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Dinner #21 on August 20, 2013

Hello Seattle Girl Geeks!

I hope everyone is having a great summer. I am happy to announce that Codefellows is our sponsor for the next Girl Geek event!

Codefellows offers world class coding boot camps in Seattle. They just kicked off their Womens Only Codefellow Bootcamp series, and thought it would be the perfect time to host a SGGD event to celebrate this new program. There will be drinks, appetizers and the opportunity to meet some of the students who participated in Seattle’s very first Women’s Only Ruby on Rails Bootcamp.

Eventbrite - Seattle Girl Geek Dinner #21

Date: Tuesday, August 20th

Time: 6-8:30pm

Venue: World Sports Grille in SLU

Address: 731 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

I will give a shout out about parking closer to the date.

Hope to see everyone on the 20th!

Liz and Stevi

Dinner #20 on May 16, 2013

Light a Fire with IGNITE!

Seattle Girl Geek Dinners and IGNITE are excited to partner in our first fundraising event to support IGNITE’s mission: to educate and increase exposure of STEM related careers to young girls.

IGNITE™(Inspiring Girls Now In Technology Evolution) is a nonprofit educational program that addresses the lack of women in STEM related careers. 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’s founder, Cathi Rodgveller (M.S. Ed.), has been recognized multiple times for her inspirational work including the Anita Borg’s Social Impact Award in 2012 and the Women’s eNews “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” in 2009. Since 1999, IGNITE has grown from a local presence in Seattle Public Schools to internationally with chapters as far away as Nigeria. With Cathi’s leadership and hundreds of volunteers, IGNITE has touched the lives of over 20,000 girls.

Seattle Girl Geek Dinners community and IGNITE have formed a partnership to achieve the following:

Volunteerism: Increase the number of mentors and event volunteers for IGNITE programs
Company sponsorship: To seek financial endorsement from corporations for IGNITE programs to continue to grow and make an impact at a local and international level

It is our job, as a community to increase the the representation of women in STEM and support educational programs that inspire the next generation of women on the career options available to them in the fields of science and engineering.

Please join us for an evening of networking and fun, as we tour the Microsoft museum and hear the founder of IGNITE, Cathi Rodgveller, discuss the IGNITE mission, program, and how we, as a local women’s community can impact the future of women in STEM related careers. We’ll even hear directly from the IGNITE Alumni! Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

Thank you to PACE Staffing for sponsoring this event and making this fundraiser possible!

Date: May 16, 2013

Time: 6-8 pm

Location: Microsoft Visitor Center, Building 92

15010 NE 36th Street
Redmond, WA 98052

Eventbrite - Seattle Girl Geek Dinner #20

Dinner #18 on December 13, 2012

Happy Holidays Girl Geeks!

We are so fortunate to have a new sponsor for our Holiday Girl Geek Dinner! Cobalt will be making sure we end the year with a bang. So … get ready to party and hear what’s on the forefront of automotive technology.

Cobalt, which is based in downtown Seattle, offers customers nothing less than a reinvention of traditional automotive marketing. Cobalt has the most comprehensive suite of digital marketing services available for both automotive dealers and manufacturers.

Lisa Koutek, Sr. Director of Customer Experience, and one of Cobalt’s first employees, has seen (and been part of) major changes in how the automotive industry reaches its customers through technology.  Lisa’s got well over a decade of seeing how women have influenced how car shoppers find what they’re looking for online. Lisa will be talking to us about how women have helped shape the future of the auto industry.

Agenda for the evening:

6pm – 6:45pm – networking, wine, cheese and dessert

6:45pm – 7:25pm – speaker

7:25pm-8pm – more networking and wrap up

One request to the community – please limit the number of guests you register/bring to the dinner to one person per attendee.

Eventbrite - Seattle Girl Geek Dinner #18

See you on December 13th!

