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About

Technical.ly grows local technology communities by connecting organizations and people through news, events and services. We provide original editorial, expert programming and tools which improve recruitment, marketing, community cultivation and economic development. We serve technologists, entrepreneurs and people who care about technology’s local impact.

Our Staff

Technical.ly  is made of a committed group of young urbanists in the Northeast Corridor. Photos by Philadelphia photographer Colin M. Lenton.

Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Wink ( @christopherwink / Send an email ) Christopher Wink is a Cofounder, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. In that capacity, he is a co-organizer of Philly Tech Week, Baltimore Innovation Week, Delaware Innovation Week and other events that bring smart people together. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here and curates a personal monthly newsletter of ideas and links here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.

Chief Product Officer

Kristin Dudley ( @kadud / Send an email ) Kristin Dudley is a design thinker who has applied creativity to the workplace by rethinking how people are introduced to their new or prospective employer. An employer brand strategist and workplace documentarian, Kristin recently took on the role as Chief Product Officer of Technical.ly. Kristin is responsible for developing ways to connect readers to their dream jobs; while better introducing local companies to local talent. Kristin formerly served as Senior Manager of Talent Brand and Attraction for Comcast NBCUniversal; holds a Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors in Fashion Design from Drexel University.

Lauren Maffeo ( @ / Send an email ) Lauren Maffeo has reported on and worked within the global technology sector. She started her career as a freelance journalist covering tech trends for The Guardian and The Next Web from London. Today, she works as an associate principal analyst at GetApp (a Gartner company), where she covers the impact of emerging tech like AI and blockchain on small and midsize business owners. She is also a community moderator for OpenSource.com and a member of the ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program.

Liz Whitehead ( @ / Send an email ) Liz Whitehead is the CEO of 12PointFive and the Co-Founder of Diversity Masterminds. She helps diverse businesses leverage their certifications to win new business. In December of 2018, Liz won the WPEO’s WBE Connection award for completing the most Done Deals™ with other certified WBEs and in March of 2019 was awarded outstanding Women’s Business Advocate by WPEO-DC.

Marty Rodgers ( @ / Send an email ) Martin "Marty" Rodgers is the office managing director for the Metro Washington, D.C. Office, as well as the Southeast Managing Director for Health & Public Service. He also serves as the executive director of Accenture's Nonprofit Group and International Public Sector Practice. Marty specializes in business strategy, IT strategy and transformation, change management, program management, business case development, and both business and enterprise architectures.

Michel Huffaker ( @ / Send an email ) Michel Huffaker began her career as a Chinese Cryptologic Language Analyst for the US Air Force before moving on to become an Intelligence Analyst for the US Department of Defense. She has worked on many sides of the industry – from government to end user to vendor. She previously worked with iSight Partners/FireEye, then MGM Resorts International before joining ThreatQuotient as Director of Threat Intelligence. Her experience has provided detailed insight on how adversaries operate and she can offer many best practices for a wide audience.

Steve Cooper ( @ / Send an email ) Steve Cooper co-founded Excella in 2002 and has been its Partner since inception. Cooper has over 30 years experience in technology consulting, specializing in application development and database technology.

Managing Editor

Julie Zeglen ( @juliezeglen / Send an email ) Julie Zeglen is the managing editor of Technical.ly and oversees its four markets: Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C. and Delaware. She first joined the Technically Media team as editor of sister site Generocity, which covers social impact in Philadelphia, and previously worked as managing editor of Star Community Newsweekly, a hyperlocal newspaper focused on Philadelphia's River Wards. The Temple alumna calls West Philly home.

Assistant Editor

Stephen Babcock ( @stephenbabcock / Send an email ) Stephen Babcock is the Assistant Editor for Technical.ly. Stephen Babcock began reporting for Technical.ly in Baltimore in 2014. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following stints in New Orleans and Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Baltimore Fishbowl, NOLA Defender, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune and the Rio Grande Sun.

