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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #14: Sponsored by Perforce

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners

Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #14: Sponsored by Perforce

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Perforce Girl Geek DinnerJoin Perforce Software and Girl Geek Dinners on Thursday, December 1, 2011 (5:30pm to 8:30pm) for Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #14 at Perforce headquarters in Alameda, CA.

Meet the women behind Perforce’s innovations, sip the latest P4 cocktail, enjoy delicious bites, and network with other brilliant women in technology! 

  • VP of Engineering Kathy Baldanza built a multidisciplinary team from scratch. She will share why mentors rock and how Perforce pays it forward.
  • Catch demos by the best and brightest women engineers at Perforce on products and technologies they developed.
  • Go home with great swag!
Bring an unwrapped geeky toy for the toy drive or a non-perishable food item for the Alameda Food Bank for a chance to win an Amazon Kindle Fire!

First 200 through the door get a Perforce/Girl Geek Dinner USB drive bracelet! 

Event is FREE for girl geeks, and each girl geek can register one guy as her plus one. 

Perforce Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

5:30 - 6:30Registration and networking over cocktails & appetizers

6:30 - 6:45 – Welcome by Kathy Baldanza (VP Engineering) and P4 Girl Geeks

6:45 - 8:00 Photo booth, demos & dessert, networking, cocktails & appetizers

8:00 - 8:30 – Giveaways & good night!

Public Transportation:

From 5pm to 9pm, we will be running shuttles between the Fruitvale BART station and Perforce HQ every 15-30 minutes. 


Perforce Girl Geek Dinner Speaker Bios:

Kathy BaldanzaKathy Baldanza (VP Engineering, Perforce) joined in mid-2000 as the Vice President of Engineering. She was hired to lead the entire technical team including development, documentation, training, and support. She is also on the board of Girls Inc. of Alameda County, and shares their mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Kathy has more than 20 years of technical management experience. Her startup experience includes developing technical teams at Ingres, Illustra, and Cohera. Kathy's Illustra experience included successfully integrating Illustra QA with Informix QA as well as taking the lead in shaping the overall direction of Informix Server system and stress test strategies. At Cohera, Kathy was Director of QA and Configuration Management and was actively involved in leading and developing emerging groups such as support, MIS, and Pubs. As Director of Java Object Services at Charles Schwab, Kathy built a Java Performance, Web, QA and Training consulting team.
Steph Turner
Steph Turner (UI Programmer, Perforce) is working on P4V at Perforce Software. Prior to joining Perforce, she held technical positions at Valid Logic Systems, Cadence, Synopsys, Cisco, Reuters and Stanford. Steph studied Math and Computer Science at Oberlin College and Stanford University. When she's not coding, Steph is out sailing or pounding other technology companies at dodgeball.

Allison Banks (Director of HR, Perforce) joined the company 12 years ago and has led Perforce to four "Bay Area Best Places to Work" titles. Thanks to the many girl geeks at Perforce, this recovered English major now plays with Arduino, knows the difference between java and javascript, and that FreeBSD is not a political movement. In her spare time, Allison is the occasionally devoted mother to two occasionally grateful teenagers. She spends a lot of time creating small-scale, complex projects for Burning Man. Commonly refered to as the "Glitter Director", Allison profoundly believes that everything really is better with glitter.

Laurette Cisneros (Manager of Build Engineering, Perforce) has been in the Software Industry for 25+ years in areas including Build, Porting & Release Engineering, Technical Support, QA, and Databases at companies including NextBus, Charles Schwab, and Informix. In the last 8 years at Perforce she has worked in both Technical Support and Training and now manages Builds. When she's not at Perforce, you can find her blending wine.

Jackie Garcia (Principal Product Consultant, Perforce) joined 7 years ago and currently works with new and existing customers, answering technical questions and providing demos of our product. She started in the support department and was the first to receive thank you flowers from a customer she assisted. She has a 10+ year background in the embedded world, working at Adaptec as a BIOS developer working with Assembly code. She was also a SCM Engineer working with ClearCase, VSS, and PVCS with many teams at Adaptec.

Trina Morrow (Technical Support Projects Engineer, Perforce) focuses on the Perforce Knowledge Base content and serves on the steering committee to identify and implement a new CRM/ERP system at Perforce. After 13 years in the software industry as a Sr. Software Engineer coding CRM and bug tracking systems at companies including Ingres Corp and Sybase & Scopus, she left the industry to start a family. Not being one to stay idle for long, Trina bought three Baskin Robbins and her geeky responsibilities now consisted of accounting, P&L's, budgeting, regulatory compliance, inventory control & staffing analysis. As a hobby, Trina serves on the Brand Advsiory Board and IT Subcommittee for Baskin Robbins, focusing on policies, procedures, and technologies for Baskin Robbins Worldwide.

About Perforce Software

Perforce Software is a provider of software and solutions that enable teams to create, develop and version everything. The world’s most innovative companies and recognized brands trust Perforce to manage all their digital assets from intellectual property to content. The Perforce version management platform is unique in its ability to handle large and distributed collections of content and is backed by a full range of enterprise services.
Founded in 1995, Perforce Software is headquartered in Alameda, California, with international operations in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. For more information, visit www.perforce.com.
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2320 Blanding Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501

Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners

Google hosted the first Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner in January 2008, inviting 400 girl geeks to enjoy sushi, an open bar, Google schwag, great conversation and even better networking at Charlie’s cafe on the Google Mountain View campus. Events sponsored by Facebook and Yahoo! soon followed. Startups like LOLapps and Polyvore followed suit.

Today, Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners have been hosted by a diverse set of companies including Genentech, Palantir, Microsoft, Citrix Online, Electronic Arts…

The ask is simple — buy dinner and drinks for girl geeks, and give away a piece of co-branded schwag (to extend the lifetime of the event). Invite female speakers in areas of their expertise, from well-known names to the up-and-coming. Encourage networking amongst the girl geeks and recruiting by the sponsoring company. Everyone wins.

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Meet the BAGGD Team!

Sukrutha Raman

Sukrutha Raman Bhadouria (Managing Director of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners)

After earning her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from USC, Sukrutha now works as a Sr SW Engineer at salesforce.com. Sukrutha is involved in Girl Geek Dinners because she wants to change the world for girls, one geek dinner at a time. Follow her on Twitter at @sukruthasays.


Angie Chang

Angie Chang (Founder of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners)

Angie is currently working as a Director of Growth at Hackbright Academy. She enjoys running the mentor program and finding partner companies for Hackbright. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Women 2.0, a media company which promotes women in high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurship. She has held positions in product management and web/UI production at startups in the Silicon Valley. Angie started organizing Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners in January 2008 and was thrilled when Sukrutha joined the one-woman team at BAGGD in 2011. She holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie

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