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2017 New York Systers Pre-GHC Meetup sponsored by Google

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Google New York

111 8th Avenue

Room: Goblin King

New York, NY 10011

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Local Organizer/Contact: Joan Bambrick (

Systers annually meet before GHC to connect and buddy up for the conference. But they also welcome first-time attendees to share their experience and offer advice on managing the conference and also network with those who may not be going. We welcome all to hangout and learn more about Anita Borg Institute (ABI), Systers, GHC and what it's like to be an engineer.

Even though you're NOT going to GHC this year, it's a perfect opportunity to network and stay connected to Systers.

We will also have a panel with theme "Women In Tech Taking a Stand at Work and in their Personal Lives."

Moderated By:

Natasha Green - Volunteer Co-lead ABI.NYC

Natasha Green is currently a program manager at Code/Interactive, an entrepreneur, and a former mathematics teacher for the New York City Department of Education. She has touched on each letter in the acronym S.T.E.M and wants to improve the lives of youth in the New York City area. Natasha recently acquired her third Masters in Computational Chemistry (S). She is a technopreneur for "We Intervene," an Information and Referral Management System for Schools (T). She created molecular diodes to study conductance at the molecular level in her thesis study (E). And lastly, she has taught High School Mathematics in the Bronx (M). Natasha also has her own archery business in New York City and believes that everyone should, "Let their dreams fly." In Natasha's spare time, she is a volunteer leader for the NYC chapter of the Anita Borg Institute, and civic engagement leader of Petition Party, an organization that raises voter's awareness of the power of their signature in the political process. Find her on Twitter: @NatashaGreen25

Panelists Include:

Elana Braff - Software Engineer for Google


Olivia Lin - Growth & Operations Lead, Socratic


Olivia is a born and raised New Yorker who currently leads growth and operations at Socratic, the AI-powered homework helper app. Before Socratic, she managed operations and developer events at touchlab, the Android-first mobile dev shop. Outside of work, she enjoys kickboxing, retail therapy, and spicy food, although she hasn't completed the spicy ramen challenge yet. Find her on Twitter and Instagram: @olivialinyc

Mandy Chan - Software Engineer, Amazon Alexa Champion

Mandy is a passionate software engineer who absolutely loves learning and inspiring others to build amazing products. She is one of the Alexa Champions since November 2016 because of her early contributions in the open source community. One of her most frequently downloaded open source projects is called the SSML-Builder which creates well-formed Speech Synthesis Markup Language without worrying about string concatenations. She is also a co-organizer of the NYC Voice Interaction Meetup. She will be speaking at GHC this year on how to get started with your first open source project. Her goal is to increase diversity and empower people through open source. Find her on Twitter: @MandyChanNYC


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Google New York is located at 85 10th Avenue (enter at 15th street). It will be in Room: Goblin King on the 3rd Floor

Registration will be held in the Google lobby. Please check in as soon as you arrive.

Parking: There is a parking garage attached to Google’s main building. The entrance is located on 15th Street between 8th and 9th avenue. Please Note: There is a 2 avenue walk to the 10th Avenue building where the event will be held. Lastly, we are unable to provide reimbursement for parking.

Public transit: The closest subway train stop is 14th Street (A,C,E, L trains). More information on local transportation can be found at We are unable to provide transportation to and from local transit stops.

Child Care Subsidy
Google offers a $50 reimbursement for attendees who need child care. We believe in offering support so that our attendees feel as comfortable as possible making it out to our events. If you’re interested in requesting a stipend, please mention this at registration when you arrive at the event. The event coordinators will ensure you are included on a list of attendees who are sent a reimbursement.

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To learn more about Anita Borg Institute and Systers by visiting the website We hope to see you there! But if you can't attend, follow the event on Twitter with #NYCSysters.

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