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Dinner #43 on November 17, 2016

Please join Zillow as we host this month’s meet up and dinner! Mingle with other Geek Girls in the area with light snacks and refreshments provided. Several of our women leaders will be speaking to you on various topics related to the tech industry. Meet our speakers below and read an overview of their talking points.


Joyce Wu is a Development Manager at Zillow. She’s been writing code for ten years, interned at Amazon back when all the interns fit in one small conference room, and at Microsoft, back when the Surface was the size of a coffee table (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VfpVYYQzHs and the parody here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZrr7AZ9nCY). Since then she’s worked as an IC on shipping Windows 8, the Xbox One, and Zillow’s Premier Agent Advertising Product. She will be presenting the career advice that she’s heard over the past eight years and that she’d wish she’d known when she started.

Amy Winther first ran into the term “user experience” at the University of Washington and was instantly hooked. Graduating with a degree in Interaction Design, she started out designing custom mobile apps before finding her home at Zillow. Four years later, she has is now a UX Design Manager and will be speaking about designing and building user driven experiences.

Rebekah Bastian is Vice President of Product at Zillow, driving the strategy and execution of product teams focusing on advertising, financial systems, and connecting real estate buyers with agents. Rebekah was one of Zillow’s first employees, coming over from Microsoft in 2005, and has led the development of several areas of the site since its launch. Always searching for ways to connect her personal values to her technology career, Rebekah launched the Community Pillar program to help connect low income renters with affordable housing and serves on several local boards related to rising housing costs and homelessness. Rebekah will be speaking about how tech communities can create social change.

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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 #21 venue change

You should have received an email update if you’re signed up, but we wanted to make sure everybody knew that the Code Fellows Dinner venue for August 20 has been changed. The correct location is:

World Sports Grille in SLU
731 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Look forward to seeing you there!
Liz and Stevi

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.
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 #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 #17 on October 11, 2012

It’s that time again, Seattle Girl Geeks!

Our next dinner is being hosted by Microsoft’s Online Services Division, Windows, Windows Phone Division and Interactive Entertainment Business on October 11 – and they are mixing it up for us this time around!  Rather than meeting on campus or at a restaurant, we’ll be meeting at the swank new event venue in downtown Seattle, 1927 Events.

Come prepared to enjoy great food, learn first-hand about the exciting new products launching this fall, and win some great prizes!  This event is sure to please, so RSVP today!

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See you next month!

Liz and Stevi

Date:  Thursday, Oct. 11

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm


1927 Events

1927 3rd Ave / corner of  3rd and Virginia downtown

Seattle, WA



6:00 – 6:30pm:  Arrivals, Networking & noshing

6:30pm – 7:00pm:  Welcome & introductions to the evening

7:00 – 8:00pm:  More networking, mixing and learning at the demo area


There are four pay public parking lots within one block of 1927 Events. For a map of the area: http://1927events.com/info.html

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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