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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #151: Sponsored by FiveStars

FiveStars Girl Geek Dinner

You are invited to join us at FiveStars on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 (6pm – 9pm) in San Francisco for a Girl Geek Dinner, an evening of food, drinks and great conversations with fellow girl geeks!

This FiveStars Girl Geek Dinner features technical talks on engineering and user research processes at FiveStars, as well as a panel of some of the female leaders at FiveStar to discuss their careers, passions and stories.

FiveStars Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Check-In, Networking, Food & Drinks
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Welcome, Tech Talks & Panel Discussion
8:00pm – 9:00pm – More Networking!

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @FiveStars @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #FiveStarsGirlGeekDinner

FiveStars Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

April Luo (Software Engineer, FiveStars)April Luo
April Luo started at FiveStars as an engineering intern, and joined the company as a full-stack dev in 2015. Since then she’s worked on everything from the FiveStars Android app, to the backend Python messaging system, to React Native prototype apps, to an internal machine learning project to predict sales. Most importantly of all, she is in charge of organizing monthly hotpot nights at the office.

April Luo will be giving a Tech Talk – Topic TBA

Claudia Natasia (User Research, FiveStars)Claudia Natasia
Claudia Natasia leads User Research at FiveStars. She focuses on uncovering deep quantitative and qualitative insights to help build stronger connections between users and products. Claudia started out as a quantitative researcher in academia and moved on to work with a few Fortune 500 companies. She is passionate at creating innovative methodologies to understand conscious and unconscious user needs. Just like a great product, Claudia believes that research should also be iterative. When she is not in the office, Claudia writes and is working on finding ways to empower international students and communities in the Bay Area.

Claudia Natasia will be giving a Tech Talk – Topic TBA

Reenam Saluja (QA Manager, FiveStars)Reenam Saluja
Reenam Saluja is a results oriented quality engineering leader with over seven years of experience in quality assurance, test automation, technical program management, development life cycle and software releases. In her current role, she is helping ship quality software products that are focused on the customer rewards program for local businesses. A problem solver at heart, she applies her passion for quality creating testing solutions for products in development and production. Reenam holds a masters degree in Managing Information Systems from Purdue University, Indiana. Previously, she worked at Google in multiple different product and infrastructure teams where she was charged with test and release management, building automation infrastructure and lead an offshore team. Reenam loves to live an active lifestyle and in her free time she loves traveling, hiking, camping, cooking, yoga and dancing.

Reenam Saluja is a Panelist at FiveStars Girl Geek Dinner

Monica Andrews (Director of Sales/Ops Training, FiveStars)Monica Andrews
Monica Andrews is the Director of Sales/Ops Training and Development for FiveStars. She leads a team of Learning Professionals which focus on the onboarding and ongoing development of outside and inside sales groups, sales leaders and most recently operations organization. Since Monica has been with the company she started FiveStars University – training and development programs to learn-improve-advance in sales roles. Her most recent accomplishments within the organization are, the first FiveStars playbooks for sales and sales leaders, 6- week virtual onboarding, a new and improved sales process, script and sales deck and over 50 sales eLearning courses and Training programs. She was recently certified by FIERCE, Inc. at their highest certification, Leaf level, to facilitate FIERCE conversations to the FiveStars Leadership team and eventually bring FIERCE Conversations training program to the company. Her goal with FiveStars is to continue to grow a culture of excellence through learning – where people feel empowered to grow their skills and improve in their careers. Monica has been in the Learning Industry for 18 years and Sales for 12 years. She is passionate about developing people to achieve their full potential and reach their desired goals both professionally and personally. When Monica is not at FiveStars you can find her spending time with her family – husband and 2 fur babies, cooking, gardening, hiking, skiing, reading a book on how to be better at life or enjoying a glass of wine.

Monica Andrews is a Panelist at FiveStars Girl Geek Dinner

Gracie Binder (Head of Customer Retention, FiveStars)Gracie Binder
Gracie Binders is a founding employee at FiveStars and was the company’s first official hire. She spent her first year in sales, helping to build out the company’s preliminary network of local businesses. Her second year at FiveStars was spent in product marketing and PR to develop both internal and external content for various teams and our customer base. Over the last three years, she has been in the Operations department building and scaling FiveStars’ customer retention teams. When Gracie’s not working, she can be found playing video games and cuddling with her beloved dog, Winnie The Pooch.

