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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #102: Sponsored by Quantcast

10.11.2015 (11:21 am) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners and Quantcast for the 102nd Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner at Quantcast headquarters on November 18 in San Francisco!

Hear from the girl geeks at Quantcast on Wednesday, November 18 in San Francisco as they talk about big data, digital advertising, machine learning, career planning, and more! Join us for a fun evening filled with food, drinks, learning, and networking!

Quantcast is a technology company specialized in real-time advertising and audience measurement. As the pioneer of direct audience measurement in 2006, Quantcast has the most in-depth understanding of digital audiences across the Web, allowing marketers and publishers to make the smartest choices as they buy and sell the most effective targeted advertising on the market. More than 1,000 brands rely on Quantcast for real-time advertising.

As the leader in Big Data for the digital advertising industry, Quantcast directly measures more than 100 million Web destinations, incorporates over 2 trillion new data records every month and continuously processes as much as 30 petabytes of data every day. Quantcast is headquartered in San Francisco and is backed by Founders Fund, Polaris Venture Partners and Cisco Systems. For more information, visit

Quantcast Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm Registration & Networking

6:30pm – 7:50pm Quantcast Girl Geek Speakers

7:50pm – 9:00pm More Networking!

Quantcast Girl Geek Speakers

Christina Cubeta (VP Marketing, Quantcast)Christina Cubeta
Christina oversees Quantcast’s global marketing strategy and operations, including demand generation, product marketing, PR and communications, recruitment and trade marketing, and corporate branding. Just prior to Quantcast, Christina was Global Director of Marketing and Communications for Omnicom Group’s Tribal DDB Worldwide, where she oversaw the company’s worldwide communication efforts, spanning over 50 offices in 30 countries, and founded its global marketing and communications network. Under her direction, Tribal DDB successfully rose to market leadership status throughout multiple countries and was the first digital agency named Advertising Age’s Global Agency Network of the Year. Christina has been piloting and growing premium, international brands since the start of her career with the luxury fashion brand, Emanuel Ungaro. She holds a B.A. from Muhlenberg College with a double major in Business Administration and Fine Arts, and a minor in Italian studies.

Chinmayi Bettadapur (Product Manager, Brand Solutions, Quantcast)Chinmayi Bettadapur
Chinmayi heads up creation and delivery of a suite of brand solutions to augment Quantcast’s leading position in real-time advertising technology for display and video, globally. Prior to joining Quantcast 3 years ago, Chinmayi held several positions at Cisco Systems and Accenture Technology Labs as a code monkey, Product Manager and Global Strategy & Planning for new product portfolios. She received her Bachelors degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and MBA from INSEAD (France/Singapore). Chinmayi thrives on brainstorming creative solutions and can spend hours perusing through fascinating content on Flipboard while she’s not traveling or performing as a professional Bharatanatyam dancer.

Ellie Guegan (Tech Lead, Brand Solutions, Quantcast)Ellie Guegan
Ellie is Quantcast’s brand tech lead. She is responsible for managing the growth and quality of Quantcast’s brand targeting solutions, through a blend of software engineering and machine learning experience. Before joining the Quantcast team, Ellie worked on genetic algorithms at Codefarm, a small British startup, optimizing financial portfolios. She holds a Masters in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems, as well as a Bachelors in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the Enseeiht school in France. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, whether it be backpacking, cycling or skiing – unless Game of Thrones is on, of course.

Vera Dadok (Modeling Scientist, Performance Targeting, Quantcast)Vera Dadok
Vera is a Modeling Scientist on the Performance Targeting team at Quantcast. She leads the technical development of the new Search Powered Audiences product and is an avid contributor of modeling improvements across the Quantcast technology stack. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Vera holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on control theory, optimization, and game theory. At work she is fascinated by leveraging mathematical insights to improve the performance of complex systems. In her free time, she enjoys photography and hiking, not necessarily at the same time.

Erica Weiss Tjader (Director of User Experience, Quantcast)Erica Weiss Tjader
Erica is the Director of User Experience at Quantcast. She joined the company about 4 years ago as the first UX Designer and has built out the team to design all of the product interfaces for Quantcast Advertise and Measure. Prior to Quantcast, Erica worked as an Interaction Designer and then a Design Manager at eBay and Move ( She developed a passion for the mechanics of cognition while earning her degrees in Cognitive Science and Communication Studies from UCLA but resisted the pull to academia by starting her career in design research at Yahoo. She is passionate about great product design and organizations, career development and California sun.

Sandra McDevitt (VP People and Places, Quantcast)Sandra McDevitt
Sandra recently joined Quantcast as the Vice President of People and Places. Previously she had spent seven years at Google, where she held several roles of increasing responsibility and scope, starting as Director of People Operations for Google Ireland and most recently directing People Operations and Talent Programs for the Global Business Organization, covering more than 16,000 employees. Prior to Google she held a variety of senior Human Resources roles including as a Human Resources Consultant at Pearn Consulting and as Director of Human Resources for Ireland and Online Sales for EMEA at Oracle.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on November 10, 2015 at Eventbrite! Donations are non-refundable. All proceeds go toward need-based scholarships for women to learn to code at Hackbright Academy, an engineering school for women.

Event hashtag: #QuantcastGirlGeekDinner

Event hosts: @Quantcast and @BayAreaGGD

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #101: Sponsored by NetSuite

02.11.2015 (6:45 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners and NetSuite for the 101th Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner at NetSuite headquarters on November 11 in San Mateo!

You are invited to the NetSuite Girl Geek Dinner on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (5:30pm – 8:30pm) at NetSuite’s headquarters in San Mateo, California for an evening with demos, speakers, food and networking!

