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Dinner #23 on October 10, 2013

Seattle Geek Girl Dinner at EMP!

What do Madonna, Chrissie Hynde, Lady Gaga, and Tina Turner (among many, many others) all have in common?  They rock.  What do you and your female counterparts in the Seattle tech community solving tough challenges, delivering innovative solutions, and changing the world we live in for the better all have in common?  You rock too.

It’s time to get all these rockin’ women under one roof to share ideas, build community, and have a little fun along the way!  Please join us at EMP for the 23rd Seattle Geek Girl Dinner, hosted by Microsoft.

Event Details

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Date and Time: October 10th, 6:00pm

Venue: EMP, 325 5th Ave N., Seattle, WA 98109

Cost: We’ve got you covered for this one!  Enjoy food and beverages  (beer and wine) and the exhibits.

Must have a ticket and an RSVP to enter.  Space is limited. 

Limit one ticket per person.

Guest Speakers

Tara Roth – CVP, Office

Tara Roth is corporate vice president of Test in the Office Client Services Group, responsible for the Microsoft Office system, an integrated suite of information worker applications, servers and services. Tara is directly responsible for test teams and test engineering in the Office Group. She has additional responsibility to drive engineering standards and methods with other leader across the broader Microsoft community.

Outside of work, Tara enjoys snow skiing, boating, spending time with her husband and two children, and volunteering in local nonprofit work.

Laura Kern – Partner PM

Laura is a firm believer in the power of people and the strength of emotional design.  She has over a decade of large-scale consumer service design at Microsoft across a variety of disciplines. She started her career in the “Geography Unit” back at the formation of Encarta World Atlas and the initial foray online mapping software where she went on to co-found the Geopolitical Product Strategy unit aimed at keeping regional managers out of jail, consumers happy with Microsoft, and products on the shelves in all our markets — with lots of lively moments from world court, government officials, and political factions.

She has spent the last decade in online services, most notably in design and user experience on Bing where she and the other early members learned the ins and outs of building an algorithmic search engine from the ground up, using data in design, and how to run and innovate within agile service models. She also brought the team and the principles together to enable high-value editorial to search as illustrated by the vibrant Bing homepage. She is currently the GM of Design & UX for Microsoft Advertising. Laura is a Minnesota native with a super-charged 5-year-old daughter, a Microsoft husband, and a passion for making things

Joy Chik-Partner Development Manager Windows Server and System Center (WSSC)-Remote Desktop Services

As Partner Development Manager, Joy Chik is responsible for delivering a rich and fluid desktop and application remoting solution called Remote Desktop Services (RDS) which generates $1B revenue as of FY12.  RDS is the workload within Windows Server that enables users to connect to virtual desktops, session-based desktops and RemoteApp programs.  The key value that RDS provides is the ability to centralize and control the applications and data that employees need to perform their job, while making them accessible from the wide variety of devices the employees use.  This provides “work anywhere from any device” while ensuring that your control and compliance needs are met.

Prior to joining Microsoft full time, Joy interned at Microsoft with the Exchange team in 1996.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY in 1998.

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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.

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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 #13 on Dec. 7, 2011

Happy Holidays Geek Girls!

For those of you that are new – welcome to our community!

This invitation is coming at the 11th hour, but better late than never, right? Microsoft Advertising has agreed to sponsor our Holiday Geek Girl Dinner.

Online Advertising is one of the fastest growing businesses on the Internet today. Microsoft is innovating rapidly to grow its share of this market by providing the advertising industry with a world-class online advertising platform and service. Come learn more from the women who influence and create the strategy behind Microsoft’s digital marketing, display, search, mobile & games advertising solutions.

We would also like to dedicate this dinner in memory of Elise Arnits. Elise was part of this community since we first started in 2008. Elise was a Database Developer for Mantis, and a single mother of two amazing boys. She lost her life in a tragic motorcycle accident this summer. We will be holding a fundraiser for her this evening.

If you would like to make a donation, please write your check to the Elise Arnits Memorial Fund.


Lastly, due to space constraints, I ask that you only bring one guest if you decide to bring a friend. Men are welcome, but will need to attend with a geek girl.

So, grab your party hats, business cards, and come celebrate the holidays with your fellow geek girls and Microsoft Advertising! I will provide everyone with more information on the speakers and parking after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Time: 6-8pm

Club Contour
807 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98014

See you soon!
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

Dinner #8 on August 18

Happy summer, everybody! We’re excited to announce that Mantis Technology Group, Inc. will be sponsoring a barbeque-style dinner at Marymoor Park in Redmond on August 18. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers will all be available.

Space is limited for this event, so be sure to sign up via Eventbrite!

Date: Wednesday, August 18th
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Marymoor Park, 6046 W Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond, WA
Guest Speaker: TBD.

Parking details will be sent the day of the event.

Liz, Stevi, and Vanessa