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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #99: Sponsored by BMC Software

20.09.2015 (9:06 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join BMC girl geeks in Sunnyvale on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 – Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #99!!!

Join us for an evening with BMC’ers advancing enterprise software in the digital age. Enjoy a night of networking, technology and fun! Demos include our latest innovation delivered on the Apple Watch. Enjoy food & drink, a comprehensive panel of executive and line managers driving digital innovation in engineering, product management, sales, services and marketing.

When & Where:

BMC Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

5:30-6:30pm: Registration, Dinner @Plug and Play – Open Demo stations on BMC Products/Networking
6:30-8:00 pm: Presentations and Panel Discussion
8:00-9:00 pm: Dessert and mingling

Event hashtag: #BMCGirlGeekDinner
Event hosts: @BMCSoftware and @BayAreaGGD

Your Speakers for the BMC Girl Geek Dinner -

Elizabeth Xu, VP Engineering and CTO Service Support

Elizabeth Xu is the VP of Engineering and CTO of Service Support at BMC Software. Since joining BMC, Xu has continued to lead mission critical enterprise software businesses toward award winning goals. Prior to her role at BMC, Xu has served as the SVP for Product and Software Development while continuing to focus on customer support and team development.

As a graduate from Peking University, University of Nevada- Reno and Stanford University, Xu has earned degrees in Physics, Computer Science and Environmental Science. She has also become a mentor in career building as well as an instructor on the topic at Stanford University. Published both a textbook and an acclaimed book on the topic of career development.


Michele McFadden, Sr Director Product Management Service Support
Michele McFadden is the Senior Director of Product Management at BMC Software. Her expertise in Product Management focused on specializing in customer experience working with diverse portfolios, win/loss market analysis and product integration. McFadden enjoys utilizing these skills to work with cross functional teams on planning and executing strategic and tactical programs and projects.




Elaine Miller and Laurie Cremona Wagner, AVP, Education Services and Customer Success Marketing

Elaine Miller and Laurie Cremona Wagner, the job share team known collectively at L&E, are responsible for BMC’s Education Services business and Customer Success Marketing.  Education Services delivers in-depth technical training to ensure customers and partners are successful with BMC technology – key to BMC’s overall success.  As leaders of Education Services, L&E are responsible for the quality, performance and growth of the business.  As leaders of Customer Success Marketing, L&E market the value of BMC’s services, which includes consulting, education, and support.

Elaine and Laurie have been a job share team for 10 years.  BMC is the third company for which they have worked as a team.  They both started their careers in technical fields, and between them hold degrees from MIT, Harvard, and 3 degrees from Stanford.  They are passionate about women in tech, and host a website on job sharing:


Bianca Buckridee, Strategic Marketing Manager Service Support

In her current role at BMC Software, Bianca Buckridee is continuing to build her customer experience knowledge by working with multiple teams to construct an aligned marketing plan to provide a consistent brand message across campaign and product launches. Buckridee previously managed major enterprise accounts at Sprinklr, with a focus on helping them successfully execute social strategies across customer service and marketing. Prior to that, she led social media operations for Chase, where she built out the bank’s social customer service channels, leading a team that became the model for collaboration across the firm. She also built SunTrust Bank’s social engagement model for interacting with customers on Twitter and Facebook, and their corporate blog. #FunFact: Bianca once taught Kindergarten and Third Grade!


May Bakken, Senior Manager, BMC Customer Programs (Customer Advocacy)

May Bakken is the Senior Product Manager for Customer Programs at BMC Software.  She develops and continually improves programs that focus on the customers to bring their requirements and  feedback to BMC to deliver product features.  Her programs have significant positive impacts in customer engagements and interactions with BMC and drives improved processes and quality within the BMC product lifecycle.

Bakken earned her Bachelor’s degree in Information Management from the University of Melbourne in Australia.  She has also studied Business System Application Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.


Brian Zaik, Lead User Experience Designer at BMC Software.

Brian Zaik is the Lead User Experience Designer at BMC Software. His focus as a designer is to design and build products and software that provide an experience that is both visually appealing and easy to use. Currently, Zaik is working to integrate these designs into key BMC Products on a global scale. He is also a part of the UX Center of Excellence at BMC, which works to spread best practices, educate product organizations and continually grow the BMC team.

