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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #24: Sponsored by Intel


(1.) Add yourself to the waitlist. You will not be able to add a plus one so anyone who wishes to attend should add themselves to the waitlist for consideration. Both men and women are encouraged to attend

(2.) Selected attendees will be notified August 10 via email. We will be using a lottery system to select attendees for the event (so everyone will have an equal opportunity to attend). 

(3.) If you get an email on Friday, August 10 that you are off the waitlist – you must first click on the link in the email from Eventbrite AND THEN claim your ticket by RE-REGISTERING again for your spot once you are off the waitlist.  Sorry for the confusion, this is simply how Eventbrite works!


Join us at Intel’s inaugural Girl Geek Dinner on Wednesday, August 15th in Santa Clara for an evening of mingling, food and drinks, speakers, demos, and more!

Meet the Rock Stars of Intel! Learn how to write your name in binary code. Wander around the Intel Museum and discover the history of Intel and the technology around building a chip. Get a first look at the cool new gadgets Intel has created, feel the weightlessness of the Ultrabook, and more. Tie this all together with a fun scavenger hunt and enter to win the ultimate prize – the Ultrabook. (Hint: bring your camera/camera phone!)

When & Where:

Intel Corporation

Executive Briefing Center, RNB Lobby, Intel Museum

2200 Mission College Blvd 

Santa Clara, CA 95054

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

5:30PM – 8:30PM


Intel Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

5:30pm – 6:30pm:       Registration, demos, and mingling over appetizers and cocktails

6:30pm – 7:15pm:       Discussion on Leveraging Diversity to Spur Innovation and Build Excellent Products

7:15pm – 7:45pm:       Fireside chat with Senior Vice President Renee James

7:45pm – 8:30pm:       Networking over desserts and coffee



Intel Girl Geek Speaker Bios:


     Renée James

Senior Vice President

General Manager, Software and Services Group

Renée J. James is senior vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group for Intel Corporation. She is responsible for worldwide software and services R&D and product delivery for all segments of Intel’s product portfolio. In addition, she is responsible for the Intel worldwide developer programs. She is the P&L owner for Intel’s software & services businesses as well as the Intel software subsidiaries. James is chairman of: McAfee, Wind River Systems and Havok. McAfee is a multi-billion dollar, world-class security software company. Wind River Systems is a leading real-time operating system vendor and embedded software provider. Havok is a leading middleware provider offering software products for high performance gaming such as physics and animation.

Previously, James was vice president of Developer Programs for Intel. In this capacity, she was responsible for overseeing Intel’s relationship and development efforts with partners such as Microsoft. Prior to that, she was the director and COO of Intel Online Services, Intel’s datacenter business. James has contributed to several key software and services R&D efforts during her tenure at Intel: the first software video codecs (Indeo) and the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for the unification of Unix on Intel Architecture. Additionally, she was part of the pioneering team working with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to move applications to the Intel Architecture.

James also serves as a non-executive director on the Vodafone Group Plc Board of Directors. James is an independent director on the VMware Inc. Board of Directors and is a member of the Audit Committee at VMware Inc. She is also a member of the C200.

James joined Intel in 1988 with the acquisition of Bell Technologies. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1986 and master’s degree in 1992, both from the University of Oregon.                                  


Tammy Cyphert

Vice President, Intel Architecture Group

General Manager, PC Client Group Operations

Tammy Cyphert is vice president of the Intel Architecture Group and general manager of PC Client Group Operations & Central Outbound Marketing Functions. She is responsible for driving internal and external facing operational excellence across the client organization. Cyphert drives customer excellence programs, business metrics improvements, velocity and efficiency programs, organizational health, training and events for the PC Client Group.  In addition, she leads PC Client Group Central Outbound Marketing which includes event and launch management and centralized outbound messaging.

Prior to this role, Cyphert held positions as vice president of the Sales and Marketing Group. She was director of Global Operations and Productivity, responsible for SMG global outsourcing solutions, the Customer Excellence Program, sales productivity and training programs. Cyphert was previously director of operations for Intel Americas Inc. responsible for revenue planning and demand forecasting for the Americas Sales and Marketing Organization’s (ASMO) $20 billion annual business (approximate) managing all aspects of ASMO supply management, pricing, customer interface, order management, supply-line programs and internal operations programs.

Cyphert joined Intel in 1991, has held a variety of leadership roles and has managed a number of large teams and groups within Sales and Marketing.

Cyphert graduated from Golden Gate University with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Rani Borkar

Vice President

General Manager, Intel Architecture Development Group

Rani N. Borkar is corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Development Group-a (IDGa) for Intel Corporation. In this role Borkar leads numerous worldwide engineering teams that are responsible for the development of the full range of processors, from Intel® Itanium®, Intel® Xeon®, Intel® Core™, Intel® Atom™ and System-on-a-Chip (SoC) products for server, client, and handheld devices.

Borkar joined Intel in 1988. She has held several technical and senior management positions in microprocessor design and development. Rani led the development and delivery of multiple generations of the Intel® Pentium® 4 processors and the first generation of Intel® Core® processors and their proliferations.

Borkar received the Intel Achievement Award for the execution of the Intel Pentium 4 processor roadmap and delivering 3 GHz in 2002. She received the Corporate Fellow Award in 2004 at the Linkage Women in Leadership Conference.

Borkar received her master’s degree in physics from the University of Mumbai, India in 1982. She earned her master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Oregon Graduate Institute in 1989.  


Vida Ilderem

Vice President, Intel Labs

Director, Integrated Platform Research

Vida Ilderem is vice president of Intel Labs and director of the Integrated Platforms Research with focus on three research areas of System-on-Chip (SOC), Wireless Communication, and Physical Platforms. Prior to joining Intel in 2009, Vida served as vice president of Systems and Technology Research at Motorola’s Applied Research and Technology Center. Vida holds a PhD in EE from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has 27 issued patents. Vida is raising 3 children that attend college and high school. She loves to read, travel, and hike/Zumba. 


Ann Kelleher

Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group

Co-General Manager, Fab/Sort Manufacturing

Ann B. Kelleher is vice president of the Technology and Manufacturing Group and FSM Co-General Manager for Intel Corporation.

Previously, Kelleher was site and plant manager for Fab 11X in Rio Rancho, NM where she was responsible for all aspects of the operation, i.e. safety, people and operational metrics for 45nm high-volume manufacturing and 32nm ramp.

Kelleher has also been the plant manager for Fab 12 in Chandler, Arizona, prior to which she was the factory manager of Fab 24 in Leixlip, Ireland. Kelleher joined Intel in 1996 as a process engineer, going on to manage technology transfers and ramps in a variety of positions spanning 200mm and 300mm technologies.

Kelleher received a bachelor’s degree (1987), master’s degree (1989), and Ph.D. (1993) in electrical engineering from University College Cork, Ireland

Charlyn Villegas (Master of Ceremonies)


Intel Studios Creative Services

Charlyn Villegas manages the Santa Clara based Creative Services team at Intel Studios, where she has produced corporate videos for Intel for over 7 years. Though her background is in film and television, producing videos for Intel has been the most challenging and rewarding experience in her 12 year career in video production. She started her career at TechTV in San Francisco, and then worked on a travel technology-focused magazine show called, Travel Gear, for the Travel Channel. Her greatest and most anticipated experience is on the horizon in the form of a sabbatical at the end of the year. Charlyn is very happy and honored to be the MC at Intel’s very first Geek Girl Dinner.