About the Guest Speaker Program

Part of the Careers in Code initiative is not only to provide our students with the technical skills they need to become developers but also to teach them the necessary "soft" skills needed in the professional world. This includes everything from networking to technical and behavorial interview skills. We've found the best way to expose them to such important topics is to bring in industry professionals who are passionate about sharing their wealth of knowledge about their own experiences.

Our Guest Speaker Program was developed with this in mind. It not only enhances our student's abilities but introduces them to the thriving tech community in Syracuse.


Previous Speakers


Ed Forth

Ed Forth

Customer Success Manager @ TCGPlayer

March 25, 2019 | Networking

Matt Flood

Matt Flood

Product Manager of Buyer Division @ TCGPlayer

April 8, 2019 | Project Management & Community Involvement

Shaun Burdick

Shaun Burdick

Engineering Manager @ Swimlane

April 24, 2019 | Technical Interview Tips

Matt Checksfield

Matt Checksfield

Vice President of IT @ Raymour & Flanigan

May 16, 2019 | How to Nail Your Interview

Yulia Ovchinnikova

Yulia Ovchinnikova

Linda Kovacs

Linda Kovacs

Freelance Web Developer, Web Designer, and Graphic Designer

May 28, 2019 | A Bootcamp Success Story

August 15, 2019 | Your Bootcamp Dream Job

Pamela Puri

Pamela Puri

CEO @ Tech4Kidz

June 10, 2019 | Her Story & Building A Company

Charissa Lawrence

Charissa Lawrence

Software Engineer @ Density

June 18, 2019 | Data Modeling

Doug Crescenzi

Doug Crescenzi

Partner @ Upstate Interactive

June 20, 2019 | Blockchain

Raj Suchak

Raj Suchak

CEO @ Grit Seed

July 16, 2019 | Grit & Success

Andrew "Doc" Docherty

Andrew Doc Docherty

VP of Engineering @ CoveyCS

July 17, 2019 | Behavioral Interview Tips

Josh Creager

Josh Creager

Accounts Development Rep @ Arrow Electronics

July 29, 2019 | The Hardware/Software Crossfade

Seth Mulligan

Seth Mulligan

Managing Director @ Story Slab

August 1, 2019 | Project Iteration

Ben Lannon

Ben Lannon

Glenn Allen

Glenn Allen

Freelance Software Developer

August 8, 2019 | The Life of a Freelancer