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Girl Geek X Branch Dinner – September 25th in Redwood City

Girl Geek X Branch Dinner

Branch is excited to host a Girl Geek Dinner at our home in Redwood City on Tuesday, September 25th!

Hear from our leadership team on random paths to success, how to recognize failures as progress and leveraging learning opportunities. All ages & genders are welcome!


6:00pm – 6:30pm: Check in, food & drinks, networking!
6:30pm – 7:15pm: Welcome & lightning talks!
7:15pm – 7:30pm: Q&A with panel
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Networking!

Speaker Bios:

Zeesha CurrimboyZeesha Currimboy, Director of Product Engineering, Branch
Zeesha loves building great teams and empowering them to build amazing products that solves a tangible need in the world. From running Augmented intelligence at Evernote, to search and discovery at Branch she gets closer to her innate desire to use technology to make the world a better place. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her two adorable kids and husband.

Deepikaa SubramaniumDeepikaa Subramanium, Senior Software Engineer, Branch
Deepikaa is a Senior Software Engineer in the Product Backend team at Branch. The product backend team is responsible for handling some of the core functionalities that involves streaming partner events, attribution and storing data. It also handles transformation and publishing the event data to various internal applications within Branch for data consumption that meets partners requirement. Prior to Branch, she worked at Citrix Systems. She holds a MS degree in Computer Engineering from University of Florida at Gainesville.

Mada SegheteMada Seghete, Co-Founder & Head of Marketing, Branch
Mada leads marketing as a co-founder of Branch, the mobile growth platform for today’s top companies, powering mobile linking and growth for over 30,000 apps and 2 billion monthly users around the world. Born and raised in Romania, Mada came to the US to study Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University, and then earned her Masters of Engineering and MBA from Stanford. Mada enjoys playing the latest viral mobile game, binge watching the hottest sci-fi show, and photographing Branch events. Mada regularly speaks about mobile growth at top tech events like Websummit and Saastr, and she was included in Linkedin’s Next Wave, 150 top professionals in 15 industries all under 35.

Javeria KhanJaveria Khan, Systems Engineer, Branch
Javeria has worked in a number of domains from ASICs to Networking to System Integrations, DevOps and now Infrastructure Engineering at Branch. She strongly believes that regardless of apparatus, it’s all logic in the end and therefore loves to learn new things and build systems. When not in front of a laptop, she enjoys reading, traveling and finding new places to eat. Javeria holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London.

Ann MassoudAnn Massoud, Strategic Partner Growth, Branch
Born and raised on the beautiful San Diego coast, Ann moved to the Bay Area for school and has never looked back. She’s passionate about helping innovative start ups increase revenue through meaningful partnerships. When she’s not in the office, Ann is likely following tech/real estate trends, trying new fitness classes, traveling, or indulging in a good pizza.

About Branch:

Branch provides the most complete deep linking solution for brands to create optimized mobile user experiences that drive app growth and conversions, as well as user engagement and retention. With Branch, app content becomes searchable, discoverable, shareable, and easily integrated into core marketing channels like email, SEO, social media, and paid ads. Branch’s powerful deep linking technology automatically incorporates the most valuable user experience, the native app, across all traditional marketing campaigns.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets will be available on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X Volvo Dinner – September 20th in Mountain View

Girl Geek X Volvo Dinner

Join us for an exciting Girl Geek Dinner at Volvo on Thursday, September 20th in Mountain View, California!

Learn from women in Volvo Car Technology USA’s Silicon Valley R&D office as they discuss their impact on transforming a traditional car company into a technology company that happens to build cars. Volvo has put a stake in the ground, distinguishing itself within the ever-competitive automotive industry – it’s near-term roadmap addresses everything from eliminating vehicle fatalities to manufacturing purely electric vehicles.


