Girl Geek X

Girl Geek X

Girl Geek X Lever Dinner – March 7th, 2018 in San Francisco!

Girl Geek X Lever Dinner

Join the “Leverettes” for our first Girl Geek X Lever Dinner on March 7th in downtown San Francisco! We’ll talk about how design thinking frames everything we do, why Lever builds on operational transform, using Elasticsearch, the challenges with APIs, our worst interview experiences, and the times we’ve broken production (it happens to the best of us).

Speakers include Lever CEO & Co-Founder, Sarah Nahm, Engineering Manager Rachael Stedman, Backend Engineer Mica Swyers, and Full-Stack Product Engineers, Emily Shenfield, Kate Reading, Leslie Kim, Melissa Skevington, and Jen Wei.


6:00pm – 6:45pm: Doors Open & Bites Served
6:45pm – 7:45pm: Welcome & Lightning Talks
7:45pm – 8:00pm: Leverettes Panel
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Hangout

Lever Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Sarah NahmSarah Nahm, Founder & CEO
Sarah is the CEO and founder of Lever. She steers Lever’s design-driven approach and leads our mission to put talent and teams at the center of organizations. Prior to Lever, Sarah worked at Google on initiatives as diverse as leading the growth of the Chrome browser from launch to over 150M active users, to speech writing for Marissa Mayer. A self-taught programmer, Sarah received her BS in engineering and product design from Stanford University, where she occasionally returns to coach design students at Stanford’s Follow her on Twitter at @srhnhm.

Rachael StedmanRachael Stedman, Engineering Manager
Rachael is Lever’s Engineering Manager for Backend and Infrastructure. She spends a lot of time thinking about how Lever’s growing engineering team can work better together and be more inclusive. Prior to joining the team, she developed an expense tracking app in Intuit’s innovation lab and determined the product management strategy for Google TV media devices playback. She spent some time in Australia getting to know the startup community down under. Follow her on Twitter at @rkstedman.

Talk Topic: “Creating a Better User Experience with Operational Transform”
Talk Description: “Handling concurrency is a common problem in web apps. In this talk, Rachael will share how Lever uses operational transform to handle conflicts and how it fundamentally improves the user experience.”

Melissa SkevingtonMelissa Skevington, Product Engineer
Melissa is a product engineer at Lever. In February 2012, Melissa became the first female support engineer at Dropbox. After learning the product inside and out, she decided to continue learning to code in order to have a bigger impact on a product. Since then, Melissa has gained a breadth of product engineering experience from web development for a small YC startup to building backend services for Hipmunk. Follow her on Twitter at @mskeving.

Talk Topic: “A Guide to Hackathons”
Talk Description: “Hackathon – noun, an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. Or, to those more familiar with Silicon Valley culture, a way to aggressively burn out on a project that wasn’t even part of your roadmap. Missy will talk about how Lever approaches hackathons, and how your team can reap the benefits of a hackathon without the burnout.”

Leslie KimLeslie Kim, Product Engineer
Leslie is a product engineer at Lever. She has worked in several different industries including film, standup comedy, teaching and real estate before going back to school to become a software engineer. Lever was Leslie’s first engineering job after finishing school. Starting out as an intern, Leslie joined full time after 3 months.

Kate ReadingKate Reading, Product Engineer
Kate is a product engineer at Lever. After 13 years building security software for the federal government, she came to Lever to be part of a team and learn a new stack. She loves bringing order to chaos – in code, in whiteboarding system design, and in team retrospectives. Follow her on Twitter at @katerita.

Talk Topic: “Nurture Recommendations & Elasticsearch”
Talk Description: “We know your archive of candidates is full of ‘the one that got away’, but how do you teach a computer to find them? Kate will talk about using Elasticsearch to build up Lever’s intuition for matching human potential with meaningful work. (mission statement?”

Jen WeiJen Wei, Product Engineer
Jen is a product engineer at Lever. She was Lever’s first intern and set the bar for all future interns! She just graduated from Olin with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Previously, Jen also interned on the maps team at Tableau, 3D Robotics, and Boosted Boards. She was also a Student VC at Rough Draft Ventures.

Talk Topic: “From New Grad to New Hire”
Talk Description: “Making the transition from new grad to new hire can be tough. Having recently gone through that exact transition after graduating in 2017 (and still going through it), Jen will share her experiences onboarding, tackling technical debt and stories about joining Lever full-time. There may or may not be a lot of gifs.”

Mica SwyersMica Swyers, Backend Systems Engineer
Mica joins the Lever engineering team as a backend systems engineer after almost four years fighting spam and fraud at Eventbrite. Before learning to code, she racked up graduate degrees in unrelated subjects. In her free time, she is an aggressive taker-on of hobbies and makes questionable media choices. Follow her on Twitter at @micaswyers.

Talk Topic: “Squashing vs. Non-Squashing — Technical Angle & Imposter Syndrome”
Talk Description: “Do you feel like you know just enough git to get (hehe) by? Do you break out into a cold sweat at the thought of deviating from your entrenched git workflow? Mica does too! As the newest member of Lever’s engineering team, she will discuss adjusting to a different git workflow, using squashed commits as a security blanket, and how this all relates to imposter syndrome.”

Emily ShenfieldEmily Shenfield, Product Engineer
Emily is a product engineer at Lever. She is an actress turned teacher turned engineer who enjoys thinking about the way things work together – be it code or people. Probably in part due to her time working with 7 year olds, Emily brings a special talent for staying positive. Recently, she’s worked extensively on expanding Lever’s integrations and would love to talk to you about APIs. Follow her on Twitter at @ememshen.

Talk Topic: “API Challenges”
Talk Description: “People count on their collaborative work software to be as connected as their personal software. Building, maintaining, and supporting integrations is a daily part of our job, so why do we keep running into the same problems? Emily discusses some of the challenges we’ve faced over and over again at Lever from humans being on vacation, to stack overflow ghost towns — and what we’re doing to tackle them.”

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Twitter: @GirlGeekX @Lever
Event Hashtag: #GirlGeekXLever

About Lever:

We founded Lever in 2012 to tackle the most strategic challenge that companies face: how to grow their teams. We’re injecting the values we respect – collaboration, transparency, and humanity – into our software and re-imagining how organizations can think about growth, with talent and teamwork at the center.

Our team strives to set a new bar for enterprise software with modern, well-designed, real-time apps. As the applicant tracking system of choice for Netflix, Lyft, Eventbrite, Cirque Du SoleiI, ClearSlide,, and thousands more leading companies, Lever means you hire the best by hiring together.

We are committed to building a team culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion and builds with empathy

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets go onsale on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 on Eventbrite.