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Girl Geek X Intuitive Dinner – May 17th, 2018 in Sunnyvale

Girl Geek X Intuitive Dinner

You are invited to join us for a Girl Geek X & Intuitive Dinner on May 17 in at Intuitive headquarters in Sunnyvale to meet fellow girl geeks, and hear from a panel of Intuitive girl geeks about taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand!

Don’t miss exclusive da Vinci Surgical System demos, giveaways, and networking over dinner and drinks. Get your ticket to dinner today!


5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, heavy appetizers, da Vinci Surgical System demos & networking!
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A with Intuitive Girl Geeks
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Dessert, da Vinci Surgical System demos & networking!

Intuitive Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Maggie NixonMaggie Nixon, VP of Product Quality
Maggie is responsible for overseeing the design and manufacturing of Intuitive products to ensure safety and effectiveness. She leads all facets of quality engineering, quality assurance and quality control at Intuitive with teams located in the US and abroad. Maggie joined Intuitive 18 years ago as an Instrument Design Engineer. During her tenure, Maggie has held several design, engineering, and leadership positions across the organization and has contributed to multiple generations of system platform and instrument development. Maggie holds a bachelor’s degree in bio-mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Maggie is a panelist at Intuitive Girl Geek X Dinner.

Katie ScovilleKatie Scoville, Director of Product Marketing
Katie has been at Intuitive for 7 years in various upstream and downstream product marketing roles. She supports the Services & Secondary Markets Business Unit positioning and driving our refurbished products. Prior to Intuitive, Katie worked as a Product Manager at Calypso Medical (since acquired by Varian Medical Systems). Her interest in Product Management & Marketing came out of her undergraduate research experience at Massachusetts General Hospital where she observed that placing more focus on the user could positively impact adoption of compelling medical technology. She studied Electrical Engineering at University of Washington (BSEE) and UC Davis (MS). Katie and her husband have two sons. She is a founding member of Intuitive’s WITy group.

Katie is a panelist at Intuitive Girl Geek X Dinner.

May LiuMay Liu, Principal Medical Research Scientist

May is a Principal Medical Research Scientist at Intuitive, where she explores novel approaches for training surgeons and surgical teams to use cutting-edge technologies like the da Vinci Surgical System. She joined Intuitive in 2010 to supervise validity research for the da Vinci Skills Simulator. Her research has since expanded into other areas of enhanced training technologies, such as the application of serious games, virtual and augmented reality, the Internet of Things, and machine learning to optimize surgeon and team performance. She earned her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and has been an invited speaker at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality conference, and the Clinical Robotic Surgical Association annual meeting. Dr. Liu is driven by a fascination about how people do things, and her passion is to use this knowledge in service to the clinical community.

May is a panelist at Intuitive Girl Geek X Dinner.

Amy KerdokAmy Kerdok, Senior Manager of Clinical Development Engineering

Amy is a Senior Manager of Clinical Development Engineering at Intuitive. With over 11 years of experience in developing new products and understanding user needs worldwide, she has played a critical role in translating clinical problems into safe and effective surgical innovations in the areas of surgical instrumentation, vision, fluorescence imaging, surgical simulation, integrated table motion, and surgical robotic system platforms. With her varied background in research, medicine, and industry, Dr. Kerdok strives to lead her team of 14 engineers to make the “art of surgery” objective with every product they have the opportunity to influence. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a doctoral degree in engineering sciences from Harvard University as part of the Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology Medical Engineering/Medical Physics program.

Amy is a panelist at Intuitive Girl Geek X Dinner.

Natalie BurkhardNatalie Burkhard, Stanford ME PhD Candidate

Natalie is a mechanical engineering Ph.D. student at Stanford University. Through a collaboration with Intuitive’s Advanced Product Development group, she leads and manages research on a thermal-based slip sensing approach to improve surgeons’ ability to maintain stable, atraumatic grasps on biological tissue. Her work involves finding innovative solutions to challenging sensing and robotics problems through smart product design. Prior projects include the design and implementation of a MRI-compatible haptic teleoperator and the development of a contact event detection method for an autonomous oil drilling robot. Natalie earned a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford and a B.E. from Dartmouth.

Natalie is a panelist at Intuitive Girl Geek X Dinner.

Stacey PorterStacey Porter, Director of Global Talent Development

Stacey brings 15+ years of leadership development and organizational learning experience in the technology, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. In process of completing her PhD in Industrial / Organizational Psychology, and holding a Masters in Clinical Social Work, Stacey possesses a unique combination of practical business experience and management consulting skill with an academician’s domain knowledge and expertise. Stacey has held past leadership roles in talent development at Roche Pharmaceuticals and VMware, and is currently the Director of Global Talent Development at Intuitive. In this position, she works internally as an organizational design expert, architect of leadership & management development programs, and an executive coach.

