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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #117: Sponsored by IXL Learning

28.04.2016 (9:12 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

IXL Learning Girl Geek Dinner 2016

Join IXL Learning and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners to celebrate Cinco De Mayo on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in San Mateo from 5:30pm to 8:30pm with tacos, drinks, dessert and networking!

Hear from IXL Learning engineers share lightning talks about the challenges we’re facing and solving at one of the top edtech companies in the world.

Come chat with IXL Learning staff from our engineering, product management, and curriculum design teams about how we’re reshaping the teaching and learning process! We’ll be giving away kits for a mini desk plant to commemorate the IXL Learning Girl Geek Dinner.

About IXL Learning:
IXL Learning is an educational technology company like no other. Our team is full of smart, motivated people with a passion for creating the best educational technology possible. 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..

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Twitter: @IXLLearning @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #IXLGirlGeekDinner

IXL Learning Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Registration, Food & Drinks, Networking
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Lightning Talks by members of the IXL engineering team
7:30pm – 8:30pm – Dessert & More Networking

IXL Learning Girl Geek Speakers

Suzanne Pelz (Director of Engineering, IXL Learning)Suzanne Pelz
With over 10 years engineering experience at IXL Learning, Suzanne has played a pivotal role in shaping the IXL product and developing our current engineering team. She now leads a dedicated team of engineers who focus their efforts on creating the code modules and supporting libraries that generate the questions in math, language arts, science, and social studies, that millions of students in over 190 countries answer every day. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a masters of arts in mathematics from UC Santa Cruz.

Victoria Zheng (Engineering Project Lead, IXL Learning)Victoria Zheng
Victoria joined IXL right after graduating from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering. She first started on the mobile team, and helped with shipping out the 1.0’s on both Android and iOS, then 2.0 on iOS. Today she leads the Product engineering team, which focuses on adding more features and providing better user experience for IXL users on the website.

Yachen Sun (Software Engineer, IXL Learning)Yachen Sun
Yachen is a front-end software engineer on IXL’s content engineering team. She completed bachelor’s degrees in biology and computer engineering at Vassar and Dartmouth prior to joining IXL.

Ritchie Iu (Senior Software Engineer, IXL Learning)Ritchie Iu
As a senior software engineer, Ritchie has helped architect, develop and launch Sugarcane, IXL’s newest product offering, from the ground up. Ritchie is interested in writing modular software that is flexible and easy to maintain. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Cornell University. In his free time, he enjoys hiking around the Bay Area and playing piano.

Jocelyn Tang (Software Engineer, IXL Learning)Jocelyn Tang
Jocelyn is a content engineer working on IXL Math. She joined IXL last year after spending a year in Laos as a Project Manager. She has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Princeton.

Gavin Brown (Software Engineer, IXL Learning)Gavin Brown
Gavin is a software engineer on IXL’s mobile team. Right now he’s working on mobile subscriptions, Scratchpad, and networking in iOS and Android. His interests include software architecture, design patterns, and figuring stuff out. He completed his B.A. in Mathematics at Reed College, and he grew up on a llama ranchette in Oregon, where they used the llamas as pack animals while hiking!

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on April 29, 2016 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.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #116: Sponsored by Intuit

20.04.2016 (1:00 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Intuit Girl Geek Dinner 2016

The Tech Women @ Intuit community invites you to join us at Intuit in Mountain View on the evening of Thursday, April 28, 2016 for a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner!

It will be an evening of great food and killer desserts, cocktails and mocktails, raffles and networking … and some of Intuit’s best and brightest talking about the cool ways we use technology to solve customer problems. Real, everyday problems, like running a small business, doing your taxes or making sure you can afford that latte. We think there’s nothing more glamorous than simplifying the business of life for our customers in the most delightful way possible – securely in the cloud, optimized for any device, driven by data. We’d love to share some of our secret sauce with you.

About Intuit:
On the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list for the past 15 years, Intuit is a 33-year-old startup, continuously reinventing ourselves to stay ahead of changes in cloud computing, mobile, social, data and security. We believe finances should be simple. Taxes shouldn’t be taxing. Numbers should crunch themselves. Combining innovation and technology, we help people reach their financial goals with products like QuickBooks, TurboTax and Mint.

