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Girl Geek X MongoDB Dinner – February 22nd, 2018 in Palo Alto!

Girl Geek X MongoDB Dinner

Join dozens of fellow girl geeks in downtown Palo Alto on Thursday, February 22nd for a Girl Geek X Dinner at the MongoDB offices with Chief Marketing Officer Meagen Eisenberg, Senior Solution Architect Jane Fine, and Senior Director of Finance Ruchi Kasliwal!

Jane will present a demo using MongoDB mostly on Atlas. Ruchi will cover the importance of a strong back-office, and strategies for MongoDB’s unique position as having both Community and Enterprise products. Meagen will kick off the session with a background on MongoDB, and cover problem solving / career navigation.

About MongoDB:

MongoDB is the next-generation database that helps businesses transform their industries by harnessing the power of data. The world’s most sophisticated organizations, from cutting-edge startups to the largest companies, use MongoDB to create applications never before possible at a fraction of the cost of legacy databases. MongoDB is the fastest-growing database ecosystem, with over 9 million downloads, thousands of customers, and over 750 technology and service partners.

Agenda:

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, food, drinks, networking!
6:30pm – 7:00pm: Presentations from MongoDB girl geeks!
7:00pm – 7:30pm: Q&A with MongoDB girl geeks!

MongoDB Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Meagen EisenbergMeagen Eisenberg, CMO
Meagen brought more than 19 years of experience in the high-tech industry to her role at MongoDB. Meagen advises for several tech startups and before joining MongoDB, she was the Vice President of Customer Marketing and Demand Generation at DocuSign. She also held previous positions with ArcSight, an HP Company, TRIRIGA (acquired by IBM), Postini (acquired by Google) and IBM. Meagen has an MBA with a focus on marketing and strategy from Yale School of Management and holds a B.S. in MIS with a minor in CSC from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo. Follow her on Twitter at @meisenberg.

Jane FineJane Fine, Senior Solution Architect
Jane joined MongoDB in 2016 from Teradata Aster where she ran a Big Data Practice delivering advanced analytics such as churn analysis & customer 360, digital marketing attribution, sentiment analysis and IoT. Jane has over ten years of experience in enterprise software, analytics, and consulting, as well as a background in biology and life sciences. She loves solving real world problems and talking to customers. Follow her on Twitter at @janeuyvova.

Ruchi KasliwalRuchi Kasliwal, Senior Director Finance
Ruchi joined MongoDB as Director of Revenue in December 2015 from Quotient Technologies. Since then, Ruchi has been promoted to Assistant Controller and has built the team in preparation for IPO. While at Quotient, Ruchi built the finance and accounting department and prepared the company for IPO. Ruchi enjoys working with systems and building processes with a keen eye of accounting and controls while addressing all the business needs. Ruchi enjoys coaching and developing strong and efficient teams. She holds a Masters in Marketing form India and MBA and Accounting degree from Santa Clara University.

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @GirlGeekX @MongoDB
Instagram: @GirlGeekX @MongoDB
Event Hashtag: #GirlGeekXMDB

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets onsale at Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X SugarCRM Dinner – February 15th, 2018 in Palo Alto!

Girl Geek X SugarCRM Dinner

You’re invited to Girl Geek X SugarCRM Dinner featuring a panel discussion of women in tech on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 in Palo Alto at the University Club!

Women at SugarCRM will share diverse experiences that have led them along the fluid landscape of work and lives intertwined by tech — about how they developed their careers and those of their teams.

Dinner & drinks will be served. Don’t miss the demos, giveaways & networking!

Agenda:

5:00pm – 5:45pm: Registration / Networking / Demos
5:45pm – 6:45pm: Dinner / Networking / Demos
6:45pm – 7:45pm: Panel Discussion + Q&A
7:45pm – 8:15pm: Raffle Giveaways & Closing Remarks / Open Networking

Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Rosaalie ShahRosaalie Shah, Director of Applications Product Management
Rosaalie is the Director of Applications Product Management at SugarCRM. She leads the product team focused on delivering a complete CRM platform (marketing, sales, service) that helps organizations build better business relationships. Rosaalie has broad experience across product management, marketing and business development. Her tech career spans multiple industries including CRM, e-commerce, advertising and local search. Rosaalie has lead teams from start-ups to enterprise public companies, but has found her home at Sugar 3+ years ago. Outside the office, Rosaalie spends her time hiking, attempting new recipes, attending live performances and traveling far and wide. Follow her on Twitter at @RosaalieShah.

