Male Allies Panel

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 4:00pm

Panelists at the event

January 25, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union

300 Washington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Please join the University of Minnesota Women in Technology group for a free panel discussion focusing on gender diversity in technology.

Lack of gender diversity in technology hurts men as well as women. This event will create a space for honest dialogue where we not only hear from men about their experiences, but give the audience actionable insights into what they can do to support the women in their lives and workplaces and to create more successful businesses and homes. We’ll discuss tough things like society's pressures on masculinity, retention of women in technology from male leaders’ perspectives, fatherhood, privilege – all with the goal of opening the door to ongoing cross-gender lines of collaboration and deeper understanding.

The event will include a moderated panel discussion. Refreshments will be served. This event is open to attendees from the both University of Minnesota and the greater Twin-Cities area.


Richard Matson-Daley - UMN (OIT)

  • Richard Matson-Daley has spent the better part of a decade helping non-profit organizations engage activists, mobilize volunteers and energize donors through technology. Since 2014, he has been working at the University of Minnesota as an IT Liaison, where he helps faculty and staff connect to the technology resources they need to accomplish their work of changing lives and addressing the grand challenges of our world through teaching, research, and outreach.


Steve Anderson - Senior Director, Integrated Media and Creative Resources, University of Minnesota Foundation

  • Steve Anderson is the Senior Director of Integrated Media and Creative Resources at the University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF). Steve and his teammates are responsible for creating and maintaining digital properties for a diverse set of audiences, ranging from the University’s development community to crowdfunding donors to corporate benefactors. With close colleagues that include front-end programmers, UX specialists, content strategists, designers, multimedia producers, and content marketing experts, UMF’s Integrated Media and Creative Resources team operates as a full-service digital agency serving internal clients with a fundraising and stewardship focus. Since taking on a technology role in 2013, Steve has overseen the launch of six new websites, most of which are on the University’s enterprise CMS. Needless to say, he has managed to make friends with Drupal.

Kemal Badur - Senior Director, Infrastructure & Production, OIT

  • As senior director for infrastructure and production, Kemal provides strategic direction for the University's infrastructure, including networking, server and storage administration, datacenter operations, and databases. Kemal has held various roles at the University of Minnesota since 1998, including teaching, research, IT infrastructure and technology enhanced learning. Prior to his career at the University, he worked as an analyst and researcher at several financial institutions in Turkey. He holds a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Minnesota.

Brett Barney - Associate Professor, Biosystems and Bioproducts Engineering, CFANS/CSE

  • Brett Barney is an Associate Professor in the Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Department, and is also a member of the Biotechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota. Brett’s laboratory studies routes to the biosynthetic production of high-value products and biofuels by bacteria and algae and the production of biofertilizers, which could be substituted for conventional fertilizers produced by industrial processes.

    Brett began his undergraduate studies at Utah State University in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, where he also participated in undergraduate research on bioremediation studies to clean up hazardous waste sites associated with the Superfund program, in collaboration with the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He spent six years working in industry for a medical device manufacturer producing solutions and hollow membrane fibers associated with hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis as a Chemist, R & D Chemist, and finally a laboratory supervisor. He pursued his PhD studies at Arizona State University, studying metalloproteins. Brett spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow funded by the USDA before serving three additional years as a research assistant professor at Utah State University. He has been at the University of Minnesota for seven years, and has three children; two of whom are currently students at the University of Minnesota.

Diego Ramallo - Senior Business Process Consultant, Medtronic

  • Diego Ramallo is a Senior Business Process Consultant at Medtronic where he leads the ICE (Improvement Center of Excellence) team within Customer Care.

    Born and raised in Spain, Diego made the Twin Cities his home in 1994. He started his IT career as a Business Analyst at Carlson Companies. In the 20+ years that followed, Diego has held roles of increasing responsibility in both technical and leadership roles spanning the entire development life-cycle. In that time he has held positions as a software developer, systems analyst, project leader, Oracle database administrator, project and program manager and leading (forming) the Identity and Access Management team at Medtronic where his group extended the single sign-on platform ten-fold and implemented federation. Since 2011, Diego has been embedded in the business, first in Customer Experience and currently in Supply Chain.

    Diego holds a Bachelor’s in Information Science from Complutense University in Madrid and a Master’s in Software Engineering from the University of Minnesota Center for Development of Technological Leadership (CDTL). During his career, Diego has been a member of a number of industry organizations including TCOUG, IOUG, itSMF/USA and Microsoft’s Interoperability Customer Executive Council.

    Diego lives downtown Minneapolis with his wife Sharon and black lab Luna.