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Girl Geek X Amazon Music Dinner – April 12th, 2018 in San Francisco!

Girl Geek X Amazon Music Dinner

Please join us for an evening of networking and talks highlighting the work of innovative women at Amazon Music! Join us at a Girl Geek X Amazon Music Dinner on Thursday, April 12th, 2018 in San Francisco — Enjoy a drink, have a bite and listen to Amazon Music’s latest beats!


5:00pm – 6:00pm: Check-in + Networking!
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Welcome & Amazon Music Girl Geek Speakers!
7:00pm – 7:30pm: Q&A Session
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Raffle Giveaways + More Networking!

Amazon Music Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Skji ConklinSkji Conklin, Senior Product Manager, Amazon Music
Skji is a Senior Product Manager leading Amazon Music web and desktop products as well as several cross-platform initiatives. She graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with her Bachelor’s in Computer Science and has 8 years of experience as a product manager in industry at startups, Microsoft, and Amazon. Prior to joining Amazon Music in 2016, she has had a breadth of experience working with different technologies and verticals to deliver products such as a service monitoring and telemetry platform, Office personalization services, group collaboration device, and a retail analytics suite. She is passionate about inventing and delivering innovative customer experiences that have a positive impact on people’s lives around the world.

Talk Description: The product management role is inherently ambiguous. The roles and responsibilities of a PM can vary widely and change quickly depending on the company, team, and product. We will use a framework to examine the types of product management roles in industry and the different skills in which they excel. To highlight the unique opportunities with real world examples, we will examine how each PM archetype maps to roles and responsibilities at Amazon Music. The framework is designed to help early career PMs and those interested in transitioning to a PM role find the best individual contributor product management position to match his or her unique passions and skillset.

Kat EllisKat Ellis, Applied Scientist, Amazon Music Machine Learning
Kat is an Applied Scientist on the Amazon Music Machine Learning team. She works on music recommendation and personalization, and is interested in ways to apply deep learning to personalization problems with complex data sources. She started at Amazon Music a year and half ago, after finishing her Ph.D. at UC San Diego in 2016. Her Ph.D. thesis was on machine learning approaches to physical activity recognition from wearable sensor data.

Talk Description: This talk will give an overview of the science behind music recommendations at Amazon. She’ll start with an overview of recommender systems in general and dive into some of the unique aspects of music recommendation.

Trupti Devdas NayakTrupti Devdas Nayak, Software Development Manager, Amazon Music
Trupti is a Software Development Manager at Amazon Music, leading one of Music’s core playback engineering teams. She has over a decade of experience working across the tech stack while leading teams at big companies like Yahoo! and Chegg, as well as startups like Quixey and StyleSeat. After completing her Masters in Computer Science at State University of New York at Buffalo where she majored in Artificial Intelligence and programmed interactive Virtual Reality agents for an immersive drama, Trupti interned at Honda Research Institute and worked with ASIMO the humanoid robot. She then joined Yahoo! where she built large scale applications like Yahoo! Mail for over 6+ years while leading engineering teams in Sunnyvale, Tokyo and Bangalore. Trupti is passionate about creating innovative, intuitive software applications that have a positive impact on millions of users worldwide. She is excited to be building products at Amazon that enrich people’s lives through Music.

Talk Description: From switching roles between Individual Contributor to Engineering Manager and vice versa, from leading teams in big companies to wearing multiple hats at mid-stage and early-stage startups, hear from Trupti about the importance of trying out new roles, constantly acquiring new skills and how to find the best fit for what you’re looking for in your career. Trupti will share her insights and learnings from working in Silicon Valley for over 13 years and how she has found the best combination of People, Product and Impact at Amazon.

