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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #121: Sponsored by Optimizely

10.08.2016 (12:44 am) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Optimizely Girl Geek Dinner 2016

Come have dinner, drinks, and lively discussions with Girl Geeks from Optimizely!

Optimizely’s Chief Customer Officer, Linda Crawford, will share her inspiring stories about how she become a C-level mover and shaker. Get involved in the conversation following Linda’s talk with our breakout discussion groups. Each group will be hosted by an Optimizely Geek and discussion topics will range from how women can empower each other to mentors to gender stereotypes.

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Event Hashtag: #OptimizelyGirlGeekDinner

Optimizely Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, Food, & Networking
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Introduction to Optimizely & ​Discussion Groups
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Networking

Optimizely Girl Geek Speaker

Linda Crawford (Chief Customer Officer, Optimizely)Linda Crawford
Linda is a visionary leader who has inspired her teams to drive innovation and customer success. Linda is currently the Chief Customer Officer at Optimizely. She leads Marketing, Sales and Customer Success at the company empowering the world to turn data into action. Data is important in almost everything in life and Optimizely allows companies to make better data-driven decisions and ultimately become smarter, faster and more successful. Prior to joining Optimizely, Linda served in several executive positions at, most recently as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Sales Cloud. The Sales Cloud is the trusted sales application for more than 100,000 companies around the world. She was responsible for customer growth, customer retention, product development and product vision. Additionally, Linda held several executive positions at Rivermine and Siebel Systems. Linda is currently on the Board of Directors of Demandware, the industry-leading provider of enterprise cloud commerce solutions.

Optimizely Discussion Leaders

Dan Siroker (CEO & Co-Founder, Optimizely)Dan Siroker
Dan is the co-founder and CEO of Optimizely. The original inspiration for Optimizely came from Dan’s experience as the director of analytics on the 2008 Obama campaign. Optimizely is the product he wishes he had in 2008 to make it easy for anyone to do A/B testing. Four years later, Optimizely is the world’s leading optimization platform, providing A/B testing, multivariate testing, and personalization for websites and mobile applications. Formerly, Dan was a product manager at Google and studied computer science at Stanford.

Pete Koomen (CTO & Co-Founder, Optimizely)Pete Koomen
Pete is the co-founder and CTO of Optimizely, the world’s leading experience optimization platform providing A/B testing, targeting, and optimization for websites and mobile apps. Before co-founding Optimizely with CEO Dan Siroker, Pete spent three years as a product manager at Google, where he helped launch and grow Google App Engine. Pete holds a M.S. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Erin Flynn (Chief People Officer, Optimizely)Erin Flynn
Erin is the Chief People Officer at Optimizely. Previously, Erin spent nearly a decade at Salesforce, where she was a SVP leading various orgs including Recruiting, Total Rewards, Talent Development and Global Employee Success (human resources). She also led the effort to make Salesforce one of the world’s most social, mobile, and open corporate cultures. As a result, Salesforce was ranked among Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” from 2009 thru 2014. Before joining Salesforce in 2004 as VP of Recruiting, Erin was Director of Executive & Corporate Recruiting at PeopleSoft. Prior to that, she led recruiting efforts for the Silicon Valley arm of Idealab. Earlier in her career, Erin worked as an executive search consultant. Erin received a B.A. in literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Amanda Swan (Product Manager, Optimizely)Amanda Swan
Amanda is the website product manager at Optimizely. Previously, she was the Community Manager at Optimizely. Prior to that, she was a Technical Support Manager at Optimizely. Amanda is a proud graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and will jump at any chance to enjoy a Firestone tri-tip sandwich.

Haley Bash (Software Engineer, Optimizely)Haley Bash
Haley is a Software Engineer at Optimizely. Prior to Optimizely, she worked in investment banking. She holds an M.B.A. from University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Heather Watkins (Director of Marketing, Optimizely)Heather Watkins
Heather is a Director of Marketing at Optimizely. Previously she ran Customer Marketing at Marketo. Heather is also a proud graduate of Arizona State University and also helps run the Nor Cal Alumni chapter, Go Devils!

