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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #156: Sponsored by Stripe

Stripe Girl Geek Dinner

Join Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners at Stripe for a night of “Adversarial Engineering” on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017! Hear from three Stripe engineers on various topics centered around security and machine learning. Join us at 6pm for snacks, drinks, and networking. Talks will start promptly at 6:45pm.

Stripe Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

6:00pm – 6:45pm – Check-in, Snacks, Mingling!
6:45pm – 7:30pm – Adversarial Engineering Talks – Followed By Q&A
7:30pm – 8:00pm – More Mingling!

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @Stripe @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #StripeGirlGeekDinner

Stripe Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Alyssa Frazee (Machine Learning Engineer, Stripe)

Alyssa Frazee

Alyssa Frazee is a machine learning engineer at Stripe, where she builds models to stop fraud. Before Stripe, she did a PhD in biostatistics and fell in love with programming at the Recurse Center. Follow her on Twitter at @acfrazee.

Talk Topic: “Explaining Decisions From Black-Box Models” by Alyssa Frazee
Machine learning models are often described as “magic” or “black boxes”: the important thing is what goes into them and what comes out, not necessarily how that output is calculated. Sometimes this is what we want: many consumers don’t really need to see inside the sausage factory, as they say—they just want a tasty tubular treat. But other times, a prediction from a box full of magic isn’t satisfying. In Stripe’s production machine learning system that declines high-risk credit card charges, businesses and customers often (rightly) want to know why our decline system made the decision it did. This talk will illustrate how we give reasons for our system’s risk judgments on payments.

Fay Wu (Software Engineer, Stripe)

Fay Wu

Fay Wu is a software engineer at Stripe, helping businesses fight fraud in online payments with Radar. She loves languages and rolled ice cream. Follow her on Twitter at @mfaywu.

Talk Topic: “Building A Simple DSL With Parslet” by Fay Wu
Learn how Stripe’s fraud detection tool evaluates rules to determine the outcome of transactions and build a simple domain-specific language using Parslet, a small Ruby library for constructing PEGs (Parsing Expression Grammars)!

Pamela Vagata (Software Engineer, Stripe)

Pamela Vagata

Pamela Vagata is a software engineer at Stripe working on AI. Prior to joining Stripe she has worked on AI and big data infrastructure at Facebook. She loves dancing and her two silly dogs. Follow her on Twitter at @pam_vagata.

Talk Topic: “Learning Representations Of Merchants” by Pamela Vagata
Come learn how we apply NLP techniques to discover structure in non-textual data and learn vector representations for Stripe’s merchants.

About Stripe:

Stripe is a software platform for starting and running internet businesses. Hundreds of thousands of businesses—from startups to Fortune 500 companies—rely on Stripe’s software tools to accept payments, expand globally, and create new revenue streams. Stripe has been at the forefront of expanding internet commerce, powering new business models, and supporting the latest platforms, from marketplaces to mobile commerce sites. Stripe users include Lyft, Kickstarter, Salesforce, Shopify, Facebook, Slack, UNICEF and many more.

At Stripe, we believe that growing the GDP of the internet is a problem rooted in code and design, not finance. Stripe is built for developers, makers, and creators. We work on solving the hard technical problems necessary to build global economic infrastructure—from designing highly reliable global systems to developing advanced machine learning algorithms to prevent fraud. Learn more at

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on Monday, November 20th, 2017 at Eventbrite!

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #155: Sponsored by Oracle

Oracle Girl Geek Dinner

Oracle is hosting a Girl Geek Dinner on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Oracle Headquarters in Redwood Shores!

Whether it is your professional development or the power of using technology and your engineering skills, join us at Oracle and discover how to develop the tomorrow you deserve!

Come celebrate with us for an evening of conversation, networking and discovery of some of the leading technology being developed right now at Oracle. Our Girl Geek Dinner will feature delicious food and drink, great speakers and exciting demos including Emerging Technologies, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Cloud Apps. Don’t miss the door prizes and giveaways!

