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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #110: Sponsored by Chegg

11.02.2016 (1:01 am) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Chegg Girl Geek Dinner

Join Chegg and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 at Chegg’s Santa Clara headquarters for an evening of #CheggChats, mingling, and awesome food and drinks!

Come join us for an evening of great #CheggChats from members of our Engineering, Marketing, Data Science, and UX Design team who help make the Student Hub possible! Chegg’s Student Hub is the leading student-first connected learning platform that makes higher education more affordable and more accessible, all while improving student outcomes. The Student Hub includes: Chegg Textbooks, Chegg Study, Chegg Tutoring, Careers Search, Internship Admissions, and College Admissions.

Twitter Handles: @Chegg @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtags: #CheggGirlGeeks, #CheggChats

Chegg Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, Networking, Appetizer Spread & Beverages
6:30pm – 6:45pm: Welcome to Chegg! (Kickoff Speech by Heather Tatroff)
6:45pm – 7:30pm: #CheggChats
7:30pm – 7:55pm: #CheggChats Q&A Panel
7:55pm – 8:30pm: Desserts and more networking to close!

Chegg Girl Geek Speakers

Courtney Monk (Data Science Manager, Chegg)Courtney Monk
Courtney is a Manager on the Data Science team at Chegg. Her work focuses mainly on Chegg’s college admissions and careers business units. Courtney is passionate about improving long-term educational and employment outcomes for high school and college students. Before coming to Chegg, she spent over five years working at Teach For America (TFA), an education non-profit whose mission is to expand educational opportunity for low-income children. Courtney received her PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford, holds a Master’s in International Economics from the Universite de Paris I – Pantheon Sorbonne, and earned a BA in Economics from Princeton University.

Irina Borisova (Staff Data Scientist, Chegg)Irina Borisova
Irina is a Staff Data Scientist in the Graph, Modeling and Personalization team at Chegg. Her work focuses on improving our understanding of how educational experience connects to professional life. She loves building models that seek relationships between various college, study and career components and that help students make better informed decisions. Irina also loves backpacking, hot springs and board games.

Kyrie Robinson (Vice President, Design, Chegg)Kyrie Robinson
Kyrie loves to create world-class user experience and lead product design for consumer technology products. She has developed and led successful UX teams at leading Silicon Valley companies such as Chegg, TiVo, and Shutterfly. For 9 years she was part of the well known Silicon Valley Product Group (SVPG), working with many fun and high profile technology companies such as eBay, Kno, Gilt, Zinio, LeapFrog, ReadingRainbow, Meebo, MobileIron, GameDuell, and Workiva. Kyrie has a Ph.D. from Stanford in psychology, which just goes to show that there are many ways to get from point A to point B, and most of us follow very twisty paths, indeed.

Alison Johnston (Marketing Leader, Learning Services, Chegg)Alison Johnston
Alison leads marketing for Chegg’s learning products, including Chegg Study, Chegg Tutors and Chegg Test Prep. She was previously the CEO and cofounder of InstaEDU (now Chegg Tutors), the largest marketplace for online tutoring, which was acquired by Chegg for $30 million in June 2014. She also cofounded in-home tutoring company, Cardinal Scholars (acquired by CourseHero), and was an early team member at Box, Aardvark (acquired by Google), and Nextdoor. She was named one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Education in 2014.

Heather Tatroff (Chief Strategy Officer, Chegg)Heather Tatroff
As Chegg’s Chief Strategy Officer, Heather spearheads strategic planning for the company and leads the corporate and business development functions. During her time at Chegg, Heather has successfully completed the acquisitions of InstaEDU (now Chegg Tutors) and, a core asset to the company’s career platform. Prior to joining the company, Heather had advised Chegg since 2010, including private placements, M&A and taking Chegg public in 2013 while working at J.P. Morgan. There she led coverage of emerging private companies while working on the Internet and Digital Media Investment Banking team, while also covering large consumer Internet companies like Facebook, Netflix and Dropbox. After completing her BBA with an entrepreneurship concentration at Brock University in Ontario Heather went on to complete her MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business with finance and entrepreneurship concentrations. In her spare time you may find Heather preparing to conquer her next marathon, having already successfully covered 26.2 miles in each of Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Francisco and New York.

Pritie Sharda (Director of Commerce Engineering, Chegg)Pritie Sharda
Pritie is the Director of Commerce Engineering at Chegg. Her work involves building software systems to support ecommerce, customer service and accurate financial reporting for all the digital services Chegg offers its students. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and started her career in circuit design but soon after decided she needed something that was more fast-paced than designing control circuits for power plants. For the last fifteen years she’s been developing software, primarily in the areas of content management and ecommerce. In her spare time, she loves reading and trying out new recipes on her five year old son.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00 pm PST on February 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 Dinners #109: Sponsored by Good Eggs

07.02.2016 (2:04 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Good Eggs Girl Geek Dinner

Join Good Eggs and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Wednesday, February 17th at Good Egg’s San Francisco foodhub for an evening of talks, mingling and amazing local food prepared by their in-house chefs. Good Eggs delivers online groceries direct from the best farmers and food makers in the Bay Area.

