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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #137: Sponsored by Turnitin

11.05.2017 (9:24 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Turnitin Girl Geek Dinner

Join Turnitin for an evening of networking, food, breakout sessions and panel discussions at a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Thursday, May 25th, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in Oakland!

Turnitin is passionate, creative, and focused on helping students learn. We’re excited to invite the Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner community to our headquarters where we build products that foster writers with integrity. You’ll get an in-depth look into the future of education technology, learn how our offerings provide personalized feedback and hear from tech leaders and executives.

About Turnitin:

Turnitin is committed to building better writers, with integrity. Turnitin’s formative feedback and originality checking services promote critical thinking, ensure academic integrity, and help students improve their writing. Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to engage students in the writing process, provide personalized feedback, and assess student progress over time. Turnitin is used by over 30MM students at 15,000 institutions in 140 countries.

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @Turnitin @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #TurnitinGirlGeekDinner

Turnitin Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Check-in, Eating & Mingling
6:30pm – 7:45pm – Main Event (Panel and Booths)
7:45pm – 8:30pm – General Networking

Turnitin Girl Geeks – Bios

Jill Hedrick (Senior Vice President – Sales, Turnitin)Jill Hedrick
Jill Hedrick is the Senior Vice President of North America Sales for Turnitin. She is responsible for leading the company’s revenue growth initiatives for both the Higher Ed and K12 markets. Jill is an accomplished technology executive with 25 years of experience leading global sales, account management, customer success, marketing and business development teams. Her passion is creating strong teams in mission-driven organizations, and bringing technology solutions to educational institutions that make a difference in the outcomes for students and the work of educators. Turnitin works with 15,000 institutions and 30 million students for the purpose of engaging students to learn to write with integrity, develop critical thinking, and the life skill of communicating ideas through writing.

Sun Oh (Senior Product Manager, Turnitin)Sun Oh
Sun Oh is a Senior Product Manager at Turnitin, where she drives the strategy and development of front-end, platform and back-end services for Turnitin’s products for promoting academic and research integrity. Sun joined Turnitin in 2012. Prior to working in educational technology, Sun worked in the field of architecture and urban design in Korea, Turkey, Denmark and the US on multiple international projects. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley.

Janine Costanzo (Software Engineering Manager, Turnitin)Janine Costanzo
Janine Costanzo is a Software Engineering Manager at Turnitin. She leads a team that develops the main Perl platform for the Turnitin website. Her job involves a lot of work around how to modernize an old codebase while continuing to support the existing customers. She came to Turnitin in 2014 as a Senior Software Engineer, after working at other companies that ran Perl web platforms. She became a manager a year later, and she continues to write code as well as lead a small team.

Kate Holloway (Web & UX Designer, Turnitin)Kate Holloway
Kate Holloway is a web and UX designer at Turnitin where she strives to create a user-focused approach to designing marketing and web materials. Prior to Turnitin, she worked as a UX designer at Nowait, a casual dining restaurant app recently acquired by Yelp, and Think Through Learning, recently acquired by Imagine Learning. She’s also worked as a marketing designer and communications specialist in higher ed prior to joining the Pittsburgh startup scene. Though she started her education as a history major, she discovered a love of web design and user research while completing her MS in Information Science and MA in New Media Communications at Syracuse University.

Stephanie Butler (Director of New Product Development, Turnitin)Stephanie Butler
Stephanie Butler is the Director of New Product Development at Turnitin, where she leads their international expansion of products to improve student writing. In 2014, Stephanie joined Turnitin after they acquired LightSide Labs, a machine learning research startup spun out of Carnegie Mellon University. At LightSide, Stephanie was employee #2 and head of product and design. Prior to moving into technology startups, Stephanie worked in publishing for several years, acting as editor on multiple university-level Rhetoric and Composition volumes, as well as Fodor’s travel guide to New Zealand. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard University and her Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon.

