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Dinner #52 on September 27, 2017

Amazon’s Alexa team is pleased to host Seattle Girl Geek members on the Seattle campus September 27th. We’ll have lightning talks and a panel focused on building Alexa experiences. Please join us to learn more about Alexa and how you can get involved in this cutting-edge space. We will also have recruiters on hand to answer any questions you may have about opportunities with Alexa. We look forward to seeing you there!

6:00 PM
Register – Appetizers, drinks and networking
6:40 PM
Opening statement
6:45 PM
Lighting talks on Alexa devices, Alexa Voice Service and building Alexa Skills
7:30 PM
Career Panel
7:45 – 8:30 PM
Meet the recruiter and networking

Amazon Campus in the Arizona Building located at 207 Boren Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
What to Bring: Please bring your photo ID to Amazon reception located on the first floor. We’ll register you and give you a visitor badge.
Parking Validation: Amazon will reimburse for parking in the Arizona building. The building parking garage entrance is located on Thomas Street between Terry and Boren. Be sure to bring your ticket for validation. If the building parking is full, there is also parking available on the street.

Eventbrite - Seattle Girl Geek Dinner #52

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.


Eventbrite - Seattle Girl Geek Dinner #32


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 #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.

Eventbrite - Seattle Girl Geek Dinner #31


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

Upcoming Events

Hey SGGD community!

Here is an updated event schedule! We just added Salesforce.com to our list of upcoming events.

  • October 10th – Microsoft
  • November 3rd – Amazon
  • December 5th – Concur
  • January 16th – Salesforce.com

Looking forward to see many of you there!

Dinner #16 on August 23, 2012

Hello Seattle Girl Geeks!

Amazon.com will be sponsoring sweet #16 for our girl geek dinner community on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Our event will be held in their new urban South Lake Union campus.  If you haven’t been yet, it’s about time to check out South Lake Union and experience how Amazon, Vulcan, and SLU designed a thoughtful, walkable and attractive campus right in the heart of the city. Please register on Eventbrite to attend.

Eventbrite - Seattle Girl Geek Dinner #16

In the spirit of shaking things up a bit … Amazon has asked Laura Baldwin, President of O’Reilly Media to come speak to at our event! Check out her bio below:

Laura Baldwin started with O’Reilly Media in October 2001 as Chief Financial Officer and added Chief Operating Officer to her responsibilities in October 2004.  She became O’Reilly’s first President in March 2011. Laura is largely attributed with managing O’Reilly through the tech downturns of the past decade, and is currently responsible for O’Reilly’s worldwide businesses.  Prior to O’Reilly she was a consultant to the publishing industry through BMR Associates and managed several large consulting engagements across all genres of publishing.  Laura’s publishing career started at Chronicle Books the large, premiere publisher of popular culture, art, and children’s books as well as gift products where she served as CFO for ten years, establishing Chronicle’s successful distribution business as well as helping bring Chronicle’s Gift Business to market. 


I can’t let the entire cat out of the bag, but what I can share is that Amazon has a very fun evening in store … so, register, mark your calendars and see you next month!


Date: Thursday, August 23, 2012

Time: 6:00-8:00pm


Networking/Dinner: 6:00-6:45pm

Speaker: 6:45-7:15pm

Topic: TBA

Wrap up: 7:15-8pm


Van Vorst Building

426 Terry Avenue North

Seattle, WA 98109


For a list of parking lots close to campus, please visit:http://www.standardparkingnw.com/locations/default.asp#south_lake_union_seattle



Liz and Stevi

Eventbrite - Seattle Girl Geek Dinner #16

Cloud Storage FUD (Failure, Uncertainty, and Durability)

The topic for tonight’s Seattle Girl Geek Dinner has been announced, it will be Cloud Storage FUD (Failure, Uncertainty, and Durability). Our speaker will be Alyssa Henry, General Manager of Amazon Simple Storage (S3). Her overview:

Failure and uncertainty play a key role when engineering a general purpose online storage system to be durable, available, scalable, and cost effective. I’ll share some of the uncertainty we’ve encountered and the impact of that uncertainty on the design of the system. I’ll also cover some of the hardware and network failures we’ve encountered, others that we anticipate occurring, and how we’ve engineered Amazon S3 to be resilient to them.

