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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #33: Sponsored by Eventbrite!

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM (PST)

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #33: Sponsored by Eventbrite!

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Program/Product Manager Ended Free  
Visual & Interaction Designers Ended Free  
Engineers Ended Free  

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Our amazing ticketing solution, Eventbrite is hosting a Girl Geek Dinner! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Eventbrite's HQ in SOMA! 


It's the eve of The Crunchies and Eventbrite's President, Julia Hartz along with our 2 other co-founders are nominated for Founder of the Year! What better way to kick off 2013 than to host a Girl Geek Dinner right at our headquarters in San Francisco to share our success stories with other women in tech! The dinner will feature three of our top lady leaders including our President, Julia Hartz, our VP of Product, Julie Thompson, and our Director of User Experience, Melissa Cooper.


Julia Hartz will kick off the event talking about Eventbrite's growth and our amazing company culture. She will be followed by Julie Thompson, who will discuss the importance of how product managers build strong relationships with engineering. To wrap up our keynote speakers, Melissa Cooper will take a deep dive into Design for Pirates: Hidden Treasures of the Purchase Funnel


We will then split into breakout sessions depending on each Girl Geek Attendee's interests! Britelings from our Program & Product Management, Visual & Interaction Design and Engineering teams will be in 3 of our conference rooms to go through mini demos and Q&A sessions. Did we mention that there will be desserts in each room? What's a dinner without dessert?!


We can't wait to see you there!


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Event Hashtag: #EventbriteGGD


Eventbrite Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

5:30-6:30pm: Registration and Food

6:30-6:45pm: Intro by Julia

6:40-7:00pm: Keynote by Julie

7:00-7:15pm: Keynote by Melissa

7:30-8:30pm: Breakout Sessions & Networking over Dessert!


Meet The Speakers:

Julia Hartz
Julia Hartz (Co-Founder & President)


Talk Topic: How to build a sustainable culture


Speaker Bio: Julia spends her day focusing on the happiness, productivity, and growth of the team at Eventbrite (aka the Britelings). She strives to foster the culture that has defined Eventbrite, and that has placed the company among the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area three years in a row, according to the SF Business Times.


Prior to co-founding Eventbrite with her husband, Kevin Hartz, Julia enjoyed a career in Television Development at MTV Networks and FX Networks. She was fortunate enough to be a part of acclaimed shows such as Jackass, Nip/Tuck, The Shield, Rescue Me, and Morgan Spurlock's 30 Days.


Julia graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Telecommunications. She has served on the board of The Village Well, a non-profit organization that supports slow parenting, and has been active in The Full Circle Fund.


Julia has participated in several keynotes and panels to discuss ticketing, social commerce, and entrepreneurship including 2011 SF MusicTech, 2010 SXSW, 2011 Women in Business Conference, 2010 Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference, and 2010 Women 2.0 Founders Lab and Pitch Night.


Julie Thompson
Julie Thompson (VP of Product)


Talk Topic: How Product Managers can build strong relationships with Engineering


Speaker Bio: As VP of Product, Julie is responsible for overall direction and design of Eventbrite. Julie has over eight years experience managing a variety of software products from conception to release. She started her career as a software engineer and moved into product management to improve communications between customers, engineers and business teams.


Julie made her leap to product management while working for Elemental Software, a startup which Macromedia acquired in 1999. At Macromedia, she was a Senior Product Manager responsible for major product releases on both the Dreamweaver and Flash product lines. Later, Julie joined Apple as Product Manager of Shake in Apple's Pro Apps Division.


Julie holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from University of California, San Diego and a master's degree from Columbia University.


Melissa Cooper
Melissa Cooper (Director of User Experience)


Talk Topic: Design for Pirates: Hidden Treasures of the Purchase Funnel


Speaker Bio: Melissa is responsible for building and managing a team of talented user experience designers, developing the broader user experience strategy and managing day-to-day user research and design practices. Since joining Eventbrite in early 2011, Melissa is proud to have had her work selected by the Neilson Norman Group for their 2012 Application Design Showcase and for establishing a formal stream of work for continuous improvement focused on growth, retention and scalability.


Prior to Eventbrite, Melissa designed user experiences for large Australian news sites such as The Sydney Morning Herald. She also worked exclusively on developing new mobile products in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Innovation unit. Her experience extends across several leading e-commerce products, classifieds and new ventures.
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When & Where

Eventbrite HQ
651 Brannan Street
Suite 110
San Francisco, CA 94107

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 5:30 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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