“A/B Testing Cheap & Easy with Open Source”: Dena Metili Mwangi with Sentry (Video + Transcript)
Quick experimentation in your application can turn feelings-driven development into data-driven wins. Beyond blue buttons or red buttons, A/B testing can answer key questions on how best to serve your users by offering sometimes surprising insights into how they interact with your product. In this talk, Dena Metili Mwangi will get the first experiment up and running with PlanOut, a Python-based open-source framework. It’s cheap & easy to be A/B testing with open source.
“Office Manager to CPO – Keynote”: Shawna Wolverton with Zendesk (Video + Transcript)
Shawna Wolverton is a self-proclaimed nerd for good product design. Starting at Salesforce in 2003, Shawna worked her way up to SVP Product Management, influencing $30M/yr in revenue before she left to do it all over again as CPO at Planet and now SVP Product Management at Zendesk. Don’t miss this session as Shawna shares the lessons she learned both personally and professionally in her 25 year career.
Girl Geek X SurveyMonkey Lightning Talks & Panel (Video + Transcript)
Girl Geeks gathered at SurveyMonkey HQ to learn about career development and self-advocacy, as well as find out first-hand what the women immersed in SurveyMonkey’s research, product design and engineering initiatives are working on. The evening also included a panel of senior female leaders who provided insights on career path-related topics such as how to make deliberate career decisions, when to change jobs or careers, and how to ask for promotion, among other topics. Speakers included Robin Ducot (Chief Technology Officer), Shilpa Apte (Engineering Manager), Erica Weiss Tjader (Vice President, Product Design), Jing Huang (Director of Engineering, Machine Learning), Sarah Cho (Director of Research), Sarah Goldschmidt (Product Design Manager), Mala Neti (Software Engineer on the Web Platform Team). Recorded at SurveyMonkey HQ in San Mateo on May 29, 2019.
Girl Geek X HomeLight Lightning Talks & Panel (Video + Transcript)
At the Homelight Girl Geek X dinner, HomeLight girl geeks talked about how they use data and human emotion to empower decision making. Speakers included Tina Sellards (Facilities & Administration Manager), Sandy Liao, (Head of Talent, Culture & People Operations), Vanessa Brockway (HomeLight Senior Manager of Business Development & Strategy), Molly Laufer (Director of Offline Marketing), Sam Ryan (Product Manager), Jenn Luna (Senior Software Engineer), Mary Remillard (Talent Operations & Culture Specialist), Ames Monko (Product Designer). Recorded at HomeLight HQ on May 23rd, 2019 in downtown San Francisco.
“Creating an AI for Social Good Program”: Anna Bethke with Intel (Video + Transcript)
Data scientist Anna Bethke had approached management with a new position – to become the head of Intel AI for Social Good to bring in new positively impactful projects to the group and company as a whole. Anna shares her story and lessons learned along the way.
“The Gendered Project”: Omayeli Arenyeka with LinkedIn (Video + Transcript)
When you think of the word “superhero” what do you imagine? Language reflects and reinforces social norms; ungendering language is a vital part of interrogating sexism. However, there’s no dataset of gendered words. This talk is about data – where to get it and how to create it if it doesn’t exist. In this talk, LinkedIn software engineer Omayeli Arenyeka creates the dataset for The Gendered Project, showing how to view unavailable data as an opportunity rather than an obstacle to answering questions.
Girl Geek X Xilinx Lightning Talks & Panel (Video + Transcript)
Eva Condron-Wells (Xilinx Senior HR Manager) warmly welcomed the crowd of close to a hundred girl geeks gathered at Xilinx’s San Jose headquarters for dinner, demos, networking and talks on March 12, 2019. “Lightening Talks” were led by Niyati Shah (Xilinx Senior Engineer) on Compilers for adaptable compute acceleration, Changyi Su (Xilinx Staff Engineer) on machine learning platforms, and Uma Madhugiri (Xilinx Senior Engineer) on real-time video transcoding. The final portion of the talk was executive panel discussion on Accelerating Computation for Real-Time Machine Learning featuring: Jayashree Rangarajan (Xilinx Senior Director, Software Development), Jennifer Wong (Xilinx Vice President, FPGA Product Development), Ambs Kesavan (Xilinx Senior Director, Software Infrastructure Engineering & DevOps), Lori Pouquette (Xilinx Vice President, Global Customer Operations) and Tom Wurtz as the panel moderator.
Girl Geek X Stitch Fix Lightning Talks (Video + Transcript)
More than 250 girl geeks attended the Stitch Fix Girl Geek dinner for an inspiring evening of conversation with women from their Technology & Data Science teams, with talks focused on how partnership impacts their product, technology and culture. Speakers included Cathy Polinsky (CTO), Emma Colner (Software Engineer), Anna Schneider (Data Science Manager), Erin Boyle (Data Scientist), Bingrui Tang (Senior UX Designer), and Erin Dees (Principal Software Engineer). Recorded at Stitch Fix HQ in San Francisco on May 7, 2019.
“Intersectionality & Systemic Change”: Heidi Williams with tEQuitable (Video + Transcript)
As we journey into fourth-wave feminism, join tEUitable CTO Heidi Williams for this important session on intersectionality and systemic change. Navigating the challenging terrain to ensure that as we gain seats at the table, that the voices of all women are heard. She’ll share tips on how to engage allies and advocates, recognize privilege, and lead both up and down the organization.