Vandita AroraVandita Arora, Senior Product Manager
Vandita recently joined SugarCRM as Senior Product Manager, responsible for leading and driving SugarCRM’s Cloud products. Prior to joining SugarCRM, she has held Product Management and Engineering roles in Cloud, DevOps, Application development and Agile teams for Fortune 500 company. Vandita has served on the board for WICT, a women in tech non-profit and is extremely passionate about mentoring and driving initiatives to encourage more girls and women into STEM fields. Vandita earned a Bachelors in Electrical & Telecommunications Engineering and Masters in Telecommunications & Business management from University of Maryland, College Park. In her spare time, she is planning her
next travel adventure, hiking, learning vocal classical music and recently trying her hand at boxing.

Jaime YuenJaime Yuen, VP Corporate Controller
Jaime joined SugarCRM’s Finance team in February 2016 where she currently manages global accounting as the corporate controller. Prior to SugarCRM, she was a Big-4 CPA and has a blend of accounting operations and technical accounting/SEC reporting experience. Outside of SugarCRM, Jaime moonlights as an amateur musician, playing violin for a few local community theater groups.

Sandhya JaideepSandhya Jaideep, Senior Director of Applications Engineering
Sandhya is Senior Director of Applications Engineering at SugarCRM. She heads development of the SugarCRM application and desktop plugins. Sandhya has broad experience as an engineering leader,
entrepreneur, product visionary, and developer. Her career spans multiple tech industries including CRM, enterprise software, IoT, security, and mobile. Prior to joining SugarCRM, Sandhya pursued her entrepreneurial ambitions and founded Truvolo, to build connected-car solutions to monitor driving safety and health of a car. In the workplace, Sandhya is a people person who is truly passionate about building a culture that allows the career and personal growth of everyone in her team. She holds a Masters in Computer Science from Kansas State University. When she is not at work, Sandhya tends to spend time with oil painting, cooking, cross-fit, and driving her teenager to band practices.

Brie RowBrie Row, Organizational Learning & Development Manager
Brie has been with SugarCRM for 10 years, with a focus on training and education since 2012. As the Manager of Organizational Learning and Development at SugarCRM, Brie’s focus is managing Sugar University’s customer and partner learning programs, training operations, and partnering with various business groups at SugarCRM to drive their learning and development needs. Before making the switch to Learning and Development, Brie held roles in sales, customer success, and consulting. Outside of work, she enjoys adventures with her husband and two young daughters, catching up with friends, and trying new recipes in the kitchen.

Katherine SpencerKatherine Spencer, Senior User Experience Designer
Katherine joined SugarCRM 2.5 years ago as a senior user experience designer after learning about the company at the 2015 Girl Geek Dinner. Prior to focusing on user experience design, Katherine worked as a data visualization expert and college teacher. When not working, you can find Katherine hiking, biking, or active in the maker movement. She has recently finished two wood working projects (coffee table and shelving unit) and is currently debugging her Arduino code for a project involving individually addressable LEDs.

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @GirlGeekX @LifeAtSugar
Instagram: @GirlGeekX @SugarCRM
Event Hashtag: #GirlGeekXSUGARCRM

About SugarCRM:

SugarCRM enables businesses to create extraordinary customer relationships with the most innovative and affordable CRM solution on the market. They take pride in getting to know customers personally to identify and service their unique needs. SugarCRM is headquartered in Cupertino, California with offices in New York City (NY), Raleigh (NC), Munich (Germany), London (UK), São Paulo (Brazil), Mexico City (Mexico) and Sydney (Australia).

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets go onsale Thursday, February 1st, 2018 at NOON Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Girl Geek X Autodesk Dinner – February 8th, 2018 in San Francisco!

Girl Geek X Autodesk Dinner

Join us at the Autodesk Gallery to hear why it’s so cool to be a woman in Technology at Autodesk. If you’ve never been to Autodesk Gallery, you’re in for a treat. There are plenty interactive exhibits and you’ll be inspired once seeing how we’re transforming the way people Imagine, Design and Make.

