Dinner #50 on June 28, 2017

Hello SGGD Community!

In today’s working world, your professional online brand is key. Join us for an evening dedicated to learning how to create a great LinkedIn profile and different ways you can boost your professional brand.

This is a non company sponsored event, so please BYOF (food), your laptop, and be ready to learn, contribute great ideas, and have fun.

A big thank you to UBS for offering their office space to help make this event a reality!

– Liz

Agenda
530pm – 6pm – check-in/networking
6pm – 7:30pm – LinkedIn profile/brand presentation
7:30pm-8pm – Q&A/networking

Directions
UBS is diagonally across the street from Seattle Public Library on 4th ave; there is a Bartell Drugs across the street. Close to public transportation.
Garage in building – enter on Madison taking a left on 4th ave or on Marion taking a left on 3rd ave.
Take elevator up to 4th floor lobby. Exit elevator and turn left. Walk in corridor and enter glass doors on right.
Or street level paid parking is available on Madison – this is closer to building entrance on 4th ave. If you enter building on 4th ave entrance, keep to left of elevator bank and the conference room will be through glass doors on your left.

If you enter on 3rd ave, take 2 flights of escalators to 4th floor lobby, turn right and cut through elevator bank and you will see glass doors that will bring you to the conference room.
We will put up a sign to help you find the conference room!

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Dinner #49 on April 26, 2017

Join us at Zillow HQ for our third hosted Girl Geek Dinner!

Our theme this month is ‘Trivia Night’. We’ll have Sarah Maurer, Development Manager, and Taylor De Rosa, Product Manager, Tech, hosting the event. Come meet other Geek Girls, form teams, and play for the chance to win a few prizes and bragging rights; but mostly bragging rights.

Food and drinks will be provided and we’ll have some time before and after trivia to do some networking.

Space is limited due to the need for tables and the bar style format of the game. Please RSVP if you are absolutely going to come!

Location:

Zillow
1301 2nd Avenue
Floor 30
Seattle, WA 98101

Date and Time:
Wed, April 26, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

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Dinner #48 on April 6, 2017

Calling all Girl Geeks! Celebrate Inspirational Women as You Walk the Blue Carpet with Salesforce on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Seattle Girl Geek Dinner!

On Thursday, April 6th, Salesforce is inviting members of the Seattle Girl Geek Dinner to walk the blue carpet, enjoy a signature Salesforce cocktail, become inspired by our engineers, and enjoy meeting other members of the Girl Geek Dinner community. We want to celebrate those that have inspired us from the past, and celebrate all of you!

We’re excited to bring you an evening of inspiration, networking, and fun.

About Salesforce:

Salesforce is a trusted cloud platform that helps companies connect with their customers. We run 24×7 systems at massive scale, and give our customers innovative new capabilities with social, mobile and data science apps.

Location:

  • 929 108th Avenue NE, Suite 1800, Bellevue, WA 98004
  • Salesforce employees will greet you in the lobby.

Please follow us:

  • Twitter / Instagram / Slideshare: @SalesforceEng
  • Medium: salesforce-engineering
  • Event Hashtag: #SalesforceGGD

Salesforce Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm: Registration, Heavy Appetizers, Drinks & Networking
  • 7:00pm – 7:45pm: Welcome & Lightning Talks
  • 7:45pm – 8:30pm: Networking, & Dessert

Salesforce Girl Geek Speakers

Chelsea Baltierra

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Chelsea joined Salesforce three and a half years ago as a university hire from UC San Diego. Since then she’s worked in the Communities and Sales clouds and she’s super happy to have worked on exciting Microsoft integration products as well as Chatter Feeds. When she’s not developing tests and working on exciting new features, she enjoys taking part in PTOn projects and geeking out over quality and testing best practices. Outside of the office she enjoys volunteering with Seattle high school youth, reading autobiographies of courageous women, and cuddling with her French bulldog.