Liz and Stevi



The Cobalt Group, Inc (Division of ADP)


605 5th Ave South, Suite 800


Seattle, WA 98104


(The Entrance to our Building is in the courtyard across from Tully’s)



Please allow sufficient time to park since parking is limited here in the International district. Here are some parking and public transportation options:


  • There is a parking garage (Union Station Parking Garage) located at 550 4th Avenue S.  Go to P2 Level and find the signage for “605 Lobby” elevator.   Bring your ticket with you and the Front Desk will validate it for you. Park anywhere other than “2-hour parking” (unless your interview will be 2 hours or less)
  • Diamond Parking has a series of pay parking lots roughly four to six blocks southeast of the building across from Dearborn.
  • Light Rail: stops in bus tunnel – International District Station (5th Ave South and South Jackson Street)
  • Metro Transit Bus: stops in bus tunnel – International District Station (5th Ave South and South Jackson Street)
  • Sounder Train: (stops at 5th Ave South and South Jackson Street)

From the South:


1)     Take I-5 North


2)     Take exit 164A for Dearborn St toward James St / Madison St


3)    Follow signs for Dearborn St


4)   Turn right at S Dearborn St


5)   Make a U-Turn


6)   Turn right at 5th Ave S


From the North:


1)     Take I-5 South


2)     Take the I-90 E exit toward Bellevue / Spokane


3)     Keep right at fork, follow signs for Dearborn St


4)     Turn Right at S Dearborn St


5)     Turn right at 5th Ave S


From the Eastside:


1)     Take I-90 West


2)     Take exit 3B for Rainier Ave N


3)     Merge onto Rainier Ave South


4)     Turn left at S Dearborn St


5)     Turn right at 5th Ave S



Dinner #15 on May 10, 2012

We’re excited to announce that Catalysis will be hosting the 15th Seattle Girl Geek Dinner on May 10, 2012, from 6-8 pm.

Register for Seattle Girl Geek Dinner #15

At Catalysis we believe that data is at the core of every successful digital marketing campaign.  We’re a 20 year old marketing agency with start-up heart and we’d love to show you around our beautiful home – a repurposed, turn-of-the-century church on Capitol Hill.  Join us for a night of networking with other marketers, developers and analysts where we’ll share our vision of the future of digital marketing and the roles of data and privacy in successful campaigns.


When:  Thursday, May 10th

Time:  6:00 -8:00pm

Location:  1601 East John Street, Seattle, WA 98112 (directions: http://www.catalysis.com/connect)


Parking and public transportation:  We have a parking lot in the back of our building with very limited parking.  There is a pay lot next door to us and street parking is typically available in the evening hours.  In addition, there several bus stops within a block of our building on Thomas St.



6:00 – 7:00 Networking game (please bring a smartphone with you if you have one)

7:00 – 7:30 Game recap, presentation and Q&A

7:30 – 8:00 Wrap up

Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 


Nancy Hadley, Managing Director

As the Managing Director at Catalysis, Nancy is responsible for the operational and financial performance of the organization.  In addition to her management responsibilities, Nancy is also the company’s privacy officer and holds a CIPP/US designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  She holds a BBA in marketing from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Vivian Lim, Software Solutions Architect

Vivian is the fearless leader of the software development group at Catalysis and has been with the company for two years.  Prior to Catalysis, Vivian’s jobs included technology strategist, program manager, developer/tester, and human tissue engineer. She has two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Engineering from Concordia University and one from McGill University in Science for Microbiology/Immunology.

Register for Seattle Girl Geek Dinner #15

Dinner #14 on February 16, 2012

We’re very excited to announce Dinner 14, which will be at Expedia’s offices in Bellevue.

Be sure to sign up on Eventbrite to ensure your spot!

Expedia loves travel and we love technology. Join us for a fun night of networking with other women in technology. Enjoy refreshments, games & prizes. Hear from our passionate panel of speakers as they discuss how technology has affected the travel industry. They’ll also share their experiences, insight and travel tips from Expedia, where we are revolutionizing travel through technology

When: February 16

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Where: 333 108th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98006

Map: http://binged.it/xrDyJp

Parking: There are two entrances to the parking lot. One on 4th Street and the other on 108th Avenue NE. Parking will not be validated. There may be free parking in nearby establishments.