Oracle Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

5:15pm – 6:30pm – Check-in, Networking, Food and Drinks, Demos & Prizes!
6:30pm – 8:00pm – “Develop Your Tomorrow”: Keynote, Lightning Talks & Panel
8:00pm – 8:30pm – Networking, Demos & Refreshments!

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @Oracle @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #OracleGirlGeekDinner #OracleWomen

Oracle Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Thomas Kurian, President, Product Development

Thomas Kurian

Keynote Speaker
Thomas Kurian is president of Oracle product development and reports to Oracle executive chairman of the board and chief technology officer Larry Ellison. He is responsible for leading software development and transitioning the company’s technology to Oracle Cloud. For the past several years, Kurian has been responsible for the Oracle Fusion Middleware family of products. Under his leadership, that business became the fastest-growing within Oracle and the industry’s leading middleware product suite. Since 2008, Kurian has also led the development for Oracle’s next-generation business applications, Oracle Fusion Applications.
Kurian has been with Oracle since 1996, holding various product management and development positions. Prior to joining Oracle, he worked as a consultant in London, Brussels, and San Francisco with international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, serving clients in the software, telecommunications, and financial services industries.
Kurian has a BA in electrical engineering from Princeton University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He also has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He serves as an advisory member on the boards of several international venture funds and software companies.

Gretchen Alarcon, Group Vice President, Product Strategy

Gretchen Alarcon

Lightning Talk
Gretchen Alarcon is Group Vice President for Oracle’s Human Capital Management (HCM) cloud solutions. With over 20 years’ experience in product strategy, Alarcon has taken her knowledge of the industry to showcase the importance of modernization in Core HR, Talent Acquisition and HR Data Analytics, through the integration of cloud apps. She has worked at Ford and Icarian where she drove strategic human resource initiatives. She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in American Studies from Stanford University.

Michelle Hulst, Group Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Partnerships

Michelle Hulst

Lightning Talk
In her role as Group Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Partnerships for Oracle Data Cloud, Michelle is responsible for creating and managing marketing, strategy, and key global partnerships, including data partnerships fueling Oracle Data Cloud’s measurement and targeting products. Prior to it being acquired by Oracle, she was at Datalogix from 2006–2015, where she was Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Business Development. She also was an original member of the executive team that led the sale of Datalogix to Oracle. Michelle received her MBA in Strategy, Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan. She is an advisory board member for Valassis, a Harland Clarke Company. Michelle lives in the Bay Area with her husband and three sons.

Renu Chintalapati, Senior Director, ERP Analytics

Renu Chintalapati

Renu Chintalapati is Senior Director, BI Applications at Oracle, focused on developing the BI applications in the Enterprise Resource Planning and the Human Capital Management areas. These applications help customers run their business more efficiently with actionable insights into their data. Prior to (re) joining Oracle this August, Renu worked at a Series C Startup, Numerify for four years leading the BI Applications product team. Prior to that, Renu was Director of Product Development at Oracle, leading the BI Applications for Enterprise Resource Planning.

Rashim Mogha, Senior Director, Product Management

Rashim Mogha

Rashim Mogha is Senior Director, OCI Product Management at Oracle. She leads the strategy for customer enablement through training, certification, and references. She is a skilled leader in the training and enablement and is passionate about driving customer success. Her career portfolio is extensive and consists of prominent companies, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), VMware, Hitachi Data Systems, and NIIT. Rashim is a published author and regularly shares her thoughts through Association for Talent Development (ATD).

Vivian Wong, Group Vice President, Higher Education Development

Vivian Wong

Vivian Wong is a dynamic, outcome-driven, and accomplished technology executive who is highly focused on service excellence and customers’ success. She brings a wealth of experience and talent to develop world-class software and lead global engineering teams. Vivian has a proven track record in delivering high quality products from concept to market, with over 20 years of experience building enterprise software and Cloud applications at PeopleSoft, Taleo, ServiceMax, TargetX and Oracle. Vivian is currently leading the Higher Education Product Development organization at Oracle for the latest innovation and delivery of Oracle Student Cloud.  As a strong customer advocate, she ensures that quality, usability, performance and scalability are always designed and built into her products. Outside of the office, Vivian is passionate about making the world a better place and leads her team to continue to give back to the community through ongoing philanthropic projects.

