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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

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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 ::

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

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- 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!

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners #85: Sponsored by WalmartLabs

07.04.2015 (11:24 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

WalmartLabs Girl Geek DinnerJoin @WalmartLabs, in partnership with the Walmart eCommerce Women’s Resource Council, for an evening of networking and tech talks on Tuesday, April 14 at our Sunnyvale campus!

Meet the women building @WalmartLabs innovations and enjoy refreshments and network with our girl geeks and your fellow talented women colleagues in technology!

The @Walmartlabs girl geek speakers will focus on “Designing Technology Through the Lens of the Customer”. Learn from our User Experience, Merchandising, Mobile Strategy, and Customer Promise experts!

@WalmartLabs is hiring software engineers, data scientists, designers and product managers! Check out our positions at or talk to a recruiter at the event.

Twitter handles: @WalmartLabs @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #WalmartLabsGirlGeekDinner

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- Deadline to enter the lottery is MIDNIGHT April 9th 2015 -

WalmartLabs Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:15pm: Registration, dinner, drinks and networking

6:15pm – 6:30pm: Keynotes

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Panel Discussion “Designing Technology Through the Lens of the Customer”

7:30pm – 8:00pm: More Networking!

WalmartLabs Girl Geek Speaker Bios!

Jeremy KingJeremy King (CTO)

As Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of @WalmartLabs, Jeremy has been on the forefront of cloud computing and brings over 20 years of experience to his position. Jeremy’s focus has been on highly available and scalable web technologies, engineering methodology and productivity, and developing SaaS technology platforms and presentation layer frameworks to support global e-commerce operations.




Jaya KolhatkarJaya Kolhatkar (Vice President, Data)

As Vice President of Engineering with @WalmartLabs and formerly co-founder of Inkiru, acquired by @WalmartLabs in 2013, Jaya’s focus is on using cutting edge predictive techniques to identify patterns and signals to quickly solve complex business problems that otherwise would be impossible to achieve, especially at Walmart scale. In her role @WalmartLabs, Jaya is responsible for defining and testing a predictive intelligence platform that allows data scientists to build and deploy predictive algorithms that can influence customer experience in real-time and reduce fraud. Jaya has an MBA from Villanova University.




Fiona TanFiona Tan (Vice President, Engineering & International Markets)

As VP of Engineering for International eCommerce @WalmartLabs, Fiona is responsible for the definition, delivery, execution and support of products for Walmart’s international markets. With extensive experience delivering mission-critical enterprise software and leading highly-effective global engineering organizations, Fiona is also responsible for organizational and operational excellence across @WalmartLabs. Fiona holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford and a B.S. from MIT.




Jill KrimmelJill Krimmel (Vice President, Merchandising)

Jill is Vice President of Merchandising at, where she sets strategy and manages a diverse team to develop’s Consumables, Grocery, and Health & Wellness businesses – the company’s three fastest growing online categories. Jill joined Walmart in 2006 as Senior Business Manager of Gift Cards and Financial Services and has since held a variety of positions. Jill has a B.S. in Business Administration from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo.




Christine PunChristine Pun (Sr. Director, User Experience)

As Sr. Director of User Experience for @WalmartLabs, Christine is responsible for the user experience team designing the responsive experience for Walmart eCommerce horizontal business initiatives, services (i.e., registry, pharmacy, and photo), grocery, and the global migration. Christine holds a B.S. in Graphic Design from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo.






Keri VokeKerilyn Voke (Manager, Mobile Strategy)

Kerilyn joined the Mobile Strategy team at Walmart eCommerce less than a year ago to help design and develop the product strategy for our Mobile and Digital products. She earned a Bachelor, Business Administration from The College of William and Mary.






Sneha NarahalliSneha Narahalli (Sr. Product Manager, Customer Promise)

Sneha is relatively new to @WalmartLabs having joined our Customer Promise team as a Sr. Product Manager. Sneha earned a M.S. in Information System Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.E. in Information Science from Visvesvaraya Technological University.






ManasiManasi M (Principal Software Engineer)

Manasi is a Principal Software Engineer with @WalmartLabs where for nearly three years she’s worked closely with a team of data scientists and engineers to develop recommendation models and platforms in order to generate traffic towards Walmart’s e-commerce sites. Manasi holds an M.S. in Computer Science from New York University and a BTech. in Information Technology from Indian Institute of Technology.