Please follow us:
Twitter: @Intuit @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #IntuitGirlGeekDinner

Intuit Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:45pm: Registration, networking, dinner, drinks & demos
6:45pm – 7:15pm: All of the above plus dessert & coffee
7:15pm – 8:30pm: Speakers & raffles

Intuit Girl Geek Speakers

Manimala Kumaravel (Sr. Software Engineering Manager, Intuit)Manimala Kumaravel
Manimala leads engineering teams building QuickBooks Online Payroll. She has more than 20 years of software development experience, with the last 8 years spent leading engineering teams that deliver SaaS solutions and platforms. She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Anna University, India, and a master’s degree in Computer Science from California State University.
Talk Topic: “Transforming QuickBooks Online Into a Component-Based Platform”

Carol Tsai (Software Engineering Manager, Intuit)Carol Tsai
Carol manages a team of UI developers at Intuit who are building the next generation UI platform for QuickBooks Online. Before becoming a manager, she was a full-stack engineer for nine years at various startups in Silicon Valley. Back then, websites sported “under construction” GIFs, dancing babies, and blinking text. Now, she’s excited to part of the golden age of Web development. Carol has a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. from Stanford University.
Talk Topic: “Transforming QuickBooks Online Into a Component-Based Platform”

Mita Mahadevan (Sr. Data Engineering Manager, Intuit)Mita Mahadevan
Mita leads a team of data engineers at Intuit who are building high throughput, real-time data products and end-to-end decision analytic systems. She has spoken at big data conferences and meetups, including Cassandra Summit 2015 and GHC 2014. Prior to Intuit, she led data infrastructure and social analytics at Ning and spearheaded retail analytics at Demandtec. She has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai.
Talk Topic: “Unlocking Data Insights to Deliver the Exact Personalized Products Customers Need”

Kristina Thai (iOS Software Engineer, Intuit)Kristina Thai
Kristina is an iOS Software Engineer at Intuit, where she works on the QuickBooks Self-Employed iOS application. She is an expert in Apple Watch development and regularly writess tutorials and technical commentary on the subject on her website. As an international technical speaker, she has presented multiple times on Apple Watch development and has hosted workshops on how to build watch apps. Her past speaking events include iOSDevUK, Swift Summit, GHC 2015 and many more. Kristina has a B.S. in Computer Science from University of California, San Diego. Follow her on Twitter @kristinathai.
Talk Topic: “What Makes a Compelling Apple Watch App”

Shannon Lietz (DevSecOps Leader, Intuit)Shannon Lietz
Shannon is an award winning innovator with over two decades of experience pursuing advanced security defenses and next generation security solutions. Shannon is currently the DevSecOps Leader for Intuit where she is responsible for setting and driving the company’s cloud security strategy, roadmap and implementation in support of corporate innovation. She operates a 24×7 DevSecOps team that includes Red and Blue Team operations. Previous to joining Intuit, Shannon worked for ServiceNow where she was responsible for the cloud security engineering efforts. Prior to this, Shannon worked for Sony where she drove the implementation of a new secure data center and led crisis management for a large-scale security breach. She has founded a metrics company, led major initiatives for hosting organizations as a Master Security Architect, developed security software and consulted for many Fortune 500 organizations. She has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Mary’s College.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on April 21, 2016 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.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #115: Sponsored by Slack

10.04.2016 (10:26 am) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Slack Software Girl Geek Dinner 2016Join Slack at our SOMA headquarters for the 115th Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Monday, April 18th, 2016. We are thrilled to be hosting our first Girl Geek Dinner and can not wait to meet you!

On Monday, April 18th, Slack would like to invite the Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner community to mix and mingle with us over California cuisine and signature cocktails and mocktails. We’ll kick off the night with a Slack girl geek panel discussion focused on technical challenges, learnings, and best practices that Slack’s engineering, product management, and customer support teams have experienced. Next, we’ll launch into an advanced Slack demo where you can learn next level tips and tricks!

About Slack:
Slack is a messaging app for teams, on a mission to make your working life simpler, more pleasant and more productive. It brings all your communication in one place, where everything is instantly searchable and available wherever you go. You can even integrate it with many of the tools and services you use every day, like Google Drive, Dropbox and a whole lot more. Founded by the same team that brought Flickr to the web, Slack has offices in San Francisco, Vancouver, Dublin and Melbourne.

Please follow us:
Twitter: @SlackHQ @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #SlackGirlGeekDinner

Slack Girl Geek Dinner Agenda
6:00pm – 7:00pm – Registration, Networking, Dinner
7:00pm – 7:45pm – Slack Girl Geek Panel Discussion
7:45pm – 8:00pm – Advanced Slack Demo
8:00pm – 8:10pm – Audience Q&A
8:10pm – 9:00pm – Open Networking