Gracie Binder is a Panelist at FiveStars Girl Geek Dinner

Stephanie Marcellin (Technical Recruiter, FiveStars)Stephanie Marcellin
Stephanie Marcellin started at FiveStars nearly 3 years ago on the recruiting team. During her time at FiveStars, she has built out the university relations and internship programs, and currently leads all technical and non-sales hiring. Prior to her work at FiveStars, she worked as a teacher at boarding schools in England and Kenya, as well as in sales at Yelp. When Stephanie is not at FiveStars, you can find her spending time with her wife and cat, cooking, playing flag football, raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association, wine tasting or planning her next vacation.

Stephanie Marcellin is Moderating the Panel at FiveStars Girl Geek Dinner

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at Eventbrite!

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #150: Sponsored by PayPal

PayPal Girl Geek Dinner

Join your fellow girl geeks at PayPal for an evening of mixing, mingling, bites and beverages on Wednesday, October 25th in San Jose!

Hear stories from the women behind PayPal – from executives to engineering leaders – as they share what they’re working on at PayPal. Topics range from InnerSource (the powerful movement for developing open source software within the walls of a single organization) to the Recharge Program (bringing women technologists who have taken a career break back into the workforce).

PayPal Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

5:45pm – 7:00pm – Registration, Food & Drinks, Networking
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Welcome from PayPal, Keynote & Lightning Talks
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Product Demo Stations & More Networking!

After the talks, meet PayPal’s girl geeks who will share deeper dives into the PayPal products. Don’t leave without picking up some cool schwag 🙂 We are excited to meet you at the PayPal Girl Geek Dinner!

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @PayPal @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #PayPalGirlGeekDinner

PayPal Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Jenny Cheng (VP, Professional Services, PayPal)Jenny Cheng
Jenny Cheng is VP Global Professional Services at PayPal, focused on delivering merchant, partner and customer success. Previously, Jenny held roles at large and small companies including, Chief Product Officer and General Manager Platform at InsideView, an early Technology and Product VP at and COO and Co-Founder of a predictive analytics company. She has served on many not-for-profit boards and is an B2B SaaS angel investor.

Executive Welcome by Jenny Cheng

Jo Lambert (VP, Consumer Financial Services, PayPal)Jo Lambert
Jo Lambert is the Vice President of Consumer Financial Services at PayPal. In this role, she is leading efforts to democratize financial services and make the management and movement of money more effective and affordable for billions of financially underserved people around the world. She speaks broadly about the role technology can play to lower the costs and barriers to access financial services, and the importance of building a customer-centric team with a culture centered around a shared mission in order to drive change. Previously, Jo was the Senior Vice-President of Product Development and Operations at American Express, where she was charged with developing and managing Product, User-Experience and Operational Excellence for a group focused on developing next-generation banking solutions.

Talk Topic: “Democratizing Financial Services” by Jo Lambert

Anshu Narula (Director of Engineering, Partners & Marketplaces, PayPal)Anshu Narula
Anshu Narula is a results oriented technology leader with over twenty years of experience in technical management, product development and software architecture. In her current role, she is building products that are focused on the partner segment. A problem solver at heart, she applies her passion for customers into delivering innovative solutions for them.

Talk Topic: “Unity” by Anshu Narula

Silona Bonewald (Director of Engineering, InnerSource, PayPal)Silona Bonewald
Silona Bonewald explains how the InnerSource initiative can help your company develop software internally by applying lessons from the open source movement. Come hear how to make your teams more collaborative and productive while developing an awareness of OneTeam style behaviors and how to incentivize them.

Talk Topic: “InnerSource” by Silona Bonewald

Muna Hussain (Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, PayPal)Muna Hussaini
Muna Hussaini manages Diversity & Inclusion programs for PayPal. She is responsible for launching the Recharge Program which is focused on bringing women technologists who have taken a career break back into the workforce. Muna is a mother and community activist who regularly speaks about her experience as a victim of hate crimes. She serves on the City of Austin/Travis County Hate Crimes Task Force and is a Board Member for Interfaith Action of Central TX. Muna can eat an entire bowl of Kerbey Queso on her own and loves to play volleyball when she has the time.

Talk Topic: “Recharge” by Muna Hussain

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on Monday, October 16th, 2017 at Eventbrite!

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #149: Sponsored by BuildingConnected

BuildingConnected Girl Geek Dinner

BuildingConnected is hosting a Girl Geek Dinner on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 in San Francisco at Tank18 Tasting Room in SOMA!

Come hear the girl geeks at BuildingConnected talk about designing modern, user-friendly products for companies big and small, as well as challenges involved with breaking into an industry traditionally underserved by tech.

