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Yahoo! Girl Geek Dinner - March 22, 2011

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

Yahoo! Girl Geek Dinner - March 22, 2011

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Join Yahoo! Women in Tech
for the latest Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner to Celebrate Women in technology - Past, Present and Future!

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Network with other women in the technology industry, enjoy refreshments, fun raffles, games, and activities like Jeopardy, a photo booth and Puzzle stations. Hear from a panel of Yahoo! women on their experiences in the tech industry. Learn the latest about cutting-edge Yahoo! products like LiveStand, Hadoop, Connected TV, YSlow and more.

Program Schedule:

5:30pm - 6:15pm: Registration, heavy appetizers & drinks, photo booths, puzzle station, networking.
6:15pm - 6:20pm: Welcome
6:20pm - 7:00pm: Panel discussion - Perspectives and advice from women at various stages in their careers
7:00pm - 7:55pm: Demos and more networking over appetizers & drinks
7:55pm: Raffle drawing

8:00pm: Closing remarks

Product Demos:

Connected TV - Yahoo! is defining the future of TV through a truly immersive Internet-enhanced television experience, called broadcast interactivity, which will engage TV viewers like never before.  Additionally, Yahoo! TV Apps give you access to over 90,000 movies and TV shows on demand, view web videos and photos, update your social network status, go shopping and play games all with your remote!

Come see how Yahoo! is reimagining content on tablets. LiveStand is a digital newsstand that’s always fresh and effortlessly personalized. Sit back and enjoy the news, entertainment, and local information you love, right on your tablet. The more you use it, the more it gets to know you.

Learn about how Hadoop originated, where it is today, and where it is headed in the future. Apache Hadoop is an open source Java framework for processing and querying vast amounts of data on large clusters of commodity hardware. With a significant technology investment by Yahoo!, Apache Hadoop has become an enterprise-ready cloud computing technology. It is becoming the industry de facto framework for big data processing. The Hadoop project is an integral part of the Yahoo! cloud infrastructure — and is the heart of many of Yahoo!’s important business processes.

Mobile Performance Measurement Speed is Queen! Web Performance Optimization (WPO) is one of the hottest fields in the industry today. Learn how to identify and fix the performance bottlenecks of a website in less than 10 seconds using next-gen YSlow, one of the Top 25 for Best of 2 Billion Firefox Add-ons downloaded. Join us for an extremely interactive session.

Featured Yahoo! Girl Geek Panelists:

Lyn Campbell, Director of Media Service Engineering (Panelist)
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Lyn Campbell has over 20 years of experience as part of Engineering organizations in such companies as Sybase, Portera Systems, WebEx, and Intraware. She has managed a broad range of disciplines, including Information Development, QA, Build and Release, Customer Operations, Technical Support, and Account Management. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, she is currently Director of Media Service Engineering at Yahoo! Lyn and her husband live in Benicia with their two large dogs that they take hiking, swimming, and on trips to Tahoe whenever possible.

Fay Hellal, Director of Global Advertising and Product Marketing 
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Fay Hellal’s role involves understanding Yahoo! Advertisers’ needs globally and defining new revenue opportunities. Prior to Yahoo!, Fay worked for pre-IPO and Fortune 100 companies in US, Europe and Africa. She held various leadership positions driving product management, business development and strategy for Vodafone, Nokia, and Netscape. Fay has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in computer science from the “Institue Superieure de Gestion” in Paris and Tunisia respectively. Fay enjoys travelling, sculpting her thoughts on marble and wood, tasting and collecting wine and can’t seem to get enough of her “epicurious” app where she’s learning to cook.

Mrinalini Kurup, Service Engineer (Panelist)
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Mrinalini Kurup is a recent graduate of USC, having completed her MSEE degree in May 2010. She completed her Bachelor of Technology, Electronics and Communications from GGSIP University in New Delhi, India. She has held internships at both USC and Lucasfilm Entertainment. She joined Yahoo! in June and has jumped into the world of Large Scale Production Engineering with both feet. In her role as a Service Engineer, she is learning first-hand about the complexities of a large scale-computing environment. At the same time, she is making the work world better for her peers. Within her first 9 months at Yahoo!, she has already won a major internal award acknowledging her achievement in innovation. In her free time, Mrinalini loves to travel.

Ellen Salisbury, VP of Engineering Transformation 
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Ellen Salisbury is the VP of Engineering Transformation in the Office of the CTO at Yahoo! In this role, she is driving change in tools and processes across the Products organization. Ellen first came to Yahoo! in 2004 with the acquisition of Stata Labs. After a short stint in engineering, she built and ran Yahoo! Research Berkeley, an advanced development group working in the areas of mobile, social and video. She left Yahoo! in 2007 to return to the startup world and spent several years building and running a small venture firm doing seed level investing and startup incubation. Ellen started her career in tech as a developer, then she moved into engineering management. She has been the VP of Engineering in a number of large and small companies over her long career in the computer industry. She rejoined Yahoo! in January of 2011.

Wendy Burruel, Director of Program Management (Moderator)
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Wendy Burruel has over 15 years experience in the technology sector leading technical teams with specialties in workforce strategy and planning, coaching and motivating employees and executives, and creating and delivering training.  She holds both BA and MA degrees in Psychology, which give her unique perspectives and approaches in leading technical teams.  She was at Yahoo! in technical management and training roles from 2003 – 2008 and returned in 2009 to build the global hiring, training and communications programs for Service Engineering.  In her free time, Wendy enjoys traveling, writing and being outdoors.

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When & Where

Yahoo! Sunnyvale Campus, Building C, URL’s Café
701 First Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 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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