Stacey is the moderator of the panel at Intuitive Girl Geek X Dinner.

About Intuitive:

Intuitive is a global leader in the field of robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. With its corporate headquarters located in Sunnyvale, California, Intuitive’s 4,600 employees serve customers throughout the globe, providing innovative technology across cardiac, thoracic, urology, gynecologic, colorectal, pediatric and general surgical disciplines. Intuitive’s da Vinci Surgical System features a magnified 3D HD vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. This technology enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control, and leave patients with minimal scarring.

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Girl Geek X Qualcomm Dinner – May 10th, 2018 in Santa Clara

Girl Geek X Qualcomm Dinner

Join Girl Geek X on Thursday, May 10 for an evening of talks, insightful conversation with Qualcomm women leaders!

Learn about all the cool stuff we are building at Qualcomm, and why Qualcomm is an exciting place to be. Come join us for dinner, drinks and of course, lots of fun in Santa Clara!


5:00pm – 6:00pm: Registration, Networking, Dinner and Demos
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Welcome, Keynote and Talks
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Panel and Q&A
8:00pm – 8:30pm: Open networking and Demos

QUalcomm Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Deirdre O’SheaDeirdre O’Shea, Senior Director of Technology
Deirdre is Senior Director of Technology in Modem Wireless Group specializing in RF interfaces connectivity. She has been leading the Baseband/RF Architecture effort for multiple modems over the past 5 years at Qualcomm. Additionally, she specializes in radio interfacing and how these evolve to meet a variety of technical challenges with multimode modems. She also works closely with RF360 team on front end design and interfacing.
Deirdre will give the keynote on 5G applications and benefits at Qualcomm.

Rashmi KulkarniRashmi Kulkarni, Principal Engineer
Rashmi has over 20 years of experience in commination & embedded engineering field. For the past 8 years, she has lead the power & architecture efforts in the field of sensors technology. She has been part of several innovative architectural designs that have been productized as Qualcomm Technologies’ integrated sensors solution.

Rashmi will speak on smart sensing at Qualcomm.

Kaumudi PhanasalkarKaumudi Phanasalkar, Principal Engineer
Kaumudi is Principal Engineer at Qualcomm Atheros and leads Wifi-SON Mesh commercialization for customers products using Qualcomm chipset and software. Her team has
helped launch 10+ Mesh Wifi-routers, and 50+ Smartphone models.

Kaumudi will speak on mesh network solution (Wifi-SON) at Qualcomm.

Att AthsaniAthellina Athsani, Director of Engineering Operations
Athellina (Att) Athsani is Director of Audio Connectivity Engineering Operations at Qualcomm. She has 18+ years of experience in digital services platform product management and marketing with latest 7 years focused in strategic technology planning and operations. She has over 74 published patents in web, mobile and mobile technologies.

Athellina will speak in a panel discussion about working like a boss at Qualcomm.

Chandana PairlaChandana Pairla, Director of Product Management
Chandana is Director of Software Product Management in the connectivity business unit at Qualcomm Atheros. In this role she lives and breathes wireless technologies, leading a team of product managers responsible for software running on various wireless chips that power smart home and enterprise products.

Chandana will speak in a panel discussion about working like a boss at Qualcomm.

Christine ZhangChristine Zhang, Senior Staff Engineer
Christine received her PhD degree in Wireless Communications. She joined Qualcomm Technologies’ WiFi Systems team in 2011. She is now the Systems Lead for WiFi location and motion detection. She has over 160 filed US and international patents, with over 40 patents granted.

Christine will speak in a panel discussion about working like a boss at Qualcomm.

Taravat KhadiviTaravat Khadivi, Senior Staff Engineer
Taravat is a Senior Staff Engineer at the QCT packaging team, working as the thermal analysis lead for different QCT products with her main focus on modems and 5G packages/modules. She holds a Ph.D. in mechanical & materials engineering. Prior to joining Qualcomm 5 years ago, she held technical and managerial positions at different companies such as Samsung Electronics and Emirates Airlines.

Taravat will speak in a panel discussion about working like a boss at Qualcomm.

Trupti DeshpandeTrupti Deshpande, Senior Staff Engineer and Manager
Trupti is a Manager in the Package Architecture and Design Team. Trupti holds a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California. She has been with Qualcomm for 12+ years, leading and supporting generations of Qualcomm’s WIN, 3G, 4G and now 5G Package Designs.

