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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #130: Sponsored by Stitch Fix

17.01.2017 (8:32 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join Stitch Fix on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 5:30pm to 8pm for an evening of insightful conversation with our engineering and data science teams, dinner, drinks and networking!

Join Stitch Fix on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 5:30pm to 8pm for an evening of insightful conversation with our engineering and data science teams, dinner, drinks and networking!

Stitch Fix is stacked with amazing women! Led by female founder and CEO, Katrina Lake, who was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, an executive team that is two-thirds female, and a board that is half female, Stitch Fix is 75 percent female – an anomaly in Silicon Valley. Our engineering team is led by CTO Cathy Polinsky, making Stitch Fix a very great place for women to work! Come network with amazing women and hear reflections on our technology and culture from women in our technology teams.

Stitch Fix is the world’s leading online personal styling service. We blend the art of expert personal stylists with the science of machine learning to deliver apparel and accessories selected to fit our clients’ unique tastes, lifestyles and budgets. Our engineering team is a full-stack technology organization solving a wide range of problems: creating unique solutions in data-driven merchandising, massively scaled personal styling and complex, streamlined warehouse logistics, just to name a few! Our algorithms team is industry leading. We breathe data, developing cutting-edge algorithms to enable our company to be one of the most data-driven, metrics focused companies in the industry. Through the optimized use of machine learning and unique algorithms on our rich dataset, we are able to pioneer new techniques across our entire business.

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Twitter: @StitchFix @StitchFix_Algo @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #StitchFixGirlGeekDinner

Stitch Fix Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, Food & Drinks, Networking
6:30pm – 6:45pm: Intro by Cathy Polinsky: Reflections from a Female CTO
6:45pm – 7:00pm: Lightning Tech Talks on Data Science and UX
7:00pm – 7:30pm: Panel on Thriving as a Woman on an Engineering Team – Even when you’re the only woman on the team!
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Networking

About the Stitch Fix Girl Geeks – Bios

Cathy Polinsky (CTO, Stitch Fix) – SpeakerCathy Polinsky
Cathy is is the CTO at Stitch Fix. Prior to Stitch Fix, Cathy was an SVP of Engineering at Salesforce and led the team launching a new infrastructure for search. She also worked in software engineering and engineering management roles at Yahoo!, Oracle, and Amazon. Cathy has two daughters who love everything tech especially emojis, Scratch, Minecraft, VR and Khan Academy. Follow her on Twitter at @cathy_polinsky.

Cameron Jacoby (Software Engineer, Stitch Fix) – Lightning TalkCameron Jacoby
Cameron found coding by way of Merchandising, while working at Stitch Fix on the Jewelry & Accessories team. In 2014, she attended General Assembly’s full-stack web development immersive program. She’s now back at Stitch Fix, working on the tools that once made her job on the Merchandising team easier. Cameron loves traveling, teaching others to code, and looking at pictures of dogs on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter at @cejtweeets.

Ceslee Montgomery (Data Scientist, Stitch Fix) – MCCeslee Montgomery
Ceslee loves working at the intersection of people & data. At Stitch Fix she’s working on conversion & better data. Most recently, she’s worked across user/behavior data sources from social networks to wearables at companies like Mightybell and Pebble. She’s got a B.A. in Sociology from Stanford and hails from Arkansas. Her favorite things range from an unhealthy love of the Minions to movies/shows about megalomaniacs (i.e. House of Cards, There Will Be Blood, The Godfather). Follow her on Twitter at @cesleedineen.

Emma Colner (Software Engineer, Stitch Fix) – PanelistEmma Colner
Emma is a software engineer at Stitch Fix building tools that the merchandising team uses to manage our ever-increasing inventory. Prior to discovering the joys of building things that make people’s jobs better, she earned a PhD in cognitive neuroscience studying the behavioral and brain basis for how our attentional and emotional states affect our perception and cognition. Outside of work she spends all her time with her 6 month old son. She used to have hobbies but now doesn’t remember what they could’ve been. Follow her on Twitter at @meemameemameema.

