Jennifer Wadella

Jennifer Wadella

Software Engineer

--, Kansas City, Missouri, US, 64111
(913) 485-4357




Jennifer Wadella has been writing code since before she realized it was a credible career path. She currently works as a software engineer at an admission software company and loves building javascript applications and speaking at technical conferences. Jennifer is an active member of the KC tech community and the founder of Kansas City Women in Technology(KCWiT), an organization aimed at growing the number of women in technology careers in Kansas City

Work Experience

Work Experience

  • JavaScript DeveloperFire Engine Red

    Dec, 2015 - Sep, 20171 year 9 months

    Fire Engine RED is an innovative technology, marketing, and modeling solutions company that’s served the education market since 2001.

    • Refactored Gulp process into tasks to benefit different team needs

    • Refactored large code features into modular, more usable and testable patterns

    • Implemented karma + Jasmine for JS testing and integrated into existing build process

    • Wrote documentation for how to get Selenium acceptance + regression tests running on local envs

    • Documented and taught JavaScript team how to implement JS unit testing

    • Helped reduce outstanding front-end bug tickets by ~60%

  • JavaScript Developer/UI UX DesignerSMRxT

    Jan, 2015 - Nov, 201510 months

    SMRxT is a medication adherence software application.

    • Fixed bugs in existing code to improve legacy app loadtime and usage

    • Designed UI for new SPA based on customer feedback and user stories

    • Built 3 single page applications for authentication, inventory, and clinical usage

    • Implemented Auth0 and SSO across 3 apps

    • Architected 3 apps + consistent build process for deployment

    • Wrote front-end JavaScript unit tests to support constant refactoring

  • Platform EngineerMindMixer/My Sidewalk

    Jul, 2014 - Jan, 20156 months

    MySidewalk is a civic engagement platform that allows citizens to communication with civic entities and government officials.

    • Built statistic display feature in Angular combining various data endpoints from application

    • Built polling place location feature based on populated civic data

    • Implemented .csv parsing feature on front-end to allow users to easily bulk import contacts

    • Implemented oAuth in JavaScript and used Google Contacts API in Python to allow users to import Gmail contacts into application

    • Automated emails to notify sales team when app users requested admin rights and page ownership

    • Implemented notifications ui for user interactions

    • Implemented front-end testing standards and pair-programmed with other developers to help them learn testing

  • Web DeveloperVML

    Dec, 2011 - Jul, 20142 years 6 months

    VML is Kansas City's largest digital marketing agency.

    • Revlon - Developed Facebook app for award-winning Revlon Expression Experiment

    • Bayer Animal Health - Built product locator using Google Maps API, added new product pages and microsites for PetParents.com CMS

    • Bayer Animal Health - Built iPad app for Bayer Reps to promote Baytril® to Veterinarians at trade shows with JavaScript, Backbone, and PhoneGap

    • Kashi Protein - Stepped in to help fix poor implementation of knockout.js on short timeline, mentored peers in proper front-end MVC architecture and use of knockout.js

    • Gatorade - Built One-Up social media campaign app using Instagram’s API (Finalist for 2014 Shorty awards)

    • Gatorade - Built Win from Within Campaign integrating with Facebook’s API

    • Gatorade.com - Built Gatorade.com responsive website on Sitefinity, fixed 100% of bugs reported on daily basis

    • Science of Gatorade - Built Science-of-G microsite animations and overlays

    • Korean Air - Lead content team in building features supporting content from Adobe CQ5 platform, and on-boarded and managed external resources in Bogata, Columbia

    • Korean Air - Implemented Korean 3rd party services for citizen internet authentication

    • Internal VML - Created user-group uniting all front-end developers, promoted knowledge sharing, thought leadership, and community involvement, lead hackathon team on community service day to build community garden map application

  • Web Developer/DesignerSoftvu

    Feb, 2011 - Dec, 201110 months

    SoftVu is a marketing automation firm in the mortgage industry.