6:00pm – 7:00pm: Check-in, socialize, demos & mingle over dinner
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome & Talk: “It’s the tech that drives us; Volvo’s Tech Team talks about what’s ticking under the hood.”
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Continue to mingle while indulging in the Swedish tradition of Fika

Speaker Bios:

Tasneem ManjraTasneem Manjra, Head of Network Development, Volvo Tech Fund
Tasneem is currently Head of Network Development for the Volvo Tech Fund, where she will lead marketing and strategy initiatives geared at increasing the visibility of the fund amongst startups and VCs. Prior to this, Tasneem spent the greater part of 15 years developing and executing marketing plans for startups and Fortune 500s. Most recently she was head of marketing at Poynt, where she executed partner marketing with leading financial institutions worldwide, as well as led PR and communications; simultaneously, she developed product firsts in her role as product lead for all things merchant experience and insights. A Los Angeles native, Tasneem benefitted from clean air, free health care, and poutine in Canada, where she completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto; she also holds an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Sohini RoyChowdhurySohini RoyChowdhury, Senior Research Lead, Volvo
Sohini is a Senior Research Lead and Machine Learning/AI expert for R&D at Volvo Cars. Sohini focuses on the development of novel algorithms for AD/ADAS systems, optimal utilization of the vehicle sensor suite, and is mentoring several collaborative research projects with universities. Prior to this she was an Assistant Professor at University of Washington. She received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Minnesota in 2014 with a specialty in computer vision, image processing, pattern recognition, machine learning, and AI system design. Sohini has 45+ peer-reviewed, published, articles including IEEE Journal cover articles, and several Best Educator and Mentorship awards (2015-2017).

Heather BrunoHeather Bruno, Senior Manager, Digital Business Development, Volvo
Heather is a Senior Manager of Digital Business Development for the Consumer Enterprise Digital Group at Volvo Cars. She’s been labeled an ‘athletic geek of technology’ and has 15+ years of driving business partnerships across multiple industries. Her greatest successes have been within the Product Development realm where she’s shepherded over 60 startups from innovation/concept to market launch. Her industry expertise includes Consumer Electronics, Software Development, Industrial Design & Engineering, User Experience Design & Development, and Manufacturing. In her free time, Heather enjoys exploring that next adrenaline rush, driving her S90, playing beach volleyball, and traveling to remote destinations.

Sharon LaiSharon Lai, Intellectual Property Counsel, Volvo
Sharon is Intellectual Property Counsel for the Americas at Volvo Cars. She works at the intersection of business, law and science. In her role, she works closely with engineering, business, and intellectual property teams to protect, license, develop, and monetize intellectual property. She left a career in traditional law firms to join Volvo because she was inspired by the company’s focus and dedication to safety – after all, Volvo was the company that shared their patented three-point harness system (used in every car today). Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a JD/MBA from Syracuse University. One of her favorite early career memories was initiating a microcredit loan program in a drought-stricken area south of the Sahara desert in her capacity as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Brandyn JutovskyBrandyn Jutovsky, Project Manager, Concept Vehicles, Volvo
Brandyn is a Project Manager within the Volvo Design and Concept Center at Volvo Cars in Los Angeles. Her division is focusing on the next generation of vehicles; in a world where you are no longer driving, there are endless opportunities for in-cabin technology and interaction innovations. In order to push the boundaries of vehicle design and technology innovation, concept work is incorporating both the LA Design Studio and the Mountain View Technology Office. Prior to this role, she worked for the CEO of Volvo Car North America in business development and strategy, driving governance materials such as the long-term Business Plan and Board of Directors reviews. She graduated from the UCLA School of Engineering in 2014 with a double major in Computer Science and Economics. Outside of the office, Brandyn can be found in a yoga studio working towards her yoga teacher certification.

About Volvo:

Volvo has put a stake in the ground across ecology, safety, and innovation – it’s near-term roadmap addresses everything from eliminating vehicle fatalities to manufacturing only-electric vehicles. Learn from Volvo’s Silicon Valley R&D team, including autonomous driving leads, legal counsel, product, design, tech VC, and HR, as they talk about the car industry trends and how that has impacted all elements of their business.

Getting There:

Parking is available in the lot behind the Volvo building in Mountain View.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X Sumo Logic Dinner – September 10th in Redwood City

Girl Geek X Sumo Logic Dinner

Join us for an exciting Girl Geek Dinner at Sumo Logic on Monday, September 10th in Redwood City, California!