We’re hosting at our foodhub in the San Francisco Bay View where we combine product development, marketing and business operations with the daily activities of receiving, packing and delivering food.

We’ll cover topics ranging from data science, user research and agile software engineering to identifying and tasting the many varieties of citrus in season right now. We’re going to use a Science Fair format where you rotate through presentations, discussions and activities leaving plenty of opportunity for questions and conversation.

Twitter handles: @GoodEggs @BayAreaGGD
Event hashtag: #GoodEggsGeekDinner

Good Eggs Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:00pm: Check-in, Networking & Food
6:00pm – 7:20pm: Good Eggs Girl Geeks Science Fair & Tours
7:20pm – 8:15pm: More Networking!

Good Eggs Girl Geek Speakers

Lei Huang (Shopping Engineering Manager, Good Eggs)Lei Huang
Lei loves cooking, eating and talking about all things food. Learning about where that food comes from truly makes her feel happier and more connected to the people and environment around me. She is excited to help Good Eggs bring about a world where everyone gets to experience the fun of being closer to their food growing community.

Cordelia Hyland (User Researcher, Good Eggs)Cordelia Hyland
Like many other Eggs, Cordelia grew up growing veggies in her family’s backyard vegetable garden and cooking with the bounty. She has worked on farms and in community gardens, teaching garden education and community nutrition. Cordelia was drawn to Good Eggs by her hope to support local agriculture and healthy eating on a national scale. She loves the connections Good Eggs is growing between local foodmakers and food eaters! There’s nothing more beautiful than community bonds!

Claudia Gold (Data Scientist, Good Eggs)Claudia Gold
As a child of parents from New Orleans, Claudia has been surrounded by food and cooking from a very early age. She has always believed that the best foods are the ones prepared by hand and naturally, and is am thrilled to help make it easier for others to enjoy delicious local eating. Good Eggs truly has unlimited potential, because the concept can be applied anywhere!

Joyce Ding (Data Analyst, Good Eggs)Joyce Ding
Joyce spent a lot of time between ages three to six on her great-grandma’s farm in China. It was a farm with many kinds of crops and animals. She raised her own pet chickens and helped her uncle tend cows. That was the time when her affection for nature, animals, farmers, and local communities first started. Now she’s happily working at a company that strives to nurture all of these things that she deeply cares about.

Aley Hanson (Designer, Good Eggs)Aley Hanson
Aley is a San Francisco native, eternal optimist, and mother nature’s biggest fan. She is blessed to support local food in the best way she knows how: through visual design. When she is not designing for Good Eggs’ awe-inspiring farmers and foodmakers, you’ll find her in a tree, practicing the art of smiling for no reason.

Erin Clancy (Grocery Purchaser, Good Eggs)Erin Clancy
Erin’s specialty is her enthusiasm for and knowledge of cheese. She spends days off researching cheese and different cheese shops all across the country. She has been fortunate enough to visit many cheese farms as well as meet some of the cheese makers through both work and cheese festivals.

Jillian Becerra (Ops Manager, Good Eggs)Jillian Becerra
“All sorrows are less with bread.” This quote from Miguel de Cervantes perfectly captures the importance of both great literature and delicious food in Jilian’s life. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Jillian immediately found intrinsic beauty in the simplicity of a process that supplies people with nourishing, local food. Unfortunately, the benefits of local food have been restricted to those who have access to these markets and have the financial means to enter them. It’s her dream to begin bridging this gap through a combination of equitable access, awareness and availability across all communities.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00 pm PST on February 8, 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 #108: Sponsored by Yelp

31.01.2016 (11:19 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

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Yelp to host their third Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner!

Yelp is excited to be hosting their 3rd Girl Geek Dinner and we hope that you’ll be able to join us on Tuesday February 9th in San Francisco! We’ve got great talks lined up are excited for a night filled with mixing and mingling.

Yelp sees 89 million mobile users and 79 million desktop users every month. Keeping everything running smoothly requires the best and brightest in the industry. Come meet some of our engineers that help us build out Yelp!

