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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #90: Sponsored by CA Technologies

26.05.2015 (9:39 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Marketo Girl Geek Dinner
Join CA Technologies and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Thursday, June 4th (5:30 – 8:30pm) for an evening of gnosh, wine, networking, and tech talks in Santa Clara!

Spend an evening with the trail-blazing women of CA Technologies: a company consistently named a ComputerWorld Magazine “Best Place to Work in IT”! At the event, you’ll hear world-renowned Stanford Lecturer Tim Chou wax poetic about the power of tech, learn about the game-changing work that CA is doing, and network with the valley’s most interesting girl geeks. There are only 150 seats for this wine country-themed event – so attendees will be selected by lottery.

Join your talented fellow girl geeks at CA’s offices at 3965 Freedom Circle, 5th floor, Santa Clara, CA 95054.

CA Technologies Geek Dinner Agenda:
5:30pm – 6:20pm Registration, Wine, Appetizers, Networking and Demos
6:30pm – 6:50pm Keynote speakers and panel
7:50pm – 8:30pm Breakout for Q&A and More Networking

CA Technologies Geek Bios:

Ann Mei Chang
Revathy Subramanian (Senior Vice President, Data Science)
Revathi is a recognized data science expert, a published author, and a named inventor on 40 existing and pending patents. At CA, Revathi has assembled a world-class team of data scientists to tackle various IT Management problems. In her role, she is responsible for creating the analytics vision for CA – and for developing products / extensions embedding advanced analytics. She is maniacally focused on uncovering business value and operational intelligence from the chaos of Big Data in areas like eCommerce, application performance management, infrastructure management, service virtualization, and project management.


Timothy ChouTimothy Chou (Lecturer, Stanford University)
Timothy Chou is widely acknowledged as a cloud computing pioneer, with a 25-year career that includes senior roles at Oracle Corporation and Tandem Computers. Currently Tim is active on the lecture circuit, on the Board of Directors at Blackbaud, acts as a consultant, investor, enterprise mentor, and actively contributes in several new cloud ventures. He has appeared in various publications including Forbes, Business Week, The Economist, and New York Times. He has also invested in a select group of companies focused on the next generation of books, a CAD application for cloud architects, and applications to personalize the Internet of Things. Tonight, you’ll hear Tim talk about one of his favorite topics – using tech to create a better, kinder, and richer world – by leveraging it to advance the human race.


Usha JUsha Jasty (Vice President of SaaS Support Delivery)
As Vice President of SaaS Support Delivery @ CA, Usha is responsible for enabling and executing an exceptional customer experience that is tailored to the unique needs of its SaaS customers. Usha joined CA in late 2013 to focus on facilitating collaboration across teams to ensure a desired outcomes with the SaaS experience. Her role has expanded to include responsibility for the SaaS Support team’s operational performance in achieving and exceeding expectations. Usha has a Masters in Computer Information Systems from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Science from APAU, India.



Stephanie DumbrellStephanie Dumbrell (Sr. Director, Software Engineering)
Stephanie’s current role spans the gamut from managing Agile development teams to developing strategies to ensuring customer success while helping teams stay focused and energized. She works closely with her teams in India and North America and very much enjoys learning about how different cultures come together to create great things. Throughout her career, Stephanie has held roles in Product Management, Services, Support, Engineering and Executive Management which has given her a lot of experience in how to navigate through interesting and varied challenges. She’s passionate about building great teams, supporting women in technology, mentoring and making a difference in the world. At home, she indulges in playing with her two German Shepherds (Cesare and Lucrezia), hanging out with her geek-developer Husband Dan and enjoying a good cocktail.


ShannonTShannon Thoke (Director, Presales )
Shannon Thoke is a Presales Director for CA specializing in Project and Portfolio Management (PPM). She has fifteen years’ experience in project management (waterfall and Agile), resource planning, portfolio management, and implementation of PPM to global customers. A veteran of CA Technologies, Shannon understands our business, “gets” the needs of Fortune 500 customers, and is a passionate advocate of client success. She has a BS from Boston College and a MBA from the Santa Clara University.



