- Data Driven Women Hosted by Skillz
Details Our Event Host: Skillz Skillz is driving the future of entertainment by accelerating the convergence of sports, video games, media, and mobile. The company works with 17,500+ game developers, leveraging its patented technology to host over 1.5 billion tournaments for 30 million mobile players worldwide. Skillz has earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies, and the #1 fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000. Based in San Francisco and Portland, Skillz is backed by leading venture capitalists, media companies, and professional sports luminaries. Skillz is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community for all employees, game makers, partners, and players. Fair competition is our mission, and we are dedicated to leveling the playing field to enable anyone to embrace their inner champion. There will be a raffle for those that bring their business cards and/or updated resume. Featured Speakers: Maureen Shanahan: As an expert storyteller, Maureen leads the Communication and PR efforts as the Head of Communications. The accomplished leader provides trusted counsel to decision makers and thought leaders, including C-suite executives at Fortune 500 and start-up companies, government officials, political institutions, global foundations, and advocacy groups. From Capitol Hill and Hollywood to New York City and Silicon Valley, Shanahan provides counsel to help leaders tell authentic stories to sell ideas and communicate values, while skillfully navigating the nexus of diverse communities, public policy, crisis, and corporate reputation. Miriam Aguirre: As Chief Technology Officer at Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, Miriam is committed to fostering a strong and diverse engineering team. She has been featured in publications including VentureBeat and CIO Magazine for her passion and efforts to bring diversity to gaming and technology and spoken at numerous industry conferences, including Tech Inclusion, TwitchCon, Anita Borg's Hopper x1 Seattle, and Lesbians Who Tech. Miriam was also named to The Alumni Society's Class of 2018, received the mBolden Champion of Women Award, and won the 2018 Timmy Award for Best Tech Manager. Stephanie Hsu: Stephanie is a Software Engineer at Skillz, who works on the developer experience team focusing on helping game developers integrate their game with Skillz. She started her career in education as a private tutor and spent 8 months working as a program coordinator at a college tutoring center. She found an interest in simplifying processes, and would later work on small projects, such as creating a resume web page. She attended a bootcamp and would later join Skillz as a software engineer. Danielle Adsit: Danielle is a Recruiting Coordinator at Skillz who specializes in business development, strategic analysts and customer advocacy. She received her B.A. in child and adolescent development from CSU Northridge and an MA in teaching English to speakers of other languages from the University of San Francisco. After graduation, she became an ABA therapist before transitioning into a 5+ year career in education as a teacher and admission advisor. Then, she transitioned to a recruiting career working for companies including Facebook and Elementum. As she continues to develop in her current recruiting role at Skillz, she aims to broaden her cross-functional work with Human Resources and Operations to ensure current and future Skillzians are set up for success in the years to come 6:00 pm Doors open - Food, Drinks, and Networking 6:30 pm Featured Speakers 7:30 pm Q&A and Discussion 7:45 pm Job Search & Career Guidance 8:30 pm Goodbyes Save the date and hope to see you there!
- Data Driven Women hosted by Planet
Our Event Host: Planet (planet.com) Founded in 2010 by a team of ex-NASA scientists, Planet is driven by a mission to image the entire Earth every day, and make Earth's changes visible, accessible and actionable. Planet started as a small team of physicists, aerospace and mechanical engineers in a garage, using the cubesat form-factor to inform the first designs of the Dove satellite. Just three years after our first satellite entered space, we now operate the largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites...ever. Our satellites are collecting a radical new data set with endless, real-world applications. Whether you’re measuring agricultural yields, monitoring natural resources, or aiding first responders after natural disasters, our data is here to lend businesses and humanitarian organizations a helping hand. Planet believes timely, global imagery will empower informed, deliberate and meaningful stewardship of our planet. Belong at Planet! We truly believe in bringing our whole selves to work every day. We are happier, more confident and more excited to do great things - such as build satellites that will help make life better on earth - when we are free to be our true selves. We believe that we make greater contributions to our work, our teams, and the company overall when we include diverse perspectives. Our goal is to build teams from all different backgrounds. Planet is deeply committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce. We are an equal opportunity employer who welcomes and considers qualified applicants regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, age, religion, national origin, citizenship, pregnancy status or any other differences. Don't let the confidence gap stop you from applying to Planet.com! Featured Speakers: Caroline Andrews: Lead Electrical Engineering Caroline leads the electrical engineering team to design spacecraft which capture and deliver Planet’s imagery back to the ground. Before joining Planet, she worked as an RFIC design engineer at Passif