Enjoy appetizers and cocktails at the Tank18 Tasting Room, plus the opportunity to take some fun photos with a professional photographer. Don’t leave the without picking up great swag!

BuildingConnected is a fast-growing startup making a huge impact on the $10 trillion construction industry. Known as the Salesforce and LinkedIn of commercial construction, we offer a CRM and professional network to help companies grow and manage their businesses. From the new Warriors stadium to local schools and hospitals, our software plays a pivotal role in over 45,000 building projects throughout the US and Canada.

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @bldgconnected @bayareaggd
Event Hashtag: #BldgConnectedGirlGeekDinner

BuildingConnected Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Check-In, Networking, Food & Drinks!
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Welcome & Talks by BuildingConnected Girl Geek!
8:00pm – 8:30pm – More Networking!

BuildingConnected Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Karen Rose (Software Engineer, BuildingConnected)Karen Rose
Karen Rose is a full-stack software engineer at BuildingConnected. She builds user-friendly products to help construction professionals organize their pipelines, and works on integrations with major partners like Procore. Prior to BuildingConnected, she shared her passion for high-quality software and intuitive user experience by teaching and mentoring at MakerSquare. Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and is obsessed with efficiency in daily life. She’s always in search of ways to free up cycles so she can focus on what she loves, like traveling, hiking, rock climbing, camping, and running.

Talk Topic: “Turning Opinion Into Influence” by Karen Rose
True influence requires you to not only speak up when you see a problem, but also suggest a solution. Learn how Karen spoke up about a chaotic on-call process the BuildingConnected engineering team had grown out of. This led to a complete overhaul of the process, and with input from the entire engineering organization, is maximizing developer happiness while staying true to their #1 goal of top-notch customer happiness.

Jenny Ji (Head of Design, BuildingConnected)Jenny Ji
Jenny Ji is the Head of Design at BuildingConnected, focusing on simplifying complex workflows through well-designed, usability-focused software. She believes that great design integrates aesthetics with user needs. When paired with modern technology, design can have a huge impact on the way people work. Jenny started out as a print designer with a severe allergy to web design until she learned to code. She has since spent over ten years designing strategic solutions for startups, non-profit institutions, creative agencies, Fortune 500 companies and beyond.

Talk Topic: “Some Say ‘Boring’, I Say ‘Opportunity'” by Jenny Ji
How did a print designer turned web designer turned freelance art director end up designing, and loving, software for the construction industry? Jenny will share how she finds potential in “boring”, and how pursuing those opportunities can have huge impacts on industries neglected by design.

Chelsea Hodge (Product Manager, BuildingConnected)Chelsea Hodge
Chelsea Hodge is the product manager for the BuildingConnected team that is revolutionizing how construction companies solicit, submit, and analyze competitive bids for projects. A lover of challenges, she couldn’t ask for a better one than modernizing bid management, a process that’s complex, high-stakes and often low-tech: reams of paper and faxes are not uncommon! Chelsea double majored in environmental analysis and economics at Pomona College and prior to BuildingConnected was a product manager at Lucid, working on their data & analytics platform for building operations. A Bay Area native, Chelsea loves cycling, cooking, touring construction sites, reading the New York Times, and backpacking anywhere with massive amounts of granite.

Talk Topic: “Follow Our Path: The Secret to Making Incredible Software for the Workplace” by Chelsea Hodge
Chelsea makes the case for why companies and customers win when product & design teams choose flexibility over customizability. She presents evidence that B2B software is moving in this direction, and shares how BuildingConnected implements this philosophy, despite their incredibly diverse user base.

Chloe Pak (Account Executive, BuildingConnected)Chloe Pak
Chloe Pak is an Account Executive at BuildingConnected focused on our new product for subcontractors. She is a founding member of the team, and works cross functionally across sales and product to help shape the direction of this product as it goes to market. Previously, Chloe was a founding member of the UberEATS sales team, where she designed and implemented the call structure and new hire onboarding process for North America. In her time off she enjoys yoga, cooking, traveling, and eating delicious food.

Talk Topic: “Sales + Product: How We Build Better Together” by Chloe Pak
Though many companies understand the benefits of a strong relationship between product and sales, making this a reality can be challenging. Chloe shares how the BuildingConnected sales and product teams use a collaborative process for feedback and product requests, roadmap transparency, and communication to improve the product, increase customer trust and value, and drive sales.