Zaik earned his Bachelor and Master degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic University studying Human-Computer Interaction & Computer and Systems Engineering.


Megan Dahlgren, Strategic Marketing Manager Service Support

Megan Dahlgren is your moderator this evening, she also serves as the Senior Manager of Strategic Marketing at BMC Software. Dahlgren earned her Bachelor degree at Vassar in Philosophy and her MBA at HEC School of Management where she studied Strategy.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #98: Sponsored by IBM

13.09.2015 (8:51 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

IBM and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners invites you for a fun event on Thursday, September 17th at IBM’s Foster City Lab location for a networking dinner!

Come and hear our IBM girl geek executives, technical & product leaders talk about innovation & leadership in IBM. The evening will be filled with networking opportunities, demos, food & raffles!

IBM Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Registration, Networking, Demos, Food & Drinks
7:00pm – 7:30pm – Speaker Session
7:30pm – 8:15pm – Panel Discussion: Innovation & Leadership
8:15pm – 9:00pm – Raffles, Demos & More Networking!

Event hashtag: #IBMGirlGeekDinner
Event hosts: @IBMSValley and @BayAreaGGD

* Please bring your picture ID for IBM employee to check in at the door.
** As a courtesy to our Speakers, registration will close at 7:00pm.


- IBM employees should go through your local IBM Super Women group to register for the event. -

Your Speakers for the IBM Girl Geek Dinner -

Madhu Kochar (VP, Cloud Data Services Delivery, Operations and Support)
Madhu Kochar currently leads the Cloud Delivery, Operations and Support organization for the IBM Cloud Data Services. Her mission is to establish a world class service delivery, engineering, operations and support teams to transform IBM business on the cloud. The portfolio of offerings range from hosted and managed services available on Bluemix and Softlayer. She has managed and led several strategic technology areas in the Information Management such as – Database tools, DB2 for zOS, Enterprise Search platform/product development, and as well IBM Replication and Federation product sets. She has vast experience with all the different facets of the software development, from concept to delivery as well as customer support. She is also a recipient of a prestigious recognition – Honoree for the Silicon Valley’s executive Women and recipient of 2012 TWIN award.

Inhi Suh (VP, Strategy and Business Development)
Inhi Cho Suh is the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for IBM Analytics Group. IBM Big Data & Analytics business represents nearly $18B of Revenue ranging in software, services, and solutions. Inhi is responsible for the portfolio strategy, revenue growth and related capital allocation, which drives the selection of Industries and Assets, as well as direct the resource and capital investment across the organization. She oversees global acquisitions and strategic partnerships including most recently Twitter and The Weather Company.
Inhi began her career with IBM in 1998, joining the global strategy team for IBM’s Personal Systems Group. She then went on to hold a variety of leadership and management positions in marketing, product management, and strategy for IBM Software Group.

Jayashree Subrahmonia (VP, Development Transformation and Cloud Architecture)
Dr. Jay Subrahmonia is VP, Development Transformation and Cloud Architecture at IBM. She has responsibility to work with the entire Cloud leadership to drive IBM’s Cloud architecture, development transformation and operations excellence to deliver Cloud capabilities to market. Her team also works with clients adopting public and private cloud to help transform their businesses. Prior to this role, Jay was VP, Development for Core and Healthcare Products in the IBM Watson Group. Prior to joining IBM’s Software Group, Jay was at IBM’s T J Watson Research Center, developing state-of-the-art online handwriting recognition engine technologies, where she managed a business partnership with A T Cross to create CrossPad, a pen-based tablet platform and product development for the Pen interface for IBM’s ThinkPad TransNote product. Jay has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Brown University and B Tech in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. She has 20 patents filed, 14 issued; and 9 IBM Awards.

Laura Haas (IBM Fellow and Director of IBM Research’s Accelerated Discovery Lab)
Laura Haas is an IBM Fellow and Director of IBM Research’s Accelerated Discovery Lab. She was Director of Computer Science at IBM’s Almaden Research Center from 2005 to 2011, and had worldwide responsibility for IBM Research’s exploratory science program from 2009 through 2013. From 2001-2005, she led the Information Integration Solutions architecture and development teams in IBM’s Software Group. Previously, Dr. Haas was a research staff member and manager at Almaden. She has received several IBM awards for Outstanding Innovation and Technical Achievement, an IBM Corporate Award for information integration technology, the Anita Borg Institute Technical Leadership Award, and the ACM SIGMOD Codd Innovation Award. Dr. Haas was Vice President of the VLDB Endowment Board of Trustees from 2004-2009, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the IBM Academy of Technology, an ACM Fellow, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Vice Chair of the board of the Computing Research Association.