Semiconductor, Apple, and Everactive. She holds a bachelors from the University of Virginia and a PhD from Cornell University, where her dissertation focused on developing tunable integrated RF receiver front-ends for software defined radios. Hilary Salazar: Vice President of Marketing As VP of Marketing, Hilary’s mission is to ensure that Planet is connecting our differentiated solutions to the right people and organizations at the right time. She leads the product marketing, demand generation, and creative functions of Planet’s go-to-market strategy. Prior to Planet, Hilary held leadership roles in marketing and sales enablement at Box, People.ai, and Salesforce. She earned her Bachelors degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from New York University. Maya Midzik: Software Engineer, Machine Learning As a software engineer on the Machine Learning team, Maya is building production software infrastructure for training machine learning models that power Planet's new analytic products. She’s on the forefront of geospatial technologies, remote sensing and engineering that delivers Planet's automated and global capabilities. Prior to Planet, Maya was a Team Lead for the DEVELOP Research Program at NASA and earned her Bachelors of Science in Geophysics from Yale University. Job Search & Career Guidance: Data Driven Women (DDW) is committed to accessibility. Navigating the job search, managing your career as a woman, is challenging. We’ve made it a point to help as many people as we can, one-on-one, with each event. The second hour of each event is where attendees can receive free resume feedback, interview feedback, and even get help negotiating an offer or their next salary raise. 6:30 pm Doors open - Food, Drinks, and Networking 7:00 pm Featured Speakers 7:45 pm Q&A and Discussion 8:00 pm Job Search & Career Guidance 8:45 pm Goodbyes Save the date and hope to see you there!
- Data Driven Women powered by Lyric
A local organization hosts each of our events. Thanks to our approachable community and inspiring speakers, our list of hosts are 100% referral-based. We're excited to announce the upcoming meetup will be hosted by Lyric. -- Featured Speakers -- Meet Merve Kovan-Bakan! Merve likes working on challenging problems. She got her Ph.D. in Mathematics on Topology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. After her Ph.D., she worked as a software engineer for 4 years and built microsystem frameworks and APIs that power multiple applications. In her previous role, she built and deployed classification and regression models to identify best matches between open jobs and candidates. She joined Lyric a year ago and is working on providing the data and forecasts to help Real Estate team identify the best buildings and make decisions for new Lyric units. Meet Nicole Bernstein! Nicole is the Director of Experience Design at Lyric. She and her multi-disciplinary team take a guest-centric approach to design physical and digital touchpoints across the end-to-end hospitality experience. Prior to joining Lyric, Nicole was a design manager at Uber and at IDEO. At Uber, she developed a vision for the physical rideshare experience in urban environments, and at IDEO her work ranged from brand identity to service design, to product and packaging design for Fortune 50 companies and startups alike. She designed the first brick-and-mortar experience for AmazonFresh. Meet Angela Ha! Angela is a Senior Product Manager at Lyric. She has worked in the software space her entire career, starting in consulting and now in product management for the past 5 years. As a product manager, Angela has focused on building products for companies that are highly operational, solving business-impacting problems and helping companies scale through process and technology. Prior to Lyric, Angela was a product manager at DoorDash (Dasher app) and Theranos (mobile app + operational tools to scale Wellness Centers). Meet Carina Cassone! Carina is a Strategic Operations Manager with Lyric. She has been with the company for over 3 years and has been instrumental in the continued growth and evolution of the company. Prior to Lyric, Carina has had an extremely diverse background in both coffee and wine industries, as well as having run a tattoo shop and a brief foray into running her own cleaning company. She learned Project Management at Burning Man, where she coordinated 8+ teams to build the Center Camp Cafe. All of these experiences have inspired in her a passion for people, process, and creative problem-solving. Meet Jennifer Lee! Leading Lyric’s development and operations teams, Jennifer oversees the company’s overall growth and the expansion of its Creative Suites™, a new category of flexible accommodations for the modern business traveler. Her team directs a broad range of functions including expansion, supply chain management, real estate development efforts, and both launch and strategic operations. Prior to joining Lyric in 2018, Jennifer led high-level business operations and strategy for a variety of growth-stage companies across a range of industries. Most recently, she spearheaded Special Projects for the CEO at data analytics company Mixpanel. Meet Caitlyn Steingut! As Director of People Operations, Caitlyn is passionate about building people-related processes tailored to Lyric’s values and business strategy, with a focus on continuous learning and growth. She comes from Jet.com, which was acquired for by Walmart for $3.3 billion. Before that, she worked for Tiffany & Co., and has always enjoyed a strong track record of establishing people processes, supporting business growth, and talent acquisition. Caitlyn received a BA from The University of Virginia. Come meet these impressive women and more Wednesday evening at Lyric's downtown San Francisco office!