Erin Boyle (Data Scientist, Stitch Fix) – Lightning SpeakerErin Boyle
Erin is a data scientist at Stitch Fix working on the Merchandise Algorithms Product Development team. She works with merch buyers and in-house designers, keeping them informed on the stylistic preferences of our clients by building statistics-backed tools. She also provides recommendations on data-driven designs. Erin completed a PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Wisconsin in 2014. Her thesis work was in the field of nonlinear spectroscopy. She subsequently did the Insight Data Science fellowship in Palo Alto. She’s been at Stitch Fix for 1.5 years.

Kim Ostler (Senior Software Engineer, Stitch Fix) – PanelistKim Ostler
Kim is a Senior Software Engineer working on tools merchandise buyers use to keep Stitch Fix’s inventory stocked with amazing apparel. She earned a B.S. degree in Computer Science with minors in Business and Dance from the University of Iowa. Kim gained diverse experience at Texas Instruments and Pearson before joining Stitch Fix 3 months ago. When not working, she enjoys volunteering, recreational biking, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying warmer (than Iowa) winters in Texas.

Nitika Daga (Software Engineer, Stitch Fix) – Panel ModeratorNitika Daga
Nitika is a software engineer at Stitch Fix working on tools used by the Merchandising team to make their jobs easier. She is originally from the east coast but has become a California convert after graduating from Berkeley in 2015. She’s worked in the fashion/tech space since graduating at companies like Polyvore and now, Stitch Fix. In her spare time she’s a huge national parks buff (her life goal is to visit all 59) and a bubble tea fanatic. Follow her on Twitter at @nitika_daga.

Rachel Bobbins (Software Engineer, Stitch Fix) – PanelistRachel Bobbins
Rachel is an engineer focused on Stitch Fix’s customer-facing software. Prior to Stitch Fix, she worked on a variety of projects at Pivotal Labs. Outside of work, she can usually be found cycling or golfing. Follow her on Twitter at @bobbins.

Sarah Poon (UX Designer, Stitch Fix) – Lightning TalkSarah Poon
Sarah is a UX designer at Stitch Fix who designs expert use tools that empower people to be better at their jobs. Prior to Stitch Fix, she worked for the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab designing software for scientific data analysis. You’d be surprised by how many parallels can be drawn between science and fashion! When not designing, she is often running herself ragged taking care of her 2 children, 1 dog, and 6 chickens.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on January 18, 2017 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 #129: Sponsored by Asana

01.01.2017 (9:46 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join Asana on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 5:30pm to 8pm for an evening of insightful conversation with our engineering and business teams, dinner, drinks and networking!

Join Asana on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 5:30pm to 8pm for an evening of insightful conversation with our engineering and business teams, dinner, drinks and networking!

Learn about the product we’re building and how we collaborate internally at Asana.

Think back to the last time you were deep in the zone—time flew by and the work flowed through you almost effortlessly. That’s how working together should be. But instead, information is scattered and responsibilities are unclear. Work is chaotic, and it’s time for that to change. At Asana, we’re building a place where everything from the most immediate details to the big picture are organized. With Asana, each person knows what they should be doing and why. This clarity, transparency, and focus allows teams to collaborate with less friction and produce great results. We believe coordination should be as effortless between people as it is between our own brains and bodies, that people should be appreciated, and love what they do. By empowering all teams to work together, we help humanity thrive. From Uber, Pinterest, TED, The New Yorker, IDEO, Zappos, Malala Fund, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Tribeca Film Festival, and Autodesk, teams and organizations are running their operations and tracking projects more efficiently in Asana.

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Twitter: @Asana @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #AsanaGirlGeekDinner

Asana Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, Food & Drinks, Networking
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Lightning Tech Talks & Discussion
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Networking

Asana Girl Geek Speakers

Sara Caldwell (Technical Customer Success Manager, Asana)Sara Caldwell
Sara works as a Technical Customer Success Manager at Asana, helping strategic teams build organization and processes in their work so that they can be most productive. She’s passionate about every facet of education, previously working as a high school teacher, instructional coach and Head of Support for an educational technology company. Outside of the office, you can find Sara hiking, eating a super burrito, or reading the thesaurus.

Alexis Wong (Business Technology Developer, Asana)Alexis Wong
Lexi works on the Business Technology team at Asana, which supports the business teams (marketing, sales, customer success, user operations, and finance) with tooling and business intelligence. Formerly she worked as a consultant in the energy efficiency and renewable energy space. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, studying business and engineering.