Jesse Pedersen (CTO & Co-Founder, BuildingConnected)Jesse Pedersen
Jesse Pedersen is the CTO and co-founder of BuildingConnected. He brings a decade of experience as a web developer, engineer, and technical co-founder for companies such as IronKey, 8×8, and Revvim. Jesse lives in San Francisco with his wife Caroline and his daughter Lillian. A passionate developer and a dedicated Star Wars fan at heart, Jesse will never turn down an opportunity to talk about the Trilogy, coding, or both.

Executive Welcome by Jesse Pedersen

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 at Eventbrite!

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #147: Sponsored by Envoy

Envoy Girl Geek Dinner

Join us for a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner at Envoy in San Francisco for food, drinks, speakers and more on Wednesday, October 11th!

Top Silicon Valley engineering leaders will share their career journeys — to architect, CTO, director of engineering and engineering manager! Learn how these women view pivotal decisions, gain insights on their actions, and what skills were developed for their successful jobs and careers in engineering leadership.

Envoy is on a mission to create the office of the future—a place where people use technology to work smarter. Designed to automate away mundane workplace management tasks, Envoy Visitor Registration brings delight to everyday interactions by modernizing guest sign-in, printing visitor badges and streamlining host notifications. Trusted by top brands like Box, Pinterest, GitHub and Yelp, Envoy is used in over four thousand offices worldwide.

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @Envoy @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #EnvoyGirlGeekDinner

Envoy Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

5:45pm – 7:00pm – Check-in, Networking & Refreshments!
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Welcome from Envoy & Girl Geek Panel Discussion
8:00pm – 9:00pm – More Networking!

About The Girl Geeks Speaking:

Kimber Lockhart (CTO, One Medical Group)Kimber Lockhart
Kimber Lockhart is CTO of innovative health care company One Medical Group, working to scale the technology innovations that underpin the re-invented doctor’s office and create a fully connected health engagement platform. Her role includes leading software engineering, product management, design and product support — all focused on delivering a top-notch user experience in a highly regulated space. She speaks widely on building and scaling technical teams, with a focus on crafting culture, developing leaders and effectively addressing technical debt. Previously, Kimber co-founded Increo Solutions, a document collaboration company that was acquired by Box in 2009. She served in a variety of roles at Box, most recently Senior Director of Engineering responsible for Box’s web application. Follow her on Twitter at @kimber_lockhart.

Arquay Harris (Director of Engineering, Slack)Arquay Harris
Arquay Harris is the Director of Engineering for Customer Acquisition at Slack. Prior to Slack, she was a Web Development Manager at Google, where she lead a large team of Information Architects, Developers and Designers. Before Google as Director of Engineering at CBS Interactive, she oversaw the development teams for the B2B brands including ZDNet and Moneywatch. Arquay is a developer who holds a Masters in Design. She loves the marriage of form and function. When not working, she can be found cooking, stumbling over guitar chords or watching Seinfeld.

Jen-Mei Wu (Software Architect, Indiegogo)Jen-Mei Wu
Jen-Mei Wu is a Software Architect at Indiegogo, where she works on engineering guidelines and architecture for the engineering team. Her current focus is on infrastructure (e.g. cloud hosting), performance, and front-end architecture. She is also one of the organizers of Indiegogo’s Diversity and Inclusion group. Jen-Mei is also a founder and organizer of Liberating Ourselves Locally, a social-justice-oriented, people of color-led, and gender diverse maker/hacker space in Oakland. Follow her on Twitter at @jenmeiwu.

Rachael Stedman (Engineering Manager, Lever)Rachael Stedman
Rachael Stedman is an engineering manager for the infrastructure and backend teams at Lever, a collaborative hiring software product helping companies recruit and grow their teams. She joined the team in 2014 as a product engineer and was one of the first employees to kickoff internal discussions around diversity and inclusion. Before Lever, Rachael was with Mobiquity, a professional services startup that builds mobile applications for enterprise, as it grew from less than 50 people to over 250. She has also spent some time in Australia getting to know the start up community in Melbourne. She enjoys listening to audiobooks on 3x and attending spoken word poetry slams. Follow her on Twitter at @rkstedman.

Sukrutha Bhadouria (Engineering Manager, Salesforce) – Moderator Sukrutha Bhadouria
Sukrutha Bhadouria is an Engineering Manager at Salesforce. Sukrutha has led teams that developed Visualforce and Integrated Collaboration with Salesforce. In 2011, she joined Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners as the Managing Director to network women in technology. Prior to that, she worked as an engineer at Citrix Online, for the GoToMeeting product. She was named in San Francisco Business Times 2016 “40 Under 40″​ list and Business Insider named her one of “30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech”​ in 2015. Sukrutha holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from USC. Follow her on Twitter at @sukruthasays.

