Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner - definitely does compute!

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners – Definitely Does Compute

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #137: Sponsored by Turnitin

Turnitin Girl Geek Dinner

Join Turnitin for an evening of networking, food, breakout sessions and panel discussions at a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Thursday, May 25th, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in Oakland!

Turnitin is passionate, creative, and focused on helping students learn. We’re excited to invite the Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner community to our headquarters where we build products that foster writers with integrity. You’ll get an in-depth look into the future of education technology, learn how our offerings provide personalized feedback and hear from tech leaders and executives.

About Turnitin:

Turnitin is committed to building better writers, with integrity. Turnitin’s formative feedback and originality checking services promote critical thinking, ensure academic integrity, and help students improve their writing. Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to engage students in the writing process, provide personalized feedback, and assess student progress over time. Turnitin is used by over 30MM students at 15,000 institutions in 140 countries.

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Twitter: @Turnitin @BayAreaGGD
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Turnitin Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Check-in, Eating & Mingling
6:30pm – 7:45pm – Main Event (Panel and Booths)
7:45pm – 8:30pm – General Networking

Turnitin Girl Geeks – Bios

Jill Hedrick (Senior Vice President – Sales, Turnitin)Jill Hedrick
Jill Hedrick is the Senior Vice President of North America Sales for Turnitin. She is responsible for leading the company’s revenue growth initiatives for both the Higher Ed and K12 markets. Jill is an accomplished technology executive with 25 years of experience leading global sales, account management, customer success, marketing and business development teams. Her passion is creating strong teams in mission-driven organizations, and bringing technology solutions to educational institutions that make a difference in the outcomes for students and the work of educators. Turnitin works with 15,000 institutions and 30 million students for the purpose of engaging students to learn to write with integrity, develop critical thinking, and the life skill of communicating ideas through writing.

Sun Oh (Senior Product Manager, Turnitin)Sun Oh
Sun Oh is a Senior Product Manager at Turnitin, where she drives the strategy and development of front-end, platform and back-end services for Turnitin’s products for promoting academic and research integrity. Sun joined Turnitin in 2012. Prior to working in educational technology, Sun worked in the field of architecture and urban design in Korea, Turkey, Denmark and the US on multiple international projects. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley.

Janine Costanzo (Software Engineering Manager, Turnitin)Janine Costanzo
Janine Costanzo is a Software Engineering Manager at Turnitin. She leads a team that develops the main Perl platform for the Turnitin website. Her job involves a lot of work around how to modernize an old codebase while continuing to support the existing customers. She came to Turnitin in 2014 as a Senior Software Engineer, after working at other companies that ran Perl web platforms. She became a manager a year later, and she continues to write code as well as lead a small team.

Kate Holloway (Web & UX Designer, Turnitin)Kate Holloway
Kate Holloway is a web and UX designer at Turnitin where she strives to create a user-focused approach to designing marketing and web materials. Prior to Turnitin, she worked as a UX designer at Nowait, a casual dining restaurant app recently acquired by Yelp, and Think Through Learning, recently acquired by Imagine Learning. She’s also worked as a marketing designer and communications specialist in higher ed prior to joining the Pittsburgh startup scene. Though she started her education as a history major, she discovered a love of web design and user research while completing her MS in Information Science and MA in New Media Communications at Syracuse University.

Stephanie Butler (Director of New Product Development, Turnitin)Stephanie Butler
Stephanie Butler is the Director of New Product Development at Turnitin, where she leads their international expansion of products to improve student writing. In 2014, Stephanie joined Turnitin after they acquired LightSide Labs, a machine learning research startup spun out of Carnegie Mellon University. At LightSide, Stephanie was employee #2 and head of product and design. Prior to moving into technology startups, Stephanie worked in publishing for several years, acting as editor on multiple university-level Rhetoric and Composition volumes, as well as Fodor’s travel guide to New Zealand. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard University and her Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon.

Lightning Talks


Talk Topic: “Technology As An Extension Of The Classroom”
– Logan Carter (Software Engineer, Turnitin)
– Kristen Judd (Software Engineer, Turnitin)
– Leanne Lee (Software Engineer, Turnitin)

Talk Topic: “Three Ways To UX Design”
– Stephanie Butler (Director of New Product Development, Turnitin)
– Kate Holloway (Web & UX Designer, Turnitin)
– Laura Barncard (UX Designer)

Talk Topic: “Encourage Collaboration Through Technology & Process”
– Ora Watson (Senior Technical Project Manager, Turnitin)
– Kristen Lau (Technical Project Manager, Turnitin)
– Cathy Reeves (Manager, Program Management Office, Turnitin)
– Swathi Chennaboina (Senior Quality Engineer, Turnitin)
– Jennifer Crowe (Quality Engineer, Turnitin)

Talk Topic: “Data, Privacy, & Security In The Educational Ecosystem”
– Monica Yun (Software Engineer, Turnitin)
– Gina Peers (Principal Software Engineer, Turnitin)

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on May 12, 2017 at Eventbrite!