Being the Whole Engineer

A software engineer does more than write code. They work with cross-functional groups, lead teams, mentors and helps drive business growth. As software experts, we should consider breaking the stereotype and demonstrate our impact to business and society.



Join WITI and JPMorgan Chase as we hear personal stories about career progression and working through challenges from leaders in engineering. They will also share advice on how to make the most of your career through learning and personal growth.

After the discussion, our guests will have an opportunity to network with leaders and sit with hiring managers in a "speed networking" format to discuss about the nearly 100 Software Engineering opportunities JPMorgan Chase Chicago Technology has available. Resumes are encouraged.

As always, men are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate.

Featured Speakers

Sophia Clay is a Lead Agile, DevOps and Software Engineer for Commercial Bank, Chief Development Office at JP Morgan Chase. Her responsibilities includes working with Business and Technology teams on implementing new and innovative solutions to accelerate and modernize the adoption of Agile, DevOps and Engineering practices.

Sophia holds a M.S. in Technology Management and a B.S. in Computer Science from DePaul University. She is a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Developer and Certified LeSS Practitioner. She is also an active member in several Local and International Technology groups.

Sophia is passionate about promoting STEM education in elementary schools, supporting gender diversity in STEM and inspiring and mentoring the next generation of Technologist through teaching, facilitating, hosting and volunteering for Technology and Engineering programs. Her Hobbies and Interest includes cooking, gardening and road trips with her family.

Song Shin is a Vice President and Technology Manager for the Corporate Investment Bank at JPMorgan Chase, where she coaches and mentors teams to deliver high product value for our clients on a $30 Million dollar product. Her responsibilities include project management and oversight of the development pipeline, efficiency via automation, and continuous integration through DevOps. Her passions include a focus on developing a diverse talent pool and pipeline through her staffing and recruitment efforts and talent development through continuous learning.

She is actively involved in internal initiatives at JPMorgan Chase that promote technology, education, recruiting and bringing diversity and inclusion in the workplace; such as TechFest, [email protected], developing Agile classes, and participating in college campus, military and Women in Technology recruiting events.

With over 15 years in the Financial Services sector, Song's professional experience includes Agile Process Coaching, Quality Assurance Management, Enterprise Release Management, Project/Program Management and Software Development.

Song holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University and is a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master and Product Owner, who emphasizes leadership through coaching, mentoring, influence and leading by example.

Song lives in the city of Chicago (not Chicagoland) with her husband and two sons.

Alifya Kagalwalla is a Director of Engineering at Signal Digital Inc. in Chicago, leading software development teams focused on building high availability SAAS applications. She brings over 12 years of experience to the technology industry having contributed in engineering leadership roles at high growth companies like eBay, PayPal, Groupon and Citrix Systems starting her career as a Web Developer for University of Southern California while getting her Masters degree in Computer Science.

She's extremely passionate about tackling the growing issue of lack of diversity and inclusion within the tech industry and is recognized as a diversity activist and advocate supporting various efforts including helping women returning to the workforce after extended breaks on one hand to encouraging women to pivot to STEM careers on an another by shattering misconceptions and striving to build more inclusive workplaces in tech companies.

Schedule of Events

5:00 - 6:00 pm - Registration / Pre-Networking
6:00 - 6:45 pm - Welcome / Panel Discussion
6:45 - 8:00 pm - Networking / Meet JPMorgan Chase Software Engineer Hiring Managers