Maria Kaval, Vice President, UI Technologies

Maria Kaval

Panel Moderator
Maria Kaval is a Vice President of Engineering at Oracle Corporation with over 20 years experience. She started her career as a software engineer at Siebel Systems, and after Siebel Systems was acquired by Oracle in 2005, she has held various positions in Software Development at Oracle, recently focusing on UI Development for the Cloud. At Oracle, Maria is also a Community Leader for the Oracle Women’s Leadership initiative. Maroa holds 4 patents in the area of Software Engineering. Kaval is on the National Board for TechBridge Girls, a non-profit to promote under-represented girls in STEM fields, as well as a Girl Scout Leader. Born in Sweden, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Maria earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Menlo Park.

Leor Chechik, Principal Applications Engineer

Leor Chechik

Leor Chechik is a full-stack developer working on Oracle Financials Cloud Applications. During her 11 years at Oracle she has worked in diverse teams and projects, including Server Technologies, Front-End development and Back-end API’s. As the Community Leader for the Oracle Women Leadership Tech Community, Leor organizes a wide range of events with a focus on women in tech, including Tech Panels, Lightning Talks and lean-in circles. Leor earned her MS in Computer Science at Stanford University, and her BS in Computer Science at Glasgow University, UK.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at Eventbrite!

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #154: Sponsored by IXL

IXL Girl Geek Dinner

Come join us at IXL Girl Geek Dinner on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 in San Mateo to learn about how IXL is shaping the future of education.

Hear lightning talks from IXL dev teams sharing on the theme of “Small Change, Big Impact” and what that means for both customers and students! All genders / ages welcome.

IXL Learning is a leading educational technology company on a big mission: delivering an immersive learning experience to all students, in all grades and subjects, in schools and homes worldwide. We leverage cutting-edge technologies to solve seemingly intractable problems in education. Millions of users count on us to make learning as effective as can be, and we’re looking for exceptional people who are committed to solving the real-world challenges faced by students and teachers around the world.

IXL Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

5:00pm – 6:30pm – Check-In, Networking, Dinner & Drinks
6:30pm – 7:40pm – Welcome from IXL Learning with lightning talks
7:40pm – 8:30pm – Dessert & More Networking!

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @IXLLearning @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #IXLGirlGeekDinner

IXL Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Desirée Stanley (Science Program Manager, IXL)Desirée Stanley
Desirée Stanley is the Program Manager in charge of Science at IXL. She leads the science curriculum design team at IXL, working with a team of scientist and educators to create an engaging, accessible way for students to learn about the natural world. She came to IXL in 2014 from a molecular biology graduate program at the University of California, San Francisco. There, she earned a master’s degree and studied a fungus that is probably living in your gut.

Kevin Gould (English Language Arts Curriculum Designer, IXL)Kevin Gould
Kevin Gould is a English Language Arts Curriculum Designer at IXL. Before joining IXL in 2015, Kevin got his doctorate in cognitive linguistics at the University of Colorado Boulder. While in Boulder, his research in language learning and embodied cognition won him a Small Business Innovation and Research grant from the National Science Foundation. Kevin devotes his spare time to reading and writing, playing guitar, making pizza, and stressing out about the Chicago Cubs. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and his little dog, Pongo, in Burlingame.

Julia Zhu (Senior Software Engineer, IXL)Julia Zhu
Julia Zhu is a Senior Software Engineer at IXL. Julia has always loved art, teaching, and coding, and puts them together in her role as a front end developer at IXL. Her current work consists of leading a team of developers to improve and when possible, replace, legacy code. Decorating her cube is an important side project of hers. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Cornell University, with minors in game design, information science, and psychology.

