What We Are About
The Seattle chapter of Girl Geek Dinners, founded 2008, is inspired by the original Girl Geek Dinners founded in London based on one mission – to embrace being girly and geeky! We are global: GirlGeekDinners.com!
Our mission: to create an informal platform where technical girls and women of all ages can network and learn from others alike in our local community.
Meet the Team!
Liz Morgan (founder & driving force behind Seattle Girl Geek Dinners)
Liz has over 15 years of recruiting experience for companies such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon and now LinkedIn. Her experience also includes creating and driving recruiting events and programs focused on diversity. Liz founded the Seattle Girl Geek Dinner community in 2008, with the goal to make it the most successful women in technology community in the local Seattle area. In addition, Liz sits on the Board of Directors for Ignite, a nonprofit educational program that addresses the lack of women in STEM related careers. Ignite’s program connects school-age girls to professional women in STEM careers who act as role models and mentors.
Stevi Deter (founder)
Stevi is a Lead Software Design Engineer with over 15 years of experience designing intelligent, efficient, and scalable software solutions. She has extensive experience developing software solutions using both Java and C#. Her experience also includes leading teams through the entire development lifecycle and mentoring less-experienced developers. Her leadership and intelligence make her a valuable asset to any team. She is an IEEE CSDP.
Nathalie Steinmetz (webmaster)
Nathalie is a computer scientist with a research and development background in vertical search engines, semantic technologies and web services. She is very interested in all things search and web mining, and is currently looking into app development (especially Windows 8 apps) and modern agile development frameworks, such as Ruby on Rails.
IGNITE™ (Inspiring Girls Now In Technology Evolution) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational program founded in 1999. Originally launched in the Seattle School District, IGNITE’s program connects school-age girls to professional women in STEM careers who act as role models and mentors.
- IGNITE has touched the lives of over 25,000 young women in middle school and high school grades
- In the Seattle School District alone, female participation in technology classes skyrocketed from 10% to 50% since the start of the IGNITE program.
- IGNITE is a program for any school: in addition to chapters formed across the United States IGNITE has chapters in Ghana, Nigeria and India.
Support our Job Board – support IGNITE: all our proceeds go directly to the nonprofit program!