Jessica Chong (Software Engineer, Optimizely)Jessica Chong
Jessica is a Software Engineer at Optimizely. She has been making websites since 1999. Prior to working at Optimizely, she was a creative professional. She studied geography for her undergraduate degree but knew she would not be able to get a job with her major. She realized she could turn her middle school hobby of making websites into a career and pursued that. These days, Jessica does a lot of writing, editing, designing, frontend dev, and A/B testing.

Johanna Goergen (Software Engineer, Optimizely)Johanna Goergen
Johanna is a Software Engineer at Optimizely. Prior to working at Optimizely, she worked as a summer research scholar at her college in the web application testing lab, and conducted research with the Systems Group at University of Chicago. She holds a B.s. in Mathematics and Computer SCience from Washington & Lee University.

Kate Nichol (Customer Success Program Manager, Optimizely)Kate Nichol
Kate is the Customer Success Program Manager at Optimizely. She manages a team of Customer Success Managers who are focused on supporting and enabling our clients through their testing journey. Prior to that, she was a Customer Success Manager Optimizely, where she started the Mid-Market Customer Success team focused on building systems and processes to facilitate managing a large number of clients. Kate holds a Bachelor’s in Commerce from Queen’s University.

Kristin Brey (Director of Sales Development, Optimizely)Kristin Brey
Kristin is Director of Sales Development at Optimizely. Prior to that, she was a Market Development Manager at Optimizely. She holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies – International Women’s Health from the University of California at Berkeley.

Lyndsey Williams (Senior Technical Support Engineer, Optimizely)Lyndsey Williams
Lyndsey is a Senior Technical Support Engineer at Optimizely. She is a full stack web developer with a strong background in urban bilingual education and a passion for back-end development and testing. She holds a M.A. in Urban Elementary Education from Mercy College and a B.S. in Political Science and Government from Vassar College.

Roz Greenfield (Head of Global Customer Experience Enablement & Training, Optimizely)Roz Greenfield
Roz is Head of Global Customer Experience Enablement & Training at Optimizely. Prior to Optimizely, she worked at Cisco in Sales Enablement & Instructional Design with Global Sales Academy. She graduated from University of Maryland College Park.

Taylor Starr (Account Executive, Optimizely)Taylor Starr
Taylor is an Account Executive at Optimizely. Prior to that, she worked in Enterprise Market Development at Optimizely. She started as a Sales Development Representative at Optimizely. Taylor holds a B.A. in Journalism, Politics, Psychology from New York University.

Wintha Kelati (Marketing Automation Manager, Optimizely)Wintha Kelati
Wintha is a Marketing Automation Manager at Optimizely. Prior to that, she led Customer Retention & Analytics at Box. She holds a B.A. in History and Science from Harvard University.

Brigitte Donner (VP Product Marketing, Optimizely)Brigitte Donner
Brigitte is the VP Product Marketing at Optimizely. Prior to Optimizely, she was VP Marketing at Campaign Monitor. Prior to that, she held leadership roles at Brigitte holds an M.B.A. from University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business, and an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Jame Ervin (Marketing Operations, Optimizely)Jame Ervin
Jame is in Marketing Operations at Optimizely. She is interested in helping organizations use technology to improve their business, especially for marketing, sales and customer support professionals. In her career, Jame impacted technology implementation for improved efficiency, capturing better metrics and increasing revenue. Prior to Optimizely, Jame was a Product Marketing Manager for StoneFly. She started at Dynamic Network Factory in 2004 as an account executive, later growing to sales engineer. Prior to that, she worked for Apple (then Apple Computer) as an Apple Solution Consultant. Jame holds a degree in American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

