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Special Event: Women in San Diego Tech Startups Part Trois (Panel)

Since everyone loved our first two so much, we're going for Part Trois!

What's it like to work for a Tech Startup?

What's it like to be a Woman working for a Tech Startup or Tech Company in San Diego?

We are honored to have some of the coolest Geek Girls in San Diego to answer these questions and more for you!

We will update our panel as soon as possible to let you know who will be there!

If you are a founder, programmer, engineer or work for a tech company, why not contact us to be on this - and future - panels?

THE PANEL: Experience, Diversity, In the Now and the Future

"The Future"

Meera Ramakrishnan

A software and business developer with diverse experiences and a keen interest in mobile technologies and business strategies. Creative and a focused problem solver eager to learn and adapt to new situations and provide exceptional results. Currently an undergraduate Computer Science student at UC San Diego balancing coursework while trying on different hats as a geek, entrepreneur, and business analyst within UCSD Women in Computing, National Geographic, Qualcomm, HackerRank, and this June, Goldman Sachs.


Gloria Kimbwala

Gloria Kimbwala is currently working as a Director of Information Technology at an early-stage startupcalled Arynga in San Diego. She will be starting her Master’s in Software Engineering in the fall. As a female software developer in a male-dominated industry she gladly mentors others along their way. Gloria aspires to learn and create more opportunities for a startup culture in San Diego. She would also like to create more opportunities for minority tech events in San Diego! Gloria has experience working with Windows Server 2012 and programming in JAVA, C++, VB.Net, JavaScript, HTML and CSS.


Barbara Bry

Barbara Bry is the chief operating officer for Blackbird Ventures that invests in and incubates early stage technology companies. In addition, she and her husband Neil Senturia teach entrepreneurship at UC San Diego and write a weekly column on entrepreneurship for U-T San Diego.

In the for-profit area, she was on the founding team of Provide and Atcom/Info, a software company that pioneered high-speed Internet access in hotel rooms.

In the non-profit area, she is the founder of San Diego Athena, the leading organization for women in the San Diego technology and life sciences community, she was the first editor of the non-profit investigative news site Voice of San Diego, and she was the first associate director of CONNECT which has received international recognition for its role in nurturing early stage tech and life sciences companies. She is also the founder of Run Women Run, a non-partisan political action committee that identifies, inspires, mentors, trains and supports pro-choice women in San Diego for both elected and appointed offices.

She has received numerous honors including the KPBS-Local Heroes Award, the CONNECT Lifetime Contribution Award/Technology, the Athena President’s Award, recognition as a “Woman Who Means Business” by the San Diego Business Journal the Sara Moser Award from Planned Parenthood in recognition of her advocacy efforts for women, and she has been inducted into the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame.

Barbara has a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and a Master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania, and she earned a Masters’ in business administration degree from Harvard Business School. She and her husband Neil have four children between the ages of 27 and 31.

The "Now"
Renee Zau

Renee Zau is Co-founder and CEO of DonationMatch, an online marketplace helping nonprofits and companies connect easily to easily get donated goods in front of customers at charitable fundraising events. Their mission is to make these "events with benefits®" better for everyone involved. Renee is also the Board Chair for the Parent Connection, a nonprofit sponsored by Scripps Health. She is a huge fan of creating value and efficiency with win-win solutions.

Eileen Zimmerman

Eileen Zimmerman is Chief Marketing Officer at Dealstruck, a crowdfunding lending platform that connects growing, revenue-generating small and medium sized businesses with accredited investors that want to earn attractive returns. Eileen has fifteen years of experience in market strategy, product management, and business development for companies like The Active Network, Nuance, and Yahoo!. She has led multiple product teams from concept through launch, and has successfully negotiated initial key strategic partnerships worth upwards of $1M for several startups. Prior to joining Dealstruck Eileen was Co-Founder and CEO at Delightem, the "Yelp of Gift Giving", and had a successful marketing consulting practice in Silicon Valley where she helped early stage startups secure their first customers.

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  • Lisa C C.

    Very enjoyable panel and, as a founder myself, I could definitely echo all the comments the women made and was very glad they spoke so candidly about what it takes. I appreciated that your MC remembered me by name. Great ideas in the audience for ventures supporting/involving women entrepreneurs. Thanks to the organizers and to Felena for hosting. I'd like to participate as a panelist for Part Quatre.

    Lisa C. Clark[masked]

    February 14, 2013

  • Katerina J.

    Amazing event! Thanks Leslie for organizing and Felena for hosting. It was a pleasure meeting everyone!

    1 · February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sick.

    February 12, 2013

  • Felena H.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight! LINK TO MAP AND DIRECTIONS below...
    NOTE... THERE IS PLENTY OF FREE PARKING behind the building (enter on south or north end).
    Hera Hub Sorrento Mesa – 9710 Scranton Road, #160, San Diego, CA 92121 Google Maps Directions | Phone: 855-HERA-HUB
    Just one block east off the 805 and 2 blocks north off Mira Mesa Blvd. CentreWest Plaza Bldg in Sorrento Mesa Wayfinding: As you head north on Scranton Road from Mira Mesa Blvd. look for the Courtyard Marriott Hotel (just past 2nd stoplight). Hera Hub is in the first 3 story brick building on your left (west side of street), just past the hotel & directly across the street from Karl Strauss Brewing Company.

    1 · February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to learning from these ladies tonight!

    3 · February 12, 2013

  • Colleen H.

    I have to go to L.A. just found this out. Please let me know when you all meet again. Thank you.

    February 11, 2013

  • Lisa C C.

    I'll attend late, as it is Canyon Crest Academy Back-to-School Night 6-7:30P. Especially look forward to chatting with Barbara Bry.

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I have a trip to LA that has come up. I hope I can attend the next event.

    February 6, 2013

  • Cindy H.

    Excited to attend my first event!

    February 6, 2013

  • Shilpa

    I have class from 4 to 7. But i really wish i could make it

    February 6, 2013

  • Shilpa

    I missed the first and the second because of other engagements and was really looking forward to this one but looks like i have class from 4-7 and cant make it this time either. Sounds very exciting. Good luck girls!!

    February 6, 2013

  • Lisa C C.

    I've been a co-founder or management team member of several tech ventures and am now CEO of my own e-commerce clothing brand worn regularly on "The Big Bang Theory" and a celeb-voted "favorite" at the Academy Awards. Definitely have some views about being a woman in the tech start-up world.

    If you need panelists for February, please see my Web profiles and contact me if you think my contribution would be inspiring/entertaining/informative. LI: /LisaCClark e-Commerce: Apps venture FB page: /STEMGames.

    January 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Have you employed any predictive analytics in your e-commerce strategies? If so, would you please contact me through PACE (­)?

      January 7, 2013

  • Inga

    Looking forward to this!

    January 2, 2013

  • Felena H.

    can't wait to host!

    January 2, 2013

  • Juliet

    Unfortunately, this is the first night of the NEXT program that I am organizing. Have a great time!

    January 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to attend, but I don't get off work in time. Have a great panel!

    January 2, 2013

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