Amina ShabbeerAmina Shabbeer, Applied Scientist, Amazon Music Machine Learning
Amina is a Machine Learning Scientist at Amazon Music. She works on building conversational AI systems for intuitive and engaging Music experiences on Alexa. She enjoys teaching and taught a course in Reinforcement Learning at Amazon’s Machine Learning University. Prior to Amazon, she worked at IBM on combinatorial optimization problems to provide availability and performance guarantees through component failures and system expansion in distributed data warehouses. Amina’s PhD was on nonconvex nonsmooth optimization problems for bioinformatics. Her work involved building mathematical models and tools for control, understanding, prevention and treatment of tuberculosis.

Talk Description: In this talk, Amina will provide a high-level overview of Reinforcement Learning (RL), defining the Agent-Environment Interface and Markov Decision Processes. She will discuss a hypothetical problem of defining a chatbot as an RL task. Amina will also share her experience teaching a graduate level course on RL at Amazon’s Machine Learning University.

Arshia KhanArshia Khan, Senior Software Development Engineer, Amazon Music for Alexa and Voice Experiences
Arshia is an experienced full stack engineer who has been at Amazon for the past 6 years. She began her career here by working as the sole developer on the music web player client application. To explore some of the scaling and infrastructure challenges, she moved to the backend service teams responsible for music library, account and family management. Last year she moved to Seattle and switched to the teams supporting music for the Alexa ecosystem, which powers the Echo voice experience. Prior to joining Amazon she worked on a range of technologies and applications for the state of Indiana through the company NIC after initially starting her career at Interactions, a VOIP based startup. She completed her undergrad with a focus on Psychology and Computer Science at Ball State University after attending the Illinois Math & Science Academy.

Talk Description: From GUI to VUI – A Look At Transitioning Development Focus: This is an overview of some of the unique technical and career challenges faced as you transition between different development domains. This talk will focus around front end work on GUI (graphical user interface) applications, backend services with APIs and the newest addition of VUI (voice user interface) handling with some insight around finding and creating a path for growth and success.

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About Amazon Music:

Amazon Music offerings are available in countries around the world, and our applications support our mission of delivering music to customers in new and exciting ways that enhance their day-to-day lives.

Event Tickets & Details:

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Girl Geek X AppDynamics Dinner – April 5th, 2018 in San Francisco

Girl Geek X AppDynamics Dinner

Join us for a Girl Geek X AppDynamics Dinner in San Francisco on Thursday, April 5th in San Francisco for great food and inspiration!

Hear a panel of AppDynamos share their personal stories on how to navigate the workplace, how to continue driving innovation on your teams, and learn about actionable ways to accelerate your career.


5:30pm – 6:30pm – Check-in, Demos, Food & Drinks!
*As courtesy to guests & speakers, check-in ends at 6:30pm.
6:30pm – 8:00pm – Welcome, Panel Discussion, Q&A
8:00pm – 8:30pm – Networking

AppDynamics Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Linda TongLinda Tong, VP of Innovation Labs & Product Experience
Linda has worked on the early teams at Google (on Chrome & Android), Tapjoy and Nextbit. As an original Android team member, she helped launch and shape the developer ecosystem for the Android OS. She then went on to join Tapjoy as a founding team member. As Tapjoy’s Chief Product Officer, she created the developer monetization & advertising value exchange as well as Tapjoy’s direct to consumer product. She went on to become a founding member and COO at Nextbit Systems. After Nextbit, Linda took on a new opportunity at the NFL where she could pursue her love of Product and football. She was VP of Product and Innovation managing the product vision for the owned and operated digital properties across all 32 clubs and the league. Now, Linda is the VP of Innovation Labs & Product Experience at AppDynamics where she’s focused on building out their vision and strategy for innovation.

Geysa DantasGeysa Dantas, Senior Director of Product Management
Geysa is Senior Director of Product Management, Customer Experience at AppDynamics. Prior to AppDyanmics, she was at Adobe and Get Satisfaction asa Director of Product Management. Originally from Brazil, Geysa graduated in the top 5% of her class from Universidade Federal da Bahia with a degree in Computer Science. She started her career as a programmer but later went back to school to get her MBA in Marketing and Finance and then switched careers to move from development to Product Management. Through a series of big and small companies, Geysa found herself at AppDynamics to rejoin our CEO David Wadhwani who she worked closely with at Adobe, to build AppDynamics Customer Experience as a Senior Director of Product Management.

