Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner - definitely does compute!

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners – Definitely Does Compute

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #143: Sponsored by Electronic Arts

EA Girl Geek Dinner

Electronic Arts invites you to join us for a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in Redwood City!

EA girl geeks will give lightning talks covering a spectrum of what EA does in the gaming industry, from technical game development, to the production responsibilities as well as aspects such as legality, privacy, and security. We will also discuss how diversity is essential to EA’s growth and success, and how we celebrate and encourage diversity at EA.

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EA Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Registration, Networking, Food & Drinks
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Welcome & Keynote from Laura Miele, EA Girl Geek Lightning Talks – followed by Q&A Panel
7:30pm – 8:30pm – More Networking!

Speaker Bios for Electronic Arts Girl Geek Dinner:

Laura Miele (Executive Vice President – Global Publishing, Electronic Arts)Laura Miele

Laura Miele serves as Executive Vice President of Global Publishing overseeing publishing and customer experience for Electronic Arts. In today’s ever-changing, multi-platform world, Laura’s teams are leading EA’s commercial digital transformation, and pioneering more ways to connect players to amazing games and entertainment experiences. In more than 21 years with EA, Laura has held a variety of strategic leadership roles across publishing, marketing and analytics. Prior to her current role, Laura led EA’s Americas Publishing organization, overseeing EA’s product and marketing campaigns in the region. Additionally, Laura served as General Manager of the Star Wars business and Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, working with EA development teams and overseeing packaged goods and digital releases. Her leadership and work on multi-platinum franchises such as Battlefield, Dragon Age and Need for Speed contributed to Laura’s recognition on AdAge’s “Women to Watch” list. Laura serves on the board of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and also leads the EA Women’s Ultimate Team to promote gender diversity and equality both inside and outside the organization.

Carolyn Troyan (Vice President Human Resources, Electronic Arts)Carolyn Troyan

Carolyn Troyan currently is the strategic HR partner to EA’s Chief Technical Officer, Ken Moss as well as leading Talent Analytics globally. Carolyn has been at EA for 7 years in a strategic HR leadership role for the Sims studio, digital marketing, and corporate teams. Previously, she has worked at TIBCO Software, Siebel Systems, Compuware and as a strategic compensation consultant at Mercer Consulting. Carolyn holds a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from Miami University, and an MBA in Corporate Strategy from the University of Michigan.

Sigurlína Ingvarsdóttir (Senior Producer, Electronic Arts)Sigurlína Ingvarsdóttir

Sigurlína Ingvarsdóttir is the Senior Producer responsible for future strategy for the AAA juggernaut FIFA from Electronic Arts. In 2016, FIFA was the biggest selling AAA game in the world. Sigurlína has recently moved to Vancouver to join the FIFA team, after spending four years at DICE in Stockholm where she helmed the Star Wars Battlefront franchise, launching the massively successful Star Wars Battlefront in 2015 and establishing the foundation for Star Wars Battlefront II which will be released this coming November. Prior to this, Sigurlína was the Senior Producer of The Division at Ubisoft Massive and before that a Senior Producer at CCP, makers of the unique Space MMO, EVE Online. Sigurlína has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iceland.

Talk Topic: “Working on Mega-Franchises: What I’ve Learned Working on Star Wars Battlefront & EA Sports FIFA” by Sigurlína Ingvarsdóttir

Christine Loh (Software Engineer – Digital Platform Mobile SDK, Electronic Arts)Christine Loh

Christine Loh is a software engineer on EA’s Digital Platform Mobile SDK team. She began working at EA in 2014 after graduating from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. She currently works in supporting EA’s mobile games by providing services such as in-app purchases, telemetry, push notifications, and real-time messaging. Christine codes directly with a variety of platforms and languages, supporting iOS, Android, and Windows, as well as C++ and Unity.

Talk Topic: “3 Mobile SDK Mistakes You’re Making” by Christine Loh

Kirsten Daru (Assistant General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer, Electronic Arts)Kirsten Daru

Kirsten Daru is the Assistant General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at EA. Her passion is keeping games fair, safe and fun for players of all ages. Her team manages legal and policy matters for the company globally, including privacy and data protection, cyber-security, ecommerce, eSports, advertising and consumer protection. Prior to joining EA, Kirsten was a privacy, competition and consumer class action defense attorney at a major international law firm.

Talk Topic: “Children’s Privacy & Online Safety” by Kirsten Daru

Whitney Lai (Mobile Gameplay Engineer, Electronic Arts)Whitney Lai

Whitney Lai first interned at EA her junior year of college and has happily been part of the company ever since! She worked for about three years on a central SDK team supporting EA’s various mobile titles, ranging from components that helped with data tracking/telemetry and in app purchases to authentication and social. About a year ago, she transferred to a new team working on an currently undisclosed mobile game. Her current role is as a mobile gameplay engineer with a specialty in combat mechanics. Before EA, Whitney had interned at other game companies like Zynga as well as larger companies like Microsoft. She attended UC Berkeley for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Talk Topic: “Why Deterministic Online Games Are Awesome” by Whitney Lai

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on Friday, September 8th, 2017 at Eventbrite!