Data Driven Women Hosted by Sonder

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Mission Statement:

Our group is wholly committed to connecting data-driven women in San Francisco! DDW was developed as a home for inspiring Bay Area women who impact every aspect of the data that makes our world run and our industry thrive. We know talking about data can be intimidating, but the members of our group make data, approachable and our events fun.

Our Event Host:
Sonder is next-generation hospitality company with thousands of beautiful spaces in cities around the world. We aim to redefine the hospitality industry through unique design and modern service. Whether you stay in one of our apartments or hotels for two days, two months or two years, Sonder ensures a unique, yet consistent experience.

At its core, Sonder’s mission is to celebrate the infinite diversity and beauty of the world. We’re committed to helping guests, employees and partners discover that which makes each culture and destination special, unique and always worth exploring.

Featured Speakers:

Deeksha Hebbar - VP of Operations - Deeksha is the VP of Operations at Sonder, where she leads all central operations teams including supply chain, interior design, hospitality, and guest experience. She started at Sonder in 2017 as a Regional General Manager before moving into her current role. Prior to Sonder, she spent several years at Luxe (on demand parking and valet service acquired by Volvo) in several roles, including VP of Business. She also spent several years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company (technology/media practice) and as a product marketer at Google. She holds a B.S. in Economics and B.S.E in Engineering from Wharton and the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Padmini Pyapali - Padmini Pyapali is an Engineering Manager at Sonder, building the future of hospitality and working with a talented, fast growing team. Her love for working with product and operations started with her prior role as an engineer and technical leader at Uber, where she helped build multiple products like Uber Eats and Uber Freight.

Kate Brennan - Head of Product, Guest Experiences - Kate Brennan, Head of Product for Sonder Guest Experiences, has spent more than 18 years analyzing, investing in and building tech companies. Prior to Sonder she held product leadership roles at Square and SurveyMonkey, and started her career at JPMorgan. Kate received her MBA from Stanford and a degree in Finance from the University of Iowa. She lives in Oakland with her family.

Kristin Sapelak - Business Intelligence Engineer - Kristin Sapelak is one of the first Business Intelligence Engineers at Sonder. She began her career in civil service, analyzing financial statements, and eventually learned how to code in SQL in order to dig deeper into her analyses. This fed her desire to learn more about data engineering and data science. She has participated in various PyLadies and Girls Who Code clubs, including teaching a Girls Who Code course this summer. Her team at Sonder is currently building a data warehouse in order to power business decisions, and provide inputs into some of Sonder's Data Science models.

Cassie Chao - Manager of Technical Recruiting
Cassie is the Technical Recruiting Manager at Sonder, overseeing the hiring process and growth of the Engineering, Product, UX Design, and Data teams at Sonder. She has 8 years of recruiting at tech companies, including during hyper-growth stages at Uber and Palantir. Her favorite pastime is traveling, so joining Sonder was a dream come true!

Katka Opocenska - Product Manager - Product Manager - Katka is a Senior Product Manager on Digital Concierge taking care of our guest facing communication and app. Prior to Sonder, Katka worked at Google as a Product Manager on Waze and as a consultant at McKinsey. She holds an MBA from Stanford and a CS degree from Charles University in Prague.