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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #12: Sponsored by EA

Girl Geeks and EA just go together!

Kick off your heels and get your GAME on! EA is proud to host the next Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at our Redwood Shores Headquarters.

We’re opening our doors for you to take a peek inside the highly dynamic world of Electronic Arts. Come meet the producers of popular titles such as Madden NFL Football, The Sims, Bejeweled Blitz, FIFA Soccer, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and many MANY more!

Event is FREE for all girl geeks. Girl geeks can register a guy geek as her “plus one” above when she RSVPs.

Network with other women in the technology industry, enjoy refreshments, product demos and fun activities.

We invite you to mix and mingle with other gamer girls in the area while enjoying food, drinks and general merriment! We have many surprises planned throughout the evening.

Schedule of events:

5:30pm – 6:00pm: Registration – EA Atrium

6:00pm – 6:45pm: EA Girl Geek Dinner Panel

6:45pm – 8:00pm: Drinks, Hors D’Oeuvres, Games and Networking!

About our featured girl geek speakers:

Jamie Valle (Assistant Development Manager, Playfish)

Jamie Valle is the Assistant Development Manager at Playfish, San Francisco. Since joining Playfish in April of this year, Jamie has focused on bringing Agile software development methods to the studio. Jamie leads daily Scrum meetings for each of the game teams, looks for ways to improve and streamline the processes in the studio, and helps her teammates do their jobs, be it art, code, or design. Prior to joining Playfish, Jamie was Assistant Producer at Planet Moon Studios. Jamie holds a BA in Theater Arts from University of California Santa Cruz. In her free time, Jamie likes to dance at 80s clubs, sing karaoke, read books, cook good food with her husband, see live music and theater, and play games (video, board, card, etc.)

Autumn Brown (Senior Account Manager, EA)

As part of EAi’s publishing division, Autumn Brown leads the Google relationship by setting platform strategies, establishing product slate and working across EA teams to drive key initiatives and grow the sales and profitability of the account. Google platforms currently include Android, Google+, and Chrome. Most recently MADDEN NFL 12 launched on Android and reached #1 on the Top Paid Games chart and Dragon Age Legends and Bejeweled Blitz were both available at the launch of gaming on Google+. Autumn has been at EA for 3 ½ years. Prior to leading the Google account, she was a Sr. Product Manager overseeing franchises such as Need for Speed, Rock Band, Sims and Simpsons across multiple platforms including iOS, Android, RIM, and JAVA/BREW. She was responsible for defining product requirements, collaborating with the team during the development process, and building strategic marketing plans. Autumn has a B.A. in Mass Communications from Point Park University, Pittsburg PA. Autumn enjoys playing beach volleyball, running, snowboarding and playing chess. She is married and lives in beautiful South Redondo Beach, CA.

Christine Fradenburg (Director of Product Marketing, Pogo)

Christine Fradenburg is currently Director of Product Marketing for Pogo, an online casual gaming site which is part of EA Interactive (EAi). In this role, she is responsible for direct to consumer revenue for Pogo’s premium products and services which includes Club Pogo, Pogo’s subscription service with 1.4MM members, Download Games, and a fun variety of Microtransactions (MTX) such as Badges, Minis, Episodic content and Expressions. Prior to joining Pogo/EA in 2008, Christine held several product and marketing positions with top e-commerce companies such as Shutterfly and eBay and still remembers her first job out of college over 12 years ago where she learned about the brand strength and equity of a certain little Kitty while working in Sanrio’s corporate office in South San Francisco. Christine earned her B.S. in Marketing Management from California State University, Hayward and is a Bay Area native – growing up in Cupertino and playing Montezuma’s Revenge on her family’s Apple IIc or trying to beat her brother in Pong on the Atari. She currently resides in Santa Clara with her husband and two children who have already discovered at the tender age of 5 and 1 the joy of playing Poppit on Mommy’s iPhone.