- Data Driven Women (DDW) hosted by Granular
The format of our events... Each event is structured the same so that we can focus more on the people and less on the logistics. Our Event Host A local organization hosts each of our events. Thanks to our approachable community and inspiring speakers, our list of hosts are referral-based. We're excited to announce the upcoming meetup will be hosted by Granular. Granular is helping farmers meet the demand using software and analytics to make farming more profitable and efficient today and in the future. Featured Speakers The evening of the event, the host and their featured speakers will share their inspiring (and true!) stories with the community. These speakers come from within the organization and are women who have decided to share their story with our community for the purpose of making an impact. We ask the speakers to share their unique stories, in a similar format, so the audience can easily follow along from one speaker to the next. Come to hear what these women love to do for work, about the challenges they overcame to get where they are today, and the goals they are pursuing as they look ahead. --- *Whitney LaRow* Whitney is a software engineer at Granular. Originally from the Boston area, she moved to the bay area 6 years ago to attend school at Stanford, where she got both her bachelors and masters in Computer Science. She's been at Granular for 1 year, and outside of work, she enjoys hiking, gardening, playing volleyball and exploring new places in the city. Come to say hi to Whitney after she speaks! *Tamar Rosati* Tamar is the SVP Product and leads the Product team, which is responsible for developing a deep understanding of customer needs, transforming those needs into solutions, and building software and analytics products that deliver those solutions. Prior to Granular, Tamar helped develop web and mobile products at Zillow, the leading real estate and rental marketplace. Last but not least, she holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley Come to learn from Tamar and her story! *Shalini Oruganti* Shalini is a Senior Software Engineer in Granular Analysis team. Previously she invested her time in designing and developing big data platforms at Bluedata. Shalini holds an MS from Purdue University. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling. So much so that in 2018, she has traveled to ten cities across five countries and still counting. Have you and Shalini traveled tot he same parts of the world? Find out this Thursday! *Libby Spalding* Libby is a Product Manager at Granular. Prior to Granular, Libby worked at Bowery Farming, a vertical farming company in NYC, where she focused on go-to-market and pricing strategy, sales operations and product. Previously, Libby was an investor at Amex Ventures and started her career in investment banking at Piper Jaffray. Libby has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Bowdoin College We can't wait to see returning members, meet new ones, and continue to build this supportive community. --- Timeline... A typical event timeline looks something like this: 6:30 pm Doors open - Food, Drinks, and Networking 7:00 pm Featured Speakers 7:45 pm Q&A and Discussion 8:00 pm Job Search & Career Guidance Tonight's Coaches: Launa Forehand, CyberSN Alex Lebovic, CaffeineTV Erin Wilson, hirepool.io 8:45 pm Goodbyes
- Data Driven Women (DDW) hosted by Skillz
Skillz, the leading mobile eSports platform, connects the world’s 2.6 billion mobile gamers through competition. In 2017, Skillz was named the #1 fastest-growing private company in America by Inc. Magazine, the first eSports company on CNBC’s Disruptor 50, and the only eSports company on the San Francisco Business Times Fast 100. Over 15 million gamers use Skillz to compete in mobile games across 8,000+ game studios. ************ FEATURED SPEAKERS ************ (we'll be updating this page throughout the week, as we announce each of the 5 featured speakers from Skillz) *Miriam Aguirre* Miriam Aguirre is the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, which was recently named the fastest-growing company in America by Inc. Magazine. As a vital member of the Skillz leadership team, she has seen the importance of fostering a strong, diverse engineering team firsthand. Prior to this, she worked as a software engineer and architect for companies including HubAnalytics, Krush Inc., Financial Engines and Hewlett-Packard. An avid gaming enthusiast, she has been featured in VentureBeat and CIO Magazine for her passion and efforts to bring diversity to the technology and gaming industries. Miriam grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after graduating from MIT. Today, she can be found leading the Skillz engineering team and working to advance diversity in the eSports industry. *Pallas Horwitz* Pallas Horwitz is the Data Science Manager at Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, recently named the #1 fastest-growing company in America. In her role, she manages a team of data scientists and engineers that focus on predictive modeling, player simulations, and real-time analytics. As a data advocate, she believes in empowering business leaders with