Priya MalikPriya Malik, Senior Analyst of Database Marketing
Priya is a Senior Analyst of Database Marketing at AppDynamics. She focuses on database health, database enrichment, campaign nurtures, and global segmentation strategy. Priya has worked on a number of different projects in Marketing Operations but currently focused on developing an automated list upload process into Marketo and Salesforce. She also sits on the board of Women of AppD and is very passionate about women in technology. Prior to AppD, she worked at Workday and Yahoo.

Audrey NahrvarAudrey Nahrvar, Security Engineer
Audrey is a Security Engineer at AppDynamics, where she is responsible for application security and ethical hacking. She also serves on the board of the non-profit Women in Security and Privacy (WISP). Audrey graduated from San Diego State University and previously worked at Autodesk and Shutterfly. She enjoys snowboarding and playing with her fluffy husky.

Anna Marie Keppel BensonAnna Marie Keppel Benson, Software Engineer
Anna is a software engineer on the Dashboard team at AppDynamics. She is passionate about UI engineering because it incorporates her two favorite fields: art and mathematics. A Virginia & North Carolina native, Anna graduated from Duke University in 2016 with degrees in computer science and political science. She previously worked in mobile development and big data statistical analysis. Outside the office, Anna loves creating art, playing ultimate frisbee, watching college basketball, listening to hip-hop, and exploring the California coast.

About AppDynamics:

At AppDynamics, our Application Intelligence Platform empowers today’s software-defined businesses with the ability to proactively monitor, manage, and optimize the most complex software environments.

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Girl Geek X Box Dinner – March 28th, 2018 in Redwood City!

Girl Geek X Box Dinner

BOX invites you to a Girl Geek X Dinner on Wednesday, March 28 in Redwood City!

Join us at Box HQ in Redwood City to hear from Box’s outstanding female leaders about the technical problems they are solving to help cloud content management change the way people work!


5:30pm – 6:00pm: Registration, Food, Drinks, Networking
6:00pm – 7:30pm: Welcome & Lightning Talks By Box Women in Engineering and Product
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Networking!

Box Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Kelsey DuttonKelsey Dutton, Senior Software Engineer – Platform)
Kelsey is a software engineer on Platform. She focuses on building secure and scalable authentication services while maintaining a seamless developer experience. She helped launch the platform side of Box, enabling developers to power their applications with Box as the content layer. In her free time you can find her backpacking, running, and generally enjoying the outdoors.

Talk Topic: “Making Authentication Simple” by Kelsey Dutton

Prachi JadhavPrachi Jadhav, Senior Software Engineer – Partner Integrations
Prachi is a Senior Software Engineer on the Partner Integrations team at Box. She develops new apps, product integrations, and frameworks to support Box’s growing list of strategic partners e.g. Microsoft, Google, IBM. She is passionate about applications of AI. She has recently started exploring new paradigms in Conversational Interfaces. She has over 10 years of industry experience. Prachi has worked at Microsoft, IBM Research and IBM Global Services in the past.

Talk Topic: “Bring Intelligence to Your Content” by Prachi Jadhav

Nicole SalzmanNicole Salzman, Product Operations Manager
Nicole is a Manager on Box’s Product team, helping to lead Product Operations. In her role, she works cross functionally from Product to Engineering to Customer Success to help ensure that our products blow our customers’ minds. When not at Box helping get products successfully out the door, she is a certified yoga instructor, leading five classes a week at a yoga studio in San Francisco. She is also currently working on starting a 501(c)(3) organization bringing the teachings of yoga off the mat to bring positive change in the local community.

