Rie Merritt

Lifting as We Climb

“Lifting as we climb" is a talk about all the different ways women & allies can help women in tech. As a woman in tech, its your responsibility to pull another woman up the proverbial ladder as you move up a rung. You should reach through the door when you step into the board room or pull up an extra seat at the table. Learn actionable behavior and concrete steps that they can apply immediately and long term: mentorship, sponsorship, amplification, key phrases to use to take back your voice, and protecting women's voices ideas.


Rie Merritt

Sr Program Manager, MVP & SQL Community for Microsoft, Organizer

Rie Merritt has been working with SQL Server since 1999, starting as a data analyst for a non-profit. She's worked in many industries over the years including pharmaceutical, e-commerce, legal, financial, education and both federal & state government. Most recently, she was director of database management, Integrated Payments for WorldPay, Inc. She is currently Senior Program Manager, MVP, Community & Data Engineering with Microsoft. She is based out of Redmond, but works remotely from her home in Atlanta.


Over the years, Rie has done extensive work with the SQL Community. She's been an MVP in the Data Platform for three years, speaking frequently at conferences across the US and moderating webinars, WIT panels and career panels. For the last three years, Rie served as Executive Director of SQL Saturday Atlanta & helps run the Atlanta SQL Saturday User Group. She has also served co-leader of the PASS Women in Technology Virtual Group and Atlanta Azure Data User Group.

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