Autodesk Head of Diversity & Inclusion Daniel Guillory, will kick off the evening. Autodesk VP of Engineering Practice Minette Norman will give a keynote sharing her unconventional path to transforming our Engineering Practices at Autodesk. Then, hear a diverse group of technically-minded women discuss how they are at the forefront of enabling others to Make Anything through AI / Machine Learning, Big Data, Microservices, Dev Ops and more!

Agenda:

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Registration & Dinner/Drinks
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome & Talks
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Networking

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @GirlGeekX @Autodesk
Instagram: @GirlGeekX @Autodesk
Event Hashtag: #GirlGeekXAutodesk

Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Minette NormanMinette Norman, Vice President of Engineering Practice
Minette is Vice President of Engineering Practice at Autodesk, and is responsible for creating a collaborative culture and driving state-of-the-art engineering practices. Named in 2017 as one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” by the San Francisco Business Times, Minette is a recognized industry expert with a unique perspective. Minette serves on the Board of Directors of D-Rev, a non-profit devoted to developing medical technologies for impoverished and vulnerable populations worldwide. Minette holds degrees in drama and French from Tufts University and studied at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. Follow her on Twitter at @minettenorman.

Daniel GuilloryDaniel Guillory, Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Daniel is the Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Autodesk. At Autodesk, he is working to integrate all dimensions of diversity and inclusion into many parts of the organization including customer acquisition, recruitment, hiring, people development, advancement, investment and acquisition. He also is interested in the application of people analytics to different initiatives. Daniel was formerly CEO of Innovations International, a consulting firm that assists companies globally on leadership, innovation and diversity through assessment, strategic planning, learning & development, and internal communications. Daniel received his B.A. from Stanford University, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and studied at the Universite de Paris I—Pantheon Sorbonne, along with the Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany. He is passionate about the integration of diversity into the development of AI. Follow him on Twitter at @danielsguillory.

Rachael RekartRachael Rekart, Senior Manager, Machine Assisted Service Engagement
Rachael leads the Machine Assistance team at Autodesk, responsible for developing and delivering the Autodesk Virtual Agent. Autodesk Virtual Agent currently has over 60,000 conversations with customers per month and has reduced call resolution times for our most repetitive support contacts by 99%, enabling our agents to focus on more complex customer issues. Rachael believes that AI and machine learning will continue to redefine the way Autodesk engages with customers for their service and support needs. She is an active evangelist of AI both inside and outside the company, speaking about Autodesk Virtual Agent’s evolution and capabilities at the Business of Bots and AI Expo conferences, as well as to companies such as Accenture and VISA. Prior to MASE, Rachael led Autodesk teams focused on implementing process optimizations and system improvements to ensure sustainable business growth. Before joining Autodesk in early 2013, Rachael worked in demand planning and supply chain management.

Yizel VizcarraYizel Vizcarra, Conversation Engineer
Yizel is a Conversation Engineer on the Machine Assistance team, focused on improving customer support through dialogue optimization of the Autodesk Virtual Agent. In her role, Yizel analyzes conversations between Autodesk customers and AVA to inform and enhance Autodesk Virtual Agent’s dialogue design and natural language understanding. With a degree in cognitive science from UC Berkeley, Yizel applies the science of human behavior to the design of our customer support virtual agent, comparing the pitfalls and successes of conversations between humans to those between humans and machines.

Shalmali MahajanShalmali Mahajan, Principal Engineer
Shalmali is a Principal Engineer who leads the team responsible for products and prices. At Autodesk, she has been involved in design, architecture, devops, and as a lead, getting a team to deliver quality software consistently. At present, we are working on breaking down our 10-year-old monolith into smaller services.

Tiffany WongTiffany Wong, Senior Software Engineer
Tiffany is a senior software engineer on the Web Platform Engineering team helping to build a content management system that allows internal users to create websites and applications for marketing, ecommerce, in-product content, and more. She is currently working on a digital ecommerce platform to assist customers in their transition from perpetual licenses to cloud-based subscriptions of Autodesk products.

Catherine SchulzCatherine Schulz, Senior Manager of Reliability Engineering
Catherine started at Autodesk in 2017 as a Senior Manager of Reliability Engineering in Cloud Infrastructure. Previously she has worked in Finance, Ecommerce, and Software product companies as an Individual Contributor, Solution Architect and Manager. She has a background in Cloud, DevOps, CI/CD, Application Development, Agile and Infrastructure and likes to leverage all of those skills to provide scalable solutions. She believes in the power of the community to drive change and looks to contribute to more of those both within and outside Autodesk.