MahadevanMahadevan Virudhagiri (Principal Software Engineer)

As a Principal Software Engineer for @WalmartLabs for almost four years, Mahadevan designs and implements large Java/J2EE Web applications and batch systems. Mahadevan holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology and Research Academy.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners #84: Sponsored by Autodesk

16.02.2015 (7:05 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Autodesk Girl Geek DinnerJoin Autodesk for a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Wednesday, February 25th at the Autodesk Gallery at One Market Street in downtown San Francisco, California for a delightful evening of food, drink, interactive exhibits and talks from the women at the forefront of innovation at Autodesk.

Autodesk is pioneering an “imagine, design, create” process impacting fields as diverse as the film industry, the maker movement, automotive manufacturing and more. From blockbuster visual effects and buildings that create their own energy to electric cars and the batteries that power them, the work of Autodesk’s 3D software customers is everywhere you look, including the last 19 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects.

There will be ambassadors from throughout Autodesk joining us in the audience as well to talk more about Autodesk, their teams and the exhibits on display in the Gallery.

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

- Deadline to enter the lottery is MIDNIGHT on the evening of Wednesday, February 18th -

Autodesk Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

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

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Talks from Autodesk Girl Geeks!

      a. Welcome & introductory remarks by Amy Bunszel
      b. “Sustainable Design Within Reach” with Nicole Shumaker
      c. “Unlocking the Creativity in Everyone” with Mary Hope McQuiston
      d. “Hands-on: Empowerment Through Making” with J.D. Sassaman
      e. Q&A Panel led by Amy Bunszel

7:30pm – 8:30pm – Networking!

Autodesk Girl Geek Speaker Bios!

Amy Bunszel (Vice President, AutoCAD Product Line Group)

Amy BunszelAs Vice President of the AutoCAD Product Line Group, Amy Bunszel leads the product team responsible for producing a wide variety of AutoCAD products running on desktop, web and mobile platforms. These products represent over $1B in revenue for Autodesk and through AutoCAD 360 over 40 million DWG files have been uploaded to the Autodesk Cloud and are leveraged by over 2.5M unique users of our web and mobile applications each month. Amy has been driving a transformation of the AutoCAD product line – modernizing the 30 year old desktop product and introducing new cloud, social, mobile experiences to the over 10 million AutoCAD users in the world. Amy’s roots are in Applications Engineering and Product Management and she now runs a cross functional team of over 350 people responsible for delivering over 10 varieties of AutoCAD products. In 2003, Amy joined Autodesk through the acquisition of Linius Technologies, a Massachusetts’s based CAD software startup she co-founded. Two years ago, after an 8 year stint in Oregon, Amy and her family (husband Chris and children Renee and Nolan) relocated to the Bay Area. Amy holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Nicole Shumaker (Marketing Program Manager, Sustainability Solutions)

Talk Topic: Sustainable Design Within Reach

Nicole ShumakerNicole Shumaker is the Marketing Program Manager for the Sustainability Solutions team whose vision is to make sustainable design a no-brainer. With over 13 million users, Autodesk tools are being used at the points of critical decision-making by those creating our built environment and industrial world. We are dedicated to developing new features and apps that make it easy, insightful, and cost-effective to understand project performance metrics such as energy efficiency and water stewardship- the two biggest solvable problems with the biggest financial payback for our customers. And while what was once a competitive differentiator quickly becomes an imperative, we are designing in capabilities that will help keep our customers from getting designed-out. Nicole will talk about some of the solutions coming to market this year and the amazing Autodeskers behind those innovations. Nicole graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. She taught high school math and built two (separate) successful businesses around Building Information Modeling (BIM) software and permafrost monitoring equipment before joining Autodesk. In her spare time she loves to race a wooden sailboat named Youngster and is, slowly, learning to play the guitar.

Mary Hope (“MH”) McQuiston (Senior Director of Marketing for Consumer and 3D printing)

Talk Topic: Unlocking the Creativity in Everyone

Nicole ShumakerMary Hope (“MH”) McQuiston is the Senior Director of Marketing for Consumer and 3D printing at Autodesk. MH has been at Autodesk since 2004 in various leadership roles. She is passionate about making Autodesk’s powerful design and 3D printing technology accessible to kids, makers, hackers, artists and entrepreneurs everywhere. She co-founded Autodesk’s consumer and 3D printing business in 2010 and subsequently has helped to grow the group’s user base to over 220 million total users. Most recently her team launched Spark, a free open software platform for 3D printing, and the Ember 3D printer, Autodesk’s first hardware product. MH has two kids and gets riled up about education, girl power, the SF Giants and her hometown of Philadelphia. Follow her on Twitter @mhmcquiston.