You are invited for dinner, drinks and networking with the Sumo Logic girl geeks leading a discussion on actively listening to customers and creating a culture of service.

Throughout a product lifecycle, even in a cloud company, you have to be listening to your customers. The Sumo team has developed some simple ways to get some big wins!


6:00pm – 7:00pm: Check-in, Dinner & Drinks, Networking!
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome & Talks, Followed by Q&A!
8:00pm – 9:00pm: More Networking!

Speaker Bios:

Riya SinghRiya Singh, Senior Software Engineer & Team Lead, Sumo Logic
Riya is a Senior Software Engineer and Team Lead of the Data Engine team at Sumo Logic. The Data Engine team is responsible for some of the core functionality that powers real-time streaming applications at Sumo, for example – dashboards, livetail and alerting. Prior to Sumo, she worked at Mathworks in Boston. She holds a MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Stacy KornluebkeStacy Kornluebke, Manager, Training & Documentation, Sumo Logic
Stacy is the Manager of Training and Documentation at Sumo Logic, ensuring the growth and quality of the Customer Learning Experience at Sumo Logic. Prior to Sumo Logic, Stacy ran a Cloud documentation shared service at Cisco, ensuring that several groups had the Cloud writers necessary to their success. Stacy has a passion for engaging users in the ways that they learn most effectively and also for traveling whenever she can with her three sons.

Jen BrownJen Brown, Compliance & Data Protection Officer, Sumo Logic
Jen is Sumo Logic’s compliance and data protection officer and is responsible for leading compliance, risk and privacy efforts for the company, including GDPR, PCI DSS, ISO 27001, HIPAA, SOC2 and FedRAMP, as well as several other regulations. Prior to Sumo Logic, Jen worked as a consultant, external auditor and internal resource for both small and large organizations including Oracle, VMware and FishNet Security. Jen brings over 20 years of experience in IT security and compliance to Sumo Logic and she previously held her QSA, a designation for external PCI Auditors, and is a certified Lead Auditor for ISO 27001.

Bret ScofieldBret Scofield, UX Research Team Lead, Sumo Logic
Bret leads the UX research team at Sumo Logic. She enjoys the occasional run and being the contrarian for all food preferences.

About Sumo Logic:

Sumo Logic’s Continuous Intelligence platform immediately transforms Machine Data into Intelligence. Sumo’s cloud native Log, Event and Metrics Mgmt Service helps customers achieve unprecedented application and operational efficiencies, stronger security intelligence and analytics capabilities and more streamlined compliance with regulatory mandates by providing real-time actionable insights.

Founded in 2010 by experts in log management, scalable systems, Big Data and security, Sumo Logic is backed by Greylock, Sutter Hill Ventures, Accel, Sequoia, DFJ, IVP, etc. our mission is to Democratize Machine Data and enable our customers and the ecosystem to leverage our leading Machine Data Analytics platform to more effectively Build, Run and Secure Modern Applications/Infrastructure.

Getting There:

The Redwood City Caltrain station is about a 10 minute walk from Sumo Logic.

For those driving, there are plenty of parking in the lot around the building, as well as street parking.

You do need to enter through the main entrance to sign in. The Sumo Logic team will be in the lobby to greet everyone.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X AppLovin Dinner – September 5th in San Francisco

Girl Geek X AppLovin Dinner

Join us for a Girl Geek Dinner on Wednesday, September 5th (6pm-9pm) in San Francisco at the AppLovin office!

AppLovin girl geeks will be hosting an evening of networking, food & drinks, and discussions on investing in what matters and embracing change to build lasting systems. All ages & genders welcome.

Get your ticket now!


6:00pm – 7:00pm: Check-in, Food & Drinks, Networking!
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome & Discussions with AppLovin Girl Geeks!
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Dessert & More Networking!

