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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners #84: Sponsored by Autodesk

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

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

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

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

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WIN a free ticket to Autodesk Girl Geek Dinner!

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

Autodesk Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

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

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

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

7:30pm – 8:30pm – Networking!

Autodesk Girl Geek Speaker Bios!

Amy Bunszel (Vice President, AutoCAD Product Line Group)

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

Nicole Shumaker (Marketing Program Manager, Sustainability Solutions)

Talk Topic: Sustainable Design Within Reach

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

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

Talk Topic: Unlocking the Creativity in Everyone

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

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

Talk Topic: Hands-on: Empowerment Through Making

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

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

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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #83: Sponsored by Salesforce

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

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


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

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


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

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

Salesforce Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

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

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

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

Salesforce Girl Geek Speaker Bios

Cathy Polinsky

Talk Topic: How Salesforce uses Salesforce to build Salesforce

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


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

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


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Talk Topic: Design Process for Lightning App Builder

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


Anjali_HeadshotAnjali Ashok

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

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


Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #82: Sponsored by Optimizely

18.01.2015 (12:06 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join Optimizely on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in 631 Howard Street #100, San Francisco, CA 94105, California for an Optimizely Girl Geek Dinner!

Optimizely’s CMO, Jessie Becker, will discuss her career path, pain points she encountered along the way, and how she overcame them to become a C-level mover and shaker.

Get involved in the conversation following Jessie’s talk with our breakout discussion groups. Each group will be hosted by an Optimizely Girl Geek and discussion topics will range from how women can empower each other to mentors to gender stereotypes.

Optimizely Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:00pm: Registration, Food, & Networking

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Introduction to Optimizely and ​Discussion Groups

7:00pm – 8:00pm: More Networking!

Social media hashtag for the event: #OptimizelyGirlGeekDinner

Twitter handles for hosts: @Optimizely @BayAreaGGD

Optimizely Girl Geek Speaker Bios

Jessie Becker, Chief Marketing Officer

Jessie Becker is the Chief Marketing Officer at Optimizely. She oversees all marketing activities including demand generation, customer marketing, product marketing, content marketing, and PR. Prior to joining Optimizely, Jessie was Interim Chief Marketing Officer at Netflix, where she was responsible for the global brand and customer acquisition programs. During her twelve years at Netflix she held a variety of marketing positions with increasing responsibility, and led a cross-functional product management, consumer insights, and engineering team to optimize all Netflix signup flows (domestic and international; web, mobile and 10’ UI), with annual gross signups exceeding 10 million.

Discussion Group Leaders

Heather Watkins, Director, Customer Marketing
Jennifer Lin, Software Engineer
Olga Antonenko Young, User Experience Researcher
Pamela Ongchin, Mobile Solutions Architect Team Lead
Shana Rusonis, Content Marketing Manager
Dan Siroker, Co-Founder & CEO
Shanann Klaver, Customer Advocacy Manager
Silvia Amtmann, Product Designer
Kristin Brey, Market Development Manager
Wintha Kelati, Marketing Automation
Lyndsey Williams, Technical Support Representative
Grace Ma Brelje, People Operations Manager
Neha Singla, Software Engineer

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #81: Sponsored by Houzz

01.01.2015 (6:52 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join Houzz on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm in downtown Palo Alto, California for a Houzz Girl Geek Dinner!

Get an inside look into the unique culture that empowers engineers to weave both big data and beautiful design.

Houzz co-founders (and married couple) Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohen will share how they turned a passion project into a global company that is transforming home design around the world.

We’ll have plenty of food, drinks and time for networking with fellow women in tech. Don’t forget your business cards – we’ll be raffling away an iPad Mini!

