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Women of Zephyr: Ask Me Anything

By September 21, 2023No Comments

Women are often underrepresented in open source communities. Despite all of the diversity initiatives to engage with more female contributors or to place more women in leadership positions, the numbers are still low.  To start the conversation, we will be highlighting Women of Zephyr, their roles and backgrounds in this Ask Me Anything Meeting on October 4 at 9-10 am PT. Register today.

Meet the Women of Zephyr speakers:

Amy Occhialino is the Director of Open-Source OS Engineering at Intel Corporation. Amy is the  Director of OS Engineering, designing and delivering Zephyr for Intel’s firmware and embedded microcontrollers.  Amy is the Chair of the Governing Board, which oversees the governance and strategic direction for the Zephyr Project, hosted at The Linux Foundation.  She has spent over a decade founding and leading women’s organizations within Intel, advocating for diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Kate Stewart is Vice President of Dependable Embedded Systems at the Linux Foundation. She works with the safety, security and license compliance communities to advance the adoption of best practices into embedded open source projects. Kate played an integral role in launching the Zephyr Project and continues to support it and other embedded projects. With more than 35 years of experience in the software industry, she has held a variety of roles in software development, architecture, and product management, primarily in the tooling and embedded ecosystem working with international teams. 

Maureen Helm is a Distinguished Engineer at Analog Devices. She is currently a member of the Zephyr Technical Steering Committee (TSC) and has contributed to the project since it launched in 2016. She also served as the TSC Chair and was previously a member of the Linaro LITE Steering Committee. Maureen has held both software and hardware engineering roles at Intel, NXP, Freescale, and Motorola since 2000. 

Nicole Pappler is the CTO and Founder of She has worked in different projects developing safety relevant  embedded software before starting as an independent safety assessor. For Zephyr, she is the Functional Safety Manager and a member of the Safety Committee. With more than 10 years of experience as a functional safety expert, she supported several customers to show their compliance with  ISO 26262 and/or other safety standards. Currently, she is utilizing her experience regarding the development of highly reliable software to enable both closed and open source  solutions to be used in critical  products, focusing on safety, security and license compliance. 

Register for the Ask Me Anything Event here: Join the mailing list here.