Slack Girl Geek Speakers

Ali Rayl (Director of Customer Experience, Slack)
Ali Rayl
Ali is the Director of Customer Experience at Slack, the platform for team communication. Ali’s team is a key driver of Slack’s mission to make its 2.3M+ daily users’ working lives simpler, more pleasant and more productive. Prior to Slack (and its predecessor, Tiny Speck), Ali was the Director of QA at Songbird, one of the world’s first open-source cross platform music platforms. Ali has a degree in Humanities from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Joann Anderson (Director of Application Engineering, Slack)
Joann Anderson
Joann is Director of Application Engineering at Slack where she oversees core product including Messaging, Files, and Performance. Joann focuses on engineer career growth, internship program development, and feature release quality and velocity. She previously led engineering teams at Adobe and Symantec where she streamlined engineering processes to accelerate release delivery. Joann has a Masters in Security Informatics from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Rice University. In her free time, she channels her inner child by playing with her toddler and is on the constant search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Duretti Hirpa (Senior Engineer – Integrations, Slack)
Duretti Hirpa
Duretti is a senior engineer on the backend engineering team at Slack. Currently, she’s working on the new user experience team, though she’s also spent time on the Slack Platform team – making it easier and more intuitive to build applications on top of Slack. She’s constantly thinking of ways to humanize engineering – there’s strength in the soft skills, after all. She’s arguably probably the most extroverted person she knows, and is intensely interested in other people. She produces a podcast called “snackoverflow”, about snacks, computers, and their surprising intersection. She has an undying love for Beyoncé (praise be), an immaculate gif game, and a real candy problem.

Kiné Camara (Senior Engineer – Android, Slack)
Kiné Camara
Kiné is a Senior Engineer on the Android team at Slack. She has ten years of experience working on various mobile technologies. Kine isn’t new to building communications platforms. Prior to joining Slack, Kiné developed the Android app for tablets and smartphone at Skype. Kine has a Masters in High-Tech Project Management and a Bachelors in Computer Engineering, both from from École Polytechnique, Montreal.

April Underwood (Vice President of Product, Slack)
April Underwood
April is VP of Product at Slack, where she oversees product vision and strategy. April also drives key growth initiatives, including the development of platform products, partnerships, API integrations and developer relations. A technology industry veteran, April spent nearly five years at Twitter shaping product and partnership and cut her teeth in developer and management roles at Travelocity and Google.

Merci Victoria Grace (Growth Group Product Manager, Slack)
Merci Victoria Grace
Merci leads the Growth team at Slack. Prior to joining Slack, she was most recently the Director of Product Management at Gigwalk, a mobile workforce platform. In 2007, Merci founded GameLayers, a venture-backed social game studio. Her first game, The Nethernet nee the Passively Multiplayer Online Game, was a finalist for Game of the Year. It lost to World of Warfcraft: Burning Crusade. Merci recently started the Women in Product Slack team to bring together women in product management and PM-adjacent roles. She enjoys kicking ass, taking names, and running down hills with her dog, Ms. Pixels Wigglebottom.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on April 12, 2016 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.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #114: Sponsored by Tableau Software

06.04.2016 (10:08 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Tableau Software Girl Geek Dinner 2016
You are invited to Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #114: Sponsored by Tableau Software on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in Palo Alto, California.

User Experience Designer Terry Roberts will kick-start the event. She will give an end-to-end demo of the Tableau data visualization product: connecting to data and reviewing what it looks like, exploratory data visualization, analysis, and turning the results into a “story” to tell others. Then, learn from an interactive panel of Tableau Software girl geeks – developers and research scientists – and a guy geek!

About Tableau Software:
Tableau makes a data visualization tool that empowers individuals to explore and analyze their own data, and then to share it with others in the form of dashboards and compelling stories. We believe in using data to make a difference in the world.

Tableau Software Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, Meet & Greet
  • 6:30pm – 6:45pm: Welcome to Tableau Software: Terry Roberts
  • 6:45pm – 7:20pm: Panel discussion: Max Berman, Melanie Tory, Nibedita Das, Stephanie Nicholson, Terry Roberts and Vidya Setlur
  • 7:20pm – 8:00pm: Raffle, Demos & Networking

Tableau Software Girl Geek Speakers

Terry Roberts (User Experience Designer, Tableau Software)
Terry Roberts
Terry is a User Experience Designer with 30+ years’ experience. She’s passionate about empowering users in whatever it is that they want to accomplish. Terry has worked on a variety of applications including the Xerox Star (predecessor of the Macintosh), tools for programmers at Sun Microsystems, accounting and tax software at Intuit, and now data visualization at Tableau. She has a doctorate from Stanford in Computer Science / Human-Computer Interaction.

Max Berman (Development Manager, Tableau Software)
Max Berman
Max is a Development Manager based in Tableau’s Palo Alto office. Max started off his career at Tableau as a developer and has been with the company for almost eight years. He has the proud distinction of managing a team of diverse developers distributed almost evenly by gender. When he isn’t writing code or managing features, he can be found at home playing with his two young kids.

Melanie Tory (Senior Research Scientist, Tableau Software)
Melanie Tory
Melanie is a Senior Research Scientist at Tableau Software, with research interests in the areas of visualization, human-computer interaction, and computer-supported cooperative work. She focuses on designing and evaluating visualization and interaction techniques that support the workflow of visual data analysis. Formerly, Melanie was an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, where she directed the Visual Interaction Design (VisID) research group.

