Dinner #38 on December 2, 2015

Google looks forward to hosting local GirlGeek members at a Seattle open house on Wednesday, December 2. We hope that you will join us for presentations and a panel focused on the career experiences of three female engineers at Google. There will be plenty of time for conversation and networking, and in true Google fashion, there will be food and beverages on hand.

Agenda (subject to change)

6:00    Doors Open, Check-in & Mingling
6:20    Career Lightning Talks
6:45    Career Panel
7:30    Mingling & Networking
8:00   Good Night!

Speakers & Panelists: Check out the evening’s awesome speakers and panelists!

Details around logistics including parking and accessing the event space will be emailed to confirmed attendees on Monday, 11/30. Also, please enter on the north side of the building for access to the event.

Reach out to Liz Morgan or The Google Events Team with questions or requests for special accommodations.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

WHERE: Google – 601 N. 34th Street Seattle, WA 98103

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Dinner #37 on November 16, 2015

zulily is very excited to host next Girl Geek Dinners at their HQ!  We have an awesome Sample Sale that starts 4PM to 6pm. Attending sample sale is optional. We will start the evening with food and drinks and continue with various tech talks.

Date & Time: Monday November 16, 2015


4-6pm : Sample Sale (optional)

6-6:40pm : Mingle and networking

6:40-6:45pm : Welcome and opening

6:45-7:15pm : Darrell Cavens, CEO

7:15-7:35pm : Mona Akmal, VP Webstore Systems

7:35-8:00pm : Q/A & Raffles

Where: 2601 Elliott Avenue – Seattle, WA 98121

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Location and parking: Our reception desk is located just inside the skybridge on the second floor. If you park in the garage across the street on Elliott Ave., please enter using the skybridge. If you park elsewhere, you can enter the building using the doors marked “zulily” on Elliott Ave. that is right below the skybridge, and then you will need to take the elevator up to the second floor.

“zulily is a retailer obsessed with bringing moms special finds every day–all at incredible prices. We feature an always-fresh curated collection for the whole family, including clothing, home décor, toys, gifts and more.  zulily’s engineering organization is 200+ people strong and invests in building leading edge technology to power one of the fastest growing online retailer in history.“


Dinner #36 on October 22, 2015

There’s a Mouse in our House!

Disney is delighted to welcome Seattle Girl Geek Dinner to our “Mouse House” located downtown at 4th and Madison for an evening of learning, networking and celebration of the Girl Geek. Our “Seattle Minnies” will share about the innovative projects happening in our own backyard that are creating new experiences and changing lives through the magic of technology.

*Please be aware the Seahawks have a regular season game vs the 49ers the same evening so you may plan accordingly (it’s in the bay area).


Disney Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

6pm-7pm: Registration, Networking, Food & Drinks

7pm-7:30pm: Disney in Seattle

7:30-7:45pm: Panel Discussion

7:45pm-8:30pm: More Networking, Food & Drinks


When: Thursday, October 22, 2015

Time: 6pm-8:30pm

Where: The Walt Disney Company, 925 4th Ave, 4th floor, Seattle, WA 98104

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To learn more about career opportunities available with Disney in Seattle, please visit


Dinner #35 on September 24, 2015

Amazon is excited to host the Girl Geek Dinner for September on our South Lake Union Campus. The evening will include networking, food and drinks followed by tech talks and Q&A. There will be a raffle at the end for those in attendance.

Topic: Women Who Own at Amazon

When: September 24th 6pm-8pm

Where: Amazon Campus in the Arizona Building located at 207 Boren Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

What to Bring: Your photo ID – Visitors: Please bring your photo ID to a visitor badge through Amazon Reception located on the first floor.


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Parking Validation: Amazon will reimburse for the parking in the building. The building parking garage entrance is located on Thomas Street between Terry and Boren along with street parking available around the building

Please join Amazon for the evening of networking and conversation focused on technical and career development.

Dinner #34 on August 20, 2015


“Moving Beyond a Start Up”

As one of the growing companies in North America, Apptio is the leading provider of cloud-based Technology Business Management (TBM) software helping CIOs manage the business of IT. We are excited to be hosting this Seattle Geek Girls Dinner event as an opportunity to network amongst colleagues in the Seattle technical community, and to hear more about the lessons that Apptio employees are learning as we continue to drive expansion in a new industry.