Houzz Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

6pm – 7pm: Registration, food, drinks, and networking

7pm – 8pm: Chat with Houzz co-founders Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohen

8pm – 9pm: More food, drinks, and networking

Social media hashtag for the event: #HouzzGirlGeekDinner

Twitter handles for hosts: @Houzz @BayAreaGGD

Houzz Girl Geek Speaker Bios

Adi Tatarko, Houzz CEO & co-founder

Adi Tatarko is the President and co-founder of Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, bringing together both professionals and homeowners via mobile, local and social tools. Adi and her husband and cofounder, Alon Cohen, started Houzz out of challenges that they faced during their own remodeling process. Today, millions of homeowners and more than 500,000 architects, designers, contractors and other remodeling professionals are connecting through and its mobile apps every month, sharing their photos, advice and product recommendations. Earlier in her career, Adi founded a software company which developed products and services for the high tech industry. Adi lives with her husband and three boys in Palo Alto. In her spare time, she still enjoys looking at inspiring home design and renovating the rest of her own house one room at a time.

Alon Cohen, Houzz President & co-founder

Alon Cohen is the President and co-founder of Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, bringing together both professionals and homeowners via mobile, local and social tools. Alon and his wife and cofounder, Adi Tatarko, started Houzz out of challenges that they faced during their own remodeling process. Today, millions of homeowners and more than 500,000 architects, designers, contractors and other remodeling professionals are connecting through and its mobile apps every month, sharing their photos, advice and product recommendations. Earlier in his career, Alon was a Senior Director of Engineering at eBay, where he helped start eBay’s developer APIs and manage technology teams responsible for eBay Stores, ProStores, advertising and analytics. Before that, he worked in various other software development roles and founded a software company together with his wife. Alon graduated Cum Laude from Tel Aviv University with a Bachelor degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and an MBA. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and three boys and enjoys traveling the world and playing basketball with his sons, both of which he hopes to do more often.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #80: Sponsored by Box

26.12.2014 (11:51 am) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join Box Women in Tech on Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Los Altos for a Box Girl Geek Dinner! Our SVP of Engineering will kick off the evening with an overview of Box, which will be followed by lightning talks from three of Box’s brightest engineers. These talks will span a diverse range of topics—from big data to dance—to foster open conversations about the many ways technology shapes our lives.

We hope you’ll join us at Box for food and drinks and, most importantly, to share your stories about working in tech. We view this event as an opportunity for women to expand their professional networks and build strong connections with like-minded women.

Box Women in Tech focuses on empowering the women of Box to 10x their careers and experiences—both inside and outside the company — enabling more effective involvement in the larger technological community. We aspire to make Box the best company for women working in tech.

Box Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

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

6:15pm – 6:30pm: Welcome & Intro to Box by Sam Schillace, SVP Box Engineering

6:30pm – 7:15pm: Lightning talks by Box women

Twitter Hashtag for the event: #BoxGirlGeekDinner

Twitter handles for hosts: @BoxEng @BayAreaGGD

Box Girl Geek Speaker Bios

Divya Jain

Divya Jain is a seasoned professional and entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in building large-scale data-driven products. She was the Co-Founder and Chief Architect of dLoop Inc., a company that focused on providing advanced predictive analytics for big data in cloud. dLoop was acquired by Box in 2013. Currently, she leads the Big Data Machine Learning Platform initiative at Box. She was nominated as one of the 25 most powerful engineers in Tech for 2014 by BusinessInsider. She started her career at Sun Microsystems and was a senior technical member of Advanced Technology and CTO group at EMC and Kazeon (acquired by EMC). She holds Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University and Data Mining and Analysis Specialization from Stanford University.

Alice Fuller

Alice Fuller came to Box from Princeton University, where she graduated with a BSE in Computer Science. While there she took many dance classes both academic and artistic. Growing up she was an active ballet student, attending several different Summer Intensive Programs, and performing in small productions. Currently, she sits on the Box Enterprise team and has been working on enterprise reporting and logging systems.

Tamar Bercovici

Tamar Bercovici is a Senior Engineering Manager at Box where she leads the Distributed Data Systems Team in scaling Box۪’s database architecture. Tamar has been frequently invited to speak on database architecture as well as her technical leadership in various leading tech conferences like Percona, Velocity and Grace Hopper. Prior to Box, Tamar was an early-stage employee at XMPie (now a Xerox company). Tamar holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

Box is HIRING in Los Altos for:

- Associate Product Manager (iOS)
- Sr. Software Engineer (Enterprise Application)
- Sr. Software Engineer (iOS)
- Sr. Software Engineer (User Flow Optimization)

Box is located at 4440 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA 94022