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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #57: Sponsored by DesignCon

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners

Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #57: Sponsored by DesignCon

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DesignCon* is excited to partner with Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners to host an evening celebrating women in technology!

On Thursday, January 30th, join fellow girl geeks at the Santa Clara Convention Center for dinner, networking and to hear from some of the top women in engineering!

Girl geeks are invited to take advantage of DesignCon programming throughout the day on Thursday – technical sessions, keynotes, panel discussions, expo and more.

*DesignCon is a UBM Tech event. 

Lightning Talks from Girl Geeks:  

   •   Katie Stern (Event Director, UBM Tech)
   •   Nicole Faubert (Marketing Development Manager, Agilent Technologies)
   •   Jen Costillo (Director of Engineering, Bia Sport)
   •   Sherry Hess (VP Marketing, AWR Corporation)

   •   Cloud Connect: Navigating the Cloud for Enterprise Transformation
   •   Designers of Things: Wearable Tech, 3D Printing & IoT
   •   EE Live!: Connecting the Global Electronics Community
   •   Enterprise Connect: Communications Transforming Business
   •   Interop: Celebrating the IT Community
   •   No Jitter: Insight for the Connected Enterprise
   •   TechMarketing 360: The Only Event Dedicated to Tech Marketers

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Girl Geek Bios - Who's Speaking?


Event Director, DesignCon

Katie is an Event Director for DesignCon and the newly launched Designers of Things events at UBM Tech. She is responsible for overseeing the strategy and successful execution of the events. Prior to assuming this position, she served as the Content Program Manager for both DesignCon and DESIGN East (formerly ESC Boston). She has been in the events industry for over 10 years, working for organizations such PR University/Bulldog Reporter, Embassy Suites, MusicFest Orlando/Contest of Champions, Gaylord Palms, Walt Disney World® and University of Oregon. Stern holds a BSBA from Nova Southeastern University and a MS in Hospitality and Tourism, specializing in Events and Conventions from Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida. She is passionate about all things “tech” and advancing the dialogue around women in tech.


Market Development Manager, Agilent Technologies

Nicole has more than 15 years of marketing and program management experience in the high-tech industry, specializing in test & measurement. Upon graduating as an Electrical Engineer from McGill University, she began her career with Nortel Networks where she held positions in software development, systems engineering and program management. She later moved into Marketing Management positions in various high-tech companies where she used her combined technical and marketing expertise for the creation and optimization of global marketing strategies to introduce many new technologies to the market. Since founding Nuage Marketing in 2007, she has provided strategic marketing consulting services for a broad range of hardware and software companies including Agilent Technologies, where she is currently Market Development Manager for their Digital Photonic Test division. Nicole lives with her husband and two teenage children in Montreal, Quebec Canada where she practices her French and enjoys off-roading in her Jeep, gardening, kickboxing and snowboarding.


Director of Engineering, Bia Sport

Jen is the Director of Engineering for Bia Sport, a sport wearables company. As a veteran consumer product engineer, she utilizes her decade and a half of embedded systems and sensors knowledge to create new consumer experiences. Her product portfolio includes several human interface devices, ranging from air mice to multi-touch devices, to creating the sensor experience on the Amazon Kindle products. In addition, she has created wearable performance art works such human gesture recognition to generate music in real-time and environment-responsive costumes. She has presented at Android Builders Summit, Design West, and OSCON. Her educational background includes a BS in Computer Engineering from University of Illinois-Urbana and MBA from San Jose State University.


VP Marketing, AWR Corporation

Sherry brings to AWR more than 15 years of EDA experience in domestic and international sales, marketing, support, and management. Prior to joining AWR, she served as vice president of business development at CebaTech, Inc., where she was responsible for taking the R&D stealth-mode EDA/IP start-up to market, which included all aspects of sales, support, marketing, and business management. For the majority of her career, Sherry served in various positions at EDA software developer Ansoft Corporation. She joined the company in 1990 as a sales and support engineer, and was instrumental in setting up new semiconductor / major accounts throughout North America. In 1995 Sherry was promoted to director of European operations, with responsibility for all company operations throughout Europe. In 2000 she was named vice president of marketing, directing worldwide marketing of Ansoft's high-performance EDA software product lines until leaving the company in 2005. Before joining Ansoft, Sherry spent two years with Intel Corporation, where she worked in the ASIC Group and developed relationships with companies such as Bell Northern Research and Northern Telecom. Sherry holds BSEE and MBA degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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When & Where

Mission City Ballroom (1st Floor), Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Thursday, January 30, 2014 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.

Want to be Notified of Future Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners?

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Contact us here.

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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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #57: Sponsored by DesignCon
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