Twitter handles: @Yelp @BayAreaGGD
Event hashtag: #YelpGirlGeekDinner

Yelp Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

6:15pm – 7:00pm: Doors open
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Talks from Yelp girl geeks!
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Mix & mingle

Yelp Girl Geek Speakers

Ya-Lin Huang (Software Engineer, Infrastructure)Lilit Yenokyan
Ya-Lin is an infrastructure software engineer at Yelp who currently works on a variety of projects relating to metrics and performance. She enjoys making programs run faster with fewer resources and is also interested in algorithm complexity and statistics. Outside of work, Ya-Lin enjoys eating authentic Taiwanese food and participating in all sports imaginable, basically anything that burns off those delicious calories. Her favorite pastimes include jogging, playing badminton, hiking, and snowboarding.

Talk Topic: Metrics: Numbers in Yelp Engineering Ya-Lin is presenting on the metrics pipeline at Yelp — how we collect metrics, why we do so, manipulating metrics, and storing metrics. She’ll also touch on the scaling challenges that Yelp faces on the daily.

Sharadha Ramakrishnan (Engineering Manager, Metrics Infra)Carenina Garcia Motion
Sharadha Ramakrishnan is an Engineering Manager on the Metrics Team at Yelp. Her team currently builds and maintains the infrastructure for metrics, on the order of millions per second, that are critical to monitoring the performance of Yelp’s infrastructure and backend systems. She was previously on the Distributed Systems Team, contributing to building the job processing system and Cassandra deployments. Before joining Yelp, she worked as a full stack engineer at a number of startups including,, PacketZoom, and Orangescape. She started her career in engineering by founding her own company in Chennai, which provided software services for companies in the US. In her free time, she mentors people who are interested in entering the tech field and enjoys an alternate career as a photographer. She’s a vegetarian, loves hiking, and sings whenever an opportunity presents itself.

Talk Topic: Information is exhausting, Learning isn’t. In our professional lives, we are presented with abundant information that we can convert to learning. We learn by association, assimilation, application and analysis. In this talk, I will share some tips and tricks to incorporate learning into our everyday lives.

Anusha Rajan (Software Engineer, Ads Delivery)Maria Kazandjieva
Anusha Rajan joined Yelp in 2013. She is an engineer on the Ads Team, working on the systems that pick the right ad to show to users in real time. Before this, she helped build Yelp’s internal tools for large scale data processing and data warehousing. Prior to Yelp, she worked on a wide range of projects at Amazon, from backend services that power newspaper/blog delivery, to Kindles, to Android apps, to AWS DynamoDB. Anusha has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Anna University, India and likes to hike or read when she’s not working or handling oncall.

Talk Topic: Monitoring is critical for any real application that has customers who dependent on it. At Yelp, we take monitoring of our systems very seriously. Anomaly detection and monitoring real time systems can be a hard problem. What is the right metric? What thresholds do we alert on? How do we resolve the issue? These are all interesting challenges that we’ll discusses and how we’ve revamped monitoring on our Ads systems as well as lessons learned.


Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 11:00 am PST on February 2, 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 #107: Sponsored by Netflix

14.01.2016 (5:39 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Netflix to host their first Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner!

Netflix has gone global! We warmly welcome you to attend a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner at our lovely new Los Gatos headquarters on Thursday, January 28 and learn more about the work we have accomplished to achieve this incredible milestone!

Food, drinks, and dessert at the Netflix Girl Geek Dinner will be provided, as well as the chance to meet a few of the female engineers who allow Netflix to stream around the clock in over 190 countries.

Now streaming worldwide!

Twitter handles: @Netflix @BayAreaGGD
Event hashtag: #NetflixGirlGeekDinner

Netflix Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Check-in, Snacks

7:00pm – 8:00pm: Netflix Girl Geek Speakers

8:00pm – 9:00pm: More Food, Drinks & Networking!

Netflix Girl Geek Speakers

Lilit Yenokyan (Senior Engineer in Test, Netflix)Lilit Yenokyan
Lilit has over 10 years of experience in professional software development, with special attention to security, applied mathematics, and artificial intelligence. She holds an MS degree in Computer and Information Science from Rackham Graduate School at University of Michigan. Follow her on Twitter @lyenokyan.

Carenina Garcia Motion (Partner Engagement Manager, Netflix)Carenina Garcia Motion
By working with partner companies at Netflix, Carenina has helped enable the service on millions of new devices. She has a strong background in the computing hardware and software industry, built up after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Follow her on Twitter @careninam.

Maria Kazandjieva (Senior Engineer, Streaming Platforms, Netflix)Maria Kazandjieva
Maria is a researcher in the field of video streaming and computer networking. She’s currently focused on improving the video quality of the titles we all love to watch while reducing the time it takes to load them. Maria graduated from Stanford University where she received her MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science. Follow her on Twitter @thenilly.

Janaki Ramachandran (Engineering Manager in Test, Netflix)Janaki Ramachandran
If you’ve watched Netflix, then you’ve probably benefited from the bugs that Janaki’s team has caught. Her team develops the tools and infrastructure that assist automation and validate the software deployed on most Netflix devices (smart TVs, game consoles, set-top boxes, etc.). Janaki has worked at Netflix for over 6 years, previously as an individual contributor and now as an engineering manager. She holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Find her on LinkedIn here.