Speaker Bios:

Katie JansenKatie Jansen, Chief Marketing Officer, AppLovin
Katie is Chief Marketing Officer at AppLovin. She is an advocate for workplace equality, serving as marketing adviser to organizations focused on women in tech and mentoring other women in the field. Business Insider has named Katie one of the most powerful women in mobile advertising.

Alice GuillaumeAlice Guillaume, Director of Marketing, AppLovin
Alice is Director of Marketing at AppLovin. Alice started at the company in 2014 and has helped the company build out a strong growth team in China and build/scale out a powerhouse design and game development team.

Helen WuHelen Wu, Director of Growth Partnerships, AppLovin
Helen is Director of Growth Partnerships at AppLovin. Since starting as one of the first business team hires in 2013, Helen has grown and trained a global team that is responsible for helping AppLovin’s customers achieve their performance goals.

Anusha RameshAnusha Ramesh, Principal Software Engineer, AppLovin
Anusha is a principal software engineer at AppLovin. She works with the rest of the platform team to analyze and optimize how services run in order to continuously scale and grow.

Sonal GuptaSonal Gupta, Principal Software Engineer, AppLovin
Sonal is a principal software engineer at AppLovin. She is responsible for the design and architecture of a back-end that handles billions of requests per day as well as creating high-availability, low-latency systems that are distributed across multiple data centers.

Swetha AnbarasanSwetha Anbarasan, Network Engineer, AppLovin
Swetha is a network engineer at AppLovin. She manages AppLovin’s network infrastructure from configuration to troubleshooting. Swetha is also engaged in capacity planning and has automated various network processes.

Laura PfisterLaura Pfister, Software Engineer, AppLovin
Laura is a software engineer at AppLovin. She works to implement, test, and monitor new functionalities and optimization features on the ad server.

About AppLovin:

AppLovin offers a comprehensive platform that gives app developers of all sizes the ability to market, grow, and even finance their businesses. We provide the expertise and insights you need to connect with your ideal consumers and break through the noise – all in one place.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X Dinner – August 29th in San Francisco

Girl Geek X Dinner is delighted to host a Girl Geek Dinner on Wednesday, August 29th at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA!

Join fellow girl geeks for an evening of networking, discussion, drinks & food with Founder, Chairwoman and CEO Sheila Lirio Marcelo. The CEO will share her story of building a mission-driven global company and women from’s engineering and product teams will share their experiences in a series of lightning talks on learnings about working with a two-sided marketplace.

Get your ticket now for Girl Geek X Dinner!


6:00pm – 7:15pm: Check-in, Networking, Food!
7:15pm – 7:40pm: Welcome & Talk by Sheila Lirio Marcelo (Founder, Chairwoman & CEO), followed by Q&A
7:40pm – 8:00pm: More Talks, followed by Q&A, Networking!

Speaker Bios:

Sheila Lirio Marcelo TseSheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman & CEO,
Sheila founded in 2006 after her personal challenges as a young working mother finding care for two small children and ailing parents shed a spotlight on the massive care needs of families everywhere. Today, the company is the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care, serving more than 26 million people across 20 countries. Committed to building a company that can be both profitable and mission-based, Sheila continues to drive innovation across’s platforms and services to enable families to find care and caregivers to find meaningful work, while also leveraging the company’s data and reach to drive systemic change across the care economy as a whole. Prior to founding, Sheila was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Matrix Partners and held executive positions at Upromise, helping families save for college and at executive search engine She sits on the Boards of Northwestern Mutual, Boston Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees, the U.S. Library of Congress Trust Fund, and the Philippine Development Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and advises numerous start-up companies. Sheila graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University.

Talk Topic: “Three Questions: On Leading with Purpose” by Sheila Lirio Marcelo
As women and leaders in the workplace, we can and must write our own stories so we can lead authentically and with purpose. How? By asking ourselves three key questions: Who, What and How? Who has influenced you? What impact do you want to have on the world? And, How do you stand by what you stand for?