Amy Walecka (Senior Product Manager, IXL)Amy Walecka
Amy Walecka is a Senior Product Manager at IXL. She has over 5 years of product development experience and an unwavering passion for improving education through technology. Focused on delivering a high-quality product and delightful user experience, Amy works on improving the IXL student experience. She works closely with our engineering, content, marketing, and user support teams to grow and improve IXL Learning’s popular online learning program. Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

So Yun Jin (User Experience, IXL)So Yun Jin
So Yun Jin works on user experience at IXL. Prior to joining IXL, So Yun earned her bachelor’s degree in Information Science with a specialization in UX Design at the University of Michigan. Her main role at IXL is to design components that form the problems in the IXL product, and she is passionate about solving complex design problems to improve student experiences.

Samarth Bahuguna (User Experience, IXL)Samarth Bahuguna
Samarth Bahuguna works on user experience at IXL. He earned a Master of Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, where he developed a passion for interaction design. His areas of interest also include rapid prototyping, motion design and accessibility. Since joining IXL a year ago, Samarth has worked across IXL’s educational content with a focus on Math skills for young students.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at Eventbrite!

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #153: Sponsored by Workday

Workday Girl Geek Dinner

You are invited to Workday Girl Geek Dinner on Thursday, November 16th in Pleasanton (East Bay) – in Pleasanton at Workday headquarters, right outside Dublin/Pleasanton BART station (next to 580 / 680 freeways)!

Workday leaders will speak about how they innovate within their respective organizations, from products and technology to user experience. Come for an evening of great food, drinks, and conversations with fellow girl geeks! All genders / ages welcome.

Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. Organizations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises have selected Workday.

Workday Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Check-In, Networking, Food & Drinks
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Welcome from Workday with talks on “Enterprising Innovation”
8:00pm – 9:00pm – More Networking!

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @Workday @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #WorkdayGirlGeekDinner

Workday Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Lynn Christensen (Senior Vice President, Products and Technology, Workday)Lynn Christensen
Lynn Christensen is a senior vice president of product development at Workday. In this role, Lynn helps lead the product development teams on their quest to disrupt and transform the enterprise resource planning space. Lynn brings more than 25 years of experience managing world-class software development organizations to Workday. Previously, Lynn worked as the chief development officer and vice president of engineering at MarketTools and prior to that, she was a vice president at Oracle. Her background in business intelligence and analytics compliments Workday’s technology-enabled solutions, and will play an even greater role as Workday helps customers gain deeper insights into their companies and customers.

Ali Fuller (Senior Manager, UX Product Management, Workday)Ali Fuller
Ali Fuller is the Director of User Experience Product Management at Workday. She began her career at Deloitte Consulting, strategically implementing new systems and helping to transform the customer workforce through technology innovation and change. Following, she joined Workday, where she has been for 5+ years, centered in the User Experience space, in both Mobile and Web. Workday set out to do user experience differently from the beginning — technology and design are constantly changing, and given the pace of innovation today, she helped the Workday UX team build a UI architecture that could evolve and be agile at its core. Ali currently leads a diverse team, located in Dublin, Ireland and Pleasanton, California.

Greg Pryor (Vice President, Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness)Greg Pryor
Greg Pryor is vice president of leadership and organizational effectiveness at Workday, responsible for applying Workday’s technology to optimize the company’s internal talent management programs, including leadership and manager effectiveness, learning management, career engagement and performance enablement. Before joining Workday, Greg served as the vice president of talent for Juniper Networks where he helped create Juniper’s Talent Matters practice that has been featured isn an innovative performance management practice by the Corporate Executive Board, Mercer, Bersin by Deloitte, Fortune and Strategy & Business. Greg also served as head of talent management for Merrill Lynch’s Global Technology and Operations function and as partner for Accenture’s Human Performance Practice.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at Eventbrite!

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #152: Sponsored by Zillow Group

ZillowGroup Girl Geek Dinner

Zillow Group is hosting a Girl Geek Dinner on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 in San Francisco!