Devika Chawla (Engineering Director, Messaging, Netflix)Devika Chawla
Devika leads the Messaging Engineering/Platform team that communicates with our customers globally via email, push notifications, in-app notifications, SMS, and other channels. Messaging drives acquisition, engagement, and retention, and success is measured by comprehensive data analysis and results of A/B testing. Devika has held director positions for over 5 years and graduated from Georgetown University with a BSc degree in Computer Science & Math. Find her on LinkedIn here.

Linda Avendaño Franco (Senior UI Engineer, Messaging, Netflix)Linda Avendaño Franco

Linda has a sincere passion for resolving complex problems and business challenges through technical innovation and human collaboration. She has developed software in the messaging, human resources, and e-commerce spaces, including over 2 and a half years on the messaging team at Netflix. Linda graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering. Find her on LinkedIn here.


Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on January 15, 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 #106: Sponsored by Foursquare

11.01.2016 (10:23 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Foursquare to host their first Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner in 2016!

Join Foursquare and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Wednesday, January 20th at the Foursquare office in San Francisco for an evening of mingling and discussing the year ahead!

Come join us for a great evening of networking, food and drinks, and exciting lightning talks on product and research from product and research by girl geeks from Foursquare, Facebook, Slack, TripAdvisor and Google Maps!

Learn about their key takeaways from 2015 and industry trends that might pop up in the new year for product and research. We view this event as an opportunity for women to expand their professional networks and build strong connections with like-minded women. We hope you can make it, and look forward to meeting you!

Twitter handles: @Foursquare @BayAreaGGD
Event hashtag: #FoursquareGirlGeekDinner

Foursquare Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:00pm: Check-in, Networking, Food

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Girl Geeks Lightning Talks & Panel Discussion

7:00pm – 8:00pm: More Networking!

Foursquare Girl Geek Speakers

Sue Young (Commerce & Shopping PM, Facebook)Sue Young
Sue is a product manager at Facebook focusing on commerce & shopping. She is responsible for creating experiences on Facebook that make it easier for people to discover products and businesses to drive more sales. She holds a BS and Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, as well as an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Merci Victoria Grace (Growth Group PM, 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.

Marissa Chacko (Content Creation PM, Foursquare)Marissa Chacko
Marissa is a product manager at Foursquare in charge of content creation, notifications, and profiles. Marissa developed a love of big data and a passion for understanding consumer behavior early in her career. She now utilizes Foursquare’s massive store of location data and insights to create rich, context-aware experiences for users. Before joining Foursquare, Marissa was a product manager at Hotel Tonight, focused on the consumer-facing mobile applications. She also worked on product at Zynga, starting out on the hit web game FarmVille and later transitioning to leading a team of PM’s on a new mobile game. Marissa holds BA & BSBA degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Karina van Schaardenburg (UX Research, Foursquare)Karina van Schaardenburg
With stints at Meetup, Twitter and Foursquare, Karina has spent her career in UX research learning about social behaviors online. She’s weathered the explosion of smartphones, gradually shifting her methods from purely desktop to almost purely mobile. As the first member of several research teams, she’s learned how to set up a practice from scratch and how to work with teams who have never worked with a researcher before. When she’s not moderating interviews, she’s probably rock climbing, DJing or gaming.

Yenyi Fu (Director of Mobile Product, TripAdvisor)Yenyi Fu

Yenyo leads the mobile experience and mobile growth initiatives in TripAdvisor, where her role is to create the overall vision of how mobile can transform the whole travel cycle, from planning to in-destination and re-engaging with our users in the post-trip experience. Previously, she led the hotel shopping initiative on mobile, increasing revenue by 6x, to $100M run rate in Q2 2015. From Q2 2015 earnings transcript: “We’re doing a great job winning the increasingly mobile user as well. Nearly 50% of our traffic visits is on mobile devices and app downloads reached more than 215 million. Continuous mobile product innovation is key. In this quarter, we launched our TripAdvisor app for Apple Watch, Samsung Gear, and Pebble devices, bringing the power and convenience of TripAdvisor Content to wearables.”

Amanda Leicht Moore (Senior Product Manager, Google Maps)Amanda Leicht Moore
Amanda is a Senior Product Manager on Google Maps, driving the overall user experience for the Android, iOS and web apps. She joined the team 6 years ago, and at this point has worked on most parts of the product including Search, Driving / Navigation, Personalization, Map rendering, Growth and core app UI. Prior to Maps, she worked on Billing & Payments, focused on Customer Service Tools and International Payment options. She holds a Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.


Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on January 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.