Lightning Talks

Talk Topic: “Technology As An Extension Of The Classroom”
– Logan Carter (Software Engineer, Turnitin)
– Kristen Judd (Software Engineer, Turnitin)
– Leanne Lee (Software Engineer, Turnitin)

Talk Topic: “Three Ways To UX Design”
– Stephanie Butler (Director of New Product Development, Turnitin)
– Kate Holloway (Web & UX Designer, Turnitin)
– Laura Barncard (UX Designer)

Talk Topic: “Encourage Collaboration Through Technology & Process”
– Ora Watson (Senior Technical Project Manager, Turnitin)
– Kristen Lau (Technical Project Manager, Turnitin)
– Cathy Reeves (Manager, Program Management Office, Turnitin)
– Swathi Chennaboina (Senior Quality Engineer, Turnitin)
– Jennifer Crowe (Quality Engineer, Turnitin)

Talk Topic: “Data, Privacy, & Security In The Educational Ecosystem”
– Monica Yun (Software Engineer, Turnitin)
– Gina Peers (Principal Software Engineer, Turnitin)

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on May 12, 2017 at Eventbrite!

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #136: Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente

24.04.2017 (10:13 am) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Kaiser Permanente Girl Geek Dinner

Join Kaiser Permanente for an evening of networking, tasty food, breakout sessions and panel discussions at a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Wednesday, May 10th, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in San Leandro!

Innovation begins with an idea. Kaiser Permanente is inviting the Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner community to the Garfield Innovation Center, where we help bring ideas to life and create better experiences for our members, clinicians and employees. You’ll get a sneak peek into the future of health care, launch into technical rotations, and hear from tech leaders and executives. Take the opportunity to explore new career paths with Kaiser Permanente!

About Kaiser Permanente:

Kaiser Permanente is one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. We currently serve more than 11 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @KPShare @kpthrive @KPDigitalHealth
Event Hashtag: #KPGirlGeekDinner

Kaiser Permanente Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Registration, Dinner, Drinks & Networking
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Welcome and Technical Rotations
7:30pm – 8:30pm – Panel Discussion, Q&A, and Networking

Kaiser Permanente Girl Geeks – Bios

Vivian Tan (Vice President, Strategy & Transformation, Kaiser Permanente)Vivian Tan
Vivian Tan is the Vice President, Strategic Information Management and Global Relationships, working closely with the Chief Financial Officer and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. She provides strategic leadership for the decision support function, producing analytics and insights to make the best decisions. Vivian manages the partnership with the World Economic Forum. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, she consulted with senior leadership at Fortune 500 firms in her seven years with Booz & Co. Vivian holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, and statistics from the National University of Singapore, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.

Deshannee “D.D.” Johnice (Director, Digital Strategies, Kaiser Permanente)Deshannee Johnice
D.D. Johnice is the Director of Digital Strategy for Kaiser Permanente’s Digital Strategies & Operations team. A technologist, tinkerer, maker, serial entrepreneur and strategist, D.D. develops strategies, roadmaps, and technology-enabled experiences that enable Kaiser Permanente’s workforce to continue to deliver high quality, affordable health care and member services. D.D. arrived at Kaiser Permanente with 20 years of experience designing consumer and business applications and developing and executing marketing, business, engagement strategies for clients in the technology, healthcare, retail, consumer health, financial and business services industries. D.D. studied Philosophy and Economics at Boston University and Marketing at Harvard.

Jessica Jackson (Full Stack Developer, Kaiser Permanente)Jessica Jackson
Jessica Jackson is a Full Stack Developer for Kaiser Permanente’s Systems of Intelligence working with both front-end code and back-end database technologies. For the first two years of her career in IT, she participated in the IT Technical Rotation Program, where she consulted various IT groups. She was part of a team that developed a real-time, dynamic interface for tracking data center server information, helping reduce errors and downtime. Her current work focuses on development of interactive websites using tools like Angular JS, Angular 2, React JS, and Node JS. Originally a pre-med major, she has a Computer Science degree from Arizona State University.

Kathleen Scheirman (Senior Vice President, Application Services Group, Kaiser Permanente)Kathleen Scheirman
Kathleen Scheirman is Senior Vice President of the Application Services Group at Kaiser Permanente and is a member of the IT executive team. Kathy began as a programmer and worked in development and management with AT&T and American Express. Kathy is responsible for ensuring the availability and reliability of Kaiser Permanente’s full application portfolio, enabling the business to deliver high quality care to KP’s more than 11 million members. Kathy holds a BA in secondary education and mathematics from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in management from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University.