Erin Akinci (Data Scientist, Asana)Erin Akinci
Erin works as a data scientist at Asana, primarily focusing on helping the mobile team make data-driven product decisions and implementing data pipelines for the data team’s new Spark cluster. Prior to her time at Asana, she worked as a food chemist discovering aromas that make food taste sweeter or saltier. Outside of work, she enjoys weaving, growing vegetables and writing scripts to predict the matches on Are You the One?.

Rachel Miller (Engineering Manager, Asana)Rachel Miller
Rachel was Asana’s first new grad hire, and so has gotten to grow up with the company over the last four years. She’s worked on a wide range of product teams, and is also an Engineering Manager. Before Asana, she studied math, physics and CS at the University of Virginia, and has a MS in computer science theory from MIT.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on January 2, 2017 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 #128: Sponsored by Twilio

06.12.2016 (5:11 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join Twilio for an evening of networking, delicious food, panel discussions and engaging conversation with girl geeks on Thursday, December 15 at our new San Francisco HQ!

Join Twilio for an evening of networking, delicious food, panel discussions and engaging conversation with Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Thursday, December 15 (6pm-9pm) at Twilio’s NEW San Francisco office!

Our panelists – both R&D and business leaders – will discuss the topic of allyship within Twilio and the greater technology industry. What makes an active ally? What can we all do to encourage women to enter, stay and thrive in tech?

Twilio makes communications easy and powerful. With Twilio’s platform, businesses can make communications relevant and contextual by embedding real-time communications and authentication capabilities directly into their software applications. Twilio gives businesses the ability to innovate, prototype, create and connect with their customers at the right time and in the right way. We are reinventing the communications market, taking it from its 150-year legacy in hardware to its future in software. Over 1 million developers and industry disruptors like Uber, Box, Square and Zendesk and enterprises like Nordstrom, Coca-Cola, and Intuit trust Twilio to power and innovate their communications at global scale.

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Event Hashtag: #TwilioGirlGeekDinner
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Twilio Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

6:00pm – 7:00pm Check In, Dinner & Networking!
7:00pm – 7:10pm Introduction to Twilio
7:10pm – 7:20pm Twilio API Demo
7:20pm – 8:00pm Panel discussion

Twilio Girl Geek Speakers

Dom DeGuzman (Infrastructure Engineer, Twilio)Dom DeGuzman
After years of tumble weeding around different career paths and college majors, Dominique (Dom) turned a college job fixing personal computers into a career in software development. She identifies her career path as community & self-taught in engineering and development, with a background in comedy and public speaking. After years of tinkering, curiosity and linux administration, Dom jumped into software and tools development. Now as an Infrastructure Engineer focused on Identity & Access Management at Twilio, she focuses on Infrastructure as a Service tooling including infrastructure security, credential and identity management and developer productivity tools. Follow her on Twitter @itshella_dom.

Christine Roberts (Vice President, Twilio)Christine Roberts
Christine has a passion for finding every opportunity to make customers happy. She has over 20 years of experience in telecom, mobile and global networks. As the Vice President and General Manager of Twilio’s Super Network she and her team are responsible for the health and welfare of Twilio’s global network of carriers partners and interconnections. She joined Twilio after 20+ years at Motorola Inc. where she held various positions ranging from manufacturing engineering to working on US E911 systems to running Worldwide Product Operations and the Sub-$200 portfolio of smartphones for Motorola Mobility. Christine is an active proponent of engaging women and under-represented minorities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and believes that exposing these groups to the STEM fields at an early age and in a fun way is key to making sure diverse views are more appropriately represented in technical fields. Christine received her BSME from Michigan Technological University and now serves on both the MTU Presidential Council of Alumnae and the Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board. She later received her MBA from DePaul University in Chicago where she spent 20+ years before finally making the move to the California where she now lives with her husband and 13-year-old daughter.

Bi Le (R&D Business Partner, Twilio)Bi Le
Bi is the founding member of the Twilio’s Business Operations & Strategy Team. Over the past 10 years, he has led teams across Strategy, Product, Finance, and Operations. Bi believes that company challenges are most often people-oriented, and that the most successful people are the ones who do more listening than talking.