Talk Topic: “Driving Product Development Efficiency through Operational Excellence” by Nicole Salzman

Joy EbertzJoy Ebertz, Staff Software Engineer – File System
Joy has worked on a number of different teams throughout Box but most recently has spent most of her time on teams focusing on different aspects of splitting our monolithic codebase into microservices. You can read Joy’s blogs on various topics both technical and career related on Medium. When not at work, you will most likely find Joy running very long distances. Follow her on Twitter at @jkebertz.

Talk Topic: “Transitioning to Microservices: Pulling the Heart Out of Our Monolith” by Joy Ebertz

Sruthi GottumukkalaSruthi Gottumukkala, Network Operations Center Engineer
Sruthi is a Network Operations Center Engineer. She is tasked with protecting Box’s customer experience. She does so by creating tooling and automation for the NOC team with chatbots which helps her team respond faster and mitigate site impacting issues. In her free time she enjoys crossfit and finding the best breakfast places in town.

Talk Topic: “Incident Management: The Chatbot Revolution” by Sruthi Gottumukkala

About Box:

What if big business could move at start-up speed? What if files could be openly shared, yet fully secure? What if scaling too fast was an opportunity, not an issue? That’s what Box is all about. Defying “possible.” Turning “what if” into “what can be.” Using the power of Box to make your business perform like never before. No matter what business you’re in. Our mission is to make businesses more productive, competitive, and powerful by connecting people and their most important information.

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Girl Geek X POPSUGAR Dinner – March 22nd, 2018 in San Francisco!

Girl Geek X POPSUGAR Dinner

POPSUGAR invites you to a Girl Geek X Dinner on Thursday, March 22 in San Francisco!

Come hear from several of our talented female engineering, product and business leads about how we leverage technology in all aspects of our business and how we use innovation to fuel growth and future proof our business.


6:00pm – 7:00pm: Check-in, Dinner & Networking!
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome & POPSUGAR Girl Geeks Give Talks!
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Drinks & Networking!

POPSUGAR Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Krista MoatzKrista Moatz, Founder & Executive VP of Culture & Corporate Citizenship
Krista is executive vice president of culture and corporate citizenship for POPSUGAR. She is responsible for perpetuating the company’s values throughout the organization, ensuring clear and consistent internal communication, and designing and implementing the company’s corporate citizen efforts. Krista helped found POPSUGAR in 2006 alongside Lisa and Brian Sugar. Prior to her current role, Krista was executive vice president of editorial operations and worked alongside founder Lisa Sugar to build POPSUGAR’s editorial team. Krista earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Washington. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons and serves on the board of directors of Compass Family Services and the board of trustees of Town School for Boys. She loves Barry’s Bootcamp, pizza, and Tahoe. Follow her on Twitter at @KristaMoatz.

Talk Topic: “POPSUGAR X Technology” by Krista Moatz
Talk Description: “Krista will walk through the evolution of POPSUGAR from its beginnings as personal blog in 2005 to the modern media company it is today and how technology has been with us every step of the way.”

Tara KalmansonTara Kalmanson, Product Manager
Tara is the product manager for growth at POPSUGAR, leading all off-site user experiences ranging from mobile apps to in-house email products to distributed platforms. She came to POPSUGAR with a background in gaming/messaging and holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University. Follow her on Twitter at @TaraKalmanson.

Olena BeyerOlena Beyer, Senior Software Engineer
Olena is a senior fullstack engineer at POPSUGAR working on Google Amp, Facebook Instant, and other distributed platforms. Her first job in the US was at the Ukrainian Consulate in San Francisco. After falling in love with the city, she decided to never leave and realize her talent in Silicon Valley. She spends her free time exploring the world with her two children.

Talk Topic: “Opportunities and Limitations of Google Amp” by Tara Kalmanson & Olena Beyer
Talk Description: “As a modern media company, we recognize that our readers don’t always come to our site — we have to come to them. POPSUGAR was one of the earliest adopters of Google AMP, an open-source library which makes mobile webpages load nearly instantly. We’ll dive into how we solved some of the latest problems, like refreshing content dynamically on cached pages without using Ajax.”

