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Women in Tech: Tech Panel

Join us for an in depth panel discussion with highly credible women in the tech community as we dive into today's hottest topics surrounding women in technology.

We are also thrilled to announce that prior to the panel discussion, Rachel Sklar will be speaking about the Lean In movement.

Rachel Sklar is a former lawyer-turned-writer and social entrepreneur based in New York. She is the co-founder of TheLi.st (in beta) and of Change The Ratio, which seek to increase visibility and opportunity for women in tech and new media. Rachel was a founding editor at Mediaite and The Huffington Post, and is an advisor to numerous tech startups. She was on the Lean In launch committee and is a board member of the non-profit She's The First (vote for us here!).

Featured Panel Members:

Beth Gilfeather is the CEO of two leading nationwide contingency recruiting agencies, Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates. Both businesses specialize in technology hiring and placement in 9 cities across the country. Beth also founded Seven Step RPO, an award winning professional services corporation that provides recruitment outsourcing solutions to companies with high volume and complex hiring needs.

Anna Khan is a Venture Capitalist at Bessemer Venture Partners. She was Chief of Staff at 4INFO, a mobile advertising company in San Francisco, and is formerly of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Anna graduated from Stanford University.

Nikki Stevens is the Director of Engineering at Refinery 29. She's a programmer and active open source contributor. She's been making websites since Geocities and has worked on projects of varying sizes and success. Before becoming Director of Engineering at Refinery29, she was a Technical Architect at LBi/MRY. While there, she led development of American's Elect, winner of the 2012 People's Choice Award at SxSW. Prior to LBi, she was a tech lead at WorkHabit and the lead developer for DivX.com's web properties.

Merrill Beth Ferguson is the Vice President of Technology at Jirafe. She started as an automation engineer and worked her way up to running systems and operations teams as well as development teams. Before Jirafe, Merrill was the Director of Technical Operations at Meetup.Com. She builds great teams, great tech, and great product using as much open source software as possible.

Cailin Nelson is the VP of Engineering at Turntable.FM. Cailin ended her academic career with a PhD in Physics, and no idea why. After a brief pause in Finance, Cailin landed in the wacky and wonderful world of web development.  Since then Cailin has led the engineering team for a variety of organizations including SquareTrade, Kiva.org and Turntable.fm.  Cailin specializes in taking both teams and architectures from Version 1.0 to efficient, productive and scalable version of their former selves.

Carol Mirakove is Quality Assurance Lead at Bitly. She has led QA teams at Change.org and Bluefly, and with the consultancy Tacit Knowledge she served as a QA Lead to Nike, H-E-B, and Sephora.

Lindsay Bressler is the GM Merchandising and Strategy at OpenSky. She is responsible for the company’s retail operations and business development. Prior to joining OpenSky, Lindsay worked as an Associate at The Raine Group, a global merchant bank focused exclusively on the digital, media & entertainment and sports & lifestyle sectors.  Prior to Raine, Lindsay worked at Goldman Sachs in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group.

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  • Kelly

    It was very insightful! I would attend a panel like this every month.

    March 22, 2013

    • Sloane B.

      We would love to have one every month! If you talk with any great panelists willing to contribute their time and knowledge we would love to speak with them about a future event

      March 25, 2013

  • Amine T.

    This was kinda of Awesome!

    1 · March 22, 2013

    • Sloane B.

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.

      March 25, 2013

  • Kelly

    Can anyone tell me where to get the accurate payroll data one of the speakers mentioned? At a contract renewal a couple of years ago, I presented the fact that according to salary.com, the amount I wanted was more than fair considering the going rate was about $20,000 more a year than they were paying me. He told me that salary.com was people lying about how much they make, wagged his finger in my face, told me that if I thought I was worth that much I was mistaken, told me to think about his offer, and left the room. And I was not asking for the going rate, just more than his offer. I did not renew my contract. But I would like to know how to get accurate data, in case I ever need to negotiate again.

    March 22, 2013

    • Kelly

      Thanks Cynthia!

      1 · March 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      My pleasure :)

      March 22, 2013

  • Kimberly H

    Great panel. Very informative. Would have been better if panelist were in taller chairs so the full room could see them. It was hard to follow who was saying what. More audience Q&A would have been great also.

    March 22, 2013

  • Sloane B.