Michael Sutten (Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Kaiser Permanente)Michael Suttern
Michael Sutten is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Kaiser Permanente. His organization is focused on setting the future direction for technology across Kaiser Permanente. This includes defining technology and platform standards, and leading initiatives on analytics, cloud capabilities, data storage, and mobile technologies. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Mike had leadership experience with Royal Caribbean Cruises, Koch Industries, Sybase and General Electric. Most recently, he served as Chief Technology Officer and deputy Chief Information Officer within the U.S. government. Mike holds an MBA in information systems from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Iowa State University.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on April 25, 2017 at Eventbrite!

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Iridescent, a 501c3 nonprofit organization inspiring children and families across the globe to imagine, invent, and engineer.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #135: Sponsored by Box

20.04.2017 (9:02 am) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Box Girl Geek Dinner

Join us for Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #135 on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Box HQ in Redwood City to hear from Box’s outstanding female leaders about the technical problems they are solving to help cloud content management change the way people work!

What if big business could move at start-up speed? What if files could be openly shared, yet fully secure? What if scaling too fast was an opportunity, not an issue? That’s what Box is all about. Defying “possible.” Turning “what if” into “what can be.” Using the power of Box to make your business perform like never before. No matter what business you’re in. Our mission is to make businesses more productive, competitive, and powerful by connecting people and their most important information.

Box Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Registration, Food, Drinks & Networking
6:00pm – 6:15pm – Welcome & Intro by Peipei Yu Pollmann, Box WIT Executive Sponsor
6:15pm – 7:30pm – Lightning Talks By Box Women

Kelsey Dutton – Making Authentication Simple
Joy Ebertz/Rachel Maclay – Permissions and Microservices
Julia Edwards – API Driven Development
Nicole Salzman – Running an Enterprise Beta
Sid Sidhu – Bring Your ____ Self to Work

7:30pm – 8:30pm – Networking

Box Girl Geeks – Bios

Kelsey Dutton (Software Engineer, Platform, Box)Kelsey Dutton
Kelsey Dutton is a software engineer on Platform. She focuses on building secure and scalable authentication services while maintaining a seamless developer experience. She helped launch the platform side of Box, enabling developers to power their applications with Box as the content layer. Kelsey is also co-chair of Box’s Women in Tech group. In her free time you can find her backpacking, running, and generally enjoying the outdoors.

Julia Edwards (Software Engineer, Partners, Box)Julia Edwards
Julia Edwards is a software engineer on the Partners team at Box. She works on designing, building out, and maintaining Box’s integrations with partners like Google and Microsoft. She is passionate about developing and leveraging APIs to create a more connected and knowledgable world. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with Malibu (her grumpy 10 year old yellow Lab), doing CrossFit, gardening, and playing Zelda on her N64.

Joy Ebertz (Staff Software Engineer, Core, Box)Joy Ebertz
Joy Ebertz is a staff software engineer on the Permissions team, which is part of a larger team spearheading Box’s shift to microservices. Specifically, her team is focusing on moving the permissions system (how we determine if a given user is able to perform a given action on a given object) out of our current monolith and striving to simplify the system in the process. Joy has been at Box for over 5 years and has worked on a variety of teams – from full stack to backend. She was one of the founding members of Box’s Women in Tech group and is currently serving her second term as co-chair. Joy blogs regularly about her experiences – mostly, but not entirely, work related.

Rachel Maclay (Permissions Team Tech Lead, Future Architecture, Box)Rachel Maclay
Rachel Maclay is the tech lead for the Permissions team, which is part of the larger Future Architecture team that is spearheading Box’s shift to microservices. Specifically, her team is focusing on moving the permissions system (how we determine if a given user is able to perform a given action on a given object) out of our current monolith and striving to simplify the system in the process. Rachel has been at Box for over 5 years and has worked on a several monolith-slaying projects. She was one of the founding members of Box’s Women in Tech group and is currently the Career Development co-chair.

Nicole Salzman (Product Operations Manager, Box)Nicole Salzman
Nicole Salzman leads Product Operations. She focuses on improving PM processes and collaboration across other organizations at Box. Her work on the Product team includes improving product betas, the product development process, product feedback and company-wide communications. She is also co-chair of the Box’s Women Network group.

Sid Sidhu (Senior Engineering Manager, Productivity Engineering, Box)
Sid Sidhu leads the Productivity Engineering group at Box. Her group is responsible for building the platform and infrastructure powering Continuous Integration, and focussing on long term developer productivity. She is an active member of WIT@Box, and cares deeply about building an inclusive workplace. She enjoys traveling, good food, and goofing off with her six year old son.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on April 20, 2017 at Eventbrite!