Public Transit: If you are planning to take buses, the closest stop is Bellevue Transit Center. You will have to walk a couple of blocks to the Expedia building.



Networking Game

Panel discussion & Q/A

Dinner: We will have pasta and wine for dinner. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available.


Welcome & Introductions: Dara Khosrowshahi, President and CEO


Expedia Panelists:


Kristen Graham, VP Engagement & Communications

Kristin has been at Expedia for 5 years and leads employee programs for Expedia, Inc.’s companies, which have more than 100 sites in more than 60 countries. Her team oversees employee communication & events, philanthropy, learning & development, diversity, and engagement/branding initiatives. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Aman Bhutani, VP Development

Aman Bhutani leads the engineering team for the Expedia brand. The brand technology team focuses on the web tier of our global platform and services that offer differentiation from other brands. The Expedia technology team is at the heart of the brand’s product based growth strategy and has team members in many cities across the planet. Aman joined Expedia in 2010 after many years in financial services and consulting.


Katie Lykins, Software Development Engineer

Katie Lykins is a developer on the Package Discovery Service team at Expedia. She’s been at Expedia for 4 years and prior to Expedia, she worked at two different local small companies. She’s a true local, having been born and raised in Seattle and going to the University of Washington. In her free time, she’s active in playing basketball, volleyball and tennis.


Diane Omuoyo, Performance Engineer

Diana Omuoyo graduated with a Masters Degree in Information Systems from Baylor University, Waco. Her career in IT has spanned different roles and industries; including Web/Application Development, Network Tech, Business Intelligence and now Performance Engineering. She’s originally from Cleveland, OH and relocated to Egencia last year. During her free time she enjoys playing tennis and music, reading books and travelling adventures.

Sign up on Eventbrite! We look forward to seeing you there!


–Liz and Stevi

Dinner #10 on May 18, 2011

Happy Spring Geek Girls!

Facebook will be hosting our next Girl Geek Dinner in May! Our community will have the opportunity to check out their new digs in downtown Seattle, enjoy some deelish appetizers, and listen to a panel discussion about “Life as a Facebook Engineer.” The panel will consist of the following women from the engineering ranks at Facebook:

Amy Platt, Software Engineer
Jocelyn Goldfein, Director, Engineering
Kari Lee, Manager, Engineering
Raylene Yung, Software Engineer

There are a limited number of registration seats available (due to size of location), so please register at the Eventbrite site as soon as you can!

If you decide you cannot make it, please email us to cancel your registration so your other fellow girl geeks can attend.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Stevi, Liz, and Vanessa

SGGD No. 5 announced for Sept 17

We know it’s been a while, but we’re very excited to announce Seattle Girl Geek Dinner #5.

Microsoft’s Corporate Research Development will be hosting us on September 17, 2009 at the Microsoft WestCommons in Redmond.

Find all the details and sign up on our Eventbrite page. This event will fill up fast!

Can’t wait to see you on September 17!

Welcome, Seattle Girl Geeks!

Welcome to Seattle Girl Geek Dinners! We are inspired by the original Girl Geek Dinners to provide an opportunity for local women in technology to meet, have fun, and network.

Our first dinner will be June 24, 2008, from 5:30-7:30 pm in Building 99 on the Microsoft Campus.

We will be serving drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a light dessert. The topic for the evening will be on career development. Stay tuned for a list of bio’s of the women that will be presenting at our event!

Let us know if you’d like to attend by signing up at our EventBrite page! While signing up isn’t required, it will help us know how many people to expect.

We also need people to help us organize, and are looking for all your ideas on making this a great opportunity for local technical women to meet.

A BIG thank you to MS Research for sponsoring our first event!

For more information, contact Liz Morgan or Stevi Deter. Even better, leave a comment here!

Please note that men are allowed to attend, but only if they are accompanied by a woman.

We look forward to meeting you!

First Seattle Girl Geek Dinner
June 24, 2008 — 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Microsoft Campus, Building 99
14820 NE 36th Street
Redmond, WA 98052