Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #20 will be sponsored and hosted by Facebook.
You are invited to join us for a Facebook Girl Geek Dinner on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
Join us for an evening of mingling and sharing with fellow girl geeks! Learn the stories of the women behind the world's largest social network over refreshments and drinks.
Schedule of events:
5:30pm - 6:30pm: Registration, refreshments & networking
6:30pm - 7:30pm: Facebook women's panel
7:30pm - 8:30pm: More networking & refreshments
Facebook Girl Geek Panelist Bios:
Aidymar Bigio (Release to Production Manager, Facebook)
Aidymar is the Release to Production Manager at Facebook where she leads the provisioning, validation engineering, sustaining engineering and manufacturing and quality teams for technical operations. Prior to joining Facebook, she spent 7 years at Google. While at Google, she established a manufacturing and operations team to support the Google Search Appliance. She also worked on the first generation Android, technical operations and supply chain and logistics. Aidymar has extensive experience in the areas of product development and operations. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Rochester and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University. In her spare time, she likes to run, ski, and spend time with her husband, two boys and the family cats.
Cipora Herman (Treasurer & Vice President of Investor Relations, Facebook)
Cipora is the Treasurer and Vice President of Investor Relations at Facebook, where she has been since September 2007. She is responsible for directing the day-to-day operations of the corporate finance, treasury, and investor relations teams. She has lead numerous rounds of capital raising – both debt and equity, established the global banking infrastructure, and built the budgeting and forecasting framework. Prior to Facebook, Cipora was the Vice President Finance and Treasurer for Yahoo!. Cipora holds an A.B. in International Relations, an M.A. in International Development Policy and an M.B.A. degree. All of her degrees were completed at Stanford University. Cipora lives in Los Gatos, California with her husband and two children.
Jocelyn Goldfein (Director of Engineering, Facebook)
Jocelyn is a Director of Engineering at Facebook, where she helps manage the engineering team and drive products like News Feed, Photos and Search. Prior to Facebook, Jocelyn was an engineering leader at VMware and helped grow the R&D team from 100 to over 2000, ultimately serving as vice president of desktop products. Other career highlights include co-founding a startup and a earning a BS in Computer science from Stanford University.
Robyn Reiss (Head of Internal Communications, Facebook)
Robyn has a computer science degree from Harvard and MBA from Stanford. She has taught high school math and computer science, worked for the Golden State Warriors, and was on the founding team of local charter high school Summit Prep, featured in Waiting for Superman. She then worked at Google for a few years before coming to Facebook in 2008, where she leads internal communications. Robyn is passionate about non-profit causes such as global poverty, and is married with a three year old son.
Yvette Lui (Director of Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook)
Yvette is the Director of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook, where she leads North America Sales, Strategy, and Account Management for Fortune 1000 businesses. Prior to Facebook, Yvette spent 6 years at Google leading Agency Development, Strategic Partnerships for Google Checkout, and Social Media Advertising Sales. While there, she developed partnerships and sales strategies for Fortune 500 marketers and Agencies. Yvette has extensive experience in digital marketing and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.
Kerrie Ashley (Client Platform Engineering Team, Facebook) - moderator
Kerrie joined Facebook in February 2011 as part of the IT helpdesk; this past January she transitioned to the Client Platform Engineering team. Before joining Facebook Kerrie worked for an Apple Training center based in SF, where she led Apple certification courses and was an Apple consultant for businesses in the Bay Area. Kerrie started her IT career as an Apple Genius in Detroit in early 2006 and transferred to SF in 2008. She loves her job and her team, and she is thankful to be a part of this organization. When Kerrie is not working, she takes evening French classes and enjoys hanging out with her dog at the park.
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.