Wednesday, May 5, 2021
1-2 pm PDT | 4-5 pm EDT
Join us for a special speaking event with one of our very own - DreamWorks Animation’s, Kate Swanborg, SVP of Technology Communications and Strategic Alliances, will share stories from her inspirational professional journey, perspectives on how to grow your career, and insights on working outside your comfort zone while finding happiness along the way.
Following the presentation, Nithya A. Ruff, Head of Comcast’s Open Source Program Office, will join Kate Swanborg for a Fireside Chat to discuss their unexpected career paths, meeting challenges to seize opportunities, and how to think big to help expand your possibilities.
Space is limited, so register today. We hope to see you there!
SPECIAL OFFER: 50 lucky attendees will be drawn at random to receive a complimentary DreamWorks art book.
Senior Vice President of Technology Communications and Strategic Alliances
Kate Swanborg is SVP of Technology Communications and Strategic Alliances for DreamWorks Animation. She is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the studio’s worldwide technology communications and business-to-business alliance efforts on behalf of the studio’s technology partners.
In her role, Kate promotes DreamWorks’ dedication to leveraging innovative technologies that enable the studio’s filmmakers and artists and provide the foundation for new technology business initiatives. She is responsible for identifying and managing technology alliances and integrated co-marketing and branding campaigns with the studio’s technology partners. Collaborating closely with the studio and strategic alliance partner executive leadership teams, Kate ensures that DreamWorks delivers consistent and compelling technology messages through a variety of mediums including presentations, press collateral and studio showcases. A practiced public speaker, Kate is frequently requested to provide keynote addresses to further DreamWorks’ business messaging.
Prior to her current role, Kate served as the studio’s Technology Production Manager where she helped develop strategies and action plans for producing animated feature films. She also managed the integration of major production technology solutions, such as stereoscopic 3D and a full re-architecture of the studio’s proprietary tool sets.
Kate earned a MFA from the University of California, San Diego and a BA from Western Michigan University.
Head of Comcast’s Open Source Program Office
Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of Comcast’s Open Source Program Office. She is responsible for growing Open Source culture and transformation inside of Comcast and driving engagement with external communities. Nithya has been director-at-large on the Linux Foundation Board for the last 3 years and was recently elected to be Chair of the Linux Foundation Board. She looks forward to advancing the mission of the Linux Foundation around building sustainable ecosystems built on open collaboration. She has been a passionate advocate and a speaker for opening doors to new people in Open Source for many years.
Nithya graduated with an MS in Computer Science from NDSU and an MBA from the University of Rochester, Simon Business School. You can follow her on twitter @nithyaruff and you can find her on https://www.linkedin.com/in/nithyaruff/.