Pratibha RathorePratibha Rathore, Data Scientist
Pratibha works as a Data Scientist within Finance audit and advisory services team, where she builds analytics solutions for Corporate accounting, Legal and Compliance teams to identify anomalies and potential frauds. She earned her Masters in Information management and Systems from UC Berkeley where she focused on learning Predictive Modeling, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Information Visualization. She also has extensive experience in business intelligence solutions. She also volunteers her time to help and mentor aspiring data scientists to break into this field.

About Autodesk:

We make tools for everyone – from designers and engineers to architects and makers. Autodesk products are used across almost every industry you can think of. If it’s been 3D modeled, digitally prototyped or manufactured, our products were likely used to design it.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets go onsale Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at NOON Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Girl Geek X Yummly Dinner – January 31st, 2018 in Redwood City!

Girl Geek X Yummly Dinner

On Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 in Redwood City, Yummly invites girl geeks to an appetizing evening with talks cooked up from their talented engineers, data scientists, product pros, and nutrition gurus!

Girl Geek X Yummly Dinner features women speaking about their experiences combining two passions: food & technology. Many of the talks center around a key theme of courage. Get your ticket to join us!

Agenda:

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Registration & Food
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome & Talks
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Networking & A Sweet Giveaway

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @GirlGeekX @Yummly
Instagram: @GirlGeekX @Yummly
Event Hashtag: #GirlGeekXYummly

Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Suzanne PilkingtonSuzanne Pilkington, Yummly CFO & Head of HR
Talk Topic: “Life’s a Buffet; Go Back for Seconds”

Suzanne joined Yummly in early 2012 and leads the G&A teams, including finance, accounting, HR and office administration. Partnering with the leadership of the organization, she is leading the charge to double the employee base in 2018. She is a serial startup executive, holding similar roles in diverse industries, including hardware, software, and service organizations. When not at work, you can find her gardening, hiking or cooking for her family and friends. Ice cream is her kryptonite and this is her favorite recipe on Yummly! Follow her on Twitter at @SDPilkington.

Melissa GuyreMelissa Guyre, Yummly VP of Product
Talk Topic: “What Doesn’t Kale You Makes You Stronger – Building the Kitchen of the Future at Yummly”

Melissa is a big nerd for product, design, and cooking with early adopter technologies. Yummly is the perfect match for her passions and as Head of Product, she leads creation of experiences that guide home cooks to successful execution in the kitchen based on their tastes and interests. Prior to joining Yummly, Melissa was at IGN Entertainment where she led mobile engineering, video platform, and media channel development. An avid home chef, kitchen adventures from this past year have included whole baked suckling pig and successfully reverse engineering dishes tasted at Alinea. An on-going crowd favorite recipe first made at an all things duck dinner she hosted is Sous Vide Duck Breast sliced and served in butter lettuce cups… this preparation was reviewed by friends as better than Atelier Crenn’s sliced duck breast dish.

Melanie LeiMelanie Lei, Yummly Senior Product Manager
Talk Topic: “What Doesn’t Kale You Makes You Stronger – Building the Kitchen of the Future at Yummly”

Melanie leads Yummly’s smart kitchen product initiatives, which is a perfect match for her love of cooking and life-changing technology. Before Yummly, she worked in various roles as a PM and general manager at other companies that improve people’s lives, including NerdWallet and Coursera. Her culinary heroes are Julia Child and Christina Tosi, and she loves baking souffles. Her favorite recipe on Yummly is this Singaporean Chili Crab recipe. Follow her on Twitter at @melanielei_.

Yaprak AkdereYaprak Akdere, Yummly Senior Android Engineer – Lead
Talk Topic: “Bacon All The Rules – How We Design Award Winning Mobile Apps”

Yaprak is a senior Android engineer at Yummly, leading a team of 5 software engineers and developing Yummly’s delightful, innovative, and award-winning Android App. Yummly is ranked in the top 5 Cooking App! Before Yummly, Yaprak led the mobile engineering team at Zoosk, which is currently the top ranked dating app in the Play Store. As a lover of all things technology, Her most recent challenge is to create a Connected Cooking Platform, connecting smart appliances to mobile technology. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering at Android bootcamps held by Codepath and Women Who Code, as well as trying different things in the kitchen. Check out her favorite savory recipe on Yummly! Follow her on Twitter at @yaprakakdere.