Trupti will speak in a panel discussion about working like a boss at Qualcomm.

About Qualcomm:

Qualcomm is bringing the future forward faster with next generation mobile technologies that accelerate innovation across connectivity, computing, and the Internet of Things. Qualcomm began revolutionizing the future of mobile in 1985, and three decades later Qualcomm, working with customers across industries – from automotive to health care, from smart cities to robotics, continues to advance product development, access new markets and transform experiences for people around the world. With a continued focus on investing and innovating in next-generation technologies, Qualcomm continues to accelerate innovation and unlock new possibilities in a time where everything is connected.

Event Tickets & Details:

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Girl Geek X Amazon Music Dinner – April 12th, 2018 in San Francisco!

Girl Geek X Amazon Music Dinner

Please join us for an evening of networking and talks highlighting the work of innovative women at Amazon Music! Join us at a Girl Geek X Amazon Music Dinner on Thursday, April 12th, 2018 in San Francisco — Enjoy a drink, have a bite and listen to Amazon Music’s latest beats!


5:00pm – 6:00pm: Check-in + Networking!
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Welcome & Amazon Music Girl Geek Speakers!
7:00pm – 7:30pm: Q&A Session
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Raffle Giveaways + More Networking!

Amazon Music Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Skji ConklinSkji Conklin, Senior Product Manager, Amazon Music
Skji is a Senior Product Manager leading Amazon Music web and desktop products as well as several cross-platform initiatives. She graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with her Bachelor’s in Computer Science and has 8 years of experience as a product manager in industry at startups, Microsoft, and Amazon. Prior to joining Amazon Music in 2016, she has had a breadth of experience working with different technologies and verticals to deliver products such as a service monitoring and telemetry platform, Office personalization services, group collaboration device, and a retail analytics suite. She is passionate about inventing and delivering innovative customer experiences that have a positive impact on people’s lives around the world.

Talk Description: The product management role is inherently ambiguous. The roles and responsibilities of a PM can vary widely and change quickly depending on the company, team, and product. We will use a framework to examine the types of product management roles in industry and the different skills in which they excel. To highlight the unique opportunities with real world examples, we will examine how each PM archetype maps to roles and responsibilities at Amazon Music. The framework is designed to help early career PMs and those interested in transitioning to a PM role find the best individual contributor product management position to match his or her unique passions and skillset.

Kat EllisKat Ellis, Applied Scientist, Amazon Music Machine Learning
Kat is an Applied Scientist on the Amazon Music Machine Learning team. She works on music recommendation and personalization, and is interested in ways to apply deep learning to personalization problems with complex data sources. She started at Amazon Music a year and half ago, after finishing her Ph.D. at UC San Diego in 2016. Her Ph.D. thesis was on machine learning approaches to physical activity recognition from wearable sensor data.

Talk Description: This talk will give an overview of the science behind music recommendations at Amazon. She’ll start with an overview of recommender systems in general and dive into some of the unique aspects of music recommendation.

Trupti Devdas NayakTrupti Devdas Nayak, Software Development Manager, Amazon Music
Trupti is a Software Development Manager at Amazon Music, leading one of Music’s core playback engineering teams. She has over a decade of experience working across the tech stack while leading teams at big companies like Yahoo! and Chegg, as well as startups like Quixey and StyleSeat. After completing her Masters in Computer Science at State University of New York at Buffalo where she majored in Artificial Intelligence and programmed interactive Virtual Reality agents for an immersive drama, Trupti interned at Honda Research Institute and worked with ASIMO the humanoid robot. She then joined Yahoo! where she built large scale applications like Yahoo! Mail for over 6+ years while leading engineering teams in Sunnyvale, Tokyo and Bangalore. Trupti is passionate about creating innovative, intuitive software applications that have a positive impact on millions of users worldwide. She is excited to be building products at Amazon that enrich people’s lives through Music.

Talk Description: From switching roles between Individual Contributor to Engineering Manager and vice versa, from leading teams in big companies to wearing multiple hats at mid-stage and early-stage startups, hear from Trupti about the importance of trying out new roles, constantly acquiring new skills and how to find the best fit for what you’re looking for in your career. Trupti will share her insights and learnings from working in Silicon Valley for over 13 years and how she has found the best combination of People, Product and Impact at Amazon.