We invite you to join us at Zillow, meet other girl geeks, and hear from some of our leaders in a “Turning Points” panel, where they’ll talk about key events that changed or boosted their career trajectory. We’ll also have tech and lightning talks with Zillow Group girl geeks. Come enjoy drinks and apps, and meet engineers and project managers from Trulia and Zillow Group.

Zillow Group houses a portfolio of the largest and most vibrant real estate and home-related brands on the web and mobile. The company’s brands focus on all stages of the home lifecycle: renting, buying, selling, financing and home improvement. Zillow Group is committed to empowering consumers with unparalleled data, inspiration and knowledge around homes, and connecting them with the right local professionals to help. In addition, Zillow Group develops a comprehensive suite of marketing software and technology solutions to help real estate, rental and mortgage professionals maximize business opportunities and connect with millions of consumers.

Zillow Group Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

5:45pm – 6:30pm – Check-In, Networking, Food & Drinks
6:30pm – 8:00pm – Welcome from Zillow Group, Panel & Talks
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Networking & Refreshments!

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @ZiillowGroup @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #ZillowGroupGirlGeekDinner

Zillow Group Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Aldona Clottey (VP, Premier Agent Platform, Zillow Group)Aldona Clottey
Aldona Clottey is Vice President of Zillow Group’s Premier Agent Platform, leading a product and engineering team focused on building mobile and desktop apps to help real estate professionals successfully manage their businesses. Aldona started her career as a mechanical engineer designing jet engines for Pratt & Whitney. Since then she has held product roles and Trulia, Amazon and Siebel Systems. She earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University and MBA from the Wharton School. Aldona currently serves on the board of the Bay Area Children’s Theatre. On weekends, she focuses on how she can mold her two young daughters into women who build.

Aldona Clottey is a Panelist on “Turning Points”.

Lynnette Bruno (VP Communications, Zillow Group)Lynnette Bruno
Lynnette Bruno is Vice President of Zillow Group’s Communications, leading Zillow Group Employee Communications and Trulia’s PR and Housing Economics Research teams. In her role, she advises executives at Trulia and Zillow Group on their internal and external communications. Previously, Lynnette led both external and internal communications for eBay where she amplified the brand’s position as one of the largest online marketplaces among both merchants and consumers, while developing engaging communication strategies that inspire employees. Lynnette managed global employee communications for Visa where she developed the employee engagement strategy, content development and an executive communications program. At Cisco, she served as an executive communication leader for Tony Bates, before becoming the director of strategic communications for the engineering organization. Lynnette earned her MA in Communications and Information Studies, and a BA in Speech Communications, both from California State University, Chico.

Lynnette Bruno is Moderating the Panel on “Turning Points”.

Tim Correia (SVP & GM, Trulia)Tim Correia
Tim Correia leads the Trulia brand and business, overseeing all strategy, engineering, product, design and marketing. As a product-driven leader, he is focused on achieving Trulia’s mission to help buyers and renters find the right home and neighborhood for them. Tim joined Trulia in 2008 as a senior software engineer, rising through the ranks to become a Vice President of Engineering. In that role, he led the development of Trulia’s agent products and revenue systems. After the formation of Zillow Group following Trulia’s acquisition by Zillow in 2015, Tim led the launch of the company’s Premier Agent App. Prior to Trulia, Tim served as an engineering leader and developer for a number of successful consumer tech companies, including Zappos, Yahoo! and Friendster. Tim earned his BS in Computer Science from California State University – East Bay

Tim Correia is a Panelist on “Turning Points”.

Sheetal Agrawal (Senior Engineering Manager, Trulia)Sheetal Agrawal
Sheetal Agrawal is a Senior Engineering Manager at Trulia leading a team to build systems to ingest and process Local neighborhood data like Schools, Crime, Commute and Amenities. In her one year at Trulia / Zillow group, she and her team have also built big data ingestion systems to enable real-time listings for New-Construction, Sale, and Rental houses for Trulia. Prior to this, Sheetal spent 6+ years at Amazon as a Senior Engineer and an Engineering Manager, helping build Amazon Payments, Amazon Videos, Video Advertisements and Big Data Analytics platform. She also contributed to Windows Mobile and Microsoft Speech Technologies in Microsoft for 5 years as Senior Engineer. Sheetal hails from India and earned her Master’s degree in Computer Science.

