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Dinner #45 on January 19, 2017

Happy New Year Seattle Girl Geeks!

Please join @TwitterSeattle for a dinner, drinks, and a look at the different career paths in tech!

We’ll kick the evening off with a talk from one of Seattle’s software engineers, Seda Unal Calargun, about the history of women in computing and her own story . Following that, we’ll participate in a Lean In activity where we’ll get to know each other and share our experiences. Lastly, we’ll hear from a great lineup of @TwitterSeattle 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 – 7:00pm: Talk by Seda
7:00pm – 7:30pm: Lean In activity
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Panel
8:00pm – 8:45pm: Networking

Directions:
The @TwitterSeattle 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.

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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 #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 #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 #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.

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Where:

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)

Agenda:

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

Dinner #22 on September 18, 2013

Expedia, one of the world’s leading online travel companies, invites you to join us, network with other technology enthusiasts, and learn about some of our products. Our panel of speakers will discuss how Expedia is using technology is used at Expedia and how we are using it to revolutionize travel.

When: Wednesday, September 18

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Venue: Expedia Inc. Headquarters

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

Register for this event on Eventbrite!

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Map: http://binged.it/xrDyJp

Parking: Parking is available at the Expedia Inc. building parking lot and nearby establishments. Please note that parking will not be validated.

Public Transit: If you are planning to take the bus, the closest stop is Bellevue Transit Center. The- Expedia building is a couple of blocks from there.

Agenda:

6:00 – 6:45  Check-in, networking

6:45 – 8:00  Panel discussion & Q/A

8:00 – 8:30  Raffle and more networking

Dinner, dessert, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

Panelists

Kristin Graham, VP – Engagement

Kristin has been at Expedia for more than 6 years and leads global communications and employee programs for Expedia, Inc.’s companies, which have more than 150 sites in more than 70 countries. Her team oversees global communication & events, philanthropy, 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, SVP – Technology

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.

Sarah Gavin, Director – Public Relations

As Director of Public Relations and Social Media for Expedia, Sarah Gavin holds responsibility for influential programs across press, bloggers, broadcast and social media for the Expedia brand. Sarah has a strong background in technology communications and came to Expedia after six years at Waggener Edstrom where she worked on Windows and Internet Explorer. Sarah is passionate about the marriage of technology and travel and joined the Expedia team in fall 2011.

Jennifer Capasso, Director – SEM Product and Technology

I started my career in consulting, and then went to get an MBA at Carnegie Mellon, which first sparked my interest in technology.  I joined Expedia as a product manager 6 years ago. I have worked on both our hotel and check out product and last year, I moved from the customer facing web product to SEM {Search Engine Marketing} product and technology.

Maria Tiganus, Sr.  Software Engineer in Test

Originally from Romania, I came to the US 7 years ago, with a dual degree in Computer Science and Economics. I joined Expedia five and a half years ago, and I have been working in BFS (Best Fare Search) ever since. As a Software engineer in Test  for BFS & Air Shopping,  my role is to ensure that the quality of our product thrives with every release, leveraging developed automation to guarantee high performance, accuracy and competitiveness in the results.  I love psychology and movies, which is what I occupy my spare time with.

Julia Stefani, Technical Product Manager

I am originally from Tirana, Albania. I moved to the states to do my undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Business Administration/Finance at Truman State University. I then moved to St. Louis, MO where I got my graduate degree in Information Management from Washington University of St. Louis. I joined Expedia in April 2012 as a Technical Product Manager for the Mobile Web team in San Francisco. I love learning new things, traveling, foreign languages, food/cooking and keeping up with technology.

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Dinner #19 on May 9, 2013

Hello Seattle Girl Geeks!

Great news — Capital One ShareBuilder is hosting our 19th Girl Geek Event on Thursday, May 9, 6–8 p.m.

This Girl Geek Event will focus on how ShareBuilder makes investing and saving for retirement straightforward and affordable. And they’ve come up with some pretty innovative ways to do it, including a customizable iPad® app that they built from the ground up. Plus, ShareBuilder’s website ranked #1 in design and usability among online brokerages in 2011 by Corporate Insight*.

So if you’ve ever felt intimidated by investing or have ever wondered how “investing” and “tech innovation” could go together in the same sentence, sign up for an evening of food, drinks, interactive demos and friendly conversation.

The event will be held in ShareBuilder’s offices, located in Pioneer Square’s historic Seattle Hardware Company building. Want to join us? Register now on Eventbrite and mark your calendar.

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When: Thursday, May 09, 2013
Time: 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Agenda:
6:00-6:30: Networking
6:30-7:00: Panel discussion: How we get a product from concept to market at ShareBuilder
7:00-8:00: More networking, interact with our newest web, tablet and phone apps.

* #1 broker website for design and usability as ranked by Corporate Insight’s 2011 website study of 19 of the investment industry’s well-known retail brokerages. This comprehensive benchmarking study graded sites on 300+ attributes, using a 4-point scale of predefined criteria. In addition, the study used investor opinions (gathered in 1,000 interviews in April 2011) about the importance of site features to weight the grades for each attribute.
Securities products are offered by Capital One ShareBuilder, Inc. a registered broker-dealer and Member FINRA/SIPC. Capital One ShareBuilder, Inc. is a subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation.

Securities products are: Not FDIC insured • Not bank guaranteed • May lose value

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.

 

Agenda:

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