Software Development skills alone won’t advance you up the career ladder. So how do you take a tech education or expertise and turn that into a tech career? We’ll hear from successful individuals on these different paths doing just that. They’ll share their personal stories along with proven strategies to finding mentors, building a resume, networking with others in the industry, and becoming a better technologist.

This month, we’ll be chatting with Benny Wong, Director of Platform Engineering at Condé Nast. Join us as he'll be discussing his 12+ year career being a software engineer, how to nail the technical interview, and what projects he is currently working on at Condé Nast.

About the Panelists

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Career Coach,
General Assembly

Lupe is a Career Coach at General Assembly's NYC Campus. Lupe's background is in psychology and the facilitation of habit change. As a certified coach, her philosophy centers around helping others set achievable goals and developing the step-by-step roadmap to complete them.

As a Career Coach for General Assembly, Lupe helps students break into the fields of UX Design and Software Engineering with the tools they need to succeed at each stage of their careers. She believes in using person-first motivational interviewing and proven career development strategies to empower students to find their own success.

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Director, Platform Engineering,
Condé Nast

Benny Wong is currently working as Director, Platform Engineering at Condé Nast in New York City, New York. Benny reporting to the VP, Platform Engineering is responsible for hiring, building, and managing 4 separate units of highly-skilled Software Engineering Managers and individual Engineering contributors with a focus on digital consumer revenue platforms.

Prior to Condé Nast, Benny was working at FORTUNE Media as Head of Engineering, reporting to the CTO and Hudson's Bay Company (Saks) as Sr. Manager, Middleware (InfraOps). Benny started off his career as Web Developer at a South Korean entertainment company and pivoted his way to Sr. Infrastructure Engineer for Web and OTT at Channel THIRTEEN, broadcasting station (PBS).

With over 12 years of extensive Engineering experiences in the Media & Entertainment and Luxury E-commerce industry– Benny has led through multiple digital transformation and understood what it takes to become a successful engineer.