Driving Directions to EA Headquarters in Redwood City


  • Take Highway 101 South towards San Jose
  • Exit at Holly Street
  • Take the 2nd exit route EAST towards Redwood Shores
  • Turn left at the 2nd stoplight onto Twin Dolphin Drive and follow the road
  • Turn right at the stoplight onto Shoreline Drive and follow the road
  • You will see the large grey sign for the 250 Building for Electronic Arts on the right with a small area for visitor parking
  • Continue to the Second parking lot – this is the 250 Surface Lot


  • Take 101 North towards San Francisco
  • Exit at Holly Street/Redwood Shores Parkway
  • Take the 1st exit route EAST towards Redwood Shores Parkway
  • Turn left at the 2nd stoplight onto Twin Dolphin Drive and follow the road
  • Turn right at the stoplight onto Shoreline Drive and follow the road
  • You will see the large grey sign for the 250 Building for Electronic Arts on the right with a small area for visitor parking
  • Continue to the Second parking lot – this is the 250 Surface Lot

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #11: Sponsored by Citrix Online

Find out how Girl Geeks, mobile apps, and collaborative technology are changing how, when and where we work!

Join Citrix Online for a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Thursday, September 22, at Jillian’s (@ Metreon) in San Francisco. Learn from our engineers, product line managers, Cloud, IT and Marketing gurus, as we talk about the past, present and future of mobile collaboration.

Event is FREE for all girl geeks. Girl geeks can register a guy geek as her “plus one” above when she RSVPs.

Network with other women in the technology industry, enjoy refreshments, product demos and fun activities.

First 250 at the door get a Citrix Online Girl Geek Dinner coffee mugs. Giveaways throughout the evening. Raffle winner will receive an Amazon Kindle!

Hear a panel of Citrix Online women on their experiences in the tech industry.

Learn the latest about cutting-edge Citrix Online products like GoToMeeting, GoToMyPC, GoToWebinar, GoToAssist, GoToManage, GoToTraining and how we are creating apps for the top mobile platforms!

About the girl geek panel discussion:

Ever wished you could work remote using only your mobile phone, fix your clients’ computers using only your iPad, connect to your work computer from anywhere in the world, or host a meeting online using HiDef video-conferencing? At Citrix Online we are innovating technology that allows our users to connect and collaborate anytime, anywhere, like never before.

In a panel discussion, we will discuss our past, present and future of mobile collaboration technology and the perspectives and advice from women in diverse roles and functions at Citrix Online. Our panelists include: Erin Hintz (VP, Global Marketing & GM, eCommerce), Lisa Reeves (VP and GM, Access and Cloud Services), Cat Allday (Product Line Director), Elizabeth Cholawsky (VP and GM, IT Services Line of Business), Sukrutha Raman (QA Engineer), Beth Gilbert (Product Line Manager, GoToTraining).

Schedule of events:

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, heavy appetizers & drinks, fun activities, demos and networking.

6:30pm – 6:40pm: Welcome

6:40pm – 7:40pm: Short Presentations

7:40pm – 8:30pm: Networking, more demos and fun activities

8:30pm : Raffle drawing, closing remarks

About our featured girl geek panelists:

Erin Hintz (VP, Global Marketing & GM, eCommerce)

Erin Hintz heads the Citrix Online global marketing team, which includes responsibility for the division’s marketing, eCommerce and public relations around the world. Prior to joining Citrix Online in 2011, she was vice president of worldwide consumer marketing at Symantec Corp. During her tenure, Symantec’s consumer division grew from $350 million/year to $2 billion/year and Norton became the world’s most trusted brand for consumer security solutions, valued at $3.3B on a recent top ten tech brands report. Erin joined the Symantec team in 1994 through the company’s acquisition of Delrina Corp., after which she held many executive roles in product management and marketing, with a focus on SMB, enterprise and consumer customers. She holds an honors bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and a post-graduate diploma in Business Management from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Erin is currently an Advisory Board member for Zuberance, a venture-funded advocacy marketing platform, and a Board of Directors member for the non-profit Resource Area for Teaching.