Angie Chang (Founder, Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners) – Moderator Angie Chang
Angie Chang is the Founder of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners, hosting Girl Geek Dinners at Silicon Valley companies since January 2008. Each dinner welcomes hundreds of girl geeks into the offices of companies including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and features girl geeks onstage as speakers and role models. In addition to leading Girl Geek Dinners, Angie helped build a San Francisco-based coding school for women from the ground up, and co-founded Women 2.0 (a media company supporting women entrepreneurs) where she served as editor-in-chief. Angie started building simple websites in high school and college, and realized she could get paid to do this – and yes, without a computer science degree. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.

Jordana Stein (Business Development, Envoy) – Host Jordana Stein

Jordana Stein was one of the first sales leads at Envoy – an Andreessen Horowitz backed company which makes visitor and package management software for the office of the future. She led Envoy’s efforts in the education vertical, growing from 30 to 1500 schools in less than two years, and establishing a presence in almost every school district in California. Previously, she was the speechwriter for the head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and studied at the London School of Economics, and at Sciences Po, Paris. Follow her on Instagram @jodanastein.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at Eventbrite!

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #148: Sponsored by Dropbox

Dropbox Girl Geek Dinner

Dropbox invites you to join us for a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 from 6pm to 8:30pm in San Francisco!

Dropbox is a technology company that builds simple, powerful products for people and businesses. We’re building a family of products that handle over a billion files a day for people around the world.

Come hear from our engineering team about how we’re simplifying the way people work together. We’ll also have bites, refreshments, and of course, swag!

Please Follow Us:

Twitter: @Dropbox @BayAreaGGD
Event Hashtag: #DropboxGirlGeekDinner

Dropbox Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Check-In, Networking, Food & Drinks
7:00pm – 7:45pm – Panel Discussion
7:45pm – 8:30pm – Q&A & Dessert

Speaker Bios for Dropbox Girl Geek Dinner:

Tina Schuchman (Engineering Manager, Dropbox)Tina Schuchman
Tina Schuchman is an Engineering Manager at Dropbox and responsible for the Ecosystem area across San Francisco and Seattle. She and her team leverage Dropbox’s API platform to integrate with productivity, security and management partners. Before joining Dropbox 6 years ago, Tina was a developer at Microsoft and helped launch the first version of Mac Outlook. She holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in computer architecture, both from MIT.

Aisha Ferrazares (Software Engineer & Tech Lead, Dropbox)Aisha Ferrazares
Aisha Ferrazares is a Software Engineer at Dropbox. She is currently a tech lead working on cross platform product development on the Paper Mobile team. Aisha is passionate about teaching and mentorship and attributes sticking with computer science to her job as a Teaching Assistant in university. Before working at Dropbox, she studied computer science at Brown University. This summer, Aisha was also one of the engineers in charge of the Dropbox internship program.

Jenny Astrachan (Software Engineer, Dropbox)Jenny Astrachan
Jenny Astrachan is a Software Engineer at Dropbox, currently working on the Company Dropbox team. As product engineers, the team is redesigning the Dropbox files experience for team users. Jenny is a full-stack engineer and works on web front end as well as API and server. Before Dropbox, Jenny studied computer science at MIT.

Chang Liu (Software Engineer, Dropbox)Chang Liu
Chang Liu is a software engineer at Dropbox on the data restorations team, where she builds performant, scalable and reliable systems to help users and teams restore their lost data back to their Dropbox. Before Dropbox, Chang was a software engineer at OneKingsLane, where she designed and built the A/B testing framework that powered all user experiments. Chang holds masters degrees in both Material Science and Electrical Engineering from Stanford, and a bachelor degree in Material Science from Zhejiang University, China.

Amandine Lee (Software Engineer, Dropbox)Amandine Lee
Amandine Lee is a software engineer at Dropbox, improving continuous integration and automated release for the desktop codebase. Previously, Amandine worked on Dropbox’s desktop application and malware detection APIs at Juniper Networks. She has always been interested in trying to understand, codify, and leverage complex systems, but started off studying physics and statistics at Swarthmore College. Amandine found her way to full time programming via the Recurse Center, where she first started writing Python. She’s used Python pretty much every week since, and this spring she got to speak at PyCon on error handling.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on Friday, September 29th, 2017 at Eventbrite!