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Iridescent, a 501c3 nonprofit organization inspiring children and families across the globe to imagine, invent, and engineer.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #134: Sponsored by LinkedIn

13.04.2017 (2:53 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

LinkedIn Girl Geek Dinner

Join fellow girl geeks at LinkedIn in San Francisco on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 for dinner, networking and a panel discussion with several of LinkedIn’s Growth Data Scientists, Researchers and Product Managers!

LinkedIn’s growth has been up and to the right since the beginning. How did we get here and how do we plan to continue our growth? It is an ongoing challenge to measure how much value the growth is creating for our members. How do we measure the value of LinkedIn’s continued growth for both highly engaged and less active members?

Learn how we have rethought the way we measure success and refocused the team to align with these changes.

We’ll be talking about the changes we’ve made to measure and grow the value we build on LinkedIn, asking and answering questions like:

  • What is the history of Growth at LinkedIn?
  • How are we measuring success as a growth team and how has this evolved?
  • What are some of our strategies to move eQM?
  • What are some of the challenges of pushing eQM?

LinkedIn Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

6:00pm – 6:30pm: Registration, Drinks, Networking & Profile Photography!
6:30pm – 7:15pm: Dinner!
7:15pm – 7:45pm: Welcome by organizers of LinkedIn Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner, Panel Speakers
7:45pm – 9:00pm: More Networking!

LinkedIn Girl Geeks – Bios

Lily Sierra (Product Manager, LinkedIn)Lily Sierra
Lily Sierra is a Product Manager at LinkedIn leading the My Network team. She focuses on helping users build their network through People You May Know, network updates, and invitations. Before that, she studied Symbolic Systems at Stanford University. She grew up in a small town in New Mexico, where she learned to love the outdoors. She enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and traveling with friends and family.

Sneha Keshwani (Product Manager, LinkedIn)Sneha Keshwani
Sneha Keshwani is a Product Manager leading the mobile growth team at LinkedIn. She focuses on driving app installs and mobile engagement through notifications. Previously, she worked on the International team driving signups in India and Germany. Before that, she studied Computer Science and Business at University of Pennsylvania.

Aastha Jain (Staff Applied Researcher, LinkedIn)Aastha Jain
Aastha Jain is a Staff Applied Researcher at LinkedIn in growth relevance. She focuses on understanding the growth ecosystem at LinkedIn and building scalable engineering systems which promote network growth. Before that she finished her PhD in Applied Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University.

Nan “Iris” Wang (Senior Data Scientist, LinkedIn)Nan Iris Wang
Nan Wang is a Senior Data Scientist at LinkedIn. She currently focuses on member growth, lifecycle and engagement; specifically, on communications, to elevate and retain active members, and rekindle dormant members. Before LinkedIn, she worked at Amazon.

Meghan Kirby-McFarland (Design Manager, LinkedIn)Meghan Kirby-McFarland
Meghan Kirby-McFarland is the Design Manager leading the Growth team at LinkedIn. She’s been at LinkedIn for over 6 years, and has worked on a variety of products across the company before coming to Growth. She has a degree in Urban Studies, with an emphasis in Architecture & Urban Design from Stanford University.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on April 14, 2017 at Eventbrite!

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Iridescent, a 501c3 nonprofit organization inspiring children and families across the globe to imagine, invent, and engineer.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #133: Sponsored by Splunk

28.03.2017 (10:41 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners at Splunk's office on April 5th in San Francisco!

Splunk is excited to invite you to the inaugural Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner at their HQ in San Francisco on April 5th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm! Learn how digital transformation is shaping the industry and changing the way you work.

You’ll also hear from panelists Tracy Edkins, Chief HR Officer; Haiyan Song, SVP, Security Markets and Vi Ly, AVP, Global Pre-sales Strategy & Operations about the differentiators of hyper-growth companies and how to take advantage of them to further your career. Splunk Inc. is the market leader in analyzing machine data to deliver Operational Intelligence for security, IT and the business. Splunk® software provides the enterprise machine data fabric that drives digital transformation. More than 13,000 customers in over 110 countries use Splunk solutions in the cloud and on-premises.

