 Influential Women in Java, Scala and Everything in Between

Meet some of the influential women in the Java and Scala industry.

While our blog is a great source for updates on everything relevant to the community, we’d like to highlight a few more key figures you should get to know. That’s why we decided to gather a list of some of the most active thought leaders in Java and Scala into one blog post. Oh yeah, did we mention they are all women?

Trisha Gee, JetBrains

Trisha GeeTrisha’s expertise is in Java high performance systems, and she developed Java application for a range of industries, including finance, manufacturing and non-profit for companies of all sizes. Trisha is also developer advocate for JetBrains and a contributor to the Morphia library (a MongoDB object-document mapper).

She’s passionate about enabling developer productivity, dabbles with Open Source development and is a MongoDB master. Trisha is a leader of the Sevilla Java User Group, key member of the London Java community and a Java Champion.

Trisha spent the last year writing and presenting about Java 8, in order to help developers make the transition. She also published a free ebook, titled “What To Look For in A Code Review”.

Where can you find her?

In her blog you’ll find variety of subjects that she believes developers (and humans!) should care about. In addition, you’ll be able to follow her on Twitter, and talk with her at some upcoming events.

Jessica Kerr, Software Developer at Stripe

Jessica KerrAfter a dozen years of C and Java development at large companies, today Jessica is a software developer writing Scala at Stripe. Beside Scala and Java, she likes to write Clojure, Elm, Ruby, Python and Go.

Jessica is an international speaker, and her mission is to help Java developers learn new concepts and ideas in order to help them enjoy their work.

Where can you find her?

Jessica has a very active Twitter account, and you’ll be able to meet her at various conferences, as listed in her website.

Agnès Crépet, Java Activist

Agnes CrepetAgnès spent the last 15 years building and implementing Java architectures. She’s also the co-founder of Ninja-Squad: a team of developers building software with Java and JS, and the only French woman who’s a Java Champion.

Agnès is active in the community; she was the leader of the Lyon Java User Group for 5 years, and today she leads Duchess France – a group that connects women in IT and aim to give more visibility to female developers.

She is the founder and organizer of Mix-IT, a nonprofit association dedicated to developers and entrepreneurs, mixing Java, web development and more. Agnès also leads Avataria Association that organizes concerts, festivals, Linux parties and Fab Labs.

Where can you find her?

Beside following Agnès on her Twitter account, you can head over to the Ninja-Squad website for the latest updates. You’ll also be able to find Agnès in the Mix-IT conference in France.

Monica Beckwith, Java Performance Consultant

Monica BeckwithMonica is a consultant specializing in optimizing Java/JVM performance and Garbage Collectors, for enterprise applications. Before that, she led Oracle’s Garbage First Garbage Collector (G1 GC) performance team.

Monica is also the president at Code Karma LLC, a group of experts in OpenJDK/Oracle JVM and Garbage Collectors. providing in-depth analysis and support. She’s an editor/writer for InfoQ, covering the latest news about Java. In addition, Monica was voted a Rock Star speaker at JavaOne 2013.

Where can you find her?

You can follow Monica on Twitter, or watch her speak at various conferences such as JavaOne, StrangeLoop and QCon.

Heather VanCura, Director of JCP at Oracle

Heather VanCuraHeather leads the Java Community Process (JCP) Program at Oracle, as well as the global community driven adoption and user group programs. She is also organizing Hackergartens and Early Adopter areas, encouraging Java User Group leaders to collaborate with other on Adopt-a-JSR activities.

During the past year Heather lead the efforts to broaden participation in the JCP program, eliminating barriers to membership through the JCP.Next effort. Her Volunteer time centers around getting more girls involved with technology with events such as Devoxx4Kids, Day of the Girl Events and working with TechBridge Girls.

She also works with women groups in the technology community: JDuchess, Women Who Code, and the Grace Hopper Conference/Anita Borg Foundation.

Heather is passionate about Java, women in technology and developer communities.

“Being an active participant in the communities I care about is essential to me. I believe community matters and being engaged is what it takes to make a difference in the world.”

Where can you find her?

Heather serves as an international speaker and community organizer of developer hack days around the world. She enjoys speaking at conferences, such as Devoxx, DevNexus, FOSDEM, JFokus, OSCON and JavaOne.

Linda Van Der Pal, Founder of Duchess

Linda Van Der PalLinda is a developer at Finalist, a Java Champion, co-organizer of the Dutch Devoxx4Kids events and an active member of the Java community in general.

