Elizabeth Gartner is a Human Resources professional with public, private, small, and large company HR experience across the US. She currently works at Microsoft as an Ops Program Manager in Global HR Operations assisting with the Nokia integration. Outside of work she rides horses, plays video games, and searches for amazing Seattle restaurants.
Prem Kumar has held several roles in various spaces of the software industry, from customer facing to internal IT, and most recently product management. Prem currently works in the Dynamics Organization at Microsoft. In his spare time he loves to stay active, cheer on Seattle sports teams, and support his favorite charities. Follow Prem on twitter @premkumartweets.
Ross Smith really enjoys getting a paycheck to “play” with software for 25 years now, over 20 at Microsoft. Most of his career has been in testing and QA roles- including Test Architect. Prior to joining Lync/Skype – he spent 17 years in either Windows or Office. He is one of the authors of “The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention” and holds six patents, latest in Nov, 2012. 42projects has aspired to promote cultural change, “bring buzz and laughter to the hallways”.
In December 2011, he was invited to the White House for a discussion on women in STEM. The work of his teams have been mentioned in Fobest, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, PSFK, the American Journal of Play, Harvard Business Review, and the London School of Business.
He has a passion for applying innovative practices to improving software quality.