Splunk Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:15pm: Registration, Food & Drinks, Networking, and Demos!

6:15pm – 7:00pm: Lightning Talks

7:00pm – 7:45pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A

7:45pm – 8:30pm: Food & Drinks, Networking, and Demos!

About the Splunk Geeks – Bios

Tracy Edkins (Chief Human Resources Officer, Senior Vice President)Tracy Edkins
Tracy Edkins has served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer since 2015. Prior to joining Splunk, Ms. Edkins served as Vice President of Human Resources, Global Product and Technology at eBay, an e-commerce company, from 2012 to 2015. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Edkins served as Senior Director, Human Resources at eBay. Previously, Ms. Edkins served in a variety of senior management roles at Starbucks, Blast Radius and Business Objects. Ms. Edkins holds an advanced B.A. from the University of Manitoba.


Haiyan Song (Senior Vice President, Security Markets, Splunk)Haiyan Song
Haiyan has been with Splunk since 2014 and currently serves as our Senior Vice President, Security Markets. From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Song served as Vice President and General Manager of HP ArcSight, a security and compliance management company previously acquired by Hewlett- Packard Company. From 2005 to 2012, Ms. Song served as Vice President of Engineering at ArcSight. Ms. Song previously served as Vice President of Engineering at SenSage, an event data warehousing company, from 2004 to 2005. Ms. Song started her career at IBM/Informix, a database software company.
Ms. Song holds a M.S. from Florida Atlantic University and studied Computer Science in Tsinghua University in China. Since joining Splunk, Ms. Song’s strategic leadership has led to widespread industry and analyst recognition for Splunk and Splunk Enterprise Security. In 2016, Ms. Song achieved one of her most personally rewarding accolades, being named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech by the National Diversity Council.


Vi Ly (AVP, Global Pre-Sales Strategy and Operations, Splunk)Vi Ly
Vi is responsible for driving key strategic initiatives of the worldwide Sales Engineering organization, which include discovery, standardization and communication of best practices, leading with reporting and analytics, and ensuring an effective teamwork model. She is also responsible for aligning and collaborating with business partners in Customer Success, Sales, Marketing, Engineering and Human Resources. A fan of geeks, diversity and problem solving, Vi holds a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Willamette University.


Kelly Kitagawa (Sales Engineer, Splunk)Kelly Kitagawa
Kelly has been with Splunk since 2013 and has served as a Splunk Sales Engineer since 2016. Prior to her sales engineering role, Kelly was an IT Project Manager focusing on Splunk internal systems and vendor management. Before joining Splunk, Kelly was a consultant at Accenture building out large scale system integrations for three years. Kelly holds a degree in Computer Engineering from University of California, Santa Cruz.


Susan Rusconi (Director Leadership Development)Susan Rusconi
Susan Rusconi is the director of leadership development at Splunk where she designs and delivers strategic leadership programs which align with the business strategy of the company and supports the growth and development of Splunk’s leaders. Her programs include the Splunk New Leader program, a virtual program that includes 1:1 coaching for new people managers, a Core Management Program for people managers focusing on Splunk’s core competencies, and a Strategic Leadership Program which focuses on business acumen and leading in a high growth environment. In addition Susan facilitates customized development sessions for teams. Prior to Splunk Susan was head of leadership development and worked in sales enablement at Adobe, and prior to that she held a variety of positions in marketing and field enablement at Silicon Graphics. Susan received her Bachelor of Science in Development, Resource, and Consumer Economics from the University of California, Davis and her MBA from Santa Clara University.


Fred McAmis (Sr. Director of Learning and Development and Employee Communications)Mary Ann Gallo
Fred oversees programs, such as leadership development, employee communications, performance management, employee development, coaching and onboarding at Splunk. These programs weave together to ensure that after people join Splunk they have many opportunities to develop themselves professionally. Some notable recent programs that we launch are the Sr. Leadership Program, The employee portal, Goal Management across the organization and an upgraded employee communications program. Prior to joining Splunk, Fred was an independent HR consultant focusing primarily on team development and executive coaching. He also held senior HR postions at Hyperion, Autodesk, and Octel Communications. He started his career in an engineering services role for Sun Microsystems. Fred holds a BA in Psychology from UC Davis and an MA in Management from JFK University.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on March 29, 2017 at Eventbrite!