Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #19 will be hosted by ModCloth! Join us for an evening of information & experience sharing on Wednesday, May 2 in downtown San Francisco.
Learn how Susan Gregg Koger
(Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, ModCloth) took her passion for fashion and her Carnegie Mellon dorm room website to ModCloth, the skyrocketing independent fashion retailer - in just a few short years!
There will be lighting talks by ModCloth girl geeks in product management, public relations, user experience research and project management.
First 200 attendees will receive a free Modcloth Girl Geek Dinner tote bag!
Use hashtag #mcggd to tweet about the event!
ModCloth Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:
6:00pm - 7:00pm : Networking, fun and games
7:00pm - 8:00pm : Sit down with Susan Gregg Koger and lightning talks with girl geeks of ModCloth
8:00pm - 9:00pm : Q&A and Breakout sessions (and more networking)
ModCloth Girl Geek Speaker Bios:
Susan Gregg Koger (Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder, ModCloth)
Susan started ModCloth when she was just 17, taking her love of thrifting to start an online business. Today, ModCloth has grown into a thriving business of over 280 employees and has gained a lot of attention as it pursues its goal of democratizing fashion and building a social shopping community that empowers both independent designers and customers. Susan was recognized by Inc. Magazine as the "#2 Top Entrepreneur under 30” and was named to both BusinessWeek’s 2010 list of the “Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs” and Fortune's 2010 list of Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. Susan is living her dream and now she has made it her mission to build a community that allows her customers to do the same.
Alicia Barnes (Head of Public Relations, ModCloth)
Lightning Talk: Being an Evangelist for Your Company: Tips for Simple (and Free!) Ways You Can Spread the Word About Your Startup
Alicia Barnes, a ModCloth original, is the Head of Public Relations at ModCloth, and has seen this company blossom into a full-blown phenomenon. At ModCloth, Alicia is the point-person for media coverage and oversees the ModCloth brand as it relates to collaborations with other brands and external organizations. Alicia also leads a team that includes traditional media, blogger relations, and events marketing.
Laura Paajanen (User Experience Researcher, ModCloth)
Lightning Talk: User Research 101 - Three cheap, fast, and easy things you should do tomorrow (if you're not already) to learn more about your actual customers.
Laura Paajanen is a User Experience Researcher at ModCloth and self-described goofy girly geek. For the past year and a half, she’s worked to represent the voice of ModCloth's wonderful customers to the Product Team and anyone else who will listen. She’s psyched about Lean UX, testing for value and desirability in addition to usability, and making qual and quant be friends. Laura holds a master’s of information management and systems from UC Berkeley..
Ashley Wali (Project Manager, ModCloth)
Lightning Talk: Personal Kanban - Applying Agile project management principles to your personal life to dominate deadlines, stay organized, and get stuff done!
Ashley Wali is part-time world traveler and adventurer and all-the-time manager of projects and creator of processes at ModCloth. Ashley is a certified ScrumMaster and brings to ModCloth a desire to make sense of the chaos and bring order to the nature of what we do. Ahsley has delved into business processes as a business analyst and freelance editor. With an aptitude for practicality, Ashley soon found her talents to be of most use in the area of project management and developed these skills with companies such as Crowd Interactive and ClearGears, a company she founded and successfully launched. Nowadays, Ashley holds the project management arm of ModCloth in a steady state and evangelizes the agile principles to all who will listen.
Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (Product Manager, ModCloth)
Lightning Talk: So, you want to join a startup? - How to decide what kind of company to join, from a girl who has been employee #1 and employee #150.
From world class swimmer at Stanford to Product Manager at ModCloth, Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy is known for her tenacity and passion for all that is product. With two start-up experiences under her belt, Fiona has brought ModCloth an innovative spirit and a tireless approach to finding excitement and inspiration in all that she does. Most recently, Fiona has been collaborating with ModCloth's strategic team to execute against a product vision roadmap for areas of mobile, internal tools, sourcing, and supply chain management. Fiona has seen ModCloth keep pace with the sometimes frenetic world of fast fashion and ecommerce... in fact, it's what makes her job the fast-paced ride that she enjoys so much.
When & Where
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 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 (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.