Nibedita Das (Senior Quality Assurance Engineer, Tableau Software)
Nibedita Das
Nibedita is a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in the Server Foundation Test team at Tableau Software. Her responsibilities include testing the High Availability deployments and the upcoming features for Tableau Server. She is leading the effort to setup the Enterprise Test Automation Lab at Tableau. Prior to this, she worked as a QA Engineer in the Server test team at Tableau. Nibedita holds a PhD in Computer Science from Arizona State University and a double major bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Calcutta, India.

Stephanie Nicholson (Software Engineer, Tableau Software)
Stephanie Nicholson
Stephanie is a Software Engineer at Tableau Software. Originally from Portland, OR, Stephanie earned a BA in Psychology and MS in Computer Science from Stanford University. She joined Tableau Software as a desktop UI developer. Outside of work, she loves playing with her cats, Stanford football, spending time with friends, and collecting sloth-themed loungewear.

Vidya Setlur (Senior Research Scientist, Tableau Software)
Vidya Setlur
Vidya is a senior research scientist at Tableau Software. She earned her doctorate in Computer Graphics in 2005 at Northwestern University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of natural language processing (NLP) and computer graphics, particularly in the area of iconography and content retargeting. This offers her a unique perspective in an R&D team focused on data visualization.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00 pm PST on April 7, 2016 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.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #113: Sponsored by VSCO

24.03.2016 (10:47 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

VSCO Girl Geek Dinner

Join VSCO in their downtown Oakland office on Wednesday, April 6th for an evening of talks, networking, and delicious food provided by their in-house culinary team.

VSCO is excited to invite members of the Bay Area Girl Geek community to join us for an evening of networking, drinks, appetizers, and inspiration from our incredible panel of speakers. Learn about career progression, lessons learned along the way, successes and challenges, and how to continually learn and grow in your career

About VSCO::

VSCO is an art and technology company empowering people everywhere to create, discover, and connect. Headquartered in Oakland, California, VSCO has an additional office in New York City, New York. The company was founded in 2011 and acquired Denver, Colorado-based Artifact Uprising in 2014.

Please follow us:

  • Twitter: @VSCO@BayAreaGGD
  • Event Hashtag: #VSCOGirlGeekDinner

VSCO Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, Appetizers, Drinks & Networking
  • 6:30pm – 7:45pm: Speaker Session, Panel & Open Q&A
  • 7:45pm – 8:30pm: Networking, Raffle & Dessert

VSCO Girl Geek Speakers

Jill Wetzler (Director of Engineering, Core Services and Infrastructure, Lyft))
Jill Wetzler
Jill is Director of Engineering at Lyft, leading their Core Services and Infrastructure orgs. Jill’s teams are responsible for many of the foundational backend services of Lyft, as well as the infrastructure necessary to keep engineers productive and ensure that their technology scales and evolves. Prior to Lyft, Jill was a senior engineering manager at Twitter. Her teams consisted of software engineers and data scientists in Twitter’s Data Products organization, providing streaming and REST APIs to external partners who use Twitter data to make insights into their business. Jill has also been a manager and lead engineer at, working mainly on developer platforms. She is a co-founder of UpLyft Tech, Lyft’s organization focused on diversity and inclusion, where she leads many internal efforts related to increasing representation and inclusivity. Jill holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Follow her on Twitter at @JillWetzler.

Jenna Walker (CEO and Co-Founder, Artifact Uprising) & Katie Thurmes (CCO and Co-Founder, Artifact Uprising)
Jenna Walker & Katie Thurmes
Artifact Uprising is an e-commerce platform and brand that sells custom photo books and prints on both web and iOS. Getting their start from a basement in 2012, Katie (CCO) and her sister Jenna (CEO) took their 8 years of experience as professional photographers to create a product line and a brand that would find overnight success and unlikely organic growth. Artifact Uprising has been featured on the Today Show, InStyle Magazine, the Washington Post, Financial Times, among others, and was most recently recognized by Pinterest as one of the most innovative companies using their platform. At the end of 2014 – just 2.5 years later and with no outside funding – the company was acquired by Oakland-based Visual Supply Company. Today, Artifact Uprising remains headquartered in Denver where Jenna, Katie and their entire team continue on their mission to build photo products that honor that which is meaningful in our lives.

Jamesha Fisher (DevOps Security Pirate, CloudPassage)
Jamesha Fisher
Jamesha has worked in the Tech industry for over 10 years, with a special interest to security. Graduating with a degree in Information Assurance and Security Engineering, she’s lent this experience to her career in Operations and Systems Engineering, including at companies like Google and CloudPassage. In her spare time she’s a maker of things musical, delicious, and objects that use binary numbers. Find her on Twitter as @jamfish728.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00 pm PST on March 25, 2016 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.