Join NetSuite executives and product leaders for an evening of geek talk, delicious food, drinks, networking and fun with fellow girl geeks! Speakers will discuss platforms for omni-channel commerce, why cloud security should matter to us all, and share experiences in creating the company’s first women’s resource group.

NetSuite will be raffling very cool items from their incredibly cool customers throughout the evening!

NetSuite Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

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

6:30pm – 6:45pm Welcome from NetSuite

6:45pm – 7:45pm NetSuite Lightning Talks on Omni Channel E-Commerce & Security in the Cloud

7:30pm – 8:30pm Q&A and more networking!

NetSuite Girl Geek Speakers

Kathy Zwickert (Chief People Officer, NetSuite)Kathy Zwickert
Kathy is NetSuite’s Chief People Officer. She oversees NetSuite’s global HR programs and operations. Before NetSuite, she served five years as Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Communications for Oclaro (NASDAQ: OCLR). Prior to joining Oclaro, Kathy was Head of Human Resources at Solid Information Technology, a supplier of database solutions. Prior to Oclaro, Kathy was the senior HR executive at Keynote Systems and also managed Accenture’s first Global Human Resource and Tax Team. She began her career at Ernst and Young and is a Certified Public Accountant. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Chris Blum (Co-Founder & Chief Security Architect, NetSuite)Chris Blum
Chris is the Co-founder and Chief Security Architect at NetSuite. He has been focused on cloud security since before the term existed. He began his data protection career overseeing healthcare database systems for claims, payroll, and financials for several major California HMOs. His passion for database technology and security led him to join Oracle as an engineer and eventually mBED Software, where Evan Goldberg hired him to create ground-breaking website technology. In 1998, Chris co-founded NetSuite, where he has implemented, among other things, a comprehensive ISO 27001 certified information security management system now powering more than 18,000 organizations.

Rebecca Nathenson (Director of Commerce Product Management, NetSuite)ebecca Nathenson
Rebecca is the Director of Commerce Product Management at NetSuite. She leads product management efforts in ecommerce, CRM, and in-store solutions. Prior to joining NetSuite in 2013, Rebecca spent 6 years at Shutterfly, leading their ecommerce product management efforts. Rebecca holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, with a focus on cross-functional product development, and a BA in International Relations from Stanford University. Rebecca is the only person she know of who, as a part of her MBA program, gained a safety certification in the metal shop at the department of Mechanical Engineering.

Elham Ghassemzadeh (Senior Director of Product Management, NetSuite)Elham Ghassemzadeh
Elham is Sr. Director of Product Management at NetSuite. She leads the SuiteCloud product management team, responsible for the vision and strategy of the NetSuite platform and infrastructure products, including customization capabilities, APIs, business intelligence, integration and authentication technologies. Elham brings over 15 years of product management and platform experience to NetSuite. Prior to joining NetSuite, she held various positions in software development, professional services management, as well as a research group at Stanford University. Elham has deep knowledge of product management, software systems, architecture, and development best practices. Elham is the recruiting chair on the board of Women In NetSuite (WIN) organization. She holds an MA degree in Management and Computer Science from University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting November 3, 2015 at Eventbrite! Donations are non-refundable. All proceeds go toward need-based scholarships for women to learn to code at Hackbright Academy, an engineering school for women.

Event hashtag: #NetSuiteGirlGeekDinner

Event hosts: @NetSuite and @BayAreaGGD

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #100: Sponsored by NVIDIA

19.10.2015 (7:38 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners and NVIDIA for the 100th Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner at NVIDIA on October 29!

You are invited to join us for the 100th Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Thursday, October 29, 2015 (5:30pm – 8:30pm) at NVIDIA in Santa Clara, California for an evening with demos, speakers, food and networking!

Hear from NVIDIA leaders about what they are doing, how their work is cutting edge and how they balance work life integration.

NVIDIA Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:35pm Check-In, Networking, Demos, Dinner

6:35pm – 6:45pm NVIDIA Intro

6:45pm – 7:30pm NVIDIA Girl Geek Speakers

7:30pm – 8:30pm Networking, Demos, Desserts, Closing

NVIDIA Girl Geek Speakers

Prajakta Gudadhe (Director of Software Engineering, NVIDIA)
Prajakta is the Director of Software Engineering at NVIDIA. She joined NVIDIA 9 years ago and has held various positions at NVIDIA, including technical lead of storage software team, engineering manager, software architect, a brief stint in product management and to her current role of director of system software overseeing Android engagements on NVIDIA’s Tegra line of SOCs (system of chip) and managing technical strategic engagements with key ecosystem partners for NVIDIA’s Tegra business unit. Early on in her career, she has always had interest in understanding the 10-ft view of her work and interacting closely with the ecosystem partners to define next generation of technologies and products and building close engineering partnerships. This year, Prajakta was awarded the 2015 YWCA Women in leadership award. Follow her on Google+.

Kimberly Powell (Director of Higher Education and Healthcare, NVIDIA)Kimberly Powell
Kimberly is Director of Higher Education and Healthcare industries which includes machine learning, life sciences and medical imaging at NVIDIA. Kimberly leads a global technical team that partners with researchers and engineers to enable science & technology breakthroughs in both research and industry. Prior to joining NVIDIA, Kimberly was a Product manager for diagnostic imaging display systems at Planar system and was a Hardware Engineer at DOME imaging systems doing FPGA design. A graduate of Northeastern University, Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Computer Engineering. Follow her on Twitter @kpowgerade.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting October 20, 2015 at Eventbrite! Donations are non-fundable. All proceeds go toward need-based scholarships for women to learn to code at Hackbright Academy, an engineering school for women.

Event hashtag: #NVIDIAgirlgeekdinner

Event hosts: @NVIDIA and @BayAreaGGD

Please bring your ID to check in at NVIDIA’s Building R Lobby – all registered Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner attendees must pick up name badge.

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.