Aruna RAruna Ravichandran (Vice President, DevOps Product Marketing)
Aruna is Vice President of DevOps Product Marketing and the New Product Introduction Office at CA Technologies. She has over 20 years of experience in building and marketing products in markets such as IT Ops Management, Continuous Delivery, Test Automation, Security and SDN. In her current role, Aruna leads the strategy, market segmentation, and messaging, positioning, competitive, sales enablement across all of CA’s DevOps products – which bring in revenues over $1B. She has presented at various conferences such as Gartner Symposium, Gartner ITOM, Gartner DC, DevOps Summit, Cloud Expo, CA World, and HP Discover. She has also authored several publications on SYS-CON Media, Wired Insights, Tech Target, Information Week etc.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #89: Sponsored by U.S. Digital Service & USAID’s Global Development Lab

14.05.2015 (9:00 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Marketo Girl Geek DinnerThe U.S. Digital Service, USAID’s Global Development Lab and Bay Area Geek Girl Dinners are partnering on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 for an evening of food, drink and networking in San Francisco!

Join your talented fellow girl geeks at 18F’s offices at 50 United Nations Plaza (adjacent to Civic Center BART).

Come meet and mingle with some of the U.S. Government’s top technology executives and girl geeks across the Bay Area to discuss how they are applying their tech skills to create a 21st century digital government in the U.S. and end extreme poverty worldwide.

You’ll get a chance to hear how these women are helping the Federal Government make better technology decisions, build better services for the American people, empower the world’s poorest populations; not to mention the answer to “What the heck is a startup inside the government?” The U.S. Government needs your help and expertise, and we’re excited to share and learn from this amazing community!

Please use #USGGirlGeekDinner, @USDS, @GlobalDevLab, @18F and @BayAreaGGD in social media.

Enter The Lottery For A Chance To
WIN A FREE Ticket To The USG Girl Geek Dinner!

- Deadline to enter the lottery is MIDNIGHT May 18th 2015 -

USG Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

5:30pm-6:30pm – Doors open, registration, drinks, dinner, networking, music!

6:30pm-7:30pm – USG Girl Geeks talks!

7:30pm-8:00pm – Networking!

USG Girl Geek Speakers:

Ann Mei ChangAnn Mei Chang (Executive Director, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID)

Ann Mei Chang, Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID in Washington DC, has 20+ years of engineering and leadership experience in Silicon Valley. She was Google’s Senior Engineering Director for eight years, leading worldwide engineering for Google’s mobile applications and services, and leading the product development team for Emerging Markets, with a mission to bring relevant mobile and Internet services to the two-thirds of the world’s population that is not yet online.

Stephanie RiveraStephanie Rivera (Director of Business Strategy, 18F)

Stephanie is the Director of Business Strategy at 18F. She’s a self-described Full Stack Bureaucrat with expertise in organizational design and strategic operations. For the past four years, she served as the Chief of Staff to the Office of Government-wide Policy, where she is credited with having instituted analytical rigor to policy formation by creating a data analytics program and assembling a team of behavioral scientists. Prior to joining GSA, she worked with large, boutique domestic and international government organizations, helping them use the right mix of rigor and expression to grow smartly while maintaining their core cultural values.

Hillary HartleyHillary Hartley (Deputy Executive Director & Co-Founder, 18F)

Hillary Hartley is Deputy Executive Director and a co-founder of 18F, the first digital services startup housed inside the Federal Government. She is a former Presidential Innovation Fellow, where she worked on the MyUSA project before joining forces with other PIFs to start 18F. She recently wrote her job description in emoji: . Hillary is immensely proud of the creative and communications teams she’s built at 18F, and is excited to be spreading user-centered design throughout the government.

Jennifer AnastasoffJennifer Anastasoff (Founding Member, U.S. Digital Service)

Jennifer Anastasoff is a founding member of U.S. Digital Service at the White House where she focuses on bringing together innovation, talent and social change. She most recently served as the co-founder and CEO of Fuse Corps, the nation’s top executive fellowship bringing mid-career leaders from the private sector to serve as senior advisors public executives, largely to mayors and governors. She has engaged the public, private and nonprofit sectors in innovative talent exchanges, including partnering with the White House and Harvard.

