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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #92: Sponsored by Inflection

28.06.2015 (4:42 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Inflection Girl Geek DinnerJoin Inflection and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Wednesday, July 8th at Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company in San Carlos, California for an evening of dinner, drinks, and delightful conversation!

Have fun meeting with fellow girl geeks in tech, including the women leading Inflection in its mission to build trust on the Internet. Inflection’s products verify identities and backgrounds so that people can connect with confidence, both online and in person. The panel will feature a cross-functional medley of inspiring women leaders from product development to engineering to business development, and more.

There are only 150 seats for this event, so attendees for the dinner will be selected by lottery (see below).

Twitter handles: @Inflection @BayAreaGGD
Event hashtag: #InflectionGirlGeekDinner

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- Deadline to enter the lottery is MIDNIGHT July 1st, 2015 -

Inflection Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

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

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Inflection Girl Geeks Dinner panel discussion!

7:30pm – 8:00pm – Networking!

Inflection Girl Geek Speakers!

Hamida HamzaHamida Hamza (Inflection Director of People)

Hamida leads People Operations team at Inflection with over six years of HR, recruiting & operations experience. She joined Inflection after graduating from Stanford University with a BA in International Relations and is passionate about cultivating a people-centered culture that promotes engagement, support and balance. She is Program Director at Namaste Foundation, a philanthropic organization started by Inflection’s founders. In her free time, Hamida enjoys traveling and doing Pilates reformer.

Tiffany FereydouniTiffany Fereydouni (Inflection Director of Product)

Tiffany is a Director of Product at Inflection. She leads a cross-functional team of developers, designers, content managers, brand ninjas, and QA leads, overseeing as well as Inflection’s product marketing channel. Tiffany also is co-founder of Women@Inflection, a community within the company focused on optimizing the working experience for women at Inflection. She joined Inflection in 2011 after graduating from Harvard with a degree in Economics. Outside of work, Tiffany enjoys RockSalt Pilates, adventuring around the Bay, and masterminding ways to anonymously inspire a delightful moment in another person’s day.

Marielle SmithMarielle Smith (Inflection Director of Recruiting)

Marielle leads recruiting at Inflection. During her career in talent acquisition, she’s built and led the recruiting function for businesses in the software, marketing technology & services, and entertainment industries, such as Apigee, Estalea and News Digital Media (Fox). After leaving an academic career path and before finding her passion in recruiting, Marielle explored the intersection of marketing and technology. She was an early participant in the internet economy in New York City in the mid-90s. She’s a graduate of UC Irvine and has a PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Harvard. As an engineering school dropout, Marielle takes every opportunity to encourage women to pursue technical career paths and to promote diversity in the workplace.

Avanti KetkarAvanti Ketkar (Inflection Lead Platform Engineer)

Avanti leads the platform engineering team at Inflection. She worked for several tech companies (Microsoft, Ingenio and before joining Inflection. At Inflection, Avanti and her team build platform (called STORM) features and functionalities focused on payments and analytics. Avanti co-founded Women@Inflection, now an integral part of Inflection’s culture. She’s passionate about building high-energy, productive teams as well as mentoring and supporting women in technology. If Avanti is not working, you will find her on a yoga mat or in her kitchen.

Julie PriceJulie Price (Inflection Director of Product)

Julie leads the website at Inflection, shepherding it in all aspects from ideas to product launches. She followed her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a Masters certificate in Business Analysis, transitioning her into the world of product. She has over 10 years of product management experience at emerging tech companies across a wide variety of industries including payments, big data, identity management, telecomm and music. Julie is passionate about building great products that delight end users. She defines product success as a healthy balance between agile methods and user-centric design, delivering business benefit with a focus on the end user experience.