Jennifer Lin (Engineering Manager, Optimizely)Jennifer Lin
Jennifer is an Engineering Manager at Optimizely. She is the hiring manager for front end, full stack, web client, and all intern positions. Prior to Optimizely, she was a member of the technical staff at Wonder Workshop (formerly Play-i). Prior to that, she was Director of Robot Alchemy at Scribd. Jennifer holds a B.S. in Computer Science with minors in Mathematical Sciences, Political Science and Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Neha Singla (Engineering Manager, Optimizely)Neha Singla
Neha is an Engineering Manager at Optimizely. She started as a Software Engineer at Optimizely for three years before being promoted to engineering management. Prior to Optimizely, Neha was a Software Development Engineer at Microsoft in Redmond, where she authored a Reporting SDK that bypasses the SQL Reporting Server (SRS). Neha holds a Master’s in IT from Scuola Superiore ‘Sant’ Anna’ di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento, and a B.E. in Computer Engineering from Vivekanand Education Society Institute of Technology, University of Mumbai.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on August 10, 2016 at Eventbrite! Donations are non-refundable. All proceeds go toward need-based scholarships for women to learn to code at Hackbright Academy, an engineering school for women.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #120: Sponsored by Intel

10.07.2016 (6:32 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Intel Girl Geek Dinner 2016

Join Intel and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Thursday, July 28, 2016 in Santa Clara for an Intel Girl Geek Dinner!

Come enjoy an evening full of mingling, food and drinks, speakers, demos, and more at the Intel Robert Noyce Building in Santa Clara!

Learn how Intel is “Making Amazing Experiences Possible,” through sports, entertainment, wearables, makers, and the Internet of Things! We’ll wrap up the night with a chance for you to win one of our great raffle prizes. Come join us for this awesome evening! We’re excited to meet you!

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Event Hashtag: #IntelGirlGeekDinner

Intel Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm*: Check-in (Government-issued ID required), Networking, Demos, Food & Drinks
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Innovative Talks, Speakers Panel, and Audience Q&A
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Networking, Demos, and Raffle Prizes
*As a courtesy to our Speakers, check-in will close at 6:30pm.

Disclaimer: Photographs and/or video activities may be captured at the Girl Geek Dinner event for many purposes. By attending the Intel Girl Geek Dinner, you consent to your image being captured and used.

Intel Girl Geek Speakers

Danielle Brown (Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Intel)Danielle M. Brown
Danielle is vice president of Human Resources and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Intel Corporation. She leads the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy and the global organization that supports it. Her organization is responsible for achieving Intel’s goal of full representation in its U.S. workforce by 2020, and advancing the company’s related diversity in technology initiatives. She also manages Intel’s Diversity in Technology Fund. In addition, as chief of staff and technical assistant to Intel’s CEO, she provides strategic and operational support to Brian Krzanich and Intel’s Management Committee. She joined Intel in 2009 as an associate in the Accelerated Leadership Program. She subsequently rose to lead the program’s team of global associates. Her prior roles at Intel also include serving as a marketing manager in Intel’s PC Client Group, a business development manager in the Internet of Things Group, and chief of staff for the Human Resources organization. Before joining Intel, she spent nearly a decade in the biotechnology industry, holding various sales and marketing management roles at Abbott Laboratories, TAP Pharmaceuticals and Gilead Sciences. Earlier in her career, she was a strategy consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, specializing in post-integration activities for mergers and acquisitions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from Michigan State University and earned her MBA from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. She is a member of the Ross School of Business advisory board; a member of Intel’s Network of Executive Women; and a member of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Executives Council for The Conference Board. She is a frequent industry speaker on diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Dr. Ann Kelleher (Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Technology and Manufacturing Group, Intel)Dr. Ann B. Kelleher
Ann is corporate vice president and general manager of the Technology and Manufacturing Group at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for corporate quality assurance, corporate services, customer fulfillment and supply chain management. She is also responsible for strategic planning for the company’s worldwide manufacturing operations, including silicon fabrication, assembly and test. Before assuming her current position in the Technology and Manufacturing Group, She was general manager of the Fab/Sort Manufacturing organization. In that role, she was responsible for all aspects of Intel’s high-volume silicon manufacturing. Earlier in her Intel career, Kelleher was the site manager of Intel’s Fab 11X fabrication facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, the plant manager of Intel’s Fab 12 facility in Chandler, Arizona, as well as the factory manager of Fab 24 in Leixlip, Ireland. She joined Intel in 1996 as a process engineer, going on to manage technology transfers and factory ramp-ups in a variety of positions spanning 200mm and 300mm technologies. She holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, all from University College Cork in Ireland.

