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APRIL 18

AGENDA FOR GIRL GEEK X: ELEVATE

All times are Pacific Standard

Welcome to Girl Geek X: Elevate!

9:00am – 9:10am PST

Join the team behind Girl Geek X – Angie Chang, Sukrutha Bhadouria, and Gretchen DeKnikker – as they share their motivations for creating an event for mid-to-senior career level women, why it’s so important and where they are taking Girl Geek X next.

Angie Chang, CEO & Co-Founder of Girl Geek X
Angie Chang CEO & Founder / Girl Geek X
Sukrutha Bhadouria CTO / Girl Geek X
Gretchen DeKnikker COO / Girl Geek X

CTO’s Lessons Learned from Software Developer to IPO

9:10am – 9:40am PST

Cathy Polinsky (CTO, Stitch Fix) cut her teeth at companies like Salesforce, Yahoo!, Oracle and Amazon before blazing a trail into the public markets at Stitch Fix. Lucky for us, in this session Cathy shares what she’s learned along the way. Tune in for advice on hiring top talent while maintaining high EQ, managing down and – more importantly – up, and a ton of practical advice from the battlefield.

Cathy Polinsky CTO / Stitch Fix

Advocacy: It’s Not a Four-Letter Word

9:40am – 10:10am PST

Arquay Harris (Director of Engineering, Slack) will cover advocacy and how to empower ownership of career trajectories on many levels. In this talk, she will share techniques on how to advocate for yourself, your team, AND how to teach your team to advocate for themselves.

Arquay Harris Senior Director of Engineering / Slack

It’s Not Them, It’s You: Self-Awareness & Ego

10:10am – 10:40am PST

Minji Wong (Founder, At Her Best) will share the tools you’ll need to grow in your career. The journey from individual contributor to a manager, to a manager of managers, is as much one of self-discovery as it is of learning new skills. Understanding your strengths and weaknesses as a leader requires introspection and a lot of radical candor – with yourself.

Minji Wong Leadership Development / At Her Best

We Can’t Continue Like This: It’s Time to Break Up with Unsafe Languages

10:40am – 11:00am PST

Kate McKinley (Security Partner, Facebook) will discuss how the mitigations we are using are not working, and that we have the technology of languages like Rust which offer a performance and compatibility in a memory-safe language. A large number of critical vulnerabilities reported by major operating systems and browsers are due to the legacy of the C programming language.

Kate McKinley Security Partner / Facebook

Using Statistics for Security: Threat Detection at Netflix

11:00am – 11:20am PST

Nicole Grinstead (Senior Security Software Engineer, Netflix) will discuss anomaly detection project, Trainman, and how it enables Netflix to find and act upon high risk corporate user behavior. Threat detection has become increasingly valuable in today’s complicated corporate security landscape.

Nicole Grinstead Senior Software Security Engineer / Netflix

The Hardest Job I’ve Ever Loved: Building Solutions with the US Digital Service

11:20am – 11:40pm PST

Julie Meloni (Director of Product Management & Strategy/Operations, USDS) shares her enthusiasm for work being doing for Veterans, immigrants, seniors, and everyone served by the government, and even better — how you can help! She shares opportunities for technologists who might want to do a tour of duty and make a difference in someone else’s life, every day. Created during the Obama administration and still working in the Trump administration, the US Digital Service is a full-stack team trying to build better technology and services in the federal government.

Julie Meloni Director, Product / U.S.D.S.

Designing Products Scaling Human Experiences

11:40am – 12:00pm PST

Samihah Azim (Product Designer, Lyft) will discuss designing products at One Medical and Lyft by considering all sides of the user journey, and balancing their needs with business/product metrics. Startups aim to transform the world, and designers create artifacts visualizing that North Star vision with the users at top of mind. Monitoring the health of the business with the user in mind helps achieve successful, human-centered products along the journey to the North Star.

Samihah Azim Product Design / Lyft

Mozilla Coffee Break

12:00pm – 12:20pm PST

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Learning for Impact: 3 Key Skills For Staying Relevant In The Tech Economy

12:20pm – 12:40pm PST

Sophia Perl (Director of Product Manager, Oath)
stays current with new technologies and business models in the constant pursuit of knowledge, relevance and fun. The only constant is change and achieving career longevity means changing with it. Staying up-to-date with industry trends, new tools and emerging technologies can seem like a full-time job – but it doesn’t have to be.

Sophia Perl Director, Product Management / Oath

The Art of the Interview: How Would Your Candidates Rate You?

