How it all began
Google hosted the first Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner in January 2008,inviting 400 girl geeks to enjoy sushi, an open bar, Google schwag, great conversation and even better networking at Charlie’s cafe on the Google Mountain View campus. Events sponsored by Facebook and Yahoo! soon followed. Startups like LOLapps and Polyvore followed suit.
Today, Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners have been hosted by a diverse set of companies including Genentech, Palantir, Microsoft, Citrix Online, Electronic Arts…
The ask is simple — buy dinner and drinks for girl geeks, and give away a piece of co-branded schwag (to extend the lifetime of the event). Invite female speakers in areas of their expertise, from well-known names to the up-and-coming. Encourage networking amongst the girl geeks and recruiting by the sponsoring company. Everyone wins.
Meet the Team!
Angie Chang (Founder)
Angie is a product manager, web designer, new tech junkie and above all, an entrepreneur at heart. She has been organizing the Bay Area Girl Geek dinners since 2008. In her free time, she studies the diaspora of tech-savvy and entrepreneurial women and designs cool stuff. In 2006, Angie co-founded Women2.0 and has been managing the brand, marketing, and strategy ever since. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at “@thisgirlangie“.
Sukrutha Raman Bhadouria (Managing Director)
Sukrutha is a co-organizer of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners. After getting her M.S. in Electric Engineering from USC, Sukrutha now works as a Sr SW Test Engineer at Citrix. Sukrutha is involved in Girl Geek Dinners because she wants to change the world for girls, one geek dinner at a time. Follow her on Twitter at “@sukruthasays“.
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