Women in Technology: Meet Kamisha Williams

Splunk Gains Young Talent Through Partnership With Year Up

I first heard about Kamisha Williams’ impressive leadership skills when she led a new-hire group in a volunteer Splunk4Good afternoon at San Francisco’s Buena Vista Horace Mann Community School. When I learned that she had participated in the Year Up program that guided her toward a contractor position at Splunk, I couldn’t wait to learn more from her.  I had heard of Year Up before I met Kamisha and understood it was an incredible force in closing the opportunity divide so I was excited to learn that Splunk was involved in this program.

Tell me about your role at Splunk

Kamisha Williams, right, with Splunkers from the HR team.

Kamisha Williams, right, with Splunkers from the HR team.

I’ve been …

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A commitment to change

With the holidays upon us, stories are emerging all around us about how Splunkers are doing amazing things in their communities every day. But did you know that Splunkers also lead charitable missions across the globe? Through paid volunteer time and the Splunk Pledge, Splunkers are donating time, expertise and passion to causes that can change the course of lives for the better.

This is the story of our very own Dana Le.

Dana is leaving today (December 8) to embark on an ambitious mission to Dhaka, Bangladesh. Building on her previous work in 2015, she will continue to work with impoverished youth who have been marginalized by their communities, and who only know life on the streets. She …

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George Mason University – Leading the way to develop the next generation of cybersecurity experts

30663596996_b097f60748_oSplunk4Good recently sponsored a Youth Cybersecurity Conference on October 29 hosted by George Mason University at its Fairfax, VA conference. Since it was the first such event, we did not know what kind of reception we would have. It turned out to be a stellar success – 800 confirmed registrants with 300 on a waiting list!

Organized by Dr. Kammy Sanghera, Exec. Director, STEM Outreach for the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University, the event had a high-profile billing – Dr. Angel Cabrera, President of GMU kicked off the event and was followed by Ruthe Farmer, Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion Office of Science & Technology Policy Executive Office of President, White House. Dr. Dietra Trent, Virginia …

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Splunk UK teams with codebar to use data for social change

By Inez Twum-Barima, Splunk UK facilities coordinator

codebar-logoSplunk is committed to supporting non-profit organizations that help build resilient and sustainable communities through the use of technology and big data. We encourage all of our employees globally to participate in and drive forward social change, through paid time for volunteering and our $100 million commitment to research, education and community service via the Splunk Pledge.

But we’re just getting started. It’s our pleasure to announce that Splunk UK is partnering with codebar to help teach programming in our community.

Codebar is a non-profit initiative that facilitates the growth of a diverse tech community by running regular programming workshops. The group’s goal is to enable underrepresented groups to learn programming in …

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Some worthy mo-tivation

Don’t look now – Movember is fast approaching!

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Bob Evans before his annual growth.

While you may think Movember is all about giving people an excuse to grow a dirty ‘stache or giving permission to not shave for a month, Movember is actually an organization that raises awareness and significant funding for cancer research. They raised more than $61 million globally in 2015 alone. And you may not know this, but we actually have people here at Splunk fighting Prostate Cancer. In fact, our very own Bob Evans has been battling aggressive Prostate Cancer since 2009. You can learn more about his journey here.

A little about Movember

The Movember Foundation is the only charity tackling men’s health on …

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Splunk4Good Helps Fund Computer Science Summer Course at UNLV

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The following is a guest blog post by Molly Marks, director of special events and PLTW affiliate director, UNLV, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering…

At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering we were thrilled to host our fifth annual Project Lead The Way STEM (PLTW Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) summer training program for middle and high school teachers from July 11 to August 6. This year, thanks to a grant from Splunk4Good, we were able to offer a new Computer Science Principles course, adding to a range of offerings like Green Architecture, Automation and Robotics.

The $25,000 Splunk4Good donation funded startup program costs, instructor fees and enabled us to sponsor …

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The Sisters Crush Breast Cancer 5K: Running for a Cause

SCBC_TwitterOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness month. For the past three years I have been running a 5K race with Sisters Crush Breast Cancer, benefiting Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF) and Pink Heals Napa Valley.

For reference, BCEF is a Bay Area organization dedicated to providing emergency financial assistance to low-income women and men battling breast cancer. This includes any of the following:

  • Keeping up with medical treatment
  • Avoid utility shut-offs
  • Prevent eviction
  • Maintain stable housing

According to statistics:

  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (~12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with
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Splunk Pledge and Education

SCL-Splunk-conf2016-Badge-6_fb-1200x627This September marks my fifth year at Splunk.  Since day one on the job, I have spent a great deal of my waking time thinking about how to scale up educating folks on Splunk, in particular for universities and other educational entities.  There is a bit of chicken-and-egg to this dilemma, as most teachers and students don’t see the value of Splunk until they have had some exposure to it.

Over the past five years, we have built programs around licensing and training on Splunk that give not-for-profit educational entities a way to learn, use, and teach Splunk without spending anything but time.  We have had some success, but the efforts did not really scale up until we …

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Stepping Up Our Commitment with the Splunk Pledge

SCL-Splunk-conf2016-Badge-6_fb-1200x627From our very early days, Splunk has had an active culture of giving. Whether volunteering in schools, mentoring young people, holding bowl-a-thons, or using data to actually save lives, it’s always been clear that we care about our communities and the world we live in. Over the years that activity has grown in official and unofficial ways – first with the availability of licensing and education for members of Internet2, followed by availability for small nonprofits and the founding of Splunk4Good, and even some paid volunteer time for employees. We’ve gotten good response, with more than 300 universities and 50 nonprofits participating in the program.

But we have also heard that these programs – while increasingly visible outside of …

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“Wheely” impressive. From London to Paris in data.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how Alberto Contador, Bradley Wiggins and Laura Trott took a back seat after the Olympics and an intrepid team of UK Splunkers in the peak(ish) of condition cycled from London to Paris to raise money The Royal British Legion. The team completed their 284-mile journey and have raised over 7000 pounds for the charity. Needless to say – data analytics and Splunk had a part to play in getting them over the line in (nearly) one piece. The team splunked all of the data from their trip and this post covers their exploits and if you’re a keen cyclist then there are some interesting things you can do to bring your training …

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