Viktoriia PonyatinaViktoriia Ponyatina, Senior Software Engineer
Viktoriia joined POPSUGAR over 5 years ago as a remote developer based in Russia. She moved to the San Francisco headquarters in 2014 and is currently a senior software engineer leading the Voices and Shop development teams. Viktoriia graduated with honors from Bryansk State Technical University where she studied Dynamics and Strength of Machines. Since graduation, she has continuously improved her ability to work anywhere in the technical stack. Viktoriia is very passionate about good clean code, is eager to learn new technologies, and enjoys encouraging other engineers to grow with her.

Shilpa ShettyShilpa Shetty, Software Engineer
Shilpa is a software engineer on the Influencer/Voices development team at POPSUGAR. She is responsible for building end-to-end solutions that allow external contributors to write and manage content for POPSUGAR. Shilpa spearheaded POPSUGAR’s SMS chat initiative and is a contributor to POPSUGAR’s Facebook Messenger bot. Shilpa earned her Master’s degree in Computer Science from Santa Clara University. In her free time, she loves to read and travel.

Talk Topic: “How Technology Amplifies the POPSUGAR Voice” by Viktoriia Ponyatina & Shilpa Shetty
Talk Description: “Come discover POPSUGAR Voices, a one-of-a-kind platform that allows anyone with a passion for writing to submit content to POPSUGAR. Learn how we built this platform and addressed issues such as security, performance, and payment integration.”

Lauren HendricksonLauren Hendrickson, Director of Shop Product Management
Lauren is director of shop product management at POPSUGAR. She harnesses her love of data and shopping to strategize content across all verticals, ensuring readers know about the latest trends and best products. She started at POPSUGAR as a community manager and has since worn many hats in several departments. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Economics and Art History. She loves Bar Method, growing heirloom tomatoes, and remodeling her house. Follow her on POPSUGAR here.

Shilpa KajiShilpa Kaji, Director of Must Have Operations
Shilpa was the first dedicated person to be hired for the POPSUGAR Must Have subscription box team and is now the director of operations and planning for the program, closely partnering with cross-functional teams across the company. Prior to POPSUGAR, Shilpa worked at Gilt Groupe and Gap, Inc. She graduated from New York University in 2008, with degrees in Urban Design and Economics. In May, she will be pursuing her Executive MBA at The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. Shilpa has been fortunate to have many formative mentors in her career and feels that it’s her responsibility to pay forward the knowledge and lessons she’s learned to the next generation of leaders.

Talk Topic: “Beyond Media: Where Commerce & Content Intersect” by Lauren Hendrickson & Shilpa Kaji
Talk Description: “POPSUGAR Shop and POPSUGAR Must Have differentiate us in the media publishing space and drive additional revenue for the entire company. We’ll touch upon how we leverage our existing technology to iterate quickly and share what we think are the best ways business and engineering can work together.”

Sabrina EldredgeSabrina Eldredge, VP of Product
Sabrina is vice president of product at POPSUGAR. She combines her design and development skills to create best-in-class tools for the editorial staff, engaging interactions for readers, and cutting-edge experiences for brand partners. Sabrina joined POPSUGAR in 2006 and has held a variety of roles, including blog platform evangelist, game producer, and food editor. Prior to POPSUGAR, Sabrina led UX design for, developed software for technology companies, and was blogging from her Palm Pilot before “blogging” was a verb. She received a BA in computer science and fine art from UC Santa Cruz and is a proud Banana Slug. When she’s not dreaming up new product ideas, you can find her baking chocolate chip cookies while binge-listening to podcasts. Follow her on Twitter at @sabrinabot.

Talk Topic: “Staying Ahead of the Game” by Sabrina Eldredge
Talk Description: “As the media industry continues to evolve, innovation is needed to stay ahead of the game. Learn how POPSUGAR uses new technologies such as augmented reality, facial recognition, and SMS purchasing to create delightful experiences for our readers. And then discover how we carve out time for the future and how you can do the same.”