Parking information:

There are two types of paid parking: short-term for up to 2 hours and longer-term for up to 10hours. Some of the 2-hour parking will also be signed for Residential Parking.

In the Cascade neighborhood where there are many older buildings, some streets will be signed for RPZ parking. Residents with RPZ permits may park for free on the designated streets and are not subject to the two-hour time limit.

Event Location

Van Vorst Conference Center (building has a yellow V in front, and is in the center of the courtyard).

PLEASE ENTER THROUGH THE RIGHT SIDE of the conference center.

Address: 426 Terry Avenue North, Seattle 98109

And don’t forget, our generous hosts, Amazon.com, will be giving away a Kindle, so please bring your business cards!

Seattle Girl Geek Dinner #7 — June 24th

Happy Spring,  ladies!

Amazon has graciously offered to sponsor the next Seattle Girl Geek Dinner. More information will be coming soon about the speaker and topic.

Hope to see you all there!

Liz, Stevi, and Vanessa

Date:  Thursday, June 24th

Time:  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location:   Amazon Headquarters – 426 Terry Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109 (Van Vorst)

Speaker:  Alyssa Henry – Director, SW Development, S3

Title of Presentation/talk:  Coming soon!

Be sure to sign up on the Eventbrite page to reserve your spot! We usually fill up quickly!

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Details for tonight’s dinner

Hello Geek Girls!

We wanted to post some information about parking at tonight’s dinner! We’re starting at 5:30 pm at:

Pac Med Bldg
Conference rooms: AV West, East, and Central – 8th floor
1200 12th Ave South, Suite 1200,
Seattle, WA 98144

We will also be doing a drawing for an Amazon.com $100 dollar gift card!


  • Parking at the Amazon We highly recommend car pooling, but parking will be located behind the Pac Med building, and is the 1st driveway on your right-hand side after you cross the intersection from 12th Street bridge.  Parking is $5.00 per day.
  • Street Parking:  There is free street parking around the Amazon building, please make sure to note that all day parking is only available on the east side of Golf Street/15th.  Please do not park at The Dr. Jose Rizal Park as this is only 2 hours max, parking on the west side of 12th near the park is typically day, please read signs.
  • Amazon Employees ONLY: If you work downtown, you can connect to the Pac Med building via a Amazon Shuttle for free.  The Amazon shuttles are white, and run by Standard Parking, look for Amazonians with blue employee badges.  Shuttles start running early in the morning, until after our event will be over. We have two locations downtown:
    • International District – The Amazon shuttle picks up on the corner of Weller Street & 5th Avenue across from Uwajimaya every 15 minutes.
    • Downtown (The Columbia Center-TCC) – The Amazon shuttle picks up in front of The Colombia Center (TCC) on 5th Avenue every 25 minutes

Thanks again to Amazon for sponsoring our 2nd Seattle Girl Geek Dinner!

See you tonight!

Liz and Stevi

Girl Geek Dinner #2

I hope everyone has had a fabulous summer! Amazon has graciously offered to sponsor the next Girl Geek Dinner. The date is set for Thursday, September 11th @ 5:30pm.

Please let us know if you think you can come by registering at our EventBrite site.

Stay tuned: more information to come regarding the agenda and guest speakers!

Address: Pac Med Bldg

Conference rooms: AV West, East, and Central – 8th floor

1200 12th Ave South, Suite 1200, Seattle, WA 98144
Click here for map



Roundtable speaker bios

Tomorrow’s the big day for our first Seattle area Girl Geek Dinner. We’ll be having a roundtable discussion. Our speakers will include Dorothy Nicholls, Randy Granovetter and Rebecca Black.