Jason Hudak (VP Platform Engineering, Twilio)Jason Hudak
Jason leads Twilio’s Platform Engineering from the San Francisco office. He joined Twilio in July 2015 after 14 years with Yahoo! and started his career in technology as a video platform engineer with in 1997. Jason came to California from Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and two daughters. When Jason is not obsessing about platform technology and talent acquisition and retention, you can find him at one of his daughters’ sporting events, on his beloved bike, or watching his Dallas Cowboys destroy their opponents on Sundays.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on December 7, 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 #127: Sponsored by Qualcomm

08.11.2016 (10:23 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Qualcomm Girl Geek Dinner 2016

Qualcomm is hosting a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Thursday, November 17, 2016 in Santa Clara!

Join Qualcomm’s girl geeks for an evening of talks, insightful conversation with our women leaders, dinner, drinks and of course lots of fun. Learn about all the cool stuff we are building and why Qualcomm is an exciting place to be!
Qualcomm is bringing the future forward faster with next generation mobile technologies that accelerate innovation across connectivity, computing, and the Internet of Things. Working with customers across industries – from automotive to health care, from smart cities to robotics, Qualcomm continues to transform experiences for people around the world and unlock new possibilities in a time where everything is connected.
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Twitter: @Qualcomm @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #QualcommGirlGeekDinner

Qualcomm Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:00pm – 6:15pm: Registration, Networking, Dinner & Demos!
6:15pm – 7:00pm: Welcome, Keynote & Talks
7:00pm – 7:45pm: Panel, Q&A
7:45pm – 8:30pm: Closing, Raffle, Open Networking & Demos!

Qualcomm Girl Geek Dinner Speakers

Rahul Patel (Senior Vice President & General Manager of Connectivity, Qualcomm)
Rahul PatelRahul serves as Senior Vice President & General Manager of Connectivity for Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated, where he is currently responsible for QCT’s connectivity and networking businesses and leads the Wired/Wireless, Infrastructure and Networking (WIN) and Mobile, Computing and Location (MCL) product management organizations. Rahul is a veteran of the semiconductor and telecommunications industry with more than 20 years of experience in product and business development for networking and wireless connectivity solutions. Rahul holds an MBA from Santa Clara University in California, a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Arizona State University in Tempe and a B.Tech in Electronics and Communications Engineering from NIT in Warangal, India.

Vanitha Kumar (Vice President, Software Engineering, Qualcomm)
Vanitha KumarVanitha is a Vice President of Software Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated. Vanitha holds a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, and a BS degree from PSG College of Technology, India. Vanitha has spent nearly 20 years in the wireless telecommunications industry and has also contributed actively to cellular technology standards. She has more than fifteen issued patents. At Qualcomm, Vanitha leads the modem SW air interface technology (3G/4G/5G) teams across multiple global locations. Vanitha played a key role in the commercialization and launch of CDMA in Qualcomm’s chipsets in early/mid 2000. She led the 4G SW technology team and has been responsible for integration, commercialization and launch of 4G in 1000s of products globally. Vanitha is passionate about the role of women in science and technology. She has chaired and put together panels for the Grace Hopper and IEEE women leadership conferences. She is one of the recipients of the prestigious YWCA TWIN (Tribute to Women and Industry) award for 2016.

Ketal Gandhi (Product Manager, Smart Cities & Industrial IoT, Qualcomm)
Ketal GandhiKetal is a Staff Product Manager for Smart Cities & Industrial IoT business unit at Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated. Ketal is responsible for creating differentiated software product offering and building the software ecosystem with the goal of increasing market share of Qualcomm products in Commercial and Industrial IoT market. She has almost 10 years of experience working at Qualcomm developing new products and business models, striking key strategic partnership deals, leveraging existing products for new markets, evangelizing technology to larger community in Mobile, Embedded, IoT and Robotics segments. Before joining Smart Cities team, she was product manager of DragonBoard platform. Ketal holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Mumbai University, as well as an MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at University of California, Irvine.