Todd ParkTodd Park (Technology Advisor, White House)

Todd is a tech advisor to the White House based in Silicon Valley. From March 2012 to August 2014, he served as U.S. CTO and in this role served as an Assistant to the President. Todd joined the Administration in August 2009 as CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, he served as a change agent and “entrepreneur-in-residence,” helping HHS harness the power of open data, technology, and innovation to improve the health of the nation. Prior to joining HHS, he co-founded Athenahealth and Castlight Health.

If you are a registered attendee, you must bring a government-issued ID (drivers license is fine) and be prepared for TSA-like security.

Registered attendees must arrive by 6pm in order to attend. Doors close at 6pm sharp for security reasons.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #88: Sponsored by SugarCRM

07.05.2015 (9:58 am) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

SugarCRM Girl Geek Dinner

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners and @SugarCRM welcome you to Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #88 on Thursday, May 14th in downtown Sunnyvale!

Hear from the Girl Geek Sugas as they talk about SugarCRM’s innovative technology, patents, how to find the work (and company) you love, and challenges in tech that are unique to women! It will be a night of dinner, drinks, discussion, networking and fun!

Twitter handles: @SugarCRM @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #SugarCRMGirlGeekDinner

Enter the lottery for a chance to
WIN a free ticket to SugarCRM Girl Geek Dinner!

- Deadline to enter the lottery is MIDNIGHT May 8th 2015 -

SugarCRM Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Registration, dinner, drinks, and demos!

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Panel discussion begins!

7:30pm – 8:30pm – Raffle, more networking, and demos!

SugarCRM Girl Geek Speaker Bios!

Jenny GonsalvesJenny Gonsalves (VP Engineering at SugarCRM)

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. Follow her on Twitter @jenny_gonsalves.

Shilpi NarangShilpi Narang (VP Customer Success at SugarCRM)

Shilpi recently joined SugarCRM to build and lead 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 are having fun with their two daughters on STEM projects and related tech activities.

Sandhya JaideepSandhya Jaideep (Director of Software Engineering at SugarCRM)

Sandhya Jaideep has over 20 years of experience in engineering leadership, project management, software architecture, and design. She has been part of early management and engineering teams at several successful bay area startups. At SugarCRM, she heads the engineering team responsible for core SugarCRM application components. Prior to joining SugarCRM, Sandhya co-founded Truvolo, where she developed innovative software solutions in the IoT space. Sandhya holds a Masters in Computer Science from Kansas State University. Follow her on Twitter @sandhyajaideep.

Patricia TimmPatricia Timm (SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at SugarCRM)

Patricia is a seasoned legal executive who brings to SugarCRM 18 years of sophisticated legal experience working in the finest law firms and companies. Patricia’s corporate experience includes tenure with Borland Software Corporation where she served as VP of Corporate Governance and Acting General Counsel & Corporate Secretary. She also worked in a general corporate and securities legal function at Vantive Corporation, one of the original providers of CRM solutions, before the company’s acquisition by PeopleSoft. Rounding out Patricia’s corporate background is her experience as the first lawyer at an Internet start-up company (acquired by Intuit) where she built the legal function from the ground-up. Prior to joining SugarCRM, Patricia pursued her entrepreneurial ambitions and founded GCAssist, a provider of management level legal services for high profile technology companies. She earned her J.D. cum laude from Santa Clara University School of Law. Follow her on Twitter @pat_timm11.

Carlye BartelCarlye Bartel (Director of Sales Engineering at SugarCRM)

Carlye is a Director of Sales Engineering for SugarCRM. She is an expert in the Customer Engagement space. Carlye has implemented, sold, supported and marketed software for a variety of companies both large and small. She is passionate about using storytelling to inspire business people to find ways to better engage their customers. She spends her days working with a team of talented people all focused on growing SugarCRM and creating extraordinary customer experiences. Follow her on Twitter @carlyebartel.

