Girl Geek X

Girl Geek X

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.

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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.

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