    Amazing job to Mandy, Shani, and the rest of the TechInMotion team. The women were incredibly inspiring and the audience was great. Thanks for sitting through the pitch from our sponsor, it will be worth it when we send out the video recap! Next time we will get more wine! What a great turnout and we will keep all your suggestions in mind for next time.

    3 · March 22, 2013

  • Maureen E

    Yes, the speakers were exceptional- looking forward to future meetups.

    March 22, 2013

  • Mandy I.

    Speakers were phenomenal. Alley NYC was a great event space!

    2 · March 22, 2013

  • Claire

    It would have been nice to have an audience Q&A opportunity after the panel was done. Overall though, it was a good event!

    2 · March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Phenomenal meetup!

    2 · March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an inspiring event! Thanks so much for putting in together. It was wonderful and inspiring to hear from such an amazing group of women.

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Rich

    Easily the best meetup I have been to. It was an honor & pleasure to be apart of the crowd and the presence of such a panel.

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome and inspiring panel discussion. I agree with India: the guy's presentation at the end was meh.

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • India

    The panel itself was great: interesting speakers, interesting questions, skillful moderation. But the tedious infomercial at the end left a bad taste—especially the audience's being held hostage until we gave the guy what he felt was an enthusiastic enough response. Not a way to make people feel good about your service, bro.

    3 · March 21, 2013

  • MsMcIntosh

    It was a NICE turnout. Hosts were friendly, panel was open w/good solid real life worthy advice that had a lot of heads nodding. Great job lady(&gents)

    2 · March 21, 2013

  • Kendra

    Amazing event!

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Art E.

    Hello From Arthur E.
    ANY LEADS/ IDEAS ON WHO MIGHT BE LOOKING FOR MARKETING TALENT,???? WITH 30 PLUS YEARS EXP IN TRAFFIC GENERATION?

    I have been generating traffic since the 1980's where I was responsible for generating 100,000 calls per month + for phone content

    March 21, 2013

  • Jeff w.

    Ye

    March 21, 2013

  • Susan L.

    I'm sorry I won't be able to make it tonight but hope to catch the next event!

    March 21, 2013

  • Susan L.

    I'm sorry I won't be able to make it tonight but hope to catch the next event!

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I have to quit last minute, something came up & my colleague and I can't attend. Have a great evening & thx for organizing

    March 21, 2013

  • Paul C

    Won't be able to make this event. Will keep an eye out for future ones!

    March 21, 2013

  • Ana

    Won't be able to make this event. Will keep an eye out for future ones!

    March 21, 2013

  • Rae B.

    Very excited for this event!

    March 21, 2013

  • John E.

    Unable to attend. Have fun everyone!

    March 21, 2013

  • Teigue

    Teigue Thomas and Negar Ayromloo attending

    March 21, 2013

  • Teigue

    Attending will be Teigue Thomas and Negar Ayromloo

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry have to cancel last minute.

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it as planned originally.

    March 21, 2013

  • Lisa D.

    have to work late, so someone should take my spot....enjoy!

    March 21, 2013

  • Martin

    Great event!

    March 21, 2013

  • Chris D.

    Sorry-have to cancel. Still looking for talented women to help drive all areas of our new Progressive Startup-Political Commerce. [masked]

    March 21, 2013

  • Maureen E

    Very interested in attending. Thank you.

    March 21, 2013

  • Geert D.

    Congrats: tonight's meetup is one of NYC most popular events today! http://bit.ly/WknNd7

    March 21, 2013

  • Vicky C.

    I am sorry but thank you for contacting me. I shared it with a fellow group and hope to be at the next

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    See you!

    March 19, 2013

  • Michelle W.

    This sounds like it will be a great panel!

    March 14, 2013

  • Paula S.

    Can't wait.

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yay!

    March 12, 2013

  • Mandy I.

    Are there any specific topics or discussions you would like the panel to cover?

    1 · March 12, 2013

  • NY P.

    This sounds great! May I also recommend an event on March 19 at 8:30AM: WNYC Presents: How Tech Is Changing the Way Women Work.

    Learn more and get tickets here: http://www.thegreenespace.org/events/thegreenespace/2013/mar/19/wnyc-presents-how-tech-changing-way-women-work/

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a great evening

    March 4, 2013

  • Louis T.

    thanks for the invite...

    February 28, 2013

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