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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #60: Sponsored by AT&T and Hortonworks

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners

Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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Join fellow girl geeks for the AT&T Big Data and Hortonworks sponsored Girl Geek Dinner on March 20 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View! 

Enjoy food and drinks while girl geeks from AT&T Big Data and Hortonworks share their stories, and of course go home with cool schwag!

Girl Geek Agenda:

6pm - 7pm: Check-In & Networking

7pm - 8pm: Girl Geek Speakers!

8pm - 9pm: More Networking

Event hash tag: #attggd

Girl Geek Speaker Bios

Danielle Tomlinson (Senior Director, Global Education Services at Hortonworks)
Danielle Tomlinson is the Senior Director, Global Education Services at Hortonworks driving all aspects of the education services business including P&L management, operations, delivery, partner management, business development, curriculum and certification development.She has spent the last 18 years working in Education Services at high tech software companies. Prior to joining Hortonworks, Tomlinson had responsibility for the Global Training business at Red Hat, and the Americas Education business at Lawson Software and Business Objects-an SAP company, before that.  She has a passion for training business development and also a deep interest in new learning modalities, just in time learning, self-paced and user generated content.In 2012 Tomlinson was awarded a Top Ten, Under 40 Young Trainer Award by Training Magazine. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and recently completed 'The Women's Senior Leadership Program' at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Follow Danielle on twitter at @derryone


Ramya Sunil (Senior Test Lead at Hortonworks, Apache Committer for Hadoop, Apache Ambari PMC Member)
Ramya Sunil is a Senior Test Lead at Hortonworks where she designs and develops complex, scalable, distributed test frameworks to certify Apache Hadoop and related projects. Formerly at Yahoo! she was responsible for ensuring high quality Hadoop releases to production clusters. Note that Ramya was the the only female engineer brought over from Yahoo! in the original 24 engineers that founded Hortonworks. When we refer to "founders" she's one of that group. Follow her on twitter at @ramyasunil.


Teena Piccione (AVP of Solutions Architecture for Big Data)
Teena Piccione began her technology career 25 years ago as an international technical consultant. In 1999, she joined BellSouth Long Distance as a Sr. Technical Director, where she was responsible for spearheading a joint venture between BellSouth and Qwest.  Shortly after, she was assigned to develop and lead the Program Management Office.  She continued to manage and lead teams, projects and programs through 2007.  In 2008, she became Chief of Staff in IT for AT&T. In this role, she led and managed complex projects, program and multiple organizational initiatives.  In 2013 she was given the opportunity, in her Role as Executive Director Big Data, to be responsible for overall Business Operations, Program/Project Management, Technical Sales Support and many other areas. Today, she is AVP of Solutions Architecture for Big Data.Teena is highly energetic and loves classical music, hiking and spending time with her family. She had previously served as Director of Communication for Women of AT&T and on a public school board.  Teena is married and the proud mother of two teenage girls. 


Laura Merling (Vice President, Ecosystem Development & Platform Solutions at AT&T Business Solutions)
Laura Merling was appointed Vice President of Ecosystem Development & Platform Solutions at AT&TBusiness Solutions in December 2012. In this role, she is responsible for shaping AT&T’s strategy fordeveloping and exposing APIs to identify new opportunities for growth for AT&T’s business customers;and to define new business models for AT&T Business Solutions. Laura also works closely with theAT&T Foundry Innovation Centers to uncover and implement breakthrough technology for businesscustomers.

Valerie Vargas (Vice President of Customer Insights and Big Data in the AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets Organization)
alerie Vargas is Vice President of Customer Insights and Big Data in the AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets Organization. Her history with the company emanates from BellSouth Cellularas a Market Research Manager and Manager of Strategic Alliances. She was on the MarketingMerger team in forming Cingular Wireless and was the Director of National Sponsorships at timeof the brand launch. Valerie departed from telecom for five years to gain incremental marketingexpertise in the financial services arena serving as Senior Vice President of Marketing in HomeBancMortgage Corporation. In 2007, she returned to the new AT&T as Vice President of Advertisingover the Consumer Wired portion of the business and ultimately returned to the Mobilityorganization, where she serves today. Valerie is married to Jose A. Vargas, a Director of IT in AT&T,and they have 3 young children.Vice President- Valerie Vargas is Vice President of Customer Insights

Cathy Southwick (Vice President – Service DevelopmentInformation Technology OperationsAT&T, Inc., AT&T Services, Inc.)
Cathy Southwick is Vice President, Service Development in Information Technology Operations for AT&TServices, Inc. Her organization is comprised of over 1200 IT professionals focusing on various aspects ofthe IT lifecycle such as being the single point of entry and project/program management for IT Operationinfrastructure requests (~ 8000 projects annually) from ideation through implementation for work impactingAT&T IT infrastructure both domestically and internationally.Cathy began her career with Pacific Bell in 1996 as a Senior Technical Director managing the Y2K IT programand has held various positions in IT.Prior to AT&T, Cathy spent 11 years working in the transportation industry for a Fortune 100 company andheld various positions responsible for resource management, procurement, technology planning, projectmanagement, process reengineering, merger integration, strategic planning and portfolio management.Cathy resides in the Bay Area with her husband of 25 years, Ken, and two daughters (14 & 17 yrs old). Cathyholds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s and a Masters Business Administrationfrom University of Phoenix. Cathy is also a SIM/RLF graduate.

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When & Where

Computer History Museum
1401 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043

Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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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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