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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #127: Sponsored by Qualcomm

Qualcomm Girl Geek Dinner 2016

Qualcomm is hosting a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Thursday, November 17, 2016 in Santa Clara!

Join Qualcomm’s girl geeks for an evening of talks, insightful conversation with our women leaders, dinner, drinks and of course lots of fun. Learn about all the cool stuff we are building and why Qualcomm is an exciting place to be!
Qualcomm is bringing the future forward faster with next generation mobile technologies that accelerate innovation across connectivity, computing, and the Internet of Things. Working with customers across industries – from automotive to health care, from smart cities to robotics, Qualcomm continues to transform experiences for people around the world and unlock new possibilities in a time where everything is connected.
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Qualcomm Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:00pm – 6:15pm: Registration, Networking, Dinner & Demos!
6:15pm – 7:00pm: Welcome, Keynote & Talks
7:00pm – 7:45pm: Panel, Q&A
7:45pm – 8:30pm: Closing, Raffle, Open Networking & Demos!

Qualcomm Girl Geek Dinner Speakers

Rahul Patel (Senior Vice President & General Manager of Connectivity, Qualcomm)
Rahul PatelRahul serves as Senior Vice President & General Manager of Connectivity for Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated, where he is currently responsible for QCT’s connectivity and networking businesses and leads the Wired/Wireless, Infrastructure and Networking (WIN) and Mobile, Computing and Location (MCL) product management organizations. Rahul is a veteran of the semiconductor and telecommunications industry with more than 20 years of experience in product and business development for networking and wireless connectivity solutions. Rahul holds an MBA from Santa Clara University in California, a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Arizona State University in Tempe and a B.Tech in Electronics and Communications Engineering from NIT in Warangal, India.

Vanitha Kumar (Vice President, Software Engineering, Qualcomm)
Vanitha KumarVanitha is a Vice President of Software Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated. Vanitha holds a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, and a BS degree from PSG College of Technology, India. Vanitha has spent nearly 20 years in the wireless telecommunications industry and has also contributed actively to cellular technology standards. She has more than fifteen issued patents. At Qualcomm, Vanitha leads the modem SW air interface technology (3G/4G/5G) teams across multiple global locations. Vanitha played a key role in the commercialization and launch of CDMA in Qualcomm’s chipsets in early/mid 2000. She led the 4G SW technology team and has been responsible for integration, commercialization and launch of 4G in 1000s of products globally. Vanitha is passionate about the role of women in science and technology. She has chaired and put together panels for the Grace Hopper and IEEE women leadership conferences. She is one of the recipients of the prestigious YWCA TWIN (Tribute to Women and Industry) award for 2016.

Ketal Gandhi (Product Manager, Smart Cities & Industrial IoT, Qualcomm)
Ketal GandhiKetal is a Staff Product Manager for Smart Cities & Industrial IoT business unit at Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated. Ketal is responsible for creating differentiated software product offering and building the software ecosystem with the goal of increasing market share of Qualcomm products in Commercial and Industrial IoT market. She has almost 10 years of experience working at Qualcomm developing new products and business models, striking key strategic partnership deals, leveraging existing products for new markets, evangelizing technology to larger community in Mobile, Embedded, IoT and Robotics segments. Before joining Smart Cities team, she was product manager of DragonBoard platform. Ketal holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Mumbai University, as well as an MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at University of California, Irvine.

Mary Gendron (Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President, Qualcomm)
Mary GendronMary is Chief information officer and Senior Vice President at Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated. In this role, Mary leads Qualcomm’s global IT organization, driving operational excellence within the IT function and across the enterprise, as well as collaborating with the executive and business unit leadership teams to ensure Qualcomm continues to incorporate forward-looking technology solutions into the business, products, and strategies to achieve Company business goals. Mary brings more than 25 years of IT experience to the role, with expertise in developing and executing IT and talent-focused strategies, services and plans. She has led complex global organizations, driving proactive business strategies required to develop differentiation and has consistently generated customer, shareholder and employee value. Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from McGill University in Canada.

Vicki Mealer-Burke (Chief Diversity Officer & Vice President, Qualcomm)
Vicki Mealer-BurkeVicki has been recently appointed as Qualcomm’s first Chief Diversity Officer. In this role as Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Vicki brings nearly 20 years of business and operational leadership experience at Qualcomm which uniquely position her to drive the vision, leadership and oversight of inclusion and diversity initiatives across the company. Vicki is also the chairperson of Qualcomm’s Women’s Leadership Council, co-creator of Qualcomm’s Executive Women’s Leadership Development program and is the executive sponsor of eQuality, Qualcomm’s LGBTQ employee network. Vicki holds a Bachelor’s Degree in management information systems from Iowa State University and a Master’s Degree from Ohio State University.

Dina McKinney (Senior Director, Engineering, Qualcomm)
Dina McKinneyDina is a Senior Engineering Executive at Qualcomm, where she leads Qualcomm’s Bay Area design engineering team in developing the latest graphics, multimedia, and high performance IP for the industry leading Snapdragon mobile processors. Passionate about helping other women succeed in technical careers, she is an Executive Board Member of QWISE (Qualcomm Women in Science and Engineering). She is also actively engaged in community support with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley. Dina has been a processor designer and leader for over 25 years in the semiconductor industry. She holds a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Central New England College and started her career in the U.S. Air Force.

Terie Scerbo (Qualcomm Learning & Organizational Development, Qualcomm)
Terie ScerboTerie has been with Qualcomm for 15 years, having driven a variety of learning and Organizational Development service deliveries. She currently spends most of her time on leadership and executive development, acquisition integration, and employee engagement initiatives for executives and groups based in the Bay Area. Terie holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Mills College and has been a past board member for NASAGA, the North American Simulation and Gaming Association.

Event Tickets & Details

Tickets on sale starting at 12:00pm PST on November 9, 2016 at Eventbrite! Donations are non-refundable. All proceeds go toward need-based scholarships for women to learn to code at Hackbright Academy, an engineering school for women.