Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #27: Sponsored by SurveyMonkey
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)
Palo Alto, CA
Join us for Dinner #27 sponsored by SurveyMonkey on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ Elks Lodge in Palo Alto!
Enjoy food and drinks while Girl Geeks from Survey Monkey share their stories, and of course go home with cool schwag!
5:30pm - 6:30pm : Registration, Cocktails, Appetizers and Networking
6:30pm - 7:30pm: Speaker Panel followed by Q&A
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Breakout for Q&A and More Networking
Speaker Bio: Selina joined SurveyMonkey in October 2009. Previously Selina was Senior Vice President of Product and Technology at Ticketmaster's Europe division, where she managed the 200-person Product, Technology and Operations team. Prior to that, Selina was Vice President of Online Product and Technology at Entertainment Publications, where she led the company's online sales and technology initiatives. In 1997 Selina founded Evite.com, an online invitation service that lets users organize an offline event online, and which currently sends over three million invitations per month. As VP of Engineering for Evite.com, she led the company's development and operations and played a key role in setting the strategic direction with the board of directors. In 2001, Evite.com was sold to Ticketmaster. Tobaccowala holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.
- Making career choices: developer, entrepreneur, and management
- Key skills to focus on
- Current trends to think about
Speaker Bio: Ashley joined SurveyMonkey in July 2010. As a Senior Product Manager, she leads a cross-functional team responsible for monetization efforts. Key projects have included launching new packages and pricing, implementing an A/B testing and targeting platform, overhauling new user experience, and overseeing platform integration of multiple acquisitions. Prior to SurveyMonkey, Ashley worked at Amazon Web Services, oDesk, and Shutterfly. She holds a B.A. in Economics, an M.A. in Education, and an M.B.A from Stanford University.
- What it takes to make "Freemium" work
- The importance of data to product development
Speaker Bio: Elena joined SurveyMonkey in November 2009 as a member of the Business Intelligence team. Today she is responsible for leading the BI function for SurveyMonkey which includes developing and monitoring business metrics, understanding customer behaviors, providing the analytical backbone for our core business and enabling executive decision making through data insights. Prior to joining SurveyMonkey she worked at Safeway Inc on developing personalized savings algorithms within Marketing Strategies Department. Elena Graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Statistics.
- The unique and important role a person with stats and math skills can play in tech company – specifically w/in BI teams
- What it takes to get there (e.g. mad math and stats skills, ability to think about the business drivers and sort the recommendations from the data noise)
- The day in the life of BD – how learning quickly and building rapport w/ eng + product is crucial to success
- How APIs have the potential to transform the way consumers interact w/ “the web”
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 Senior SW Test Engineer at Citrix Online, where she is responsible for maintaining the high quality of GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar. 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.