Her most recent passions are to teach kids to program (through several initiatives, such as Devoxx4Kids and the Dutch CodeUur initiative), along with spreading the word on Sketchnoting (enriching your conference experience by taking notes with pictures in them, which allow you to remember much more).

The past year she has been working on a program for conferences to make it more fun/less scary for shy introverts to attend when they don’t know anybody. This initiative will be tried during DevoxxUK.

Where can you find her?

You can follow Linda on Twitter, or head over to JDuchess website for a list of upcoming events.

Fabiane Bizinella Nardon, Chief Scientist at TailTarget

Fabiane Bizinella NardonFabiane is passionate about creating software that will positively change the world we live in. Previously, she was chief architect of the São Paulo Healthcare Information System, considered the largest Java EE application in the world, a Java Champion and winner of a 2005 Duke’s Choice Award.

Fabiane leads several communities, including the JavaTools Community at java.net, where more than 800 open-source projects were born. She’s also in the program committee of DataQ, a Data Science conference in Sao Paulo. Fabiane is a program committee member of several conferences including JavaOne, OSCON, TDC, and QCon.

Where can you find her?

Fabiane is a frequent speaker at conferences in Brazil and abroad, including JavaOne, OSCON, Jfokus, JustJava, QCon, and more.

Heather Miller, Executive Director of the Scala Center at EPFL

Heather MillerHeather recently completed her PhD in EPFL’s School of Computer and Communication Science under Professor Martin Odersky, where she contributed to the now-widespread programming language, Scala.

She oversees the newly-established Scala Center, whose goal is to jointly spearhead community open-source development on Scala, and to improve education surrounding Scala through a series of MOOCs.

“I’m working on growing a passionate team of engineers at EPFL in Switzerland to work on making Scala a better language to use and learn every day.”

“Above all, our main goal to help grow the Scala community and ecosystem as a whole.”

Where can you find her?

Heather gathers all of her work and research in her website, and you’ll be able to hear her keynote at Scala Days in NYC and Berlin.


The staircase at EPFL that inspired the Scala logo

Yara M H Senger, GlobalCode and TDC

Yara SengerYara is the co-founder and director of GlobalCode, the largest Java training company in Latin America. She’s also co-creator of Java Academy Programs and Web Developer Academy, and the founder of The Developer’s Conference (TDC).

Yara is a Java Champion, and has been working with Java since 2001 as developer, mentor and teacher.

Where can you find her?

You can find Yara speaking at JavaOne, Devoxx, JustJava, JFokus and other Java events held in Brazil, or follow her on Twitter.

Tori Wieldt, Developer Advocate at New Relic

Tori WieldtTori has been in the tech world a while now, in various positions: sys admin, tech writer, web manager and marketeer. She was the community manager at Sun and later Oracle, handling the company’s social channels.

At her current position as a developer advocate at New Relic, Tori writes, speaks and seeks to and about developers. She loves to travel and meet developers at conferences, meetups and user groups.

Where can you find her?

A large part of her job revolves around social channels, and you can follow Tori on her Twitter account, or read her latests posts in the New Relic blog.

Tzofia Shiftan, Team Lead at Takipi

Tzofia ShiftanTzofia is a team lead at Takipi, helping developers know when and why their code breaks in production (you can check it out right now!). Previously, Tzofia worked on distributed big data storage systems at Thomson Reuters, writing in Scala.

She got her first job as a developer at the age of 16, and became passionate about aerospace and satellites during her army service.

During the past few years she’s been working on her master’s degree in Computer Science, and as part of her thesis research dealt with how to apply deep learning methods to enhance image quality.

Where can you find her?

You can follow Tzofia on Twitter, or read her occasional posts on our blog, such as How We Used Slack, Scala and Play to Automate Our Lunch Order.

Takipi's New Dashboard
Takipi’s New Dashboard: see the full source, stack and state for exceptions, log errors and warnings.

Final Thoughts

The Java and Scala communities are filled with influencers who are not only following the latest and greatest news, but also help shape the future of programming.

Do you have anyone else you’d recommend us to follow? We would love to hear about them in the comments below.

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  • http://about.me/xploreraj A redundant commenter

    I have scarcely seen any open on top technical role. But the few ones I have seen in my office or nearby are thorough on their responsibilities.

  • The Alchemist

    rock on, ladies!

  • Vlad Mihalcea

    I think you missed Angelika Langer (http://www.angelikalanger.com/), Linda Demichiel (JPA spec team lead)

  • https://colaninfotech.com Vanaja Anandan

    A great share its really useful in java enterpise application development