Mary Gendron (Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President, Qualcomm)
Mary GendronMary is Chief information officer and Senior Vice President at Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated. In this role, Mary leads Qualcomm’s global IT organization, driving operational excellence within the IT function and across the enterprise, as well as collaborating with the executive and business unit leadership teams to ensure Qualcomm continues to incorporate forward-looking technology solutions into the business, products, and strategies to achieve Company business goals. Mary brings more than 25 years of IT experience to the role, with expertise in developing and executing IT and talent-focused strategies, services and plans. She has led complex global organizations, driving proactive business strategies required to develop differentiation and has consistently generated customer, shareholder and employee value. Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from McGill University in Canada.

Vicki Mealer-Burke (Chief Diversity Officer & Vice President, Qualcomm)
Vicki Mealer-BurkeVicki has been recently appointed as Qualcomm’s first Chief Diversity Officer. In this role as Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Vicki brings nearly 20 years of business and operational leadership experience at Qualcomm which uniquely position her to drive the vision, leadership and oversight of inclusion and diversity initiatives across the company. Vicki is also the chairperson of Qualcomm’s Women’s Leadership Council, co-creator of Qualcomm’s Executive Women’s Leadership Development program and is the executive sponsor of eQuality, Qualcomm’s LGBTQ employee network. Vicki holds a Bachelor’s Degree in management information systems from Iowa State University and a Master’s Degree from Ohio State University.

Dina McKinney (Senior Director, Engineering, Qualcomm)
Dina McKinneyDina is a Senior Engineering Executive at Qualcomm, where she leads Qualcomm’s Bay Area design engineering team in developing the latest graphics, multimedia, and high performance IP for the industry leading Snapdragon mobile processors. Passionate about helping other women succeed in technical careers, she is an Executive Board Member of QWISE (Qualcomm Women in Science and Engineering). She is also actively engaged in community support with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley. Dina has been a processor designer and leader for over 25 years in the semiconductor industry. She holds a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Central New England College and started her career in the U.S. Air Force.

Terie Scerbo (Qualcomm Learning & Organizational Development, Qualcomm)
Terie ScerboTerie has been with Qualcomm for 15 years, having driven a variety of learning and Organizational Development service deliveries. She currently spends most of her time on leadership and executive development, acquisition integration, and employee engagement initiatives for executives and groups based in the Bay Area. Terie holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Mills College and has been a past board member for NASAGA, the North American Simulation and Gaming Association.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on November 9, 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 #126: Sponsored by eBay

18.10.2016 (3:57 am) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

eBay Girl Geek Dinner 2016

eBay is hosting a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Thursday, November 3, 2016 in San Jose!

Join us for an evening of lively conversation, food, drinks and prizes. Hear from eBay leaders about how we are creating a richly diverse culture and why we believe that diversity will be a key driver of eBay’s success.
eBay is a global commerce leader that connects millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowers people and creates opportunities through connected commerce. We believe in the power of inclusion and take pride in everyone who works here. We are a global community of extraordinary people.
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Twitter: @eBay @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #eBayGridGirlGeekDinner

eBay Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:20pm: Registration, Networking, Food & Drinks!
6:20pm – 7:00pm: Welcome to eBay Girl Geek Dinner & Keynote
7:00pm – 8:10pm: Panel Discussion & QA
8:10pm – 8:45pm: Networking & Raffle Prizes

eBay Girl Geek Dinner Speakers

Damien Hooper-Campbell (Chief Diversity Officer, eBay)
Damien Hooper-CampbellDamien, Chief Diversity Officer, has deep expertise in Diversity and Inclusion and experience spanning the technology industry, finance sector and academia. He is responsible for leading eBay’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts, creating new programs and expanding existing activities that foster and an inclusive culture. Prior to eBay he was running Diversity and Inclusion at Uber Technologies, Google’s Diversity, Integrity and Governance Division and was Assistant Director of Minority Initiatives for Harvard Business School’s Admissions Board. Damien also held management positions at Morgan Stanley and served at the non-profit Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corp in Harlem, NY. Damien earned a Bachelor degree in economics from Morehouse College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ishita Majumdar (Senior Director, Product Management – Platform and Infrastructure & eBay Women in Product President, eBay)
Ishita MajumdarIshita is the Senior Director of Product Management of Platform and Infrastructure where she is responsible to build, deploy, manage and innovate eBay’s Datacenter, Cloud, Data Platforms and Data Services. She leads a diverse team of product managers, strategists and operations to shape the future of ebay’s platform. In her role of President of eBay Women in Technology – a global organization with 1000+ members, she leads the mission to support the success of women at eBay. Ishita earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Math, her Masters degree in Math and Operations Research, and an MBA (Finance, Entrepreneurship). Ishita was selected as a TechWomen motor by the US Department of State in 2013. She lives in the Bay Area with her daughter and her husband, enjoying work and life with a glass full of humor and optimism.