Raejeanne B. Skillern (Vice President in the Data Center Group and General Manager of the Cloud Service Provider Group, Intel)Raejeanne B. Skillern
Raejeanne is vice president in the Data Center Group and general manager of the Cloud Service Provider Group at Intel Corporation. She manages Intel’s business, roadmap and customer engagements for public cloud infrastructure deployments and leads the team responsible for working closely with the world’s largest cloud service providers to optimize Intel’s data center solutions for their unique needs. Before assuming her current position in 2014, she was director of marketing for big data and cloud computing at Intel. She was responsible for creating new business opportunities, developing and optimizing products, and establishing industry thought leadership for Intel in these segments. During her six-year tenure in that role, she spearheaded the creation of the Open Data Center Alliance, a global IT consortium intended to serve as the voice of IT requirements for open data center technology, and led the team that successfully extended the Intel brand to cloud services through the Powered by Intel Cloud Technology program. Earlier in her Intel career, she held various leadership roles in product marketing, strategic analysis, demand creation and business development. She also spent two years with Intel Online Services, an Intel subsidiary that provided co-location and managed hosting services. She has won three Intel Achievement Awards since joining the company in 1994 — in 2012 for collaborating with large cloud services providers to create optimized products and strategies; in 2014 for leading Intel’s go-to-market strategy for Intel® Atom™ processors; and in 2015 for strengthening Intel’s presence in the data center marketplace. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Pepperdine University and her MBA from Marylhurst University.

Dipti Vachani (Vice President in the Internet of Things Group and General Manager of Quark Market Development, Intel)Dipti Vachani
Dipti is vice president in the Internet of Things Group and general manager of Quark market development at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for leading the market opportunities and corresponding product portfolio strategies needed to strengthen Intel’s Quark product family. Prior to joining Intel, she served as vice president and general manager of Power, Lighting and Display at Skyworks, maker of analog semiconductors. In that role, she managed product development, applications and operations. Before that, she worked at Texas Instruments for 17 years, where her most recent position was vice president and general manager of the Single Core Processors group, a multinational business unit consisting of ARM MPU, video security and DSP. Also, while at Texas Instruments, she led the creation of the company’s Sitara brand of ARM MPUs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Texas A&M University and an executive MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a graduate of the executive education program at both the Harvard and Cambridge business schools.

Amber Huffman (Fellow and Director of Storage Interfaces – Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, Intel)Amber D. Huffman
Amber is an Intel Fellow and the director of storage interfaces in the Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group at Intel Corporation. She leads the development of storage interfaces and works to integrate the resulting technology in Intel products, with a focus on furthering Intel’s non-volatile memory (NVM) business initiatives. A respected authority on storage architecture, she has used her expertise and influence to lead Intel and the storage industry toward the definition and adoption of fast, streamlined, highly power-managed and low-latency storage interfaces. Her leadership role in industry standards efforts includes forming and chairing the NVM Express (NVMe) Workgroup, a consortium of companies working to define a standardized interface for PCI Express-based solid-state drives. Huffman was lead author and editor on the NVMe specification. She continues to lead technical development within NVMe. She chairs the board of directors for the NVMe Workgroup and the Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) Workgroup; both groups are coalitions of more than 90 technology companies. She has devoted her career to storage interfaces since joining Intel in 1998. Her early work focused on Serial ATA (SATA) technology, the storage interface standard implemented in most PCs today. She developed prototypes and began leading and writing portions of the standard, earning an Intel Achievement Award for her work. She led the development of the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI), which remains the standard programming interface for SATA today. Subsequently, she led the technical and industry development of ONFI, which standardizes the NAND Flash memory component interface and enables customers to use Flash from various hardware vendors. As with AHCI and NVMe, she served as lead author and editor on the ONFI industry specification. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has been granted more than 20 patents in storage architecture and was named an Intel Fellow in 2016.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 9:00am PST on July 12, 2016 at Eventbrite! Donations are non-refundable. All proceeds go toward need-based scholarships for women to learn to code at Hackbright Academy, an engineering school for women.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #119: Sponsored by Coinbase

18.06.2016 (10:10 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

SugarCRM Girl Geek Dinner 2016

Coinbase is hosting Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners in San Francisco on Wednesday, June 22nd.

