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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 #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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Agenda:

6-6:30pm – Networking and Dinner

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

7:30pm-8pm – Wrap Up

Panelists:

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 #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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Agenda:

6-6:45pm – Networking and Dinner

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

7:30pm-8pm – Wrap Up

Panelists:

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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VENUE

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

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.

AGENDA

6:00pm – 6:45pm Networking/Dinner

6:45pm – 7:25pm Presentation

7:25pm – 8:00pm Networking/Dessert

SPEAKER

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.

Dinner #27 on March 27, 2014

Whether you are new to your industry or looking to have intellectual conversations with like minds, the women at DoubleDown will share their stories of how they ‘found their tribes.’ This will be a great opportunity for you to ask women in different stages of their careers any questions on career growth — we are always growing as individuals. Join us for an amazing night, continue building your network and get to know more women in technology!

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DATE

March 27th, 2014

TIME

6pm – 8pm Dinner & Discussion

VENUE

Impact Hub Seattle is located within the 220 & Change building at 220 2nd Avenue S, Seattle WA 98104.

PARKING

Street parking is free after 6pm and on Sunday. There are six surface lots and five parking garages within a four block radius of our building. We are located two blocks from the Pioneer Square Tunnel Station and the beginning and end of most bus lines is within 2-3 blocks. We offer bike storage in the basement of the building.

AGENDA

6:00pm – 6:45pm Networking/Dinner
6:45pm – 7:25pm Panel
7:25pm – 8:00pm Networking/Dessert

PANELISTS

Courtney Jenkins – Manager, Project Manager
Teagen Densmore – Senior Producer
Jyothee Dass – Software Developer
Silvia Chita – Software Developer
Suzy Langham – Manager Art Services, UX/UI

Dinner #26 on January 16, 2014

Salesforce.com invites you to join us for an exciting evening of food, drink, and flash talks. Discover the reasons behind our success as the leader of global cloud computing and CRM, and listen to our personal experiences with working at one of Fortune’s magazines ‘100 Best Companies to Work for’. Share a fun conversation with a colleague who may provide you with a new perspective or an insight into the common challenges we all face in the tech industry.

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Panelist:
1. Intro Salesforce – Andrea Leszek
2. Salesforce Architecture – Megha Siddavanahalli
3. Fireside chat: Trials and Chatter Messaging – Hui Shi and Chelsea Baltierra
4. Writing Better Documentation – Erin Tidwell
5. Feeds – Bhavana Rehani
6. Philanthropy – Jamie Park
7. Salesforce Culture
Event Location + Parking:
2001 8th Ave
Seattle 98121
206.701.1755 (desk)
There is a Starbucks on the 1st floor of their building at the corner of Virginia and 8th.
Please use street parking or nearby parking lots. There are a variety of parking lots within a 2 block radius. Here is a link to Parkopedia with several options and rates listed: http://en.parkopedia.com/parking/2001_8th_ave_seattle/. Parking will not be validated.
The dinner will be held in Westlake & Lenora conference rooms located on the 4th fl. SGGD members will have access to the 4th floor via the low rise elevators. There will be a pedestal sign in the lobby with SGGD event information.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in the new year!

 

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Dinner #24 on November 7, 2013

Join your female Seattle tech colleagues for a fun night of networking! Amazon will be hosting the 24th Seattle Girl Geek Dinner, which includes an amazing panel of experienced Amazonians. These women will walk you through their professional journey which led them to a successful career in the field of technology. This will be a great opportunity to ask the questions that YOU want the answer to on career growth. In addition, members of the Seattle Girl Geek community will be able to build their network with amazing and inspiring women who can help you navigate your path to success.

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Panelists (bio’s coming soon):

Laura Grit, Principal Technical Program Manager

Margaux Eng, Sr. Technical Program Manager

Kendra Yourtee, Software Development Manager

Amanda Williams, Software Development Engineer

Event info:

Date: Thursdsay, November 7, 2013

Time: 6-9pm

Location:

207 Boren Ave N (Arizona Bldg)

Seattle, WA 98109

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