Often described as a force of nature, Jennifer Wadella is a JavaScript developer, international speaker, foodie, furbaby mama, fitness geek, and community organizer most well known for her work creating innovative and highly sought-after programs for women in technology. Jennifer has been writing code since before she realized it was a credible career path. She currently works as a lead front-end developer at legal tech startup and loves building javascript applications and speaking at technical conferences. Jennifer is the founder of Kansas City Women in Technology(KCWiT), an organization aimed at growing the number of women in technology careers in Kansas City. She's created a number of programs for KCWiT to help women and girls learn to code including CoderDojoKC, Coding & Cupcakes and Coding & Cocktails. She is a Rising Trendsetter STEMMy award-winner, PubConf Sydney 2018 Champion and is apparently Missouri's Coolest Woman according to Pure Wow.

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Vector Legal Method 2017-11-01 — 2018-09-28

Lead Front-end Developer

Vector Legal Method is the first collaborative litigation management platform for corporate legal departments and law firms.

Highlights

  • Converted Angular app to use less and implement other current front-end best practices like reactive forms
  • Cleaned up application architecture into resuable modules and components
  • Wrote unit tests across all existing components
  • Built dynamic and resuable components to be used throughout application to rapidly speed up new feature deliveries
  • Refactored large problem areas of codebase into cleaner and more readable components
  • Build metrics dashboard in D3

Fire Engine Red 2015-12-05 — 2017-09-23

JavaScript Developer

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

Highlights

  • 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%

SMRxT 2015-01-10 — 2015-11-12

JavaScript Developer/UI UX Designer

SMRxT is a medication adherence software application.

Highlights

  • 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

MindMixer/My Sidewalk 2014-07-01 — 2015-01-07

Platform Engineer

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

Highlights

  • 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

VML 2011-12-07 — 2014-07-01

Web Developer

VML is Kansas City's largest digital marketing agency.

Highlights

  • 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

Softvu 2011-02-01 — 2011-12-01

Web Developer/Designer

SoftVu is a marketing automation firm in the mortgage industry.

Highlights

  • 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)

Kansas City Women in Technology 2013-10-01 — 2018-09-28

Founder/President

Organization with a mission of growing the number of women in technology careers in Kansas City. Hosts networking events for women in technology and runs programs workshops to introduce girls and women to coding.

Highlights

  • Grew membership to 1200+ women
  • Grown and coached a volunteer leadership team of 40+ people
  • 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.

CoderDojoKC 2013-10-01 — 2015-11-01

Founder/Organizer

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.

Highlights

  • 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.

SMSD CTE Advisory Board 2013-08-01 — 2014-12-01

Board Member

KC STEM Alliance’s Girls in STEM Initiative 2013-11-01 — 2015-02-01

Committee Member

JCCC Young Women’s Conference 2014-04-01 — 2015-11-01

Advisory Board Member

Drake University 2005-08-01 — 2009-05-01

Graphic Design, Business Management
Bachelor

Courses

  • Webmaster - Alpha Kappa Psi

Missouri's Coolest Woman

Awarded 2016-08-12
by Pure Wow
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

Awarded 2014-08-24
by Silicon Prairie News
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

Awarded 2014-09-25
by WiSTEMM
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

Awarded 2012-03-01
by IAC
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.

Web Development

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • jQuery
  • SASS
  • LESS
  • Stylus
  • Grunt
  • Gulp
  • webpack
  • bower
  • npm
  • git

Application Development

  • JavaScript
  • Backbone
  • Angular
  • RXJS
  • Vue
  • Node
  • express
  • hapi
  • Lodash
  • Handlebars
  • D3

OOP

  • Python
  • Django Rest Framework

Test Driven Development

  • karma
  • mocha
  • jasmine
  • chai
  • sinon
  • unit testing
English
Native speaker

cooking

gardening

video games

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