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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #56: Women In Design – Sponsored By GitHub


Enter the lottery here for a chance to win a free ticket to the Girl Geek Dinner on women in design!

Deadline to enter the lottery for a free ticket is Friday, January 10, 2014 @ 10PM Pacific Standard Time.

Come visit GitHub on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 for a special edition of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners where we focus on women in design!

We’ll have lightning talks where you can hear from some of the most talented women working in design about their experiences and insights on working in tech, the design field, and more.


5:30pm – 6:30pm – Registration, Food, and Drinks

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Lightening Talks from Women in Design

7:30pm – 8:30pm – Networking

Tweeting about this event? Use the hashtag #DesignGGD

About the Women in Design – Speaker Bios

Samihah Azim Product DesignerTalk: “Highlighting the Need for More Women in Design”

Speaker: Samihah Azim, Product Design Manager, Bluenose Analytics

Samihah Azim is Product Design Manager at Bluenose Analytics where she leads the UI & UX effort to bring delightful and intuitive experiences for users to an enterprise product. She is also a Designer-in-Residence at General Assembly for their User Experience Design program. Prior to that, she founded GleeBox to connect users to local goods, led product design for BizeeBee creating software for local businesses, and has designed interfaces and experiences in the gaming space. Samihah graduated from UC Berkeley and has largely taught herself design with formal education in visual design from the Graphic Design program at UC Berkeley – extension. She wholeheartedly believes in constantly learning and going after your goals. Follow her tweets about design, soccer, and macarons @samihah.

Elle Luna DesignerTalk: “3 Parts Intuition, 1 Part Social Proof”

Speaker: Elle Luna, Designer & Artist

Elle Luna works in her studio, where she paints, draws, and experiments. Inspired by textiles and living art she recently launched the Bulan Project. Prior to making art, she worked with incredible teams to design and build Mailbox’s iPhone app, redesign Uber’s iOS app, and scale the storytelling platform, Medium. Before startups, Elle spent five years at IDEO where she worked across a variety of industries to develop multi-channel, holistic experiences with massive impact. Follow her on Twitter @elleluna.

Cindy Alvarez - User ExperienceTalk: “No One Cares About Delighting the User”

Speaker: Cindy Alvarez, Director of UX, Yammer

Cindy Alvarez runs User Experience and Product Design for Yammer (a Microsoft company). She has been helping companies build better products through intensely understanding their customers for over 13 years. Her background spans psychology, interaction design, product management, customer research, and lean startup tactics. She’s writing a book called Lean Customer Development for O’Reilly, and blogs. Follow her on Twitter @CindyAlvarez.

Missy Titus DesignerTalk: “Lessons of a Lone Designer”

Speaker: Missy Titus, Designer, PayPal

In her peak, Missy Titus was a 1st Place Science Fair champion, with a 6-year winning streak. Now, over a decade later, she is currently (and very recently) designing products for humans at PayPal, which she came to by way of acquisition. Before that, she worked for a year and a half as lead and only member of the design team at StackMob, a start-up with far fewer people (and a much smaller audience) than PayPal. In her free time, Missy writes about design and women in technology, drinks non-artisan coffee, and, especially, loves to sleep. She loves to learn about human behavior and the illogical way their brains make decisions. And although she is not (yet) a robot, she’s excited about when the machines eventually take over and the rest of what the future brings. Follow her tweets @MissyTitus.

Nina Mehta Designer CoderTalk: “Getting Design Prioritized: Love and War in Agile”

Speaker: Nina Mehta, Product Designer

Nina Mehta is a Product Designer in the agile trenches at Pivotal Labs. She formerly worked at Twilio, RockMelt and consulted with several startups in Tokyo, New York and locally. She has a Master’s in HCI and a past life in news journalism. Bit by bit, she’s made room for user-centered design practices in engineering cultures. Follow her smart and silly tweets @ninamehta.

Alice Lee Product DesignerTalk: “Start”

Speaker: Alice Lee, Product Designer, Dropbox

Alice Lee is a letterer, illustrator, and product designer at Dropbox, who recently graduated from Penn as part of the class of 2013. She spent the bulk of her undergrad education ditching her business classes and experimenting and learning on her own and from others, including interning at Microsoft, Foursquare, and Path. Up until two years ago (Fall 2011), She was completely non-technical and the extent of her design knowledge was how to use the text tool in Photoshop to cobble together t-shirts and flyers for the university’s marketing club. Her personal mantra is to just always keep learning and pushing yourself – if you don’t know how to do something, just ask for help and figure it out. Follow her on Twitter @byalicelee.

Zhen Zeng DesignerTalk: “Lessons Learned from Stories to Pixels”

Speaker: Zhen Zeng, Experience Designer, Airbnb

Zhen Zeng is an experience designer at Airbnb, where she is currently wearing the hat of an Android designer. Prior to that, Zhen worked at IDEO on a range of projects that span across industries from Consumer Electronics to Health and Wellness to Financial Services. Follow her on Twitter @sillyzhen.