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Scheduled Dinners

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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Dinner #40 on April 26, 2016

Hey Seattle Girl Geeks!

We are doing something different for a change …. Poker Night with Zillow!

Please join us at Zillow headquarters for a fun night of poker to benefit the Plymouth Housing Group on April 26th at 6-8pm. Even if you don’t know how to play poker, come join in on the fun and learn how to play to support a good cause. If you just want to socialize and not play, there’s no obligation to pay.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Here are a few basic rules for the night:
Payment to enter the poker tournament or in poker terms “buy-in” is $25/person. The buy-in amount will get you poker chips to play. 100% of the amount goes directly to Plymouth Housing Group. You can pay upon registration or pay at the door.

To avoid lines and pay upon registration, please go here: https://www.plymouthhousing.org/zillow/ and bring your payment confirmation at check-in.

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Plymouth Housing Group works to eliminate homelessness and address its causes by preserving, developing and operating safe, quality, supportive housing and by providing homeless adults with opportunities to stabilize and improve their lives. Services they offer include housing support, employment programs, shelter care and mental health programs.
For more information on Plymouth Housing Group: https://www.plymouthhousing.org/

WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
WHERE: Zillow – 1301 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

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Dinner #39 on January 14, 2016

Happy New Year Seattle Girl Geeks!

Please join us as we kick off our 2016 event series at Twitter Seattle for light appetizers, drinks, and a look at the different career paths in tech.

We’ll kick the evening off with tech talks from one of Seattle’s Senior Software Engineers, Jie Jin, and a Staff Software Engineer from Periscope, Sara Haider. Jie will be covering “Building Mobile Applications for Unreliable Networks”, and Sara will show the tech behind Periscope, Twitter’s real-time broadcasting product. Following that, we’ll add a great lineup of 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 – 7:30pm: Tech talks by Jie and Sara

7:30pm – 8:00pm: Panel discussion with more Seattle engineers

8:00pm – 8:45pm: More networking

Tech Speakers:

Adaptive Mobile Apps: Jie Jin, Senior Software Engineer

Jie Jin is currently an engineer on Twitter’s Fastest App team, working primarily on the Twitter app for Android. Previously, Jie has worked on the API framework at Twitter. Jie has previously presented tonight’s tech talk nationally at Twitter Flight 2015. Jie holds degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy from Carnegie Mellon University.

Periscope: Sara Haider, Staff Software Engineer

Sara Haider is currently the client engineering lead at Periscope, overseeing Android, iOS, and web engineering teams. Previously, Sara worked on Twitter for Android, and she led the engineering teams for Vine for Android and Secret for Android. She founded Twitter’s Women in Engineering group and is an advisor to Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization focused on inspiring young girls to pursue and stay in engineering fields. Sara also advises and angel invests in startups in San Francisco, New York City, and Toronto. Sara holds a degree in Software Engineering and Cognitive Science from the University of Waterloo.

Directions:

The Twitter Seattle 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.

WHEN: Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM (PST)
WHERE: 1501 4th Avenue – Seattle, WA 98101

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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

Agenda:

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

www.disneytechjobs.com/seattle

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.