Rosaalie ShahRosaalie Shah (Principal Product Manager at SugarCRM)

Rosaalie’s first job out of college was producing music videos and is now a Principal Product Manager at SugarCRM doing everything from traveling to Europe to meet with partners, interacting with customers at trade shows, to working daily with engineering strategizing on the next great product feature. Rosaalie has lead cross-functional teams across start-ups to enterprise public companies, but has found her home at Sugar. In her spare time, you can find her attending concerts or dance shows… and recently playing with her new Apple watch. Follow her on Twitter @rosaalieshah.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #87: Sponsored by Marketo

29.04.2015 (10:58 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Marketo Girl Geek DinnerJoin Marketo and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Wednesday, May 6th for an evening of beer, bites, and networking in San Carlos at Devil’s Canyon Brewery!

Come meet and mingle with some of Marketo’s top female executives and girl geeks across the Bay Area to discuss the art of marketing yourself.

All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win Marketo University training classes and one grand prize winner will win a full Marketo Certification course to grow their expertise and master the power of Marketo.

In this panel discussion, we’ll cover topics such as managing a healthy work life balance, advocating for yourself, building your personal brand, and tips that you should always keep in mind when looking for your next career move.

Twitter handles: @Marketo @BayAreaGGD
Event hashtag: #MarketoGirlGeekDinner

Enter The Lottery For A Chance To
WIN A FREE Ticket To The Marketo Girl Geek Dinner!

- Deadline to enter the lottery is MIDNIGHT May 1st 2015 -

Marketo Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

5:30pm-6:30pm – Registration, Beer, Bites, Networking & Product Demos

6:30pm-7:15pm – Marketo Girl Geeks Panel Discussion: “How to Market Yourself”

7:15pm-8:00pm – Raffle Giveaway & More Networking

Marketo Girl Geek Panelists:

Helen YuHelen Yu (VP Customer Success at Marketo)

Helen is a Group Vice President at Marketo, responsible for North America Enterprise Professional Services. In each of her last three roles, she successfully turned around under-preforming businesses within 12 months. Helen has combined 15 years of experience in technology with Adobe and Oracle. Helen is passionate about developing female leadership. She has mentored many aspiring female leaders at Marketo and outside of work.

Cheryl ChavezCheryl Chavez (Senior Director of Product Management at Marketo)

Cheryl has over 15 years of experience leading award-winning products and SaaS offerings at both Enterprise companies and start-ups. She has been with Marketo since 2009, and was hired as Marketo’s first Product Manager. Her team is current responsible for delivering innovation across Marketo’s core platform.

Heidi BullockHeidi Bullock (VP Marketing at Marketo)

Heidi is the Vice President of Demand Generation at Marketo. She has over 12 years of B2B marketing experience in high tech companies. Her expertise includes product positions, brand strategy, product marketing, and demand generation.

Mary DoMary Do (Senior Software Engineer at Marketo)

Mary is a Senior Developer at Marketo with a degree in Computer Engineering from University of Michigan. She started her career at a startup in Redwood City before joining Marketo. At Marketo, Mary has learned Javascript and has become a strong front end engineer. She describes herself as the bridge between techy engineers and the product driven Product Managers. Mary is also extremely passionate about our internship program and acts as a mentor for many students during the summer.

Amy GuarinoAmy Guarino (VP Business Development at Marketo)

Amy is passionate about helping customers transform their businesses. Over the past 20 years, she’s been an accomplished business leader who utilizes her skills in sales, marketing, and management to quickly drive results at start-up and mid-size companies across the world. In early 2009, Amy joined Marketo as the Vice President of Business Development. Amy moved to Tokyo in April 2014 to launch Marketo, KK, a joint venture with SunBridge and Dentsu eMarketingOne. Amy’s mantra since moving to Japan has been to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

Marketo is hiring across all departments and all locations! Check out our open positions at Marketo or talk to a recruiter at the event.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners #86: Sponsored by Pocket Gems

19.04.2015 (10:53 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

UPDATE: Read about what happened at the Girl Geek Dinner, and watch the full video of Pocket Gem talks!