Please join us for food, drinks, swag, and networking at Coinbase HQ in San Francisco! Dinner and cocktails will be followed by a panel discussing ‘The Challenges in Disrupting Finance’. In a world where tech companies such as Airbnb and Uber are pushing boundaries in their regulatory environments, how do fintech companies forge their path in the most heavily regulated industry and global market of all – finance? Panelists will include members of Coinbase’s legal, engineering, and compliance teams.

About Coinbase:
Founded in June of 2012, Coinbase is creating an open financial system for the world. It’s industry leading platform enables consumers and businesses to exchange and transact digital currency. The company has raised $106M to date from notable investors such as Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures, as well as financial institutions such as USAA and NYSE. Coinbase serves customers in 32 countries, and was the first digital currency company to proactively work with regulators around the world to obtain licenses

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Event Hashtag: #CoinbaseGirlGeekDinner

Coinbase Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, Drinks, Dinner, Meet & Greet.
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Talks and Q&A
7:30pm – 8:30pm: More Networking!

Coinbase Girl Geek Speakers

Kristen Stone (Business Development, Coinbase)Katherine Andruha
Kristen leads partner relationships at Coinbase. Her focus is on identifying, researching, and developing new market opportunities. Previously, she worked at Occidental Petroleum building their data analytics team and driving improvement for strategic categories. Kristen received her business degree from Texas A&M University where she was a collegiate athlete. After becoming passionate about Bitcoin technology and digital currency she moved across the country to join Coinbase. Since then, she has managed partnerships with major financial institutions such as USAA, Braintree, and Fidelity Charitable.

Sarah Hody (Legal Associate, Coinbase)Guadalupe Garcia-Pham
Sarah’s contributions to the Coinbase legal team involve overseeing the company’s state-level money transmission licensing program, advising the business on bank and other financial institution partnerships, and fostering other B2B relationships with developers and other partners. After briefly dabbling in marketing, Sarah’s legal career began in the Washington, D.C. area where she primarily engaged in litigation and arbitration in the financial services sector. In 2014, after shifting her focus to representing small businesses, Sarah moved to San Francisco, started her own law practice, and soon thereafter joined Coinbase. When she’s not geeking out on legal issues impacting cryptocurrencies, you’ll most likely find Sarah running, cycling, hiking, or reading a fantasy novel.

Preethi Kasireddy (Software Engineer, Coinbase)Jenny Gonsalves
Preethi is a Software Engineer that is passionate about creating beautiful and useful consumer experiences for the web. In her previous life, she was a Venture Capitalist at Andreessen Horowitz and Investment Banker at Goldman Sachs. She went to USC for undergrad and studied Industrial & Systems Engineering. She hopes to weave together her experiences as a software engineer, industrial & systems engineer and venture capitalist to build a startup in either Education, AI or Distributed Systems.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets are now on sale at Eventbrite! Donations are non-refundable. All proceeds go toward need-based scholarships for women to learn to code at Hackbright Academy, an engineering school for women.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #118: Sponsored by SugarCRM

05.05.2016 (10:59 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

SugarCRM Girl Geek Dinner 2016

Join SugarCRM and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners in Sunnyvale on Thursday, May 12, 2016, for a fun evening of talks, networking, drinks and dinner — raffle prizes, a photo booth, and fun will be had by all!

SugarCRM’s popular panel discussion will center around identifying, developing and owning one’s brand both professionally and personally. The panel of inspiring women will provide insight on what to focus on and be aware of especially because what you project impacts your brand.

These women will knock your socks off so bring your questions!

About SugarCRM:
SugarCRM enables businesses to create extraordinary customer relationships with the most innovative, flexible and affordable CRM solution in the market. The company uniquely places the individual at the center, helping businesses transform the customer experience and enable highly personalized interactions that drive customer excellence and loyalty throughout the entire customer lifecycle. Recognized by leading market analysts as a CRM visionary and innovator, Sugar is deployed by more than 1.5M individuals in over 120 countries and 26 languages.

