Girl Geek X HomeLight Lightning Talks
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 and Executive Panel
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
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.
“Tech Stayers & Leavers”: Lili Gangas with Kapor Center (Video + Transcript)
In 2017, the Kapor Center published the first-of-its-kind Tech Leavers Study why people voluntarily left their jobs in tech. In this session, Lili Gangas (Kapor Center Chief Technology Community Officer) will walk us through the findings, shattering the myth that women leave to spend time with their family among others, and will provide some ideas for how you can ensure an environment where all employees feel valued, appreciated, welcomed and heard.
“Data Science And Climate Change”: Janet George with Western Digital (Video + Transcript)
For the very first time in our history, we can collect incredible amounts of data at scale. Modern data infrastructure enables the documentation and recording of billions of species and data science allows us to collect, analyze, predict and slow down the speed of extinction. Janet walks us through her extensive research as well as share tips on infrastructure stacks and strategies for processing massive amounts of information.
Always Ask For More – Leyla Seka (Salesforce EVP) & Jennifer Taylor (Cloudflare) at Elevate 2019 (Video + Transcript)
The driving force behind Salesforce’s $8.7M commitment to closing the gender wage gap, Leyla Seka built AppExchange from its earliest days, served as GM of Desk.com and is now EVP of Mobile and one of the most senior female leaders at Salesforce. Tune in to this rare interview along with Cloudflare’s Head of Product, Jennifer Taylor, and get Leyla’s advice on how to always ask for more, help others, and scare the crap out of yourself at least once a year.