Food and light appetizers will be provided!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Time 6pm-8:30pm


Apptio Corporation

11100 NE 8th St, 7th floor

Bellevue, WA 98004

Parking Parking in the underground garage will be validated


1. Jane Takushi, Director of Talent Management will talk about Apptio and our culture

2. Jennifer Dinh, Applications Engineering Manager, will talk about Apptio Cost Transparency

3. Dione Hedgpeth, Customer Success Senior VP will talk about our Customer Success division


6:00-6:45pm – Arrival & Networking

6:45-7:15pm – Kick off with Apptio Introductions

7:15-7:45pm – Panel Discussion

7:45-8:00pm – Q&A

8:00-8:30pm- Wrap up & Mingling


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A complete list of Apptio’s open position can be found on our Career Web site.

Click here to learn more about Apptio’s culture

Visit our Newsroom to learn more about Apptio’s growth and customer connections

Dinner #33 on March 26, 2015

At Facebook – We’re making the world more open and connected!

Facebook Seattle is really excited to host the next Seattle Girl Geek Dinner at our Seattle office!  Hear from a panel of women in engineering as we discuss topics ranging from Career Success, Balance and Life@FB!

There will be heavy appetizers, drinks and mingling!

When:     Thursday, March 26, 2015

Time:       6:15pm-8:30pm

Where:     Facebook Seattle Office, 1730 Minor Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 [14th Floor]

Parking:   Parking will not be validated. There are parking options on the street and in nearby parking garages.

Facebook Panelists:

  • Jennifer Wong, Software Engineer for Platform Experience.
  • Nika Smith Auld, UX Researcher on Atlas
  • Kalpana Sanghrajka, Technical Program Manager on Mobile Performance
  • Amanda Johnson, Technical Program Manager on Release Engineering


6:15-6:45pm – Arrival, Check-in & Networking

6:45-7:00pm – Kick off with Introductions

7:00-7:45pm – Panel Discussion

7:45-8:00pm – Q&A

8:00-8:30pm- Wrap up & Mingling


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We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

*Daycare expenses can be reimbursed for this event.*

Have questions?  Contact LaShawn Morgan at lasham@fb.com

Dinner #32 on January 28, 2015

PayScale knows pay – over 40 million people have taken our Salary Survey and more than 3,000 enterprise customers have used our software to help them set their compensation strategy. Join us at the next Seattle Girl Geek Dinner at our office in Pioneer Square for a frank discussion about about salary negotiation in today’s marketplace. Our Director of Analytics and Lead Economist, Katie Bardaro, along with Lydia Frank, Director of Editorial and Marketing, and Aubrey Bach, Marketing Manager, will share secrets on how to understand and increase your worth and negotiate the salary you deserve.

Have a question about salary negotiation? Submit it here: http://bit.ly/1KnUHla

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6-6:30pm – Networking and Dinner

6:30-7:30pm – Negotiation Workshop/Q&A Session

7:30pm-8pm – Wrap Up


Katie Bardaro, Director of Data Analytics and Lead Economist

Katie Bardaro is the lead economist and data analytics director for PayScale.com. Katie has provided analysis on compensation data and trends for print/online and broadcast media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, CNBC, CNN Money, USA Today, Forbes, CBS Radio, Fox Business Network, and Business Insider, among others. In addition to the research done for media outlets, Katie leads the data science team at PayScale, which is responsible for internal data validity studies, data hygiene, and building and maintaining PayScale’s proprietary compensation model. She holds a bachelor’s in economics from the College of the Holy Cross and a master’s in economics from University of Washington.

Lydia Frank, Director of Editorial and Marketing

Lydia Frank is the Editorial & Marketing Director for PayScale.com. While at PayScale, she has collaborated with a number of media partners—The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Today Show, Money Magazine, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, The Chronicle of Higher Education—to showcase PayScale’s data around topics like college alumni career outcomes, the gender pay gap and underemployment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and previously led editorial teams for both MSN.com and About.com, covering topics including careers, education, technology and personal finance.

Aubrey Bach

Aubrey Bach is the Marketing Manager at PayScale.com where she oversees the publication of PayScale’s content about salary, higher education and career strategy to help individuals better understand and increase their personal worth and earn the incomes they deserve. She is a recovering Diet Coke addict who grew up on the mean streets of Orange County, CA, but since coming to Seattle in 2007 has embraced everything the city has to offer (except, of course, the weather).


Dinner #31 on October 23, 2014

Amazon is excited to host the October Seattle Girl Geek Dinner on their South Lake Union Campus and will be raffling off a Fire TV and Game Controller along with a $100 Amazon GC for attendees. The evening will have a social mixer to kick off the evening with food and drinks provided followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Come learn about the entire lifecycle of game development from women in technology at Amazon.