Nazanin Bakhshi

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Nazanin moved to Canada from Iran to do her Masters in Computer Science. She studied there for two years and later started working at Amazon and then Salesforce as a Software Engineer. She has recently moved to Seattle. Her journey has not been an easy one, from being more than 6000 miles apart from her family, to trying to fit in a new culture, but was lucky enough to have crossed path with many inspiring men and women who encouraged and supported her. She now believes it is her turn to pay it back.

Bhavana Rehani

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Bhavana has been with Salesforce for over 10 years. She has worked on various teams and has donned many hats throughout her Salesforce career. Her love for learning and contribution keeps her equally enthusiastic as much today as she was 10 years ago!

As an engineer, Bhavana helped build many amazing pieces of software and delved into all layers of the application. Currently she manages an amazing engineering team, dedicated to building our amazing Chatter product. She is passionate about mentoring and guiding others into learning more about Salesforce technology.

Bhavana also loves sharing her experiences and learnings, especially about leadership/soft skills with her peers and directs. She strongly believes in people – that they can achieve just about anything with the right support and opportunities. Hence she continues in her journey to build great teams, a great culture, a spirit of knowledge and learning to make the organization stronger and to build fulfilling careers for her team.

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Dinner #47 on March 21, 2017

Come join the Dropbox Seattle Engineering team for a night filled with ponderings on the tech space and some wonderful food. Check out some of what we have been busy building as we continue our push into the collaboration workspace and learn about the brains beneath the surface and how we have been able to build this industry-leading sync technology.

We would like to introduce you to some of the amazing women who work here and help us build bleeding edge collaboration tools, as well as show off our beautiful Seattle digs. Located on the 64th floor of the Columbia Tower, we have some incredible views of the greater Seattle area.

So, when is this thing?

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

What time will things kick off?

5:30 pm is when our doors will be open and the food will be ready.

When will it end?

8:00 pm

Where is it?

Columbia Tower, which is at 701 5th Avenue, Seattle. We are on the 64th floor.

  • *Details on directions and building access will be emailed to confirmed attendees 24 hours prior to the event.

The way people work together today is complicated. But at Dropbox, we think it should be simple. That’s why we’re building the world’s simplest, most powerful collaboration platform—one that threads together different tools, platforms, devices, and(most importantly) people. We believe that when everyone and everything is connected, ideas flow more freely, working together is more delightful, and people create amazing things.

At Dropbox we believe in simplifying the way people work together. Come see how we put this philosophy to work.

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Dinner #46 on February 2, 2017

You are invited to join the Women of TEAM XBOX for an evening of learning and networking. This is an opportunity to find out about one of gaming’s most innovative cultures and how we work to improve lives through sharing and technology.

Agenda:

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Registration, Food & Drink

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Speed Networking (bring your business cards!)

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Learn from Women of TEAM XBOX, Recruiting Connection

Preparation for Speed Networking:

Practice a 60-second statement that includes your name, title or occupation, what you are looking for (such as information, leads, a job or internship). Speed networking is designed to get right to the point and there is no time for small talk.

Make sure you have a supply of business cards ready. If you are currently unemployed, get some cards with your contact information and desired occupation printed on them.

Assemble brochures, resumes or other type of handout, if applicable.

Remember that you only have a few seconds to make a positive first impression.

Address:

15030 NE 36th Street, Redmond, WA 98052

Directions: From WA-520 towards Redmond, take the 148th Ave NE North ramp. Turn right onto 148th Ave NE. Turn right onto NE 36th St and bear left.

Park in the Building 92/Studio D parking lot and enter the front doors into the Studio D lobby.

OR

Follow the signs to park in the garage near the Studio D/Building 92 elevator bank, go up the elevator and walk around to enter the front doors into the Studio D lobby.

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Dinner #45 on January 19, 2017

Happy New Year Seattle Girl Geeks!

Please join @TwitterSeattle for a dinner, drinks, and a look at the different career paths in tech!

We’ll kick the evening off with a talk from one of Seattle’s software engineers, Seda Unal Calargun, about the history of women in computing and her own story . Following that, we’ll participate in a Lean In activity where we’ll get to know each other and share our experiences. Lastly, we’ll hear from a great lineup of @TwitterSeattle panelists who are excited to share their experiences and personal journeys: how they got here and why they love their current positions.
Come prepared with questions – we’ll open it up to the floor at the end for Q&A. We hope you finish the night with some new friends, knowledge and ideas!