Laura Chambers (Vice President of Consumer Selling, eBay)
Laura ChambersLaura leads eBay’s global consumer selling business, where she’s responsible for driving strategy and execution based on customer needs and market dynamics. You’ll often find her at seller events and meet-ups in deep conversation with sellers about opportunities, as well as challenges. Prior to her role in consumer selling, Laura led eBay’s Trust organization and was responsible for spearheading key programs such as the Money back Guarantee and Seller Performance Standards. Laura has been with eBay Inc. for more than 10 years. During that time she has held a variety of diverse roles, including leading the strategy efforts at eBay, PayPal and Skype; leading Consumer Products at Skype; serving as Chief of Staff to the CEO; and acting as General Manager of PayPal Mobile. The common thread across these roles is twofold: She loves solving really hard problems (bringing great solutions to complex situations), and she loves working on topics that have huge positive impact for our customers. Laura earned an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts/ Commerce from the University of Melbourne in Australia.

Mrinalini Loew (Senior Director of Mobile & Accessibility, eBay)
Mrinalini LoewMrinalini is the Senior Director of Mobile & Accessibility at eBay, where she is responsible for eBay’s native apps and mobile-web experiences, as well as ensuring that customers of all abilities can take advantage of participating in our marketplace. Since she joined eBay in 2015, she has been a Product Leader on both the Shopping and Selling sides of eBay, which gives her a unique perspective on how to optimize e-commerce in a marketplace environment. Mrinalini came to eBay with extensive Product and Mobile experience, including her roles as VP Product at Weight Watchers International and VP New Product Development at Citibank. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, and an MBA from Columbia University, and currently lives in the Bay Area with her husband, daughter and cat.

Kelly Vincent (Vice President, Consumer Selling Product Management & Engineering, eBay)
Kelly VincentKelly is a product management and engineering executive with over 15 years of experience leading global product teams for companies including eBay, NetApp, and Cisco Systems. She is currently vice president of consumer selling product and engineering at eBay. Just prior to this role, Kelly led Identity at eBay and before that led the Trust and Risk product teams. Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT, an MBA from Santa Clara University, and graduated from the Stanford executive program for women leaders. In addition to building innovative products that delight customers, she enjoys playing the piano, painting, playing sports with her kids, and drinking great wine.

Maliena Guy (Product Manager, Search, eBay)
Maliena GuyMaliena is a recent grad coming on from the eBay Intern Program on the Search Science team leading as a Technical Product Manager. The team is responsible for the logic and machine learning that determine which listings surface upon users’ searches, and the sort-order of those listings. Maliena’s role includes overseeing projects during their brainstorming, planning, prioritization, Alpha-Beta testing, and analysis. After leading the project through these steps, she is then ultimately responsible for making the launch decision. She also takes on coding projects from time-to-time, as often as she can. Before joining eBay, she studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, and spent her summers interning at multiple start-ups as a Software Engineer. Before her final year at UC Berkeley, she interned at eBay, completing a detailed competitive analysis on eBay’s search compared with Amazon, Walmart, Etsy, and Pinterest. At the end of her summer internship, she was offered a full-time position for once she graduated and started at eBay in San Jose. She was involved in multiple societies, serving as the Social Chair for the Society for Women Engineers, a mentor for the Pioneers in Engineering, and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. For fun, she volunteers at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, spending a week with kids who suffer from childhood cancer and their siblings in the mountains near Palm Desert.

Connie Yang (Principal MTS, Software Engineer, eBay)
Connie YangConnie is a technologist who has had the opportunity to play different roles and to work on a wide variety of challenging but fun projects at eBay and previously PayPal. Connie likes to leverage open source technology when applicable and is passionate about creating good architecture and writing good software. Currently, Connie is leading the Near Real-Time Streaming Data Platform initiative at eBay. Connie earned her Bachelors in Science in Math and Computer Science from UCLA.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on October 19, 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.