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Dinner #60 on June 14, 2018

Hello Seattle Girl Geeks! Expedia is the proud sponsor for our 58th dinner. “Find your Voice, and Be Better Every Day” will be the topics of discussion for the evening. Join us in our Seattle office for an evening of authentic discussion, candid Q&A, and FREE PRIZES! Win travel gifts and giveaways as a thank you from Expedia!

Agenda:

6:00pm – 6:30pm: Arrival & Mingle/food and drinks

6:30pm – 7:15pm: Panel Discussion, Q&A

7:15pm – 8:00pm: Networking

Speakers:

Helen Bakker – VP of Technology, will share her story about “One Techie’s Journey in Finding her Voice” and showcasing her experiences of growing up as a female in technology; her journey from then to now.

Aman Bhutani – President of Brand Expedia Group, will share his authentic and unique perspectives about what it means to “Be Better Every Day”. He’ll speak to why gender equality is critical in thriving businesses today and what he, and Expedia, is doing about this global necessity.

When: Thursday, June 14th from 6:00 – 8:00pm

Where: 645 Elliott Avenue West, Seattle – Suite 200

Plenty of parking available in the building garage underneath or nearby lots. Enter building and take elevator to 2nd floor where you’ll be greeted by a friendly Expedian for access to our offices.

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Dinner #59 on May 31, 2018

Starbucks is thrilled to welcome all Girl Geeks! Please join us for an evening of motivation, networking, and fun on Thursday, May 31 at our Seattle Girl Geek Dinner.

By bringing people together over coffee, Starbucks has become one of the world’s best-known and best-loved companies. At Starbucks Technology, we power moments of connection for our customers and partners (employees) through innovation and collaboration. We proudly invest in our talent and technology to drive the customer experience. We are talented technologists, delivering today, leading into the future.

Stop by and gain insight from our technology leaders, meet with amazing women in our industry, and connect with other Girl Geeks. We look forward to meeting you!

Location:

Starbucks HQ

2401 Utah Avenue South

Seattle 98134

Starbucks employees will greet you in the lobby.

Starbucks Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

6:30pm – 7:00pm: Registration, Heavy Appetizers, Drinks, and Networking

7:00pm – 7:45pm: Welcome and Panel Discussion

7:45pm – 8:00 pm: Coffee Trivia

8:00pm -8:30pm: Networking and Wrap-Up

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Dinner #56 on March 8, 2018

Hello Seattle Girl Geeks! Zillow will be sponsoring our 56th dinner. “Move Fast, Think Big” will be the topic of discussion for the evening. Move your projects, team, and career in the right direction by being smart about what you spend your time on.

Agenda:

6:00pm – 6:30pm: Networking/food and drinks

6:30pm – 7:15pm: Panel Discussion

7:15pm – 8:00pm: Networking

Bio’s of speakers:

April Drake – April started her career in technology in the early 90’s, building websites for small businesses while completing a degree in Chemistry at the University of Washington. She worked as a software test engineer at Microsoft for a number of years before moving into program management. During her tenure at Microsoft she earned an Outstanding Award in Trustworthy Computing for her focus on Reliability. She started at Zillow Group in late 2016 as a Principal Program Manager, after a brief tenure at Amazon as a Senior Technical Program Manager working in fintech. She works in the Security and Compliance team in IT, and is in her last year of an MBA program in IT Management at WGU. April lives with her husband and 2 small children in Newcastle, Washington.

Lisa Johansen – Lisa Johansen is a Group Manager at Zillow leading the teams that intake and process the listing data that powers Zillow Group sites and analytics. Starting her career in network security research in academia, Lisa moved to Hewlett-Packard and then to Expedia as a software engineer realizing her passion for leadership alongside building services and architecting systems.

Debbie Dubrow – Debbie is a Senior Software Development Manager at Zillow and mom to three kids. Her team is responsible for growing Zillow’s audience by building engaging user experiences that make our paid advertising more efficient. Prior to transitioning into a Development Manager role, she was the Product Manager responsible for developing Zillow’s home seller strategy.

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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!

Agenda
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

Where:
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.

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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