Amina ShabbeerAmina Shabbeer, Applied Scientist, Amazon Music Machine Learning
Amina is a Machine Learning Scientist at Amazon Music. She works on building conversational AI systems for intuitive and engaging Music experiences on Alexa. She enjoys teaching and taught a course in Reinforcement Learning at Amazon’s Machine Learning University. Prior to Amazon, she worked at IBM on combinatorial optimization problems to provide availability and performance guarantees through component failures and system expansion in distributed data warehouses. Amina’s PhD was on nonconvex nonsmooth optimization problems for bioinformatics. Her work involved building mathematical models and tools for control, understanding, prevention and treatment of tuberculosis.

Talk Description: In this talk, Amina will provide a high-level overview of Reinforcement Learning (RL), defining the Agent-Environment Interface and Markov Decision Processes. She will discuss a hypothetical problem of defining a chatbot as an RL task. Amina will also share her experience teaching a graduate level course on RL at Amazon’s Machine Learning University.

Arshia KhanArshia Khan, Senior Software Development Engineer, Amazon Music for Alexa and Voice Experiences
Arshia is an experienced full stack engineer who has been at Amazon for the past 6 years. She began her career here by working as the sole developer on the music web player client application. To explore some of the scaling and infrastructure challenges, she moved to the backend service teams responsible for music library, account and family management. Last year she moved to Seattle and switched to the teams supporting music for the Alexa ecosystem, which powers the Echo voice experience. Prior to joining Amazon she worked on a range of technologies and applications for the state of Indiana through the company NIC after initially starting her career at Interactions, a VOIP based startup. She completed her undergrad with a focus on Psychology and Computer Science at Ball State University after attending the Illinois Math & Science Academy.

Talk Description: From GUI to VUI – A Look At Transitioning Development Focus: This is an overview of some of the unique technical and career challenges faced as you transition between different development domains. This talk will focus around front end work on GUI (graphical user interface) applications, backend services with APIs and the newest addition of VUI (voice user interface) handling with some insight around finding and creating a path for growth and success.

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About Amazon Music:

Amazon Music offerings are available in countries around the world, and our applications support our mission of delivering music to customers in new and exciting ways that enhance their day-to-day lives.

Event Tickets & Details:

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Girl Geek X AppDynamics Dinner – April 5th, 2018 in San Francisco

Girl Geek X AppDynamics Dinner

Join us for a Girl Geek X AppDynamics Dinner in San Francisco on Thursday, April 5th in San Francisco for great food and inspiration!

Hear a panel of AppDynamos share their personal stories on how to navigate the workplace, how to continue driving innovation on your teams, and learn about actionable ways to accelerate your career.


5:30pm – 6:30pm – Check-in, Demos, Food & Drinks!
*As courtesy to guests & speakers, check-in ends at 6:30pm.
6:30pm – 8:00pm – Welcome, Panel Discussion, Q&A
8:00pm – 8:30pm – Networking

AppDynamics Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Linda TongLinda Tong, VP of Innovation Labs & Product Experience
Linda has worked on the early teams at Google (on Chrome & Android), Tapjoy and Nextbit. As an original Android team member, she helped launch and shape the developer ecosystem for the Android OS. She then went on to join Tapjoy as a founding team member. As Tapjoy’s Chief Product Officer, she created the developer monetization & advertising value exchange as well as Tapjoy’s direct to consumer product. She went on to become a founding member and COO at Nextbit Systems. After Nextbit, Linda took on a new opportunity at the NFL where she could pursue her love of Product and football. She was VP of Product and Innovation managing the product vision for the owned and operated digital properties across all 32 clubs and the league. Now, Linda is the VP of Innovation Labs & Product Experience at AppDynamics where she’s focused on building out their vision and strategy for innovation.

Geysa DantasGeysa Dantas, Senior Director of Product Management
Geysa is Senior Director of Product Management, Customer Experience at AppDynamics. Prior to AppDyanmics, she was at Adobe and Get Satisfaction asa Director of Product Management. Originally from Brazil, Geysa graduated in the top 5% of her class from Universidade Federal da Bahia with a degree in Computer Science. She started her career as a programmer but later went back to school to get her MBA in Marketing and Finance and then switched careers to move from development to Product Management. Through a series of big and small companies, Geysa found herself at AppDynamics to rejoin our CEO David Wadhwani who she worked closely with at Adobe, to build AppDynamics Customer Experience as a Senior Director of Product Management.

Priya MalikPriya Malik, Senior Analyst of Database Marketing
Priya is a Senior Analyst of Database Marketing at AppDynamics. She focuses on database health, database enrichment, campaign nurtures, and global segmentation strategy. Priya has worked on a number of different projects in Marketing Operations but currently focused on developing an automated list upload process into Marketo and Salesforce. She also sits on the board of Women of AppD and is very passionate about women in technology. Prior to AppD, she worked at Workday and Yahoo.