DC Market Editor

Michelai Graham ( @ohmichgee / Send an email ) Michelai Graham is the Market Editor of Technical.ly DC. She has a master's in investigative reporting from American University, where she began reporting on cyber and tech news. Originally from Sacramento, Calif., Graham covered arts and culture in Lansing, Mich., while studying at Michigan State University.

Lead Reporter, Philadelphia

Paige Gross ( @ / Send an email ) Paige Gross joined the Technically Media team as Philly’s lead reporter after spending two years as a breaking news and crime reporter. She’s a graduate of Temple University where she studied journalism and history, and edited the student-run newspaper, The Temple News. Paige loves anything having to do with true crime, cooking or cheesy television shows. She’s currently trying to stop drinking so much coffee, and kind of failing.

Events and Experiences Manager

Clayton Wert ( @claytonwert / Send an email ) Clayton is the Events and Experiences Manager for Technical.ly, with past experience in building communities through experiential learning and program design. Clayton has worked as a career coach, mentoring career-changers across 30+ industries to assist in navigating transitions into new companies and roles, and has been featured on The Huffington Post, The Muse, and Fast Company regarding career preparation. Always focused on eclectic skill-building projects, you can find Clayton listening to podcasts, taking photos, obsessing over new ideas in the kitchen, and traveling to new destinations pretending that he’s the next Anthony Bourdain.

Production Manager

Sam Markowitz ( @sammarkowitz / Send an email ) Sam Markowitz is the Production Manager for Technical.ly. Previously, he had several years of experience in video and media, most recently as a production manager for Tweed Video. He is an alum of NYU and the NBC Page Program. When not working, you can find Sam cooking delicious vegan food, making terrible puns, and attending concerts. He owns an appropriate number of cats.

Product Analyst

Kevin Lynch ( @ / Send an email ) Kevin Lynch is a Product Analyst at Technically Media. Kevin recently graduated from Temple University. Having majored in MIS, he hopes to change the way we use data to drive strategy at Technically Media.

Marketing Manager

Less Cardinal ( @ / Send an email ) Less Cardinal is the Marketing Manager for Technical.ly. In the past, Less has worked in digital marketing at BAYADA Home Health Care and multiple recruiting agencies throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. In his professional and personal life, he enjoys creating spaces and content that people can enjoy. There is usually a crowd at his house enjoying food, yelling at the ref on tv for a bad call (don’t judge, they can't hear us) and laughing together. He has a huge passion for sports including his local rugby club (Philadelphia Gryphons), Eagles and Sixers.

Operations Manager

Jane Lee ( @ / Send an email ) Jane Lee is the Operations Manager for Technically Media. Previous to joining the team, she held roles in Retail Management and Buying for specialized boutiques. Jane is currently a MBA candidate at Temple University. She is an avid reader and dedicated to rescuing stray cats.

VP of Philadelphia Initiatives

Vincent Better ( @vbetter / Send an email ) Vincent Better is the VP of Philadelphia Initiatives for Technically Media. Previous to joining the team, he served as an independent consultant and the VP of Digital Solutions at Pennlive.com, one of the leading digital properties in the state of PA. His strategy experience transcends both national brands and small, local businesses. The native of Baltimore and Temple alum also enjoys cycling and live music.

Director of Marketing and Partnerships

Jeanette Lloyd ( @jah_netti / Send an email ) Jeanette Lloyd is Technically Media's Director of Marketing and Partnerships. She focuses on events marketing, audience development and product marketing. Lloyd thrives on making connections that spark. She draws experience from the corporate (Red Bull NA) and nonprofit (Media In Neighborhoods Group) worlds, and has always been involved with innovative, creative endeavors in events, music, performance, cinema and the arts.

Events Coordinator

Fatima Conteh ( @_FatimaConteh / Send an email ) Fatima is the Events Coordinator for Technical.ly, carrying years of experience in event design, workshop production and community building. After graduating Drexel University in 2015, she focused her efforts on creating content for people of color to explore their mental health and sharing mindful resources that can help independents creators. Ask her about her next workshop!

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