Chloe BiChloe Bi, Yummly Product Data Scientist
Talk Topic: “Big Data & Food – The Perfect Pear!”

Chloe is a Product Data Scientist at Yummly. In her role, she makes use of Yummly’s rich data to discover interesting trends around food, recipes and people’s lifestyle. Trained as an economist and a statistician, she enjoys transforming data into actionable insights. Outside of work, she is keen on exploring new food options, watching culinary shows and of course cooking. Check out this simple chocolate marble cake recipe in her dessert collection.

Anagha DuttAnagha Dutt, Yummly Controller
Talk Topic: “Finding Inner Peas, Life Outside Work”

Anagha loves numbers. Which is probably why she is the Controller at Yummly! She joined Yummly in 2015. Before that, she served as Controller for other high-growth startups and held various accounting roles at large companies like Aon, HSBC, and Baxter. She holds a Masters in Accounting from Boston College, an MBA from IMI in India, and is an active CPA. Apart from debits and credits, Anagha enjoys crocheting, reading or contemplating the next family travel destination. She is an Ethiopian food fanatic and her favorite recipe on Yummly is Kik Alicha.

Edwina ClarkEdwina Clark, Yummly Head of Nutrition and Wellness
Talk Topic: “Turnip The Beet on Your Health”

Edwina is the Head of Nutrition and Wellness and leads all content creation efforts at Yummly. She holds her bachelors and masters degrees in nutrition from Boston University, and is dually credentialed as a Dietitian in both the US and Australia. Edwina has worked a spokesperson, content creator, and consultant for multiple early stage startups, and thrives in a fast-paced environment. She regularly contributes to the media, and has been featured in SELF magazine, Women’s Health, Glamour, Teen Vogue, among others. Outside of the office you can find Edwina running, cooking up a storm, or traveling far and wide. She’s a self-confessed chocoholic with a penchant for avocado toast and anything with blueberries. This chocolate-mint energy bite recipe is one of her favorites. Follow her on Twitter at @edwinatherd.

About Yummly:

The smart cooking sidekick that learns what you like and customizes the experience to your personal tastes, nutritional needs, skill level, and more.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets go onsale Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 at NOON Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Girl Geek X ThoughtWorks Dinner – January 23rd, 2018 in San Francisco!

Girl Geek X ThoughtWorks Security Talks And Dinner

On Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 — ThoughtWorks invites girl geeks to hear industry experts tell their security stories! In the light of Meltdown and Spectre, it is more important than ever to think about the business of hacking, risk tolerance and information ownership.

ThoughtWorks would like to invite people of all genders to enjoy a meal, grab a beer, and meet like minded security enthusiasts at this Girl Geek X ThoughtWorks security talks & dinner evening in San Francisco! Get your ticket to join us!

Agenda:

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Registration & Food
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome, Security Talks & Panel Discussion
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Networking & Fun

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @GirlGeekX @ThoughtWorks
Instagram: @GirlGeekX @ThoughtWorks
Event Hashtag: #GirlGeekXThoughtWorks

Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Rosalie TolentinoRosalie Tolentino, ThoughtWorks Pure Energy

Rosalie started as a full stack developer at ThoughtWorks, engineering agile software for clients. Since then, she has chosen to specialize in security and privacy. She has spent the last year and a half developing privacy enhancing technologies, including a new draft of the effective Off-the-Record messaging protocol. Prior, Rosalie spent a year deploying training material on security hygiene for ThoughtWorks. This included running a capture the flag competition and a lockpicking contest for a major internal conference to engage participants from all backgrounds. Today, Rosalie is passionate about designing systems for a better future. Follow her on Twitter at @rosatolen.

Talk Proposal: “The Road to Private Disillusionment”

Vanessa ArandaVanessa Aranda, Gap Security Analyst

Vanessa is a security analyst, bridging the gap between the red and blue teams. In her role, she hunts for vulnerabilities and threats being exploited in the wild along with managing the phishing program for all Gap brands. She is the lead for intelligence sharing across a network of retailers and helps strengthen her company’s security posture by performing pentests, ensuring the protection of PII for both customers and employees worldwide. Vanessa is an alum of the Year Up Bay Area program, before that she studied biochemistry at Fresno State. Her hobbies include mentoring at devmission and Year Up, volunteering at San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative workshops, is an active member of the Bay Area’s diversity and inclusion movement, and loves Star Trek.