Zankhana R Pathak (Software Engineer – IBM Cloud Data Services)
Zankhana Pathak is a Software Engineer at IBM working with Monitoring and Analytics team in Cloud Data Service organization. She works on developing tools and infrastructure that helps to collect and analyze important metrics for several different data service offerings in IBM Cloud – Bluemix. In the past, Zana worked with the Infrastructure Engineering team in DB2 Tools organization where she played a major role in developing Autonomics capabilities in IBM Management Console. She graduated from San Jose State University with a Masters degree in Software Engineering. She enjoys spending time with her friends, traveling and exploring hobbies that engage her creatively. Follow her on Twitter @zrpathak.

Aarti Borkar (Director WebSphere Integration Product Management)
Aarti is the Director of Offering Management for IBM’s Middleware Cloud Services and API Economy. including Application Integration, Cloud Integration and API Management products. She leads a worldwide team of product managers and is responsible for the suite vision and direction. She has a background in defining product direction and executing on the strategy through various Product Management and Development roles in Application and Information Management. She started in Development in the Database and Data Integration space and continued on to Product and Offering Management roles for Information Integration, Governance, Security and Privacy. She also spent a year as the Chief of Staff for the GM of IBM’s Middleware Business. She has a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Bombay University, Masters in Computer Science from University of Southern California and a Masters in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #97: Sponsored by TechShop

30.08.2015 (7:36 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join TechShop and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Wednesday, September 9th at TechShop in San Francisco for an evening of education, fun, and networking!

Join TechShop and our partner Autodesk for an evening of hands-on activity and discussion around the importance of getting technology and businesses in the hands of Girl Geeks. How diversity of perspective is helping shape the future of design and a sneak peak into what that future looks like.

The theme of the night is: Girl Geek Impact and The Future of Design

TechShop Girl Geek Dinner Agenda -

6PM-6:30PM : Sign in, tours and dinner
6:30PM-7:15PM : Speakers
7:30PM-9:30PM : Activities
9:30PM-9:45PM : Raffle, tours, goodbyes

Event hashtag: #TechShopGirlGeekDinner

Your hosts: @TechShop @BayAreaGGD

Your Speakers for the TechShop Girl Geek Dinner -

Carrie Motamedi (VP Marketing, TechShop)
Carrie is responsible for sharing the TechShop mission with internal and external audiences. She creates and executes national marketing programs with partners that include Autodesk, General Electric, Ford, Lowe’s and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. She also oversees public relations and investor relations, and manages the corporate culture. Before joining TechShop in 2010, Carrie spent more than 15 years in technology marketing. At Sun Microsystems, she led public relations, analyst relations, employee communications and social programs for different business groups. Prior to Sun, she worked at global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. Born and raised in the Detroit Metro area, Carrie earned a dual degree from Michigan State University and studied at the University of London.
Julie Gordon White (The WELL Coaching and Community for Women Entrepreneurs)
Julie Gordon White, CBB, has helped hundreds of business buyers and sellers in her role as CEO and Broker of Record for BlueKey Business Brokerage M&A and the proud founder and CEO of The WELL Business Training & Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs; the go-to growth source for women business owners.
In 2003, she founded BlueKey and executed the sale and acquisition of companies with revenues between $1 and $10 million. In 2011, she was elected the first woman President of the California Association of Business Brokers since it’s inception in 1986.




Kate Drane (Senior Director of Tech Outreach at Indiegogo)
Kate Drane is Indiegogo’s Senior Director of Outreach for Tech and Hardware. Coining herself as a VC of the people, Kate has led hundreds of companies, including Misfit Wearables, Jolla and Canonical, to secure funding on Indiegogo.
In addition to working at Indiegogo, Kate is the co-founder and CMO of The Can Van, the world’s first mobile beer canning service made to bring reasonably priced and environmentally friendly packaging options to California breweries. She met her co-founders while attending Presidio Graduate School, where she received her MBA in Sustainable Management.




