2015 TEF Speakers

Kieran Snyder

Kieran holds a PhD in linguistics and has held product and design leadership roles at Microsoft and Amazon. She has authored several studies on language, technology, and document bias.

Most recently, Kieran built a multifunctional team in analytics, program management, and design for Amazon’s advertising organization. In her prior product leadership roles at Microsoft, Kieran created a linguistic services platform for developers, introducing new language detection, spell-checking, and other natural language processing capabilities to Windows developers for the first time. She also led a cross-company engineering effort for the native integration of Bing into Windows search. In her time at the company, Kieran was involved with search and natural language projects across several Microsoft products, including Windows, Bing, Office, and Visual Studio.

Kieran earned her doctorate in linguistics and cognitive science from the University of Pennsylvania and has published original research on gender bias in performance reviews and conversational interruptions in the workplace over the last year. She participates actively in Seattle-based STEM education initiatives and women in technology advocacy groups.