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Dinner #48 on April 6, 2017

Calling all Girl Geeks! Celebrate Inspirational Women as You Walk the Blue Carpet with Salesforce on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Seattle Girl Geek Dinner!

On Thursday, April 6th, Salesforce is inviting members of the Seattle Girl Geek Dinner to walk the blue carpet, enjoy a signature Salesforce cocktail, become inspired by our engineers, and enjoy meeting other members of the Girl Geek Dinner community. We want to celebrate those that have inspired us from the past, and celebrate all of you!

We’re excited to bring you an evening of inspiration, networking, and fun.

About Salesforce:

Salesforce is a trusted cloud platform that helps companies connect with their customers. We run 24×7 systems at massive scale, and give our customers innovative new capabilities with social, mobile and data science apps.

Location:

  • 929 108th Avenue NE, Suite 1800, Bellevue, WA 98004
  • Salesforce employees will greet you in the lobby.

Please follow us:

  • Twitter / Instagram / Slideshare: @SalesforceEng
  • Medium: salesforce-engineering
  • Event Hashtag: #SalesforceGGD

Salesforce Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm: Registration, Heavy Appetizers, Drinks & Networking
  • 7:00pm – 7:45pm: Welcome & Lightning Talks
  • 7:45pm – 8:30pm: Networking, & Dessert

Salesforce Girl Geek Speakers

Chelsea Baltierra

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Chelsea joined Salesforce three and a half years ago as a university hire from UC San Diego. Since then she’s worked in the Communities and Sales clouds and she’s super happy to have worked on exciting Microsoft integration products as well as Chatter Feeds. When she’s not developing tests and working on exciting new features, she enjoys taking part in PTOn projects and geeking out over quality and testing best practices. Outside of the office she enjoys volunteering with Seattle high school youth, reading autobiographies of courageous women, and cuddling with her French bulldog.

Nazanin Bakhshi

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Nazanin moved to Canada from Iran to do her Masters in Computer Science. She studied there for two years and later started working at Amazon and then Salesforce as a Software Engineer. She has recently moved to Seattle. Her journey has not been an easy one, from being more than 6000 miles apart from her family, to trying to fit in a new culture, but was lucky enough to have crossed path with many inspiring men and women who encouraged and supported her. She now believes it is her turn to pay it back.

Bhavana Rehani

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Bhavana has been with Salesforce for over 10 years. She has worked on various teams and has donned many hats throughout her Salesforce career. Her love for learning and contribution keeps her equally enthusiastic as much today as she was 10 years ago!

As an engineer, Bhavana helped build many amazing pieces of software and delved into all layers of the application. Currently she manages an amazing engineering team, dedicated to building our amazing Chatter product. She is passionate about mentoring and guiding others into learning more about Salesforce technology.

Bhavana also loves sharing her experiences and learnings, especially about leadership/soft skills with her peers and directs. She strongly believes in people – that they can achieve just about anything with the right support and opportunities. Hence she continues in her journey to build great teams, a great culture, a spirit of knowledge and learning to make the organization stronger and to build fulfilling careers for her team.

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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.

Speakers:

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 #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 #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 #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 #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

Directions:

 

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)

 

206-219-8000

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 #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


Agenda:

Networking/Dinner: 6:00-6:45pm

Speaker: 6:45-7:15pm

Topic: TBA

Wrap up: 7:15-8pm


Address:

Van Vorst Building

426 Terry Avenue North

Seattle, WA 98109


Parking:

For a list of parking lots close to campus, please visit:http://www.standardparkingnw.com/locations/default.asp#south_lake_union_seattle

 

Thanks,

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.

 

Agenda:

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. 


Presenters:

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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Speakers and Topics for Dinner #9

Here are the bios of our speakers and their topics for our upcoming dinner on 1/13, sponsored by Microsoft Windows Server and Cloud division.

Shannon Loftis
Studio Manager, Good Science Studio
Shannon Loftis has been has been making games since 1995 and is currently the Studio Head of Good Science Studio. Good Science has led the way in innovating for Microsoft’s Kinect on Xbox 360, starting with its first published game, “Kinect Adventures,” which introduced the world to controller-free gaming on Kinect this holiday.

Prior to this, Shannon spent two years in the United Kingdom establishing Microsoft’s European-based game publishing subsidiary. Her most recent games include “Fable II” and “Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts,” in addition to her contributions to more than 30 games since joining Microsoft.

Shannon graduated from Duke University in 1987 with degrees in Computer Science and Math. Prior to joining Microsoft, she was a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc. When not working, Shannon loves to spend time with her husband and two sons, aged 7 and 9, either travelling, running, or flying.

Speaking topic: Disruptive Creation: Breaking Down Barriers to make Kinect

Kinect’s main goal from the start is to break down barriers between people and technology. Many rules and norms had to be discarded in the process of bringing this technology to market. Shannon will discuss the changes to approach, success factors, lessons learned, and what to do in order to have a creative technical career, based on her experiences building games for Xbox360 and for Kinect.

Erin Chapple
Group Program Manager, Windows Server
As part of the Server and Cloud Division, Erin Chapple’s team is responsible for driving the Management Experience and Automation Platform for Windows Server. Common across these deliverables is the goal of providing our customers rich, cost effective solutions to manage their environment. Erin joined Microsoft in 1998 and has held several roles focused on delivering solutions for IT. Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. In 2005 she completed a Master’s in Applied Behavioral Science from the Leadership Institute of Seattle. In 2007 she was recognized by her Alma Matter with a UW 50th Anniversary Alumni Award for her work supporting women in technology. In this same year her peers at Microsoft presented her with the Outstanding Mentor for Women Award. Most recently, Erin was recognized as one of ten “Microsoft Woman Worth Watching” on Mary-Jo Foley’s ZDNet Blog.

Speaking topic: Why Every Women Needs Her Own Board of Directors
One of the strongest means of support for your career advancement and overall job satisfaction are women. Yet we often find excuses as to why not to invest in building these relationships even though the pay-off is huge. As a founding member of the Server and Tools Business (STB) Women’s Leadership Council, Erin will talk about her experience developing her own Board of Directors and the impact a strong women’s community has had personally and professionally across the women in STB.

Event: Seattle Girl Geek Dinner #9

Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (PT)

Location:
116 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004

Reserve your seat at Eventbrite!

Dinner #9 on January 13, 2011

Happy Holidays Ladies!

The Microsoft Windows Server and Cloud division has decided to sponsor SGG dinner #9! The dinner will be held at the new Microsoft Store in Bellevue Square. Shannon Loftis, Partner Studio Manager of the Microsoft Gaming Studios will talking to us about Microsoft Kinect! I will be sending out her bio and more information on her talk closer to the date.

We will have great food, an amazing speaker, and a Kinect tournament. So, come ready to learn and play!

Also, please bring a business card, as we will be raffling a Kinect!!

Please park in the Nordstrom parking lot area for easy access to the Microsoft Store in Bellevue Square.

Space is limited, so please sign up at Eventbrite.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season! See you in 2011.

Liz, Stevi and Vanessa

Date: Thursday, January 13th
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: Microsoft Store, 116 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA
Guest Speaker: Shannon Loftis, Partner Studio Manager of the Microsoft Gaming Studios
Registration: Eventbrite