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Amazon Campus in the Arizona Building located at 207 Boren Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109 (The building parking garage entrance is located on Thomas Street along with street parking available around the building)


6-6:30pm Happy Hour Social Mixer
6:30-7:15pm Tech talk and panel discussion by women leaders in the gaming community
7:15-7:30pm Q&A
Raffle – Fire TV and Game Controller along with a $100 Amazon GC.
We will have Amazon tables set up for resume review/feedback for attendees who are interested

What to bring:

Your photo ID – Visitors: Must enter, register with valid photo ID, and obtain a visitor badge through Amazon Reception located on the first floor
Parking Validation: If you are parking in the building garage, you can validate the parking at the reception

Dinner #30 on August 14, 2014

Zillow operates the leading real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web.  Come join us for an evening of networking, food, drinks, and panoramic views of Elliott Bay! Our speaking portion of the event will be a panel compromised of a few of Zillow’s Women in Leadership roles. We encourage you  to submit a question that you would like to ask the panel.  You can direct the question at one or all of the panelists. You can drop your questions here! http://goo.gl/4D5b2g

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6-6:45pm – Networking and Dinner

6:45-7:30pm – Panel Discussion/Q&A Session

7:30pm-8pm – Wrap Up


Kristin Acker – VP, Product Teams

Kristin Acker is the Vice President, Product Teams at Zillow. One of the initial members of the Zillow team, Kristin has led Program Management and User Interface Design teams at several companies including Microsoft, PictureIQ and Pure Networks. She also led a program management team at Expedia. Her longest tenure was at Microsoft where she worked from 1989 to 2000, primarily on consumer products such as Money, Publisher, Works, and Picture It. Before starting her tech career, she spent a year on the oceans serving on staff for Royal Cruise Line. Kristin attended Stanford where she was a varsity rower and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (AB) in Economics and Political Science. She lives in Lake Forest Park with her husband and three teenage sons.

 Dr. Svenja Gudell – Director, Economic Research, Analytics

Dr. Svenja Gudell joined Zillow’s industry-leading economics and analytics group as Senior Economist in 2011. As part of this team, Svenja produces real estate data, including home value forecasts, and performs econometric analysis, including foreclosure, negative equity and price to rent research, on more than 160 markets. Prior to joining Zillow, Svenja completed her Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Rochester. Before starting her Ph.D. program, Svenja worked for Analysis Group in Boston and for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as an Assistant Economist in the International Research Group.

 Chloe Harford – VP, Rentals

Chloe Harford is Vice President of Rentals at Zillow. Prior to joining Zillow in 2005 Chloe worked at eLong, a leading online travel company in Beijing. Before China, Chloe worked in Europe at the Boston Consulting Group where she focused on technology and innovation, and at Expedia. Chloe’s startup career began as a founding member of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, developing new technologies to monitor an active volcano. Prior to getting hooked by tech, Chloe was a volunteer teacher in a remote Himalayan school in Nepal. Chloe holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, a PhD in Volcanology from Bristol University, and an MBA from INSEAD. Chloe also serves on the Board of Directors of REI, the leading outdoor retailer, and The Mountaineers, a leading outdoor education nonprofit.


Dinner #29 on May 15, 2014

Once again, you have forgotten your best friend’s address and you need to get her a birthday card.  What’s a girl to do?  WhitePages to the rescue!  WhitePages is the leading provider of contact information in North America, with a top 40 web property, 10 top ranking mobile apps and over 50 million monthly users.  We ingest billions of records every month from a variety of public sources to help you find the people you need to reach.  WhitePages’ CEO, Scott Sikora, will discuss how we take that data and organize it into a comprehensive contact graph to help you find the information you need faster.  Join us for an enlightening discussion on how we use big data to transform the way people connect.

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WhitePages HQ

Rainier Tower

1301 5th Ave Ste 1600

Seattle, WA  98101

Doors on the East (5th Ave) entrance are locked after 6pm.  Please use the West (4th Ave) entrance for access to the building after 6pm. The elevators will be unlocked for floor 16 only after 6pm.


Parking is available in our building and is valet only.  Cost is $12.00 for 1-2 hours, $16 for 2-3 hours and $20 for 3-4 hours.  $8.00 after 6pm.  Enter on Union between 4th & 5th)  Additional parking can be found in the Hilton Parking Garage.  Cost is $6.00 after 5pm.  Enter on 6th Ave between University and Union.  There is also street parking available – pay until 8pm.  Parking will not be validated.


6:00pm – 6:45pm Networking/Dinner

6:45pm – 7:25pm Presentation

7:25pm – 8:00pm Networking/Dessert


Scott Sikora – Before becoming WhitePages’ technology leader, Scott was co-founder and CTO of Varolii, a provider of proactive customer communication to Fortune 100 companies, where he grew the company to over 275 employees. He also helped develop technology solutions at UPS, IBM, Amway and Sprint. Scott holds a BS and MS in Computer Science from MIT. Scott is WhitePages’ executive sponsor for increasing diversity on our engineering team.