Dominique BailletDominique Baillet, Senior Director, Growth and Product,
Dominique joined in 2017 as Senior Director of Growth and Product Management, where she leads all organic acquisition, editorial, community and enrollment activities. She is passionate about scaling mission-driven organizations and maintains optimistic that businesses can succeed and do good for the world. Her career has spanned industries and functions – across management consulting, education, international development and tech. Dominique received a B.A. from Brown University and MBA from Harvard Business School. [Fun fact: Dominique brought her 3 month old baby to her interviews – a first for both mom and baby.]

Talk Topic: “How to Monetize Online Marketplaces” by Dominique Baillet
Yes, it’s all about growth. But at some point, you’ve got to make money. Successful marketplaces figure out how to monetize early and set up their marketplace dynamics accordingly – even if they don’t optimize making money until later. In this talk, we will cover how to think about what you give away and what you charge for, how you charge, and who pays.

Abbey StaufferAbbey Stauffer, Director, Product Management,
Abbey is the Director of’s Matching experience, where she leads a product team that is evolving how we match the two sides of our marketplace and guide families through the hiring process. Prior to, Abbey ran the education vertical at FinTech company NerdWallet, where she developed products for college students and recent grads, and served as Sr. Product Manager at InsideTrack, an EdTech company also serving college students. Abbey has a passion for mission-driven companies, continuous learning, and her family of two young boys.

Talk Topic: “The Art and Science of Matching” by Abbey Stauffer
Let’s face it… having lots of choices is great, but having too many choices can be overwhelming. Matching helps connect the buyers in your marketplace to the supply that best meets the criteria they’re looking for. Matching challenges exist everywhere, from organ transplants and college admissions to hiring marketplaces like In this talk, we’ll discuss how you can leverage data science and other strategies to take the work out of your users’ hands in finding the right match.

Lauren LeeLauren Lee, Director, Product Management,
Lauren joined in January 2018 as Director of Product Management, where she leads Mobile and Trust & Safety products. With nearly a decade of experience working in marketplace businesses, Lauren loves getting the flywheel spinning and using her skills at to empower women. Prior to joining, she held various product management positions at StubHub and strategy positions at StubHub, Microsoft, and Triage Consulting Group. Lauren received a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA with Honors from the Kellogg School of Management.

Talk Topic: “Building Trust in Online Marketplaces” by Lauren Lee
If you want your users to convert faster and stay longer, then you need to invest in trust building mechanisms. It’s a critical ingredient for all businesses because it gives users the confidence to buy your product – and it’s especially critical for marketplace businesses when you don’t know the person on the other side of the transaction. In this talk, we’ll walk through some of the common mechanisms that marketplaces use to build trust.

Rita ChowRita Chow, Principal iOS Engineer,
Rita is a Principal iOS Engineer at with 19 years of software engineering experience. She worked at a GPS startup, Apple, Bechtel, and StubHub. She has a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from University of California, Davis. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Talk Topic: “Personal Journey as a Software Engineer” by Rita Chow

Connie FongConnie Fong, Vice President, Customer Engagement Marketing,
Connie is currently the Vice President, Customer Engagement Marketing at, where she leads the CRM, Product Marketing and Brand Creative teams. Prior to joining, Connie led digital marketing acquisition and retention teams at Sephora driving over 20% of’s revenue, in addition to leading omni-channel business development and content strategy initiatives. As part of Kendo Brands, Connie was also responsible for launching Marc Jacobs Beauty and Formula X Nail websites, in addition to overseeing the e-commerce business for Ole Henriksen. Connie was also instrumental in launching online partnerships, paid search and email programs for Williams–Sonoma Inc. brands (Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn Teen and West Elm).

Connie Fong is the emcee for Girl Geek Dinner


Since launching in 2007, has been committed to solving the complex care challenges that impact families, caregivers, employers, and care service companies. Today, is the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care, with 16.9 million families and 12.7 million caregivers across more than 20 countries, including the U.S., UK, Canada and parts of Western Europe, and approximately 1.4 million employees of corporate clients having access to our services. Spanning child care to senior care, pet care, housekeeping and more, provides a sweeping array of services for families and caregivers to find, manage and pay for care or find employment and manage their careers. Headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, has offices in Berlin, Austin and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.