Agenda:
6:00pm – 6:45pm: Registration, food & drink, networking
6:45pm – 7:00pm: Talk by Seda
7:00pm – 7:30pm: Lean In activity
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Panel
8:00pm – 8:45pm: Networking

Directions:
The @TwitterSeattle office is located at 1501 4th Ave, the Century Square building. Enter from 4th Ave and go straight up the escalators to the 3rd floor lobby (elevators are located past the escalators on the right). Some Seattle Tweeps will be waiting to greet you and send you up to our office!

*Note: No press will be admitted to this event. Twitter reserves the right to refuse entry to this event. Twitter also reserves the right to remove individuals from Twitter’s premises for disruptive or disorderly behavior, or for any other reason in Twitter’s sole discretion. Please arrive before 6:30 to ensure admission to the building.

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Dinner #44 on December 8, 2016

Google looks forward to hosting local Girl Geek members at a Seattle open house on Thursday, December 8th. We hope that you will join us for presentations and a panel focused on the career experiences of female engineers at Google. There will be plenty of time for conversation and networking, and in true Google fashion, there will be refreshments and swag on hand.

Agenda (subject to change)
6:00 pm Doors Open – Dinner, Check-in & Mingling
6:30 pm Opening Speaker
6:45 pm Career Panel
7:45 pm Mingling & Networking
8:30 pm Good Night!

Details around logistics including parking and accessing the event space will be emailed to confirmed attendees on Monday, 12/5.
Reach out to Girl Geek organizers or The Google Events Team at google-events-team@google.com with questions or requests for special accommodations.

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Dinner #43 on November 17, 2016

Please join Zillow as we host this month’s meet up and dinner! Mingle with other Geek Girls in the area with light snacks and refreshments provided. Several of our women leaders will be speaking to you on various topics related to the tech industry. Meet our speakers below and read an overview of their talking points.

Speakers:

Joyce Wu is a Development Manager at Zillow. She’s been writing code for ten years, interned at Amazon back when all the interns fit in one small conference room, and at Microsoft, back when the Surface was the size of a coffee table (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VfpVYYQzHs and the parody here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZrr7AZ9nCY). Since then she’s worked as an IC on shipping Windows 8, the Xbox One, and Zillow’s Premier Agent Advertising Product. She will be presenting the career advice that she’s heard over the past eight years and that she’d wish she’d known when she started.

Amy Winther first ran into the term “user experience” at the University of Washington and was instantly hooked. Graduating with a degree in Interaction Design, she started out designing custom mobile apps before finding her home at Zillow. Four years later, she has is now a UX Design Manager and will be speaking about designing and building user driven experiences.

Rebekah Bastian is Vice President of Product at Zillow, driving the strategy and execution of product teams focusing on advertising, financial systems, and connecting real estate buyers with agents. Rebekah was one of Zillow’s first employees, coming over from Microsoft in 2005, and has led the development of several areas of the site since its launch. Always searching for ways to connect her personal values to her technology career, Rebekah launched the Community Pillar program to help connect low income renters with affordable housing and serves on several local boards related to rising housing costs and homelessness. Rebekah will be speaking about how tech communities can create social change.

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Dinner #42 on August 11, 2016

GoDaddy’s (NYSE: GDDY) vision and mission is to radically shift the global economy toward life-fulfilling independent ventures.  We do that by helping our customers kick ass—giving them the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success, however they measure it. With more than 14 million customers worldwide and more than 62 million domain names under management, GoDaddy gives small business owners the tools to name their idea, build a beautiful online presence, attract customers and manage their business.

Career Spark with GoDaddy

Ready to put a spark in your career? Join us for a lively and honest conversation with accomplished technical women from a variety of backgrounds who will share their career stories, followed by informal career chats with attendees.