analytics and metrics to foster innovative, collaborative work environments. Pallas received her B.A. from UC Berkeley in applied mathematics and economics and currently resides in the Bay Area. *Elena Palesis* Elena is a mathematician turned data engineer. She received her masters in Mathematics from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, then moved to San Francisco in search of a programming position. She started volunteering at Code for San Francisco, where she helped found the Data Science team. Shortly thereafter, she began contracting as a Data Analyst at Google. Wanting to work on more large-scale projects, she joined Skillz in 2016 as a Data Engineer. These days she can be found researching, prototyping, and implementing data tools to help Skillz grow! *Hope Pettway* Hope Pettway is the Director of Program Management at Skillz, named the fastest-growing company in America by Inc. Magazine. She graduated from University of Southern California with a degree in film and has spent over a decade working in the gaming industry – spanning the gamut from console to web and mobile before transitioning to eSports. Prior to Skillz, Hope worked at LucasArts and Zynga as a producer before transitioning into project management at Machine Zone. Now, she can be found evaluating, refining, and establishing processes and best practices across a wide range of teams and projects. As a film, TV, and games fanatic, there is no doubting her passion for the industry! *Cassie Zhou* Cassie Zhou is the Associate Product Manager on the SDK product team at Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports. She works to build and refine features for the patented SDK that includes features such as tournament organization, anti-cheating/anti-fraud and broadcasting. Prior to Skillz, Cassie worked as a CRM Analyst at Product Madness, working to increase monetization and retention in the app. As an avid gamer, Cassie enjoys working in the gaming industry and continues to work towards democratizing the gaming industry through the power of mobile eSports! See soon!! (please don't forget to RSVP)
- Data Driven Women hosted by AdRoll Group
Come be a part of the Data Driven Women community! Join us for an evening of inspiration and community building. Our next event will be hosted in the spacious offices of AdRoll, located at 2300 Harrison. DDW is honored to share a few of the AdRoll female leaders, their stories and their experience with the community. FEATURED SPEAKERS *Jessica Grist* Senior Software Engineer In her 3.5 years at AdRoll Group, Jessica has worked across the stack, from Python backends to React UIs. She’s passionate about refactoring legacy codebases, all the latest React libraries, and occasionally overcoming her stage fright long enough to give talks. *Julie Zhou* Director of Product For AdRoll Group, Julie Zhou leads a team of product managers that design and build an industry-leading technology platform for the world's ambitious commerce companies. Outside the office, she enjoys powerlifting, messing around with Python, and watching way too many food documentaries. *Kelly Eng* Senior Product Manager At AdRoll, Kelly is focused on making the onboarding experience for AdRoll customers seamless and optimized for success. Having worked in Marketing, Growth, and now Product, Kelly is a strong believer in synthesizing qualitative customer inputs, aesthetic judgment, and quantitative proof to build extraordinary products. *Miriam Pena* Staff Engineer As a Staff Engineer at AdRoll, Miriam is designing critical parts of their Real-Time Bidding and Ad Server infrastructure. She has 10 years of experience in scalable, distributed, high concurrency systems written in Erlang. Her M.S. in Computer Science and robust technical experience are just a few reasons why she was voted one of the women to watch in 2018 by Women 2.0. Our Host is hiring, see AdRoll careers AdRoll’s platform has generated over $7 billion in revenue for customers. After celebrating their best year (revenue) to date they are committed to growing across several areas of the business. Check out their careers page to see if there is an opportunity for you: AdRoll Careers (http://bit.ly/adrollcareers) -- OTHER ACTIVITIES Community Building - Enjoy a sales-free environment - Contribute and benefit from transparent and collaborative interactions - Help us consume tasty appetizers and beverages Career Building - Sign up for a 10-minute session - Resume/linkedin review - Interview feedback - Offer/salary negotiations >>> sign up here >>> (http://bit.ly/DDWsignup) OUR COMMUNITY BUILDERS AND SPONSORS - Albert's List - CyberSN - Hirepool.io PARKING If you plan on driving, we do have a very limited number of guest parking spots available along the side of our building, on Harrison St. If those are full, there should be street parking nearby. BUILDING/SECURITY ACCESS When you arrive, please buzz for security and they will let you in. Please let them know you are here for the Data Driven Women Meetup. We will ask that you sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement and then they will send you up to the 2nd Fl. Sincerely, AdRoll and Your Organizers
- Why Are Soft Skills So Important?