Audrey NahrvarAudrey Nahrvar, Security Engineer
Audrey is a Security Engineer at AppDynamics, where she is responsible for application security and ethical hacking. She also serves on the board of the non-profit Women in Security and Privacy (WISP). Audrey graduated from San Diego State University and previously worked at Autodesk and Shutterfly. She enjoys snowboarding and playing with her fluffy husky.

Anna Marie Keppel BensonAnna Marie Keppel Benson, Software Engineer
Anna is a software engineer on the Dashboard team at AppDynamics. She is passionate about UI engineering because it incorporates her two favorite fields: art and mathematics. A Virginia & North Carolina native, Anna graduated from Duke University in 2016 with degrees in computer science and political science. She previously worked in mobile development and big data statistical analysis. Outside the office, Anna loves creating art, playing ultimate frisbee, watching college basketball, listening to hip-hop, and exploring the California coast.

About AppDynamics:

At AppDynamics, our Application Intelligence Platform empowers today’s software-defined businesses with the ability to proactively monitor, manage, and optimize the most complex software environments.

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Girl Geek X Box Dinner – March 28th, 2018 in Redwood City!

Girl Geek X Box Dinner

BOX invites you to a Girl Geek X Dinner on Wednesday, March 28 in Redwood City!

Join us at Box HQ in Redwood City to hear from Box’s outstanding female leaders about the technical problems they are solving to help cloud content management change the way people work!


5:30pm – 6:00pm: Registration, Food, Drinks, Networking
6:00pm – 7:30pm: Welcome & Lightning Talks By Box Women in Engineering and Product
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Networking!

Box Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Kelsey DuttonKelsey Dutton, Senior Software Engineer – Platform)
Kelsey is a software engineer on Platform. She focuses on building secure and scalable authentication services while maintaining a seamless developer experience. She helped launch the platform side of Box, enabling developers to power their applications with Box as the content layer. In her free time you can find her backpacking, running, and generally enjoying the outdoors.

Talk Topic: “Making Authentication Simple” by Kelsey Dutton

Prachi JadhavPrachi Jadhav, Senior Software Engineer – Partner Integrations
Prachi is a Senior Software Engineer on the Partner Integrations team at Box. She develops new apps, product integrations, and frameworks to support Box’s growing list of strategic partners e.g. Microsoft, Google, IBM. She is passionate about applications of AI. She has recently started exploring new paradigms in Conversational Interfaces. She has over 10 years of industry experience. Prachi has worked at Microsoft, IBM Research and IBM Global Services in the past.

Talk Topic: “Bring Intelligence to Your Content” by Prachi Jadhav

Nicole SalzmanNicole Salzman, Product Operations Manager
Nicole is a Manager on Box’s Product team, helping to lead Product Operations. In her role, she works cross functionally from Product to Engineering to Customer Success to help ensure that our products blow our customers’ minds. When not at Box helping get products successfully out the door, she is a certified yoga instructor, leading five classes a week at a yoga studio in San Francisco. She is also currently working on starting a 501(c)(3) organization bringing the teachings of yoga off the mat to bring positive change in the local community.

Talk Topic: “Driving Product Development Efficiency through Operational Excellence” by Nicole Salzman

Joy EbertzJoy Ebertz, Staff Software Engineer – File System
Joy has worked on a number of different teams throughout Box but most recently has spent most of her time on teams focusing on different aspects of splitting our monolithic codebase into microservices. You can read Joy’s blogs on various topics both technical and career related on Medium. When not at work, you will most likely find Joy running very long distances. Follow her on Twitter at @jkebertz.

Talk Topic: “Transitioning to Microservices: Pulling the Heart Out of Our Monolith” by Joy Ebertz

Sruthi GottumukkalaSruthi Gottumukkala, Network Operations Center Engineer
Sruthi is a Network Operations Center Engineer. She is tasked with protecting Box’s customer experience. She does so by creating tooling and automation for the NOC team with chatbots which helps her team respond faster and mitigate site impacting issues. In her free time she enjoys crossfit and finding the best breakfast places in town.

Talk Topic: “Incident Management: The Chatbot Revolution” by Sruthi Gottumukkala

About Box:

What if big business could move at start-up speed? What if files could be openly shared, yet fully secure? What if scaling too fast was an opportunity, not an issue? That’s what Box is all about. Defying “possible.” Turning “what if” into “what can be.” Using the power of Box to make your business perform like never before. No matter what business you’re in. Our mission is to make businesses more productive, competitive, and powerful by connecting people and their most important information.

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