J.D. Sassaman (Pier 9 Workshop and Creative Projects Manager)

Talk Topic: Hands-on: Empowerment Through Making

Nicole ShumakerJ.D. Sassaman is a hands-on maker, architectural designer, and craftsman. Her work ranges from building traditional hand planes to producing digitally routed furniture, from interactive exhibits to adaptive housing proposals. At Autodesk, J.D. runs the Pier 9 Workshop and has helped build this world-class lab for experimentation and exploration which opened in 2013. Pier 9 Workshop brings together artists, designers, engineers, and thinkers to push the limits of what both our hardware and software can do. The workshop facilitates projects from many teams within Autodesk, teaching more than 25 unique machine training courses and welcome almost 1000 visitors a month. With the Artists in Residence Program, the creative community is developing into an anomalous and inspiring movement that embraces failure in the creative process, shares skills, and inspires others to discover the joys of experiential making.

Autodesk is hiring developers and designers! Check out our positions out at or come find a recruiter at the event.

See the Top 7 Reasons to work at Autodesk here.

Find Autodesk online on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and check out Careers at Autodesk.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #83: Sponsored by Salesforce

01.02.2015 (1:21 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join Salesforce on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in downtown San Francisco, CA 94105, California for a Salesforce Girl Geek Dinner!


Salesforce’s Women in Tech group is excited to welcome you all to celebrate Women, Technology and Innovation! Meet the women behind Salesforce’s innovations, enjoy interesting technical talks, cool demos, refreshments, and network with other brilliant Women in Technology!

You will get the chance to meet the women behind Salesforce’s products, and learn about the Salesforce Analytics Cloud, Performance Engineering, Design Processes, and Product Architecure!


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

- Deadline to enter the lottery is MIDNIGHT  Tuesday, February 3rd -

Salesforce Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm-6:30pm: Registration, Food/Drinks and Networking

6:30pm-7:30pm: Lightning talks by Salesforce’s Geeks

7:30pm-8:30pm: Networking, Dessert and more fun!

Salesforce Girl Geek Speaker Bios

Cathy Polinsky

Talk Topic: How Salesforce uses Salesforce to build Salesforce

Bio: Cathy Polinsky is VP of Engineering for Search at Cathy joined Salesforce in 2009 and has led a variety of software engineering leadership roles at the company in the Platform Engineering and emerging businesses organizations. She is passionate about creating a culture of innovation on her teams and organized’s first internal hackathon. Prior to Salesforce, Cathy managed dev teams at Yahoo! in their search and advertising technology group. She also worked as a software developer at and various Silicon Valley companies before transitioning to engineering management. Cathy has two daughters and enjoys working on Scratch and Hour of Code programs with them. Follow her on twitter at @cathysfdc


qingqingQingqing Liu

Talk Topic:How we built the mobile app for Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud

Bio: Qingqing is a Software Archiect at Salesforce where she works on the Mobile App. In the past she has worked at Netapp and Genentech. When Apple launched the first iPhone in 2007, she launched her first mobile app as a side project, which is where her love for ‘all things mobile’ began! She loves to hear feedback on the apps she built, and lives by her motto, “Be the change you want to see.” You can follow her on twitter at @qingqingliu


CordeliaMcteeGubbCordelia McGee-Tubb

Talk Topic: Design Process for Lightning App Builder

Bio: Cordelia McGee-Tubb is a senior accessibility specialist at Salesforce, where she works with designers and developers to ensure a great product experience for all Salesforce users. During her nearly four years at the company, she’s worn a number of hats, including user experience designer, prototyper, and software developer. An advocate for digital literacy, Cordelia teaches basic computer and internet skills at a local center for senior citizens. She holds a BA in Computer Science from Vassar College and is currently working on her MFA in Comics at California College of the Arts. You can follow her on twitter at @cordeliadillon


Anjali_HeadshotAnjali Ashok

Talk Topic: A day in the life of  a Performance Engineer

Bio: Anjali Ashok is a Performance Engineer at Salesforce, working with various teams to help build faster and more responsive features. She completed her MS in Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology in December 2013, working with Thad Starner in Wearable Computing and specializing in High Performance Computing. Her other interests include playing and writing music, and listening to Indian, indie and folk bands, among other genres. You can follow her on twitter at @music811