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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #140: Sponsored by Pinterest

Pinterest Girl Geek Dinner

Come enjoy an evening full of networking, food, drinks, speakers, demos, and more at the Pinterest HQ on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 in San Francisco!

Learn how Pinterest evolved from a handful of people to a company of over 1200 employees, and how our complex engineering and product challenges have evolved over time! We will have lightning talks spanning Pinterest Lens to Machine Learning, followed by a tech panel with the Head of the Engineering, CTO and Head of Diversity. We’re also excited for you to meet our special guest, CEO Ben Silbermann!

Pinterest took a bold step in 2015, when co-founders Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharp decided to set public goals to increase women and underrepresented engineers and professionals across the company. The result of this commitment is that women in tech have increased from 21% to 26%, employees from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds have doubled, and a focus on leadership has helped us bring in powerful women executives such as our Head of Engineering, Li Fan, and Christine Flores, our General Counsel.

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Pinterest Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

5:45pm – 6:30pm – Check-in, Networking, Food and Drinks!
6:30pm – 8:00pm – Lightning Talks and Panel Discussion
8:00pm – 8:30pm – Post Panel Networking and Refreshments!

*Please note that as a courtesy to our Pinterest Speakers, check-in will close at 6:30pm.

Speaker Bios for Pinterest Girl Geek Dinner:

Ben Silbermann (Co-Founder & CEO, Pinterest)Ben Silbermann
Ben Silbermann grew up in Iowa, where he spent a lot of time collecting bugs. Today, he helps millions of people collect and discover the things they love as co-founder and CEO of Pinterest. Before Pinterest, Ben worked at Google on AdSense and studied at Yale. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @8en.

Li Fan (Head of Engineering, Pinterest)Li Fan
Li Fan is the Head of Engineering at Pinterest, where she leads the company’s technical direction and oversees a team of 400+ engineers building a visual discovery engine. Prior to joining Pinterest, she led image search at Google as the Senior Director of Engineering. From 2012 to 2014, she was Vice
President of Engineering for Baidu, where she was responsible for product design and development at China’s largest search engine. Li began her career in software development and engineering management at Cisco and Ingrian Networks before joining Google in 2002. She holds a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BS in Computer Science from Fudan University in Shanghai.

Vanja Josifovski (CTO, Pinterest)Vanja Josifovski
Vanja Josifovski is the CTO of Pinterest working on establishing the overall technical strategy as well as leading efforts in the area of machine learning. In addition he leads the Discovery team that includes the content selection for the Pinterest home feed, search and visual discovery. In the past, Vanja lead the Pinterest Growth team responsible for user and engagement growth. His background is in machine learning and search and prior to Pinterest he was working on large scale ML and information extraction at Google Research. Further back he was at Yahoo Research and IBM Research. He holds a PhD in the area of large scale database systems.

Candice Morgan (Head of Diversity, Pinterest)Candice Morgan
Candice Morgan is the head of diversity at Pinterest where she leads efforts to build a more inclusive and diverse Pinterest. Previously, Candice spent nearly 10 years at Catalyst based in New York and Zurich, where she built inclusive work cultures by designing and implementing strategic talent initiatives for global companies and firms across a range of industries including finance, consumer goods, technology, healthcare and more. Candice holds an MSc in cross-cultural psychology from Brunel University and a BS in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University.

Kinnary Jangla (Senior Software Engineer, Homefeed Infrastructure, Pinterest)Kinnary Jangla
Kinnary Jangla is a senior software engineer in the homefeed team at Pinterest. She works on the machine learning infrastructure team as a backend engineer. Kinnary has worked in the industry for 10+ years. She comes most recently from Uber where she worked on Maps and International growth and Microsoft before that where she worked on Bing search. She holds a MS in computer science from University of Illinois and BE from University of Mumbai.

Zhefei Yu (Software Engineer, Pinterest Lens, Pinterest)Zhefei Yu
Zhefei Yu is a software engineer on visual search team at Pinterest. She focuses on building visual discovery products, such as Pinterest Lens and Flashlight, which are powered by computer vision and deep learning. She joined Pinterest in 2015. She has been working on visual search
products, deep learning models and backend service. Prior to Pinterest, she received her master degree’s from Stanford University and bachelor’s degree from University of Science and Technology of China.

Frances Haugen (Senior Product Manager, Machine Learning, Pinterest)Frances Haugen
Frances Haugen is a data product manager at Pinterest. She has over a decade of experience working at Pinterest, Google and Yelp. Frances is passionate about designing experiences using data and artificial intelligence that delight the user. At Pinterest, Frances focuses on the ranking of the Home Feed where she combines her training in user-oriented design with her love of data mining and analysis. She was a member of the founding class of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and holds a Masters from Harvard.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on Friday, August 4th, 2017 at Eventbrite!