    • Consistantly delivered designs approved 1st round by clients

    • Implemented new systems for building and organizing content, along with documenting company designer role

    • Created design concepts for new client campaigns within existing brand guidelines (landing pages, ecards, introduction videos, email templates)



  • Web Development
  • Application Development
  • OOP
    PythonDjango Rest Framework
  • Test Driven Development
    karmamochajasminechaisinonunit testing


  • Graphic Design, Business Management, Bachelor, Drake University

    Aug, 2005 - May, 2009

    Webmaster - Alpha Kappa Psi


  • Missouri's Coolest Woman Pure Wow

    Awarded on: Aug 12, 2016

    Wadella taught herself JavaScript, then founded Kansas City Women in Technology, an organization that brings women in tech together and encourages girls to join the field. : https://www.purewow.com/entertainment/the-coolest-woman-in-every-state

  • 2014 Silicon Prairie Champion Nominee Silicon Prairie News

    Awarded on: Aug 24, 2014

    While entrepreneurs are hard at work building, this individual or company selflessly gives time to advancing their startup community.

  • 2014 Rising Trendsetter STEMMY award winner WiSTEMM WiSTEMM

    Awarded on: Sep 25, 2014

    A woman with less than 20 years of experience who has demonstrated significant achievements early in their career. Is recognized by other women in STEMM professions, promotes gender equity in leadership roles, supports women entering or growing STEMM careers, celebrates achievement by women in STEMM, casts vision, sets and attains goals, learns from other leaders, mentors others, influences peers, propels innovation and change, expert on product/service, history of high quality results, customer loyalty, contributor to progress in their industry, involvement in professional organizations, impact to our community, drives positive economic trends, demonstrates social responsibility, invests in employee culture.

  • Outstanding Achievement in Internet Advertising – Best of Show Social Campaign, Best Consumer Goods Social Media Campaign IAC

    Awarded on: Mar 01, 2012

    Since launch, over 200 bloggers have participated in the Revlon Expression Experiment garnering 6,453 clicks, 207,155 views and a click-through rate more than three times the industry standard. The Revlon Expression Experiment was promoted further on Revlon’s social networks receiving 17,681 interactions on those posts and a reach of 649,253 users. Engagement overall for Revlon Facebook page, has increased 230% since launch and Facebook "likes" have increased on average over 26,000 a month.

Volunteer Work

Volunteer Work

  • Founder/Organizer, CoderDojoKC

    Oct, 2013 - Nov, 2015

    Local chapter of CoderDojo, a global non-profit teaching youth to code. CoderDojoKC brings the best technologists in Kansas City together to mentor kids and teach problem solving skills, teamwork, and programming fundamentals.

    • Brought leading technologists in from all over Kansas City to mentor.

    • Build mentor list of 100+ technologists

    • Maintained a 40% female attendee ratio.

    • Maintained a >20% returning attendee ratio.

    • Over 300 kids have attended since 2012.

  • Founder/President, Kansas City Women in Technology

    Oct, 2013 - Sep, 2017

    Organization with a mission of growing the number of women in technology careers in Kansas City. Hosts networking events for women in technology, created Tech sHeroes mentoring program for girls, and runs workshops to introduce women to coding.

    • Grew membership to 200+ women

    • Created Tech sHeroes, a tech-focused mentoring for middle school girls

    • Created Coding & Cupcakes, a coding workshop for mothers and daughters

    • Created Coding & Cocktails, a introductory series for women wanting to learn to code

    • Led collaboration between different groups to grow Kansas City's tech landscape.

  • Board Member, SMSD CTE Advisory Board

    Aug, 2013 - Dec, 2014

  • Committee Member, KC STEM Alliance’s Girls in STEM Initiative

    Nov, 2013 - Feb, 2015

  • Advisory Board Member, JCCC Young Women’s Conference

    Apr, 2014 - Nov, 2015



  • cooking

  • gardening

  • video games

  • bourbon