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Event Hashtag: #SugarCRMGirlGeekDinner

SugarCRM Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, Drinks, Dinner, Meet & Greet, Demos
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Dessert, Networking, Demos, Raffle

SugarCRM Girl Geek Speakers

Laura Adint (Vice President Sales Operations, SugarCRM)Laura Adint
Laura is the Vice President of Sales Operations at SugarCRM, responsible for the operations of the functions that directly support the worldwide sales team, including Sales Process, Infrastructure, and Sales Training & Enablement. Prior to Sugar, Laura ran operations for Kelly OCG’s global high tech practice and at Xilinx she helped setup their Asia Pacific Singapore Headquarters and led their CRM transformation program. Laura earned her MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and her Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Economics at UC Davis. When she is not working, Laura enjoys time with her family, husband, two kids, and German Shepherd, Duchess.

Katherine Andruha (Sales Development Manager, SugarCRM)Katherine Andruha
Katherine oversees the North America, LATAM and APAC Sales Development Representative teams. Katherine’s teams are the key drivers in building a quality pipeline for the Enterprise Sales Teams. Prior to her role at SugarCRM, Katherine managed a team of Inside Sales Reps at her career, Katherine has sold everything from CRM, ERP, 3D Virtual Holographic Devices and Networking hardware. When Katherine is not finding ways to break into new logos and mentoring her Sales Development Reps, she is spending time in her rose garden and her pumpkin patch.

Guadalupe Garcia-Pham (Senior Director, Legal, SugarCRM)Guadalupe Garcia-Pham
Lupe is a seasoned legal professional with over 14 years of experience advising both start-ups and large publicly funded corporations in a wide variety of matters, including commercial transactions, corporate governance, IP and labor law. She currently serves as a Sr. Director on the SugarCRM legal team and has been instrumental over the last 3 ½ years in establishing many of the Company’s legal processes and procedures as well as assisting with the Company’s commercial, legal, HR and compliance matters. Prior to joining SugarCRM, Lupe held commercial counsel roles at Apple Inc. and Symantec Corporation and associate roles at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP and Cooley Godward LLP. Lupe obtained a JD/MBA from Santa Clara University and an AB from Harvard University.

Jenny Gonsalves (Vice President Engineering, SugarCRM)Jenny Gonsalves
Jenny joined SugarCRM in 2006, as one of the early engineers on the team. She has since been an instrumental force behind the creation of SugarCRM’s core platform and product. Today, as the VP of Engineering, Jenny leads both a strategic vision and execution path for Sugar’s engineering team to create products critical to millions of users worldwide. She is responsible for ensuring the design, stability and scalability of the SugarCRM product lines and leads a team of dedicated engineering leaders to create and deliver one of the fastest growing CRM solutions in the world. Prior to joining SugarCRM, Jenny was an engineer at CRM leader E.piphany. She holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.

Riley McLeod (Product Manager, SugarCRM)Riley McLeod
Riley is the PM/PO for the frontend framework and common UI components teams at SugarCRM. She joined SugarCRM as an intern in 2013, and returned full time after completing her B.A.Sc. in Management (Industrial) Engineering at University of Waterloo. Riley is a process and Agile enthusiast with a keen interest in user-centered design. When she isn’t supporting her team as they save the world one bug at a time, Riley can be found getting lost on remote islands or enjoying a good book.

Shilpi Narang (Vice President Customer Success, SugarCRM)Shilpi Narang
Shilpi works for Sugar’s Chief Customer Officer and leads a team of Customer Success Executives who are aligned to Sugar’s largest and most important customers. Shilpi spent over a decade at Gartner in sales, account management, and leadership roles, working with both technology buyers and technology providers – customers ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. Prior to Gartner, Shilpi spent several years at Motorola in systems engineering and technical account management functions. Shilpi has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from USC (Los Angeles), and an MBA from UCLA. In the workplace, Shilpi has always been passionate about supporting and advancing women in technology and leadership. At home, Shilpi and her husband have fun with their two daughters traveling, playing sports, and tinkering with tech toys.