Talk Proposal: “With cyber security events making headlines, it’s important to understand the business of hacking, breaking the kill chain and increasing user awareness. The biggest hole in any company’s security is the end user. With my phishing campaigns, I educate the employee base to identify red flags in suspicious emails, empowering them to secure themselves, as well as the company. It’s important in my role to be the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing, for the benefit of the people I’m trying to protect. I have to think like an attacker.”

Ruchi ShahRuchi Shah, Google Senior Technical Program Manager

Ruchi is a senior technical program manager in security at Google, where she leads a team whose mission is to secure acquisitions and Alphabets. Ruchi has over 12 years of experience in security. Previously, she spun up the Subsidiary Security Program at Amazon and managed the product roadmap for AWS Identity and Access Management and AWS Key Management Services. Ruchi also worked at Deloitte and Touche LLP and Ernst & Young, where she helped clients implement security solutions ranging from identity and access management (IAM) and security information and event management (SIEM) to network security products. Follow her on Twitter at @ruchieng.

Talk Proposal: “What are the top 15 things that Google Security worries about when acquiring or starting a company? How do they address them in order to protect both the entity and Google itself? Along the way, she will cover the people, process, and technology aspects of information security that companies should pay attention to when acquiring or starting out.”

Aika SengirbayevaAika Sengirbayeva, Autodesk Information Security Senior Program Specialist

Aika is people-security expert focused on engaging people to be key elements of secure organizations. She is building security engagement programs focused on improving the security mindset of employees. The scope of her work runs the gamut from general awareness such as phishing and reporting activity, red team assessments and others.

Talk Proposal: “95% of security breaches are caused by human error. Changing behavior and transforming employees into your company’s strongest asset in preventing breaches is your best defense. With internet access rapidly expanding across the globe, and the increase of greater connectedness across business, finance, and individuals, ensuring privacy and security of this activity will only become more paramount. This reality makes cybersecurity – the technologies, processes and best practices that protect networks, individual computers, programs and all digital data from attack — one of the critical problems of our time. As security professionals and companies look for answers, efforts have been heavily skewed toward finding technological solutions. Yet, experts estimate most of the cost attributed to cyber-attacks is actually a result of human error. Things as simple as clicking on a bad link, opening the wrong email attachment, or using an insecure USB drive can be devastating to network security. The strongest security network in the world is only as good as the human.”

Beth Andres-BeckBeth Andres-Beck, The Long-Term Stock Exchange Software Engineering Manager

Beth has written code for everything from networking for real-time video understanding systems at BAE Systems to a serverless donation page platform for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. She is a proponent of collective code ownership, automated testing, security cultures, user experience design, cyborg feminism and event-driven javascript. She has spoken at conferences like Velocity NYC, OSCON and USENIX, and has a BA in Theater from Smith College. Follow her on Twitter at @bethcodes.

Talk Proposal: “With regards to security, my focus is on creating teams that build secure systems by managing risk tolerance & sharing security principles. If people are willing to tolerate a lot of risk, then adding more security support just lets them take even bigger risks, knowing there is a safety net. By thinking of security in terms of the consequences of failure and our responsibility to our customers, we can instead lower a team’s risk tolerance. A combination of healthy fear, easy-to-apply principles and easy-to-access support can build security into our daily work the same way testing already is.”

Nicola HughesNicola Hughes, ThoughtWorks Consultant Developer

Nicola is a developer, tinkerer, data wrangler, and promoter of women in tech. She loves to learn, and is a speaker, trainer, and advocate for women learning to code. She blogs and tweets about #WomenInTech at girlmeetscode.co.uk and @GirlMeetsCode. She left CNN International to learn to code with tech startup ScraperWiki, becoming a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellow at the Guardian in 2012 and a data journalist at the Times & Sunday Times the following year. Now Nicola is a developer at social justice and technology consultancy, ThoughtWorks.

Nicola is the event organizer and Emcee for the Girl Geek X ThoughtWorks security talks evening!

About ThoughtWorks:

ThoughtWorks is a software company and a community of passionate, purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients’ toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets go onsale Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 at NOON Pacific Standard Time (PST).