12:40pm – 1:00pm PST

Aline Lerner (CEO & co-founder, interviewing.io) analyzes feedback and outcomes of thousands of real interviews with companies to figure out what traits the best interviewers have in common. Being a good interviewer takes time, effort, and a fundamental willingness to get out of autopilot and engage meaningfully with the other person.

Aline Lerner CEO & Founder / interviewing.io

Recommending Dream Jobs in a Biased Real World

1:00pm – 1:20pm PST

Nadia Fawaz (Staff Software Engineer, LinkedIn) will talk about how recommendation systems trained on biased data may reflect the bias — from reducing societal bias (e.g. professional gender gap) to reducing bias introduced by data collection or modeling, this work is crucial to successfully recommending dream jobs to hundreds of millions members worldwide at LinkedIn — to create economic opportunity for all.

Nadia Fawaz Staff Software Engineer / LinkedIn

Focus on Your Story, Not the Glory

1:20pm – 1:40pm PST

Leah McGowen-Hare (Senior Director, Developer Evangelism, Salesforce) believes that doing the work with a focus on adding value – and everything will fall into place – rather than focusing on self-branding. Leah will share her story about how focusing on development, not just as coding but creating and using your whole toolbox, has made her a better developer and leader.

Leah Mcgowan-Hare, VP of Trailhead Evangelism at Salesforce
Leah McGowan-Hare Director, Engineering / Salesforce

Absorbed into the Borg: What Happens After Your Startup is Acquired

2:00pm – 3:00pm PST

Selina Tobaccowala (Founder, Gixo/Evite), Sarah Allen (Founder, RailsBridge & Engineering Manager, Google) and Claire Vo (VP of Product Management, Optimizely) share their journeys in entrepreneurial leadership with Shanea King-Roberson (Senior Technical Product Manager, eBay). What’s life like after your startup is acquired by a larger company? How does your team integrate? How does your role as a leader change?

Selina Tobaccowala CEO & Founder / Gixo
Sarah Allen Engineering Manager / Google
Claire Vo VP, Product / Optimizely
Shanea Leven Senior Director, Product / Docker

Engineering Leadership: From Cat Herder to Air Traffic Controller

3:00pm – 4:00pm PST

Miriam Aguirre (VP Engineering, Skillz), Laura Thomson (Senior Director of Engineering, Mozilla), Rija Javed (Senior Director of Engineering, Wealthfront) and Vidya Setlur (NLP Manager, Tableau Software) will share the ups and downs of their personal and professional journeys to top leaders in their organizations.

Miriam Aguirre VP, Engineering / Skillz
Laura Thomson Director, Engineering / Mozilla
Rija Javed CTO / MarketInvoice
Vidya Setlur
Vidya Setlur Engineering Manager / Tableau Software

Takeaways: Fireside Chat

4:00pm – 4:30pm PST

Jenny Cheng (VP, PayPal) in conversation with Gretchen DeKnikker (COO, Girl Geek X) as they share their management and leadership insights and takeaways from the day.

Jenny Cheng VP, Professional Services / PayPal
Gretchen DeKnikker COO / Girl Geek X

OUR WONDERFUL

SPEAKERS

These amazing women are leading the hottest companies and developing cutting-edge technologies!

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Jenny Cheng
VP, Professional Services
PayPal
Arquay Harris
Senior Director of Engineering
Slack
Cathy Polinsky
CTO
Stitch Fix
Selina Tobaccowala
CEO & Founder
Gixo
Claire Vo
VP, Product
Optimizely
Leah Mcgowan-Hare, VP of Trailhead Evangelism at Salesforce
Leah McGowan-Hare
Director, Engineering
Salesforce
Rija Javed
CTO
MarketInvoice
Laura Thomson
Director, Engineering
Mozilla
Miriam Aguirre
VP, Engineering
Skillz
Julie Meloni
Director, Product
U.S.D.S.
Kate McKinley
Security Partner
Facebook
Sarah Allen
Engineering Manager
Google
Sophia Perl
Director, Product Management
Oath
Nicole Grinstead
Senior Software Security Engineer
Netflix
Cindy Alvarez
Director, UX
Microsoft
Aline Lerner
CEO & Founder
interviewing.io
Vidya Setlur
Vidya Setlur
Engineering Manager
Tableau Software
Nadia Fawaz
Staff Software Engineer
LinkedIn
Minji Wong
Leadership Development
At Her Best
Shanea Leven
Senior Director, Product
Docker
Samihah Azim
Product Design
Lyft
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