Autodesk Keynote Speaker
Erin Bradner (Design Researcher, Autodesk)
Erin has been a practicing User Researcher for over 15 years. Most recently, Erin managed user-experience projects across several of Autodesk’s engineering and design products. She researched topics ranging from the future of computer-aided design to how best to integrate marking menus into AutoCAD. Prior to Autodesk, Erin consulted for tiny start-ups, such as the one that designed the first cloud storage in the nineties, and large institutions such as IBM, Boeing and AT&T.
Erin is a student of the human mind. She has a B.S. in Cognitive Science and a PhD in Information & Computer Science. Erin’s dissertation work focused on the effects of communication technology on interpersonal behaviors such as persuasion, deception and trust. She has published in journals and proceedings in the field of Human-Computer Interaction and presented at conferences on the topics of distance collaboration and remote work.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #96: Sponsored by AppDynamics

18.08.2015 (12:28 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join AppDynamics and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Tuesday, August 25th at AppDynamics HQ in San Francisco for an evening of education, fun, and networking!

Join AppDynamics and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Tuesday, August 25th, in San Francisco for an evening of mingling and experience sharing!

Hear girls geeks from AppDynamics talk about going from the 1st female engineer to the 1st female product manager, starting from the bottom, and leading a technical team.

AppDynamics Girl Geek Dinner Agenda -

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, refreshments & networking
6:30pm – 7:30pm: AppDynamics Girl Geek talks!
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Q&A and more networking!

Event hashtag: #AppDynamicsGirlGeekDinner

Your hosts: @AppDynamics @BayAreaGGD

Your Speakers for the AppDynamics Girl Geek Dinner -

Meera Viswanathan (Product Manager, AppDynamics)
Talk Topic: From the First Female Engineer to First Female in Product Management
Meera Viswanathan is a Product Manager at AppDynamics. She recently transitioned into the role and was previously a Software Automation Engineer also at AppDynamics. Her background is in Software Engineering. She’s been with the company for about two and a half years now.

Stephanie Chou (Software Engineer, AppDyanmics)
Talk Topic: AppDynamics Through the Lens of a Fresh College Grad
Stephanie Chou has been a woman in tech for 5 years. She studied Electrical Engineering at UIUC. Halfway through her studies she realized hardware, signals and semiconductors were not her thing. So 1 month after graduation, she attended Dev Bootcamp in order to learn more about Web Development. 1 month after graduating Dev Bootcamp, she picked up and moved to the Bay Area from Chicago in order to find a job. And now she works as a Software Engineer on the UI team at AppDynamics. Previously, Stephanie wrote software for soft starters at Eaton Corporation and taught high school girls how to make an LED calculator at G.A.M.E.S Camp. Outside of her technical life, Stephanie enjoys playing ukulele, eating food and backpacking (sometimes all at the same time).

Hannah Current (Customers Program Marketing Manager, AppDynamics)
Talk Topic: Started from the Bottom Now I’m Here Speaker
Hannah Current is the Customer Marketing Manager at AppDynamics. After graduating from Santa Clara University, she joined AppDynamics in 2012 as a Social Media Intern. Her goal is to visit 50 countries before her 50th birthday (currently at 28 countries and counting). Reach out to her on Twitter at @HannahHaleyC

Heidi Newiger (University & Diversity Recruiting Programs, AppDynamics)
Heidi graduated from UCSB and fell into tech. In her two years at AppDynamics, she has grown a soon-to-be international University Recruitment program, and a global Diversity Recruitment Programs, including a Women in Technology organization that has increased the female population at AppDynamics by over 250%. She is a very energetic woman, who is passionate about people, relationships and programs!

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #95: Sponsored by GitHub

11.08.2015 (4:49 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join GitHub and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Wednesday, August 19th at GitHub HQ in San Francisco for an evening of mingling and experience sharing!

Join GitHub and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Wednesday, August 19th, in San Francisco for an evening of mingling and experience sharing!

Hear girls geeks (entrepreneurs, executives & managers) share their journeys at the intersection of being technical and excelling as strategic business leaders. Event hashtag: #GitHubGirlGeekDinner

Join us for drinks, dinner, schwag and conversations with fellow girl geeks!