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With a global reach of over 400M people, POPSUGAR is a modern media company delivering inspiring, informative, and entertaining multi-platform content across entertainment, fashion, beauty, fitness, food, parenting, news and more.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets go onsale on Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at NOON (PST) on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Dinner – March 15th, 2018 in San Mateo!

Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Dinner

Join us for a Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Dinner in San Mateo on Thursday, March 15th, 2018!

Hear tech talks from various women in engineering and product, followed by a career panel of executives moderated by SurveyMonkey CTO Robin Ducot! She will share the story of her career path and her decision to join SurveyMonkey. The group will provide insights on career path-related topics such as how to make deliberate career decisions, when to change jobs or careers, how to ask for promotion.


6:00pm – 7:00pm: Registration, food, drinks & networking!
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome, tech talks & career panel
8:00pm – 8:30pm: More networking!

SurveyMonkey Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Louise FoxLouise Fox, Engineering Manager
Louise is an Engineering Manager at SurveyMonkey where she works with a team of engineers on all things related to frontend architecture. During her tenure at SurveyMonkey, she also held positions as a full stack engineer and software web app developer. Starting her career as a Mechanical Engineer at Lam Research, Louise designed and tested parts for large-scale production on various projects focusing on vibration and heat transfer. After Lam, she worked at Otherlab, where she focused on low cost novel actuators for heliostat application using 3d printers, laser cutters, Autodesk CAD, SolidWorks CAD, and FEA software. Louise graduated first in class from California State University, Chico where she earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Louise also works on a number of open source projects: Bitcoin Private, Zclassic, and SurveyMonkey related open source projects. Follow her on Twitter at @kaboomfox.

Talk Topic: “Evolving Front-End Architecture at SurveyMonkey” by Louise Fox & Mala Neti
Talk Description: “Learn about SurveyMonkey’s efforts to move to a monolithic front-end architecture with a graphQL aggregation layer in an effort to streamline engineering velocity and front-end performance.”

Mala NetiMala Neti, Software Engineer
Mala is a software engineer on the UI Platform team at SurveyMonkey, with a passion for front-end development. Prior to this, she was a web app developer on the Mobile Team, primarily working on the mobile web platform. Mala graduated with an engineering degree from UC Berkeley in 2013. She has a passion for public speaking, and encouraging more women to pursue technical speaking in their fields.

Shayani RoyShayani Roy, Director of Product Management
Shayani is a director of product management at SurveyMonkey. She leads the Analyze and Collaboration product lines that help customers work efficiently and get valuable insights from their survey results. Shayani has led multiple product teams since she joined SurveyMonkey in 2013. She is an ex-aeronautics engineer, is passionate about building new products at scale and has recently discovered the joys of urban gardening. Shayani earned an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Masters in Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering from Purdue University. Follow her on Twitter at @shayani2910.

Talk Topic: “Building a Compelling Vision Together” by Shayani Roy & Hally Bowman
Talk Description: “Getting buy-in to execute after delivering a compelling vision to your executive team is the first step in all great product launches. At SurveyMonkey, product, design, and engineering leaders work together to shape that compelling vision. We’ll touch on the process we used and various milestones that shaped the future vision of helping our customers get insights from their data.”

Hally BowmanHally Bowman, Senior Product Designer
Hally joined SurveyMonkey over two years ago and leads product design for Analyze, SurveyMonkey’s analytics tool that helps users reveal valuable insights from their survey results. Prior to SurveyMonkey, she lived in London and worked as UX designer at MOO where she drove design for the enterprise application known as MOO for Business. Prior to working in the digital design world, Hally worked as an electrical design engineer. Follow her on Twitter at @hallybowman.

