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San Francisco, CA 94105

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Join us at Okta for a Girl Geek Dinner on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in San Francisco’s financial district!

Hear lightning talks from Okta girl geeks on product and UX design, working with developers in the field, and how to balance security and usability.

Come meet members of the team as Okta girl geeks talk about how they tackle this balance in their roles – and join us after to chat best practices, what challenges you’re facing, and why you’re excited to explore this space over great drinks + food! All genders welcome!

Okta Speaker Bios & Lightning Talks:

Maggie Law is Director of Product Design at Okta. She previously held lead design and management roles at Salesforce.com, Skyport Systems (now Cisco), SAP, and Peoplesoft/Oracle. At Salesforce, she managed teams of UX designers and researchers responsible for all Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, and Data Cloud products. In the Spring of 2014, Maggie taught a course on UX research methods at UC Berkeley’s School of Information. Prior to pursuing her design career, Maggie was a semi-professional musician who played in several Bay Area bands. She holds a Master of Information Management & Systems and a B.S. in Classical Languages, and she is Board President for SF-based nonprofit Women’s Audio Mission.

Talk Title: “If It’s Not Usable, It’s Not Secure”

Speaker(s): Maggie Law (Okta Director of Product Design)

Abstract: "In the field of user experience, the term 'usability' combines themes of learnability, familiarity, and facility in performing tasks. Security, defined simply as freedom from danger or threat, has historically been ignored as baked into any feature by default. But increasingly, security has become necessary – even urgent – to incorporate into our understanding of usability. I’ll reflect on my own thoughts about how these two concepts have converged over my 20-year career in UX and Design, and (hopefully) shift how a few attendees think in the process."

Angie Song is a Staff Software Engineer at Okta on the Sync team, which is responsible for building and maintaining the infrastructure that imports and provisions data between Okta and third-party services. Outside of work, she loves to travel and learn new languages.

Helen Chen is a Software Engineer at Okta where she works on Okta’s MFA mobile application Okta Verify. Prior to Okta, Helen worked in Inventory Management at Old Navy where she oversaw the sales, inventory, and allocation plans for the Women’s Dress and Outerwear department. It was after years of writing simple formulas and scripts in Excel to automate her work when Helen realized her interest in software engineering, so she went back to get her second B.S. in Computer Science at the University of San Francisco and pursued a career at Okta. She received her first B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley, and her M.A. in Education from the University of the Pacific.

Talk Title: “Engineering Balance: Security, Usability, and Building Multi-Factor Authentication”
Speaker(s): Angie Song, Staff Software Engineer, and Helen Chen, Software Engineer

Abstract: One of the biggest challenges with security today is creating a solution people will actually use. Here, we will discuss principles for creating a secure system, the need to factor in human psychology and usability to ensure the effectiveness of the security model, and look at some examples. We will then look specifically at the challenges of achieving the balance between security and usability in the context of multi-factor authentication, and finally share some of our takeaways for easing friction.

Jade Feng is a product manager at Okta who owns the end user experiences across web and mobile channels for Okta’s 100+ million users. She is an advocate for using metrics to tell stories and drive business value around accessibility, user happiness and usability. In her free time, she dances ballet and is learning how to use her new instant pot.

Talk Title: "Accessibility and You: What Is It, and Why Does It Matter?"

Speaker(s): Jade Feng (Okta Product Manager, User Experience & Customization)

Abstract: "Accessibility is the practice of making your products usable by as many people as possible - traditionally, we think of accessibility as focused on people with disabilities, but in reality it's a practice from which all users can benefit. Accessibility is the right thing to do, can open up some significant markets, and drive key product metrics around user happiness and retention. This talk will go through web accessibility 101, the standards to pay attention to (and why), some quick wins you can start on today, and how we embed accessibility into our product development process."

Sara Daqiq lives to build great products for businesses; a no-nonsense developer, she currently works at Okta – an identity management company – as a developer support engineer. In this role, she speaks with developers and helps them with implementation and workflow of their SDKs. Sara enjoys helping others learn to code; she was a teacher for two summers for Girls Who Code and a code coach at theCoderSchool. In addition, she is passionate about women’s rights, helping women get financially independent, and working with women around the world to help them develop useful skills. In pursuit of this goal, she founded AccessLocal, an organization that teaches underprivileged females in rural Afghanistan literacy and financial planning. Sara graduated from Georgetown College with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems. On her free time, she enjoys bike riding, yoga, and going to the gym.

Talk Title: "Starting with Secure Access: OpenID Connect 101"

Speaker(s): Sara Daqiq (Okta Developer Support Engineer)

Abstract: "What if you could spend less time building authentication, and more time on other parts of your app – things that help drive your business? With OpenID Connect (OIDC), you grant authority to a trusted provider to prove that the user is who they say they are. In this talk, we'll explore how applications communicate to grant access to resources on behalf of a user via OIDC, and show how you can quickly get started building secure apps using the OIDC endpoints that Okta exposes on its authorization servers."

Mindy Lieberman is the Vice President of Business Systems at Okta, where she specializes in cloud architectures, technical leadership, business system development and compliance. Prior to Okta, Mindy led IT at Zendesk and the IT Applications group at Salesforce, building out technology solutions to support internal business units for both companies. Mindy has also served as VP of Engineering and Operations at Edgenuity, a SaaS start-up providing analytics for K-12 education, and spent over 9 years in various engineering and management roles in Cisco. Mindy is a champion for delivering quality using Agile development methodologies. She holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s in Engineering from The Cooper Union in New York City. Her midlife crisis vehicle is a Cannondale Synapse bicycle.

Opening remarks: Mindy Lieberman (Okta Vice President of Business Systems)

At Okta, we’re the leaders in identity management, which means we help out behind-the-scenes connecting and protecting your connections to the technology you use at work. It’s a task we don’t take lightly, and as we’ve continued to grow (February marked our 10th birthday!) we’ve taken our security DNA to a new level – and balancing strong security with usability is always a tightrope.

Okta Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

5:30pm - 6:30pm: Check-in, food, drinks & networking!

6:30pm - 7:30pm: Welcome from Okta Girl Geeks, followed by lightning talks:

  • Opening remarks by Mindy Lieberman

  • “If It’s Not Usable, It’s Not Secure” by Maggie Law

  • “Engineering Balance: Security, Usability, and Building Multi-Factor Authentication” by Angie Song and Helen Chen

  • “Accessibility and You: What Is It, and Why Does It Matter?” by Jade Feng

  • “Starting with Secure Access: OpenID Connect 101” by Sara Daqiq

7:30pm - 8:30pm: More networking!

About Okta:

Okta is the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise. The Okta Identity Cloud enables organizations to both secure and manage their extended enterprise, and transform their customers’ experiences. With over 5,500 pre-built integrations to applications and infrastructure providers, Okta customers can easily and securely adopt the technologies they need to fulfill their missions. Over 5,600 organizations, including 20th Century Fox, JetBlue, Nordstrom, Slack, Teach for America and Twilio, trust Okta to securely connect their people and technology.

Getting There:

The closest public transit stations are Montgomery Street MUNI/BART ststion, and 4th & King Caltrain station.

When you enter the building, walk to the elevator lobby on the ground floor. You will sign in at the front desk and be escorted up to the 6th floor for the Okta Girl Geek Dinner.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

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