GitHub Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, refreshments & networking
6:30pm – 6:45pm: GitHub intro
6:45pm – 8:00pm: Lightning talks: The Intersection of Being Technical and Being Strategic Leaders
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Q&A and more networking!

Your hosts: @GitHub @BayAreaGGD

Videos from the GitHub Girl Geek Dinner

Maggie Nelson (Director of Infrastructure Engineering, GitHub)

Maggie is Director of Infrastructure Engineering at GitHub. She is passionate about building great technology to help engineers build even greater things! Maggie has been building great social networks most of her career — Flickr, Nokia’s MOSH,, and even dabbling in social features of Most recently Maggie was the VP of Engineering at Findery – a social travel app. Maggie loves building products with great engineers, focusing on moving fast and building for scale. She lives in SF with her husband, son, and cat. Maggie is a graduate of New York University with a degree in Computer Science. She is interested in making the technology world more inclusive and diverse.

Frances Haugen (Senior Product Manager, Yelp)

Frances is a Senior Product manager at Yelp focusing on Search, Photos, and Reviews. She has over 9 years of experience as a product manager and software engineer working on non-webpage search problems including social media, images, books, music, and local/location. Prior to Yelp she spent over 7 years at Google. Frances holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Olin College and was a member of its founding class – she was also Olin’s first alumna to work at Google. She holds an MBA from Harvard University.

Dedra Chamberlin (CEO, Cirrus Identity)

Dedra is CEO and co-founder of Cirrus Identity, a cloud-hosted digital identity company that enables quick and easy access to enterprise services through the use of social identities (Google, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn). Dedra has led digital identity strategy at leading universities, including UC Berkeley and UCSF, and chaired the workgroup which sets identity strategy for the University of California system. She has participated in numerous nation-wide identity strategy workgroups and speaks regularly at higher ed IT conferences. At Cirrus Identity, Dedra is building an awesome team to bring innovative, easy-to-integrate identity solutions to educational institutions and businesses around the globe.

Eva Tsai (VP Digital Business & Operations, vArmour)

Eva has more than 20 years of experience leading strategic initiatives and managing company telemetry to grow pipeline and drive demand, most recently at Citrix and BEA Systems. Her transformational work in innovation and technology leadership has been recognized with significant industry awards and patents. She was selected by Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2015 as one of Silicon Valley’s 100 Most Influential Women and won the 2014 Marketer That Matters™ award, sponsored by The Wall Street Journal. Prior to BEA Systems, Eva held strategic roles at BroadVision and Oracle, launching digital business operations for Fortune 500 companies. Eva holds a BS and a MS in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sophia Xiao (Director, Engineering Program Management & Content, Box)

Sophia has more than 16 years of experience launching new products and services while building high performing teams from the ground up. Sophia joined Box as the first engineering program manager, and established program management with the mission of enabling Box’s rapid growth with a core set of practices to drive business value delivery through accountability and efficiency. Sophia started her career as a software developer, and then ventured into a variety of roles as sales engineer, technical consultant, business operations, and found her passion in orchestrating orderly chaos (aka program management). Sophia was one of two females in her graduating class with dual degrees in BS in Computer Science and BA in Statistics, from University of California, Davis.

Opening Remarks

Kakul Srivastava (VP Product Management, GitHub)

Kakul is VP of Product Management at Github. She is a tech entrepreneur focused on building companies that empower people and create community. Kakul has helped build some of the best loved consumer tech products – Adobe’s Photoshop line of software, Flickr, Yahoo! Messenger, and Yahoo! Mail. She was the founder and CEO of Tomfoolery, Inc., a start-up dedicated to making beautiful social apps for work. Tomfoolery was bought by Yahoo in 2014. Most recently, Kakul was the CPO for WeWork, a $10B company focused on empowering millennial entrepreneurs and creators. She lives in SF with her husband and two children. Kakul is a graduate of MIT with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, and also holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business. She serves as Co-Chair on the Board of Cure Violence, a non-profit dedicated to stopping violence in some of the world’s most high-risk communities, and is an active volunteer, advising in official and unofficial roles, to a number of start-ups and non-profits.

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