Data Driven Women is partnering with #brainbabe for our next event! #brainbabe (brainbabe.org) is a not-for-profit organization created to impact the following three statistics: 10% of the cyber security workforce is women, 1% of the cyber community are women leaders 53% of women end up leaving the industry. Silicon Valley / SF Bay area women, we invite you to join the conversation! Come discuss Soft Skills, training and network with women in the cyber security and all tech professions. Food and drinks to be provided by Foley & Lardner, LLC. Seating is limited so please RSVP today! Agenda 6-6:30 - Mingling 6:30 - 7:30 - Deidre Diamond/#brainbabe 7:30 -8:30 - Data Driven Women 8:30-9 - Mingling Video “Why Are Soft Skills So Important?” https://youtu.be/KTnY2pxDy60 Deidre Diamond is the Founder/CEO of national cyber security staffing company CyberSN (cybersn.com), Founder of #brainbabe (brainbabe.org) and ICMCP Strategic Board Member. Deidre was previously the CEO of Percussion Software, the first VP of Sales at Rapid7 (NYSE:RPD) and the VP of Sales at Motion Recruitment.
- I want it all: a family and a successful career!
Join us for Data Driven Women spotlighting women with families who are simultaneously pushing their careers. In a traditionally male-dominated corporate culture, these women are something to be celebrated. We've gathered a panel of leaders to share their experience, approach, and advice in navigating the work-life balance as a female. Event Details: Start Time: 6:30 pm Panel Start Time: 7:00 pm ***LIVE STREAMING LINK*** http://bit.ly/2lUeXYr [Speakers] Michelle McHargue (https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellemchargue) (Moderator) Talent Partner @ Cowboy Ventures Mother of two: 23-year old daughter, 14-year old son Shadiah Sigala (https://www.linkedin.com/in/shadiah) Founder, Head of People Ops @ HoneyBook Mother of one: 18-month old daughter Jill Witty (https://www.linkedin.com/in/witty) VP People Ops @ Entelo Mother of three: 6-year old daughter, 4-year old and 1-year old sons Milena Talavera (https://www.linkedin.com/in/milena-talavera-370a6311) Director Engineering @ TalkDesk Mother of two: 6-year old son, 3-year old daughter ***ASK*** We want this even to be as impactful as it possibly can for anyone who cares to spend time with us the night of the event. If there are specific topics or burning questions you have for our panel, please begin to share them here in the comments thread and we will work as many of them into the discussion as possible! ***SPONSORS*** HONEYBOOK (https://www.instagram.com/honeybook/?hl=en) KAELLA LYNN EVENTS (https://www.instagram.com/kaellalynn/?hl=en) SUNRISE HR (https://www.sunrisehr.net/) GRAND ROUNDS (https://www.grandrounds.com/) HIREPOOL.IO (https://hirepool.io)
- I'm a woman. I'm a CEO. I'm fundraising.
Ever wonder what it takes to fundraise in Silicon Valley? Ever wonder what it's like to be a woman CEO and raise capital in Silicon Valley? Wonder no more. We are humbled to welcome Lucia Guh-Siesel, CEO of Bandalou, into our warm community of passionate and ambitious professionals. Lucia and her team are in the middle of fundraising yet they agreed to make time for the community. Join us Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30 PM to hear the Bandalou pitch, from Lucia, first-hand. 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM | Networking 7:00 PM - 7:15 PM | Hear Lucia pitch! 7:15 PM - 7:45 PM | Q&A 7:45 PM - 8:30 PM | Networking Data Driven Women: DDW is a community founded for those of you who care about making a difference in the diversity game. This group is not exclusive to women, but instead our events are typically made up of 60% woman and 100% open-minded and supportive community members. Please come join this ambitious, supportive, and energetic group of people!
- DDW: Welcome Back & Networking Meetup
Join us on August 24th for a networking kick-off and meet & greet at Talener’s office. This networking event welcomes back all of the Data Driven Women as well as serves as a kick-off for the group after a year-long hiatus. Launa Rich, the new DDW organizer will be on-site to talk about new meetup ideas, events, and how she is involved with the tech community. Meet & catch up with other members, suggest future events, grab a bite to eat, and let us know if you would like to volunteer to tell your story at a future meetup. We are excited to get this group up and running again. ● 6:30 PM – Welcome / Food & Drinks ● 7:00 PM - Introduction from the DDW organizer, Launa Rich ● 7:30 PM – More Networking ● 9:00 PM - Goodbyes If you have any questions about the meetup, please feel free to contact us. Data Driven Women is an inclusive meetup. We strive to include everyone who is interested in technology and data and would like to take part in our events.