About

Angie Chang

CEO & Co-Founder

Angie is CEO and co-founder of Girl Geek X. She started Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners in 2008 to network women across the Silicon Valley.

Prior to that, Angie co-founded Women 2.0 in 2006, a media company promoting female entrepreneurship, where she was editor-in-chief. Angie led partnerships with employers from February 2013 to February 2017 at Hackbright Academy (a women’s engineering school), building valuable hiring partnerships with Uber, Slack, GoDaddy, Redfin, Indiegogo and more. She also created the mentorship program which enlisted 700+ industry engineers as volunteers for over four years, and connected countless women to new jobs in tech. Angie was named in Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology”. She holds B.A. degrees in English & Social Welfare from UC Berkeley.


@thisgirlangie angie@girlgeek.io

Sukrutha Bhadouria

CTO & Co-Founder

Sukrutha is the CTO and co-founder of Girl Geek X, and a Senior Engineering Manager at Salesforce. Sukrutha graduated from USC with an M.S. in Electric Engineering.

Sukrutha is the CTO and co-founder of Girl Geek X, and a Senior Engineering Manager at Salesforce. Sukrutha graduated from USC with an M.S. in Electric Engineering. Sukrutha is involved in Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners because she wants to change the world for girls, one geek dinner at a time, and she is passionate about technology, gender diversity, and engineering leadership. Sukrutha was named in Business Insider’s list of “30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech“ in 2014 and “San Francisco Business Times 40 Under 40” Tech Titans of 2016. In her spare time, Sukrutha trains for races – swimming, running, biking.


@sukruthasays sukrutha@girlgeek.io

Gretchen DeKnikker

COO

Gretchen is COO at Girl Geek X. From founding employee to founder, she’s been launching and scaling enterprise software companies since way back in the last century.

Most recently, she led SaaStr from a simple blog to the world’s largest global community of 100K+ B2B founders, execs and investors, and previously co-founded SocialPandas, back by True Ventures. Gretchen attended DotCom University double majoring in Boom and Bust and holds an MBA from UC Berkeley. In her spare time, she’s a diversity and inclusion advocate who loves bacon, bourbon and hip hop.


@gretchende gretchen@girlgeek.io

Rachel Jones

Podcast Producer

Rachel is the Podcast Producer at Girl Geek X. She produces podcasts and storytelling events with You Had Me At Black and StorySlam Oakland. Since graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in Film and Radio, Rachel has worked to develop platforms for underrepresented voices. This passion has taken her around the world, from producing short films with filmmakers in Ethiopia, to teaching digital storytelling to students in India. Most recently, Rachel led a youth journalism program on Chicago’s South Side with Free Spirit Media. When she’s not producing podcasts, you can find her searching for the best boba and ramen in the Bay.


@racheljones2014 rachel@girlgeek.io

Amy Weicker

Head of Marketing

Amy is the Head of Marketing at Girl Geek X, and she has been helping launch & grow tech companies as a marketing leader and demand generation consultant for nearly 20 years.

Amy previously ran marketing at SaaStr, where she helped scale the world’s largest community and conference for B2B SaaS Founders, Executives and VCs from $0 to $10M and over 200,000 global community members. She also served as Director of Marketing at Sales Hacker, Inc. (acquired by Outreach) which helps connect B2B sales professionals with the tools, technology and education they need to excel in their careers. In her spare time, Amy dabbles in photography, plays guitar, and tries her best to not get lost in the woods.


@iwantyourears amy@girlgeek.io

Amanda Beaty

Logistics Coordinator

Amanda’s first office job was in IT, where she trained the entire company on Microsoft Outlook 95. Since then, she’s worked her way up from receptionist to editor and volunteer coordinator for a non-profit focused on families with children with special needs.

In 2012, Amanda founded Celebrating Womanhood, a blogging event dedicated to lifting up and encouraging women. She loves working with Girl Geek X sponsors and speakers to keep everything running smoothly. Her hobbies include trying to convince her cat the humans are in charge, listening to her kids talk for hours about anime, and learning languages she’ll probably never use with native speakers.


@theamandabeaty amanda@girlgeek.io

Erica Kawamoto Hsu

Photographer

Erica learned to photograph in middle school, and develop and print images in the darkroom. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she gained experience as a copywriter in Taipei, Taiwan. She is now based in Berkeley, where she enjoys bike riding, acupuncture, running, and community building.

Erica has over 15 years of marketing experience, and has worked with organizations such as The Kresge Foundation, Downtown Women’s Center, The San Francisco Marathon, Women in Technology Japan, and TechZulu. She has worked as a webinar producer for a fast-growing startup, been trained in digital media at the Bay Area Video Coalition, and documented events and conferences for Women 2.0 – her photos are featured in news stories including Bloomberg Businessweek.


@ericakhsu erica@girlgeek.io