Our next GoDaddy Women in Technology Kirkland event, hosted in collaboration with Women Who Code and Girl Geek Dinners, is the perfect opportunity to witness an engaging discussion with women who have made significant strides in technology. Like Women Who Code put it “ this event is dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. We want to connect amazing women with other like-minded amazing women around the globe who unite under one simple notion – the world of technology is much better with women in it.”

Date

Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:15 PM (PDT)

Where

GoDaddy – 3300 Carillon Point, Building 3000 3rd Floor, Kirkland, WA 98033

Agenda

5:30 pm – Networking and Dinner

Meet notable women leaders at GoDaddy as they discuss their careers and share their insights on how and why a career in Technology makes sense

**Arrive by 6:30 to be entered into a raffle to win a $100 VISA gift card!

**Parking on-site is free. 

6:30 pm – Take Charge, a Senior Women’s Panel

– Sabina Nawaz, CEO, Nawaz Consulting.

– Debra Weissman, Senior Vice President, Cloud Platforms, GoDaddy

– Rebecca Norlander, Co-founder & CEO Health 123

– Kira Shabalin, Senior Director, Software Development, GoDaddy

7:30 – 8:15 pm Career Circles

Breakout into informal coaching circles to learn professional career tips. Each table will have a representative from GoDaddy.

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Dinner #41 on May 5, 2016

Happy Cinco de Mayo Seattle Girl Geeks!

REI is thrilled to be hosting our first Seattle Girl Geek Dinner.

Please join us on May 5th for some food, beverages, networking opportunities, and tech talks at our new IT Office in Eastgate. The dinner will include presentations from leaders in our Information Technology and Digital Retail departments, plus, a Keynote from REI’s Chief Information Officer, Julie Averill. Following Julie’s Keynote, we will host a panel discussion moderated by Laura Swapp, Director of Public Affairs and Next Generation Marketing. Please bring your questions for the Q&A portion of the panel discussion.

Be sure to arrive before 7:00pm to enjoy the Cinco de Mayo themed food and beverages, network with members of our IT and Digital Retail departments, learn about career opportunities at REI and build a customized pair of REI sunglasses to take home! Dinner will begin at 6:00pm, presentations will begin at 7:00pm.

Check out some recent news about REI:
REI plans to move headquarters to Bellevue’s Spring District
Working Geek: How REI CIO Julie Averill balances work, home and the outdoors

REI Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

6:00pm – 7:00pm Registration, food & drinks, networking
7:00pm – 7:05pm Welcoming Remarks from Laura Swapp
7:05pm – 7:25pm Tech Talk with Lisa Nicklin, Gina Cox and Rehnuma Rahman
7:25pm – 7:50pm Keynote from Julie Averill, Chief Information Officer
7:45pm – 8:30pm Panel Discussion with Q&A from audience
8:30pm – 9:00pm Drinks and networking

REI Presenters and Panel Members

Julie Averill – Chief Information Officer
Lisa Nicklin – Divisional Vice President, Digital Retail
Laura Swapp – Director, Public Affairs and Next Generation Marketing
Gina Cox – Director, Digital Retail
Rehnuma Rahman – Manager, Quality Assurance
Liz Finlayson – Sr. Technical Recruiter
Lucinda Lang – Sr. Technical Recruiter

Directions & Parking Information

Address: 15800 Southeast Eastgate Way Bellevue, WA 98008
Parking: Parking is free and ample in the lot in front of the REI building.
Directions:
1. From I-90 E
2. Take Exit 11A for 150th Avenue Southeast toward 156th Avenue South East/Eastgate Way. (This will take you in a loop over I-90.)
3. At Southeast Eastgate Way, turn right.
4. At the light at 158th, turn left and then take the first right into the parking lot.

Upon entering the REI office building, please check in at the reception desk.

*Note: Admission is limited to registered guests only. REI reserves the right to remove individuals from REI’s premises for disruptive or disorderly behavior, or for any other reason in REI’s discretion. Please arrive before 6:30pm to ensure admission to the building.

WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
WHERE: REI – 15800 Southeast Eastgate Way , Bellevue, WA 98008

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