Lisa Reeves (VP and GM, Access and Cloud Services)

Lisa Reeves joined Citrix Online in 2010 to oversee the access and cloud line of business. She is currently responsible for product development and marketing strategy for the company’s GoToMyPC remote access brand and for all initiatives related to cloud computing. Before coming to Citrix Online, Lisa was a general partner at Vista Ventures, a venture capital firm targeting early-stage investments in companies in the software, digital media, and network sectors. She previously led SAP Ventures, the corporate venture investing arm of SAP AG, and spent 9 years in senior operating roles at SAP America, including sales, marketing, business development and consulting. She began her career in the automotive industry. Lisa holds a B.A. from Kalamazoo College and an M.B.A. from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Cat Allday (Product Line Director)

Elizabeth Cholawsky (VP and GM, IT Services)

Elizabeth Cholawsky is vice president and general manager of Citrix Online’s IT Services line of business. In this position Cholawsky leads the strategy, vision and focus of the GoToAssist and GoToManage product lines, cornerstones of Citrix Online’s number one position in the remote support market and its innovative SaaS-based IT services for small and medium-sized businesses. Previously, as vice president for products and services, She elevated the Citrix Online customer experience to the highest level of excellence and satisfaction and oversaw unparalleled product growth, establishing Citrix Online as the world’s third largest SaaS company. Prior to joining Citrix Online, Elizabeth held executive-level positions spanning product management, marketing, customer service and business analysis at companies such as Commission Junction, ValueClick and Move, Inc. She holds a Ph.D. in political science and statistics from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in government and statistics from Franklin and Marshall College.

Sukrutha Raman (QA Engineer)

Sukrutha Raman completed her MSEE degree from USC in December 2007. During her time at USC she was an active board member of the USC chapter of Society of Women Engineers. She joined Citrix Online in January 2008 working in the company headquarters in Santa Barbara, California. In May of 2010 she moved to San Francisco and joined the fast growing Citrix Online office in SOMA. As a QA Engineer, she currently works on a team that operates in an Agile manner to release the highest priority improvements and fixes for Citrix Online’s award winning and enormously popular collaboration tools, GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar. She is responsible for maintaining the high quality of the products with each release. Sukrutha enjoys travelling, swimming, and trying new restaurants in San Francisco.

Beth Gilbert (Product Line Manager, GoToTraining)

Beth Gilbert joined Citrix Online in 2007 as a Product Marketing Manager responsiblebeth gilbert for directing and executing the go-to-market strategy for GoToWebinar and GoToTraining. Over the past four years, Beth has immersed herself in Web events and corporate training space resulting in a deep understanding of the current challenges and evolving needs of this market. As Product Line Manager for GoToTraining, Beth has utilized her experience and expertise in this area to manage the product strategy for the GoToTraining product line. Prior to joining Citrix Online, she was a Product Manager and Product Marketing Manager at InfoGenesis, where she developed and implemented the global product strategy for one of their hospitality product lines. In this role, she proactively supported sales and marketing efforts through ongoing training, coaching, customer presentations and Webinars. Beth holds a M.A. in Organizational Design and Effectiveness at Fielding Graduate University and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara. She enjoys singing, dancing, cycling and roller derby.

About Citrix Online

Citrix Online is a fast-growing division of Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS), based in Santa Barbara, California, with satellite offices and data centers around the world. Every month, more than 17,000 new customers start using Citrix Online’s services to work from anywhere with anyone – using our remote-connectivity tools to save time, get more done and connect to others around the world.

A small business owner is able to work from home thanks to GoToMyPC.

• A project manager collaborates with remote co-workers using GoToMeeting.

• A trainer cancels her flights and conducts live online training with GoToTraining.

• A marketer generates a list of eager buyers by inviting prospects to an online Webinar.

• A support agent fixes a customer’s PC remotely on the first call using GoToAssist.

At Citrix Online, we believe in creating products that we ourselves want to use. Our goal is to offer services that are:

• So easy to use you could learn them without a manual or training.

• So reliable you can count on them every day without a second thought.

• So secure you can trust that your data is safe – fully encrypted end to end.

• So fast the experience is like being there in person.

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