Pocket Gems Girl Geek DinnerJoin Pocket Gems and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Tuesday, April 28 (5:30pm-8:30pm) for an evening of networking and tech talks in downtown San Francisco!

Meet the women behind Pocket Gems’ mobile games and storytelling platform, enjoy refreshments, and network with our girl geeks and your fellow talented women colleagues in technology.

There are only 100 seats for this dinner, so attendees for the dinner will be selected by lottery. Please enter the lottery below!

Twitter handles: @PocketGems @BayAreaGGD
Event hashtag: #PocketGemsGirlGeekDinner

Enter the lottery for a chance to
WIN a free ticket to Pocket Gems Girl Geek Dinner!

- Deadline to enter the lottery is MIDNIGHT April 22nd 2015 -

Pocket Gems Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Doors open, registration, drinks, dinner, networking, music!

6:30pm – 7:30pm – PG Girl Geeks talks!

7:30pm – 8:30pm – Networking!

Pocket Gems Girl Geek Speakers!

Anjali SachdevaAnjali Sachdeva (Backend Engineer at Pocket Gems)

Anjali Sachdeva is a full-stack engineer at Pocket Gems. She has contributed to Pocket Gems’ cross-platform engine which enables a single codebase to serve both iOS & Android, and built numerous early-stage prototypes. Recently, her focus has been on scalable server-side tech for Pocket Gems’ first real-time multiplayer game, War Dragons, which launched on April 16 and was featured as a “Best New Game” in the app store. She is currently leading an effort to prototype new features using JavaScript-driven frontends and blending them as seamlessly as possible alongside native UI. Anjali volunteers with Community Resources for Science / Bay Area Scientists in Schools, teaching 4th grade kids about electricity.

Tej ToorTej Toor (Product Manager at Pocket Gems)

Tej Toor is a Product Manager at Pocket Gems, where she gets to combine her love of books, television, and technology as part of her work on an interactive storytelling app, Episode. She studied Applied Math and Economics at Harvard, where, after building a popular “missed connections” website as part of her (one and only) computer science class, she realized how much she loved building things. Prior to joining Pocket Gems, she spent a few years doing strategy consulting in New York.

Somer LoenSomer Loen (Artist at Pocket Gems)

Somer Loen is an artist at Pocket Gems. In her role, she collaborates with game designers and project managers on the user interface and experience for new features. She utilizes scripts, Photoshop and XCode to build the interface and deliver to the developer team. A champion of diversity in our products and teams at work, in her spare time Somer is the Chapter President for the National Organization for Women – San Francisco.

Amy ClaussenAmy Claussen (Content Designer at Pocket Gems)

Amy Claussen is a content designer at Pocket Gems. She is a dramatic writer and game designer. At Pocket Gems, she creates new worlds and quests for Pocket Gems’ hit mobile game, Tap Paradise Cove. Her video scripts and web content appears on, a humorous educational website geared toward high-schoolers. In corporate video, she has worked as a producer and on film shoots for Beyond Pix Studios. In her free time, Amy enjoys cooking up a storm, an insatiable love of Scrabble, and celebrating the work of her inspiring colleagues in arts and tech.

Carrie SimondsCarrie Simonds (VP of People & Brand at Pocket Gems)

Carrie Simonds is Vice President of People and Brand at Pocket Gems, a leading mobile-first developer of games and entertainment with over 200 million downloads globally. In her role at Pocket Gems, Carrie creates and enhances the culture for its whole community- from employees to players. Previously, Carrie was an associate at JMH Capital and Canaccord Adams. She holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

About Pocket Gems

Pocket Gems creates innovative and interactive entertainment on mobile. The Pocket Gems girl geek speakers will share their unique experiences in tech and games, and discuss how they’ve handled challenges and tough conversations. Learn from our engineering, art, design, and product experts!

Pocket Gems is hiring software engineers, product managers, writers, and artists! Check out our positions at or come meet us at the event!