Jessica Egoyibo MongJessica Egoyibo Mong, Senior Software Engineer
Jessica is a senior software engineer on the Machine Learning Engineering team at SurveyMonkey. She also oversees the technical talks program, jointly manages the engineering internship program, and co-leads the Women in Engineering group. Jessica is a 2014 White House Initiative on HBCUs All-Star, a Hackbright alum (Summer 2013) and CODE2040 alum (Summer 2014). She has served on the leadership team of the Silicon Valley local chapter of the Anita Borg Institute and is a member of /dev/color. Jessica earned her B.S. in Computer Engineering from Claflin University in South Carolina.

Talk Topic: “Quick Peek into SurveyMonkey’s Machine Learning Ecosystem” by Jessica Egoyibo Mong
Talk Description: “In 2017, SurveyMonkey received over 12 billion individual responses from over 17 million surveys. Learn how SurveyMonkey is harnessing this data to deliver an intuitive and safe platform for users.”

Robin DucotRobin Ducot, Chief Technology Officer
Robin joined SurveyMonkey in October 2017. She leads the company’s engineering function and works closely with product, design, and data teams to help define our technical product vision. Previously, Robin spent five years as Senior Vice President of Product Engineering at DocuSign where she scaled the engineering team into a high-velocity streamlined organization using scaled agile framework, moved the product to a multi-product platform with a service-oriented architecture, and shifted the organization to a continuous integration delivery model. Prior to that, she was the Vice President of Engineering at Eventbrite responsible for delivery of their platform and building out a complete engineering organization with extremely high staffing standards. Robin earned her BS in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts, Boston. Follow her on Twitter at @rducot.

Robin Ducot is moderating a career panel at Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Dinner.

Erica Weiss TjaderErica Weiss Tjader, VP of Product Design
Erica is the VP of product design at SurveyMonkey. She joined the company in 2017 with the mission to make design a competitive advantage for SurveyMonkey. Previously, Erica spent six years at Quantcast as the Director of Product Design, where she was responsible for building the design and research functions. Prior to that, she was an Interaction Designer and User Researcher at Move, eBay and Yahoo. Erica earned a B.S. in Cognitive Science and B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA. She is passionate about great product design, career development, and California sun. Follow her on Twitter at @ericatjader.

Erica Weiss Tjader is on a career panel at Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Dinner.

Deepti PatibandlaDeepti Patibandla, Senior Director of Product Management
Deepti is the senior director of product management at SurveyMonkey. She leads the enterprise side of product initiatives in close partnership with sales, marketing, and customer success to deliver an end-to-end solution for organizations at scale. Deepti has a broad spectrum of experience in product management, and prior to SurveyMonkey she led various teams and initiatives at companies ranging from startups to public companies. Deepti earned her Bachelor’s in Electronics & Communications from India, an MBA from Haas School of Business, Berkeley.

Prachi Sakharkar is on a career panel at Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Dinner.

Phuong TrangPhuong Trang, Director of Program Management
Phuong leads the technical program management team and is responsible for planning and delivery of SurveyMonkey product roadmap. She has over 15 years of experience working in high tech, leading teams to deliver complex cross-functional programs. Previously, Phuong was at Shutterfly where she was responsible for the execution of TinyPrints and Wedding Paper Divas strategy. Before Shutterfly, Phuong spent six years at Intuit on the small business division and web center of excellence teams and held roles in both program management and engineering. She has a passion for operational excellence, building high functioning teams while creating a collaborative culture.

Phuong Trang is on a career panel at Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Dinner.

Prachi SakharkarPrachi Sakharkar, Senior Engineering Manager
Prachi is a senior engineering manager at SurveyMonkey. She manages the survey creation and the survey taking experience teams, which account for more than 9 million responses in a day. Prachi earned a Master’s in Computer Science from USC. Prachi contributes her growth to being curious and asking questions while being an active listener, which are both essential to effective Communication. Follow her on Twitter at @olipeno.

Prachi Sakharkar is on a career panel at Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Dinner.

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Event Hashtag: #GirlGeekXSurveyMonkey

About SurveyMonkey:

SurveyMonkey’s 650+ employees throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific are dedicated to powering the curious.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets go onsale on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 on Eventbrite.