Sheetal Agrawal is a Panelist on “Turning Points”.

Natalie Qabazard (Software Engineer, Zillow Group)Natalie Qabazard
Natalie Qabazard has been a Software Engineer at Zillow Group for two years, working specifically on the Trulia brand. She is a full stack developer on the Local Team, focusing on building products for users to learn more about the areas surrounding a home. In her role, she builds React components using Typescript and works with AWS to build micro-services for the products that help users learn more local information. Natalie is also an organizer for the Women in Engineering Group at Zillow Group, which is a group that meets once a month to discuss various topics. Before Zillow Group, Natalie was a student at UC Davis where she studied Computer Science and was an ambassador for entrepreneurship on campus, helping students write grant proposals and get seed funding for startup ideas. Follow her on Twitter at @natqab.

Talk Topic: “Serverless Server-Side Rendering” by Natalie Qabazard

Francesca Guiducci (Senior Software Engineer, Zillow Group)Francesca Guiducci

Francesca Guiducci is a Senior Software Engineer at Zillow Group for the Trulia brand. In her current role, she focuses on building services and pipelines to help homebuyers and renters find their perfect neighborhood, be it the one with the best schools or the one with the most bars. Previously, she worked at the IHMC research center in Pensacola, Florida, where she discovered that writing academic papers was not her forte. Francesca holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Ferrara, Italy. Since moving to San Francisco, she has been on a quest to try all the Italian restaurants in the Bay Area and find the best ones. Follow her on Twitter at @engfragui.

Talk Topic: “GraphQL: Managing the Microservices Mess” by Francesca Guiducci

Shir Nehama (Quantitative Analyst, Trulia)Shir Nehama
Shir Nehama joined the Trulia Brand at Zillow Group as a Quantitative Analyst. She works with both the Mortgage and Local Team to deliver actionable insights through data analytics. She works primarily with SQL, python, and R to extract and analyze the data as well as Tableau to create intractable and digestible data visualizations for the Product team. Previously, Shir graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. At Cal, she was also heavily involved in the professional development leadership team for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In her free time, Shir loves taking dance classes in Hop Hop, Lyrical Jazz and Salsa!

Talk Topic: “Applying Design Thinking to Data Analysis” by Shir Nehama

Sheila Saadieh (University Recruiting Program Specialist, Zillow Group)Sheila Saadieh
Sheila Saadieh is a University Recruiting Programs Specialist at Zillow Group, managing the intern program in the San Francisco office. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Public Relations. After doing an internship in Fashion/Tech PR, she worked as a media coordinator at an advertising agency. Sheila soon realized that this wasn’t a job that she wanted to develop into a career. She really enjoys working with people and shifted gears into the field of recruiting. She has since developed her career from a recruiting coordinator to a university recruiting role and is also on the diversity task force at Zillow Group. She is passionate about building relationships and guiding others to the best opportunity for career growth. Follow her on Twitter at @sheilasaadieh.

Talk Topic: “How Zillow Group Empowers Women at the Office” by Sheila Saadieh

Marissa Marquez (Software Engineer, Trulia)Marissa Marquez
Marissa Marquez is a software engineer at Trulia where she works on the search and property detail experience. She completed Hackbright Academy, a coding fellowship for women, over four years ago and has been working at Trulia ever since. Marissa is a co-founder of the Women in Engineering Group at Zillow Group which was established in May, 2014. When she’s not in front of a computer, Marissa enjoys hiking, snowboarding and creating landscape paintings and pet portraits. Follow her on Twitter at @tatertot.

Talk Topic: “Going Responsive, Lessons Learned” by Marissa Marquez

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at Eventbrite!