It’s not too late to join us! Sign up at our EventBrite page to let us know you’re coming. We can’t wait to meet everybody!

Dorothy Nicholls
Senior Development Manager, Digital Media Group, Amazon

Dorothy Nicholls is a senior development manager at Amazon’s Digital Media group. Digital Media is a relatively new group at Amazon that launched Unbox (Video download), and DRM free MP3 download in 2007. Most recently her group introduced the revolutionary wireless reading device Kindle.

Dorothy has over 11 years of experience developing both large scale distributed eCommerce services, databases as well as consumer applications. She spent the first five of these years as a software developer and the last six years in technical leadership. During her nine years at Amazon, Dorothy has personally been involved or responsible for some of the major initiatives that visibly changed Amazon from launching Amazon internationally, moving Amazon’s eCommerce backend to service oriented architecture, Amazon Prime to launching external payments web services. Prior to Amazon, Dorothy worked at Oracle Corporation where she worked on large database applications for Nike and Boeing. Dorothy holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Brigham Young University.

Originally from China, Dorothy is an active board member of China Tomorrow Education Foundation, a non profit based in Seattle with a mission to improve rural education in China. She is also the occasional web master for the organization. Dorothy enjoys traveling, running, rock climbing, gardening, and reading books on her Kindle.

Randy Granovetter
General Manager for Innovations, Microsoft

Randy Granovetter, the General Manager for Innovations, is spearheading Microsoft’s newly formed Innovations Team.  Her team’s charter is to champion innovation from across the company, developing community-based techniques and tools for sharing and capturing co-workers new ideas. With the collaboration and integration of feedback from executives, internal experts, and their peers, the IdeAgency provides the innovators with the website, training and support needed to grow their concept from the idea phase to proof of concept leveraging Microsoft platforms and tools.

Before joining Microsoft, Randy was the Founder and CEO of JABRA Corporation, President of Blyth Software Corporation, President of Digital Orchid, Vice President at Qualcomm for QUALCOMM’s Enterprise, Co-Branding and MVNO strategy development in Qualcomm Internet Services (QIS), the QUALCOMM division chartered with driving applications and services for the wireless internet.

Granovetter holds Master of Arts in Language development and Special Education and Bachelor of Science degrees in special education, elementary education and language development from Vanderbilt University.  She has received several industry awards including Star of the Industry by Computer Telephony Magazine and the Distinguished Woman Award by Telemarketing Magazine and Call Center Solutions, Order of the Long Leaf Pine in North Carolina presented by Governor Hunt, the MacUser Magazine Award for Desktop Publisher of the Year and a member of Kappa Delta Pi (Honor Society for Education).

Rebecca Black, Principal Test Manager
Microsoft Antimalware team

Rebecca Black is the Principal Test Manager of the Microsoft Antimalware team.  Her group creates the Antimalware engine and platform that protects hundreds of millions of users from viruses, rootkits, Trojans, bots, worms, spyware, adware and other malware.  The Microsoft Antimalware products include: Windows Defender, the Malicious Software Removal Tool, Windows Live OneCare, Forefront Client Security, and the Forefront suite of server products.  Microsoft Antimalware APIs are also called by a variety of applications, including Internet Explorer and Office applications.

She manages a large and diverse team of full time, contractor, and vendor employees in Redmond, China, and Australia.  She has sixteen years software development experience, thirteen years at Microsoft, eleven years of which have been in technical leadership.  Before Microsoft, Rebecca worked at Symantec, Peter Norton Group in the Product Support and Quality Assurance departments.

Rebecca has a Master’s Degree in Music from California Institute of the Arts.  She paid for college and graduate school by teaching clients how to use software and working as an independent software developer.

When not saving online users from bad guys, Rebecca enjoys scuba diving, reading, gardening, cooking, hiking, volunteering, and attending cultural events.  She is married and lives in Seattle with her husband, two cats and one very old dog.