Shana Sweeney (Director Human Resources, SugarCRM))Shana Sweeney
Shana Sweeney is Director, Human Resources at SugarCRM where she is responsible for HR activities around the globe. Prior to working at SugarCRM, she co-founded a startup and has worked at a variety of companies including Xactly, Google, Severn Trent Services, and BMC Software. She holds a BS in International Politics from University of California, Santa Cruz and an MS in Human Resource Management from Fox School of Business, Temple University.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on May 6, 2016 at Eventbrite! Donations are non-refundable. All proceeds go toward need-based scholarships for women to learn to code at Hackbright Academy, an engineering school for women.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #117: Sponsored by IXL Learning

28.04.2016 (9:12 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

IXL Learning Girl Geek Dinner 2016

Join IXL Learning and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners to celebrate Cinco De Mayo on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in San Mateo from 5:30pm to 8:30pm with tacos, drinks, dessert and networking!

Hear from IXL Learning engineers share lightning talks about the challenges we’re facing and solving at one of the top edtech companies in the world.

Come chat with IXL Learning staff from our engineering, product management, and curriculum design teams about how we’re reshaping the teaching and learning process! We’ll be giving away kits for a mini desk plant to commemorate the IXL Learning Girl Geek Dinner.

About IXL Learning:
IXL Learning is an educational technology company like no other. Our team is full of smart, motivated people with a passion for creating the best educational technology possible. We leverage cutting-edge technologies to solve seemingly intractable problems in education. Millions of users count on us to make learning as effective as can be, and we’re looking for exceptional people who are committed to solving the real-world challenges faced by students and teachers around the world..

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Event Hashtag: #IXLGirlGeekDinner

IXL Learning Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Registration, Food & Drinks, Networking
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Lightning Talks by members of the IXL engineering team
7:30pm – 8:30pm – Dessert & More Networking

IXL Learning Girl Geek Speakers

Suzanne Pelz (Director of Engineering, IXL Learning)Suzanne Pelz
With over 10 years engineering experience at IXL Learning, Suzanne has played a pivotal role in shaping the IXL product and developing our current engineering team. She now leads a dedicated team of engineers who focus their efforts on creating the code modules and supporting libraries that generate the questions in math, language arts, science, and social studies, that millions of students in over 190 countries answer every day. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a masters of arts in mathematics from UC Santa Cruz.

Victoria Zheng (Engineering Project Lead, IXL Learning)Victoria Zheng
Victoria joined IXL right after graduating from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering. She first started on the mobile team, and helped with shipping out the 1.0’s on both Android and iOS, then 2.0 on iOS. Today she leads the Product engineering team, which focuses on adding more features and providing better user experience for IXL users on the website.

Yachen Sun (Software Engineer, IXL Learning)Yachen Sun
Yachen is a front-end software engineer on IXL’s content engineering team. She completed bachelor’s degrees in biology and computer engineering at Vassar and Dartmouth prior to joining IXL.

Ritchie Iu (Senior Software Engineer, IXL Learning)Ritchie Iu
As a senior software engineer, Ritchie has helped architect, develop and launch Sugarcane, IXL’s newest product offering, from the ground up. Ritchie is interested in writing modular software that is flexible and easy to maintain. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Cornell University. In his free time, he enjoys hiking around the Bay Area and playing piano.

Jocelyn Tang (Software Engineer, IXL Learning)Jocelyn Tang
Jocelyn is a content engineer working on IXL Math. She joined IXL last year after spending a year in Laos as a Project Manager. She has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Princeton.

Gavin Brown (Software Engineer, IXL Learning)Gavin Brown
Gavin is a software engineer on IXL’s mobile team. Right now he’s working on mobile subscriptions, Scratchpad, and networking in iOS and Android. His interests include software architecture, design patterns, and figuring stuff out. He completed his B.A. in Mathematics at Reed College, and he grew up on a llama ranchette in Oregon, where they used the llamas as pack animals while hiking!

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on April 29, 2016 at Eventbrite! Donations are non-refundable. All proceeds go toward need-based scholarships for women to learn to code at Hackbright Academy, an engineering school for women.