Stephanie LeongStephanie Leong (Inflection Director of Partnerships)

Stephanie leads the Business Development and Strategic Partnership team focusing on revenue and growth for new and existing customer acquisition channels at Inflection. Prior to Inflection, Stephanie managed affiliate programs and channels and worked in partner marketing and analysis at and FileMaker, a subsidiary of Apple, Inc. Outside of work, Stephanie’s interests include traveling, cooking, eating, outdoor activities, sharing her husband’s enthusiasm for cars, and spending time with her family.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #91: Sponsored by Accenture

10.06.2015 (10:31 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Accenture Girl Geek Dinner
Accenture and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners welcome you to an evening of delicious nom-noms, wine, tech talks, networking and more on Wednesday, June 17th (5:30 – 8:30pm) in San Francisco!

Come enjoy your Wednesday evening with some of the extraordinary, innovative women of the Accenture Technology Labs (ATL) and Accenture Analytics. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 323,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. This year it has been ranked in the “Top Companies for Women Technologists by the Anita Borg Institute (ABI)”. Accenture Technology Labs, the dedicated technology research and development (R&D) organization within Accenture explores new and emerging technologies to create a vision of how technology will shape the future and invent the next wave of cutting-edge business solutions.

Accenture Analytics delivers insight-driven outcomes at scale to help organizations improve their performance. At this event you will hear from our panelists: a group of inspiring, go-getter executives from the company. The rest of the evening will be packed with tech talks, demos, tasty food, wine, networking and photo booth opportunities! There are only 125 seats available for this exciting event, so attendees will be selected by lottery.

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Accenture Geek Dinner Agenda:
5:30pm-6:15pm: Registration, Demos, Appetizers, Drinks, Networking & Photo Booth
6:15pm-7:00pm: Accenture Panel
7:00pm-8:30pm: Dinner, Demos, Photo Booth & Networking.

Accenture Geek Bios:

Mary Hamilton (Managing Director)
Mary leads the Silicon Valley Accenture Technology Labs and is also the Managing Director responsible for the Global Digital Experiences group. In this role, she leads a research and development agenda focused on emerging digital technology to address key business challenges of Accenture’s clients. Her multidisciplinary team creates differentiated technology concepts and solutions to drive Accenture’s growth and capabilities in new areas such as Digital Customer, Digital Workforce, and Digital Operations. These capabilities are based on new advances in experience-driven technologies including virtual/immersive/augmented reality, wearables, 3D printing, connected car, customer analytics and lifestyle services, social collaboration, gamification, and crowdsourcing. She received her SB degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


ChetnaSehgalChetna Sehgal (Managing Director)
Chetna is a San Francisco based Managing Director with Accenture. She leads Application Services for Accenture’s Pacific Communication, Media and High Tech Industry Group. Over the past nineteen years, Chetna has honed and leveraged her strong relationship management, sales and delivery skills. She has successfully expanded Accenture’s footprint and delivered business outcomes for Fortune 500 clients through complex global systems implementation initiatives. She has also taken clients through complicated transformation and M&A journeys. Chetna was an expat in India for over three years. She is a certified Diversity sponsor for Accenture. Chetna has an MBA from George Mason University and Negotiation certifications from Harvard. She serves on the Board of the American Red Cross, Silicon Valley Chapter.


VictoriaNovotnyVictoria Novotny (Managing Director)

Victoria has spent 17 years at Accenture focused on Client Delivery at Electronic & High Tech clients. She often finds herself at the cross-roads where large scale business transformation meets complex technology. Her expertise spans Order-to-Cash, Service & Sales business processes and custom, Oracle, SAP and technologies. Victoria is an active leader in activities provided by Accenture to grow herself and Accenture’s people including mentoring, recruiting and coaching in volunteer organizations. Victoria She holds a B.S.E in Computer Science from Princeton University.

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.



Jin ZhangJin Zhang (Sr. Director,CA Analytics)

Jin Zhang leads the product and design team for CA’s newly founded Analytics business unit. She joined CA recently after successfully launching Apigee to its IPO. Prior to that she was a Director at IBM, responsible for managing large Engineering teams as well as delivering 8-digit revenue. A frequent speaker at various technology conferences, Jin is passionate about diversity and mentoring, and volunteers at Palo Alto Lean In Circle. Her favorite technology space involves database, cloud, analytics, and mobile.

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.

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- 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.