Come enjoy an evening full of mingling, food and drinks, speakers, demos, and more at the Intel Office in Santa Clara, CA 95054!
Our line-up will include an awesome girl geek panel on “Pushing Boundaries in Technology” in our local communities and around the world. We’ll also have an extended demo center with AIO/Gaming, Perceptual Computing, Cloud Video Encoding, Intel- powered phones/tablets, and, of course, Ultrabooks. Plus, you’ll also get the chance to spend a of couple minutes with the organizers of GAINS (Girls Achieving in Non-Traditional Subjects) and learn how you can help inspire young women everywhere. We’ll wrap up the night with a chance to win one of our great raffle prizes. We hope you can make it and look forward to meeting you soon!
Event Hashtag: #IntelGGD
Twitter handles for the hosts: @BayAreaGGD and @IntelInvolved
Intel Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:
5:30pm-6:30pm*: Check-in (Government Issued ID is required)
5:30pm-6:45pm: Networking, Volunteer Event, Demos, Food & Dessert
6:45pm-7:45pm: Pushing Boundaries in Technology Panel Discussion
7:45pm-8:30pm: More Networking, Volunteer Event, Demos, Food & Dessert, and Raffle Prizes
*As a courtesy to our Speakers, check-in will close at 6:30pm
Michelle Johnston (Vice President, Intel Architecture Group General Manager, Channel, Central Marketing and Operations)
Michelle Johnston Holthaus is a vice president in the Intel Architecture Group and the general manager of channel, central marketing and operations within the PC Client Group (PCCG) at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for all Intel channel products, PCCG central marketing and PCCG operations. Johnston is also the Intel lead for all touch ecosystem development, including capacity, vendor relationships, quality and experience. Before assuming her current position, Johnston was general manager of Intel’s Channel Platforms and Strategy Division and prior to that, general manager of Intel’s Reseller Product Group. Earlier in her Intel career, she served as director of product marketing and business development for desktop board products in the Platform Solutions and Architecture Division, and as a product marketing engineer in Intel’s OEM Platform Solutions Division. In 2001, she received an Intel Achievement Award for her work on the memory translator hub replacement program. Johnston joined Intel in 1996 as a recent college graduate, beginning her career as a program manager in the OEM Platform Solutions Division in Hillsboro, Oregon. A native Oregonian, she graduated from Linfield College with a bachelor’s degree in finance.
Patricia A. McDonald (Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing/ Group Director, Product Health Enhancement Organization)
Since joining Intel in 1986 as a summer intern, McDonald has held a variety of engineering, manufacturing and management positions in Intel’s fabs, including her previous position as plant manager of Fab 20. In her current position as director of Product Health Enhancement, she is responsible for a global organization committed to delivery of better product quality, affordability and cycle time over the lifetime of Intel’s products. Additionally, McDonald has pioneered Intel’s Healthcare Marketplace Collaborative: a collaboration of Portland health care providers, a health plan and Virginia Mason Institute. The intent of the collaborative is to improve access, increase quality and reduce the cost of healthcare for Intel employees and their families. Her unique contribution to the healthcare collaborative stems from 3 years of applying LEAN to manufacturing and business processes. McDonald also serves as the Intel executive sponsor for Women in Intel Network and the local executive sponsor for Oregon WIN. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and currently lives in Oregon with her husband and son.
Margaret Burgraff (Director of Quality, Mobile Communication Group)
Margaret Burgraff is a leader in Software Quality Assurance, who is: a visionary and a critical thinker, inquisitive by nature, and known as a sharp trouble shooter. She is passionate about improving processes and people. She started her career in Apple Computers Cork as API tester in 1994. In 1998, she moved to Apple Computer Cupertino to be the Quality manager of the original iMac. In 2005 she was given the enormous task of creating and executing the qualification strategy for the Apple/Intel processor transition. This was a very successful project that grew her admiration and curiosity for Intel’s capabilities. By 2009, she was the head of quality for the Mac Engineering in Apple. In August 2009, she left Apple to join Palm as a Director of Quality for WebOS and got promoted to Sr. Director of Quality. In November 2011, Margaret was privileged to join Intel as the Director of Quality for the Mobile Communication Group (MCG). Margaret is excited about the possibilities for Intel based on its established brand, talented workforce and unbeatable global scale. “I see the tremendous opportunity for Intel to reinvent and reestablish its rightful place as undoubted technology leader over the next 5 years.”
Jennifer Healey (Research Scientist, Intel Labs)
Dr. Healey is a Research Scientist at Intel Corporation where she works on developing the next generation of wearable sensors that empower users to learn more about themselves and the environment around them. She holds a bachelor’s, master’s and PhD from MIT in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science. For her doctoral work, Dr. Healey developed the first wearable computer with multiple physiological sensors and a video camera to track daily activities and how you were feeling while you were doing them. Using this device she pioneered the field of “Affective Computing” with Dr. Rosalind Picard, finding ways to allow computers to understand human emotions by interpreting physiological signals. Dr. Healey holds numerous patents and has published extensively in IEEE peer reviewed publications. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American Frontiers, Newsweek, Time, Wired, and multiple international publications. She has been an invited keynote speaker at several conferences on E-Health systems and regularly serves on the program committee for the International Symposium on Wearable Computers and as a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in BioMedicine, IEEE Sensors, BodyNets and Pervasive.
Danielle Brown (Technical Assistant/Chief of Staff to Richard Taylor, SVP and Director, Human Resources and Patty Murray, SVP and Director Leadership Strategy)
Danielle Brown serves as Technical Assistant/Chief of Staff to Richard Taylor, SVP and Director, Human Resources and Patty Murray, SVP and Director Leadership Strategy. Additionally, Danielle manages our Intel Network of Executive Women (iNEW) initiatives, and is passionate about developing Intel’s female leadership pipeline. Previously, Danielle was Director, Accelerated Leadership Program at Intel, and program manager, Leader Communities and Connections, in our HR Executive Leadership Development Group. Danielle joined Intel in 2009 as part of the Accelerated Leadership Program. She worked as a Channel Marketing Manager in PCCG, as a Business Development Manager in DCSG’s Intelligent Systems Group, and then joined HR. Prior to Intel, Danielle worked as a strategy consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and then in the biotech industry in sales and marketing. Danielle received her MBA from the University of Michigan and her BA from Michigan State University. Danielle splits her time between Santa Clara, CA and Phoenix, AZ. When she’s not busy at work, she loves to spend time with her husband, Justin and their two dogs, hike and run, enjoy great food and wine, and travel. Danielle is an active volunteer in the Phoenix community and sits on the Board of Directors of the United Food Bank.