Professional (Web) Development: Keeping your skillset up to date

People learn web development in many different ways: bootcamps, self-teaching, primary and secondary education. But once you are in the workforce, it’s on your shoulders to continue learning and stay up to date with the technology used by the industry.

We’ll talk to a panel of working software engineers and web developers to give us their perspective on professional development. Join us for this lunch event on Wednesday, March 20th at 12pm hosted at We Write Code. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP today so we have an accurate headcount.

About Our Panelists

Shane Church, Wellmark

Shane has been developing software professionally for 20 years now for clients as varied as the Department of Energy, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, Visa, Rambus, Bobcat, National Oilwell Varco, Nationwide and more. He’s currently a contract web developer at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He started his career in C++ and Java, then moved to .NET and now he currently leans to front-end development with a focus on Angular, TypeScript, Node.js and SCSS. Find him online at @shaneschurch on Twitter or at

Meridith Junk, Pillar Technology

Meridith graduated from Iowa State University in 2016 with a degree in Management Information Systems. She got a late start to computer science in her college career, but throughout college to get more experience she worked on different non-profit websites like The Iowa Able foundation. When she graduated, she started her career at Payless Shoe Source in Topeka, Kansas as a software engineer in Java, then worked for Krause Group Holdings (Kum & Go) as a Solutions Developer focusing on .NET products, and now as a Software Artisan at Pillar Technology.

Matt Travi, Gain Compliance

Matt (@mtravi) is a lead engineer at Gain Compliance and a co-lead of dsmJS. He is an advocate of deliberate practice and learning in public, which he has applied to grow in areas that he is passionate about, like front-end, APIs, security, and continuous-deployment.

Liz Wells, Pillar Technology

In college, Liz studied Bioinformatics and Computational Bio, eventually transitioned into software consulting and developing at Pillar Technology, where she now works. She loves learning new things so much that she’s currently taking a course on learning how to learn. She mentors/learns with a comp sci student on Mondays, and they are working on making an Angular app with a C#/Azure backend.

About the Sponsor

We Write Code is a dev shop located in the East Village who puts focus into building applications that facilitate communication, process payments, and manage/process large data sets. If you’re interested in joining their team, they are hiring! Learn more at


In addition to the ramp on E 6th just south of Locust St, street parking is available throughout the East Village, and free parking can be found 1 block north of Grand.


Wed, Mar 20th @ 12:00pm


We Write Code
500 East Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

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