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Girls in Tech Presents:  Women panel discussion + networking mixer: Bridging the Gap and landing the perfect tech job

June 29th at Moscone Center. San Franciso, CA at 11am Pacific

Women are making strides in supporting one another in entering and staying in technology fields.  Come and hear the women leaders have a candid conversation on what needs to be done to continue to solve the gender gap in technology careers.  What socialized behavior and habits do women have that are different than men in the work place? Can these hold women back?

Hear what female workplace role models have to say about the importance of:

-       Mentorships

-       Networking

-       Career building skills

-       And much more !

If you have ever found yourself or your women colleagues be hesitant about asking for raises or promotions, shy about self-promotion or reluctant to point out their own achievements, come listen to concrete advice from women who have paved the way in advancing careers in a male-dominated industry.

  • Kendra Arimoto, Executive Search, Facebook
  • Jerri Barrett, Vice President of Marketing, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
  • Irina Frumkin, Senior Software Development Engineer, Microsoft
  • Ivo Lukas, COO/Exec. Director of Global Mentorship Programs-Girls in Tech & CEO/Founder- 24Notion
  • Laura Slezinger, M.D. Girls in Tech, San Francisco & GIT Global Corp. Dev., Intellectual Property & Internet Law Attorney, A Venture Gained Legal

sftce-green-220x250Immediately after the panel, please join us for Noon Mixer! Girls in Tech will host an informal networking mixer at noon immediately following the panel discussion. Apply the panel’s advice right away by meeting recruiters, tech leaders, and other leading professionals in the tech industry. Bring your confidence and business cards to really make an impression! This is a free event, register now.

lauraslezingerb26wLaura Slezinger M.D. Girls in Tech, San Francisco & GIT Global Corp. Dev.

Intellectual Property & Internet Law Attorney, A Venture Gained Legal

Laura has a passion for the intersection of law, technology and the creative, entrepreneurial spirit. She wants to enable others to create what they want to see in the world around them- via technology, law and innovation. She is also a fervent champion of advancing women in all areas of business and leadership – and believes society as a whole will benefit from the increased engagement of women across all industries.

She received her J.D. from the University of San Diego, School of Law where she was Editor-in-Chief of the law school newspaper. She was Fundraising Chair  for the Women’s Law Caucus and hosted a record breaking charity auction to benefit a local women’s domestic violence shelter.

She received her LL.M. from the University of San Francisco, School of Law where she was a staff editor and author on the Intellectual Property Law Bulletin. She worked at the Intellectual Property and Internet Justice Clinic where she advocated for students being sued by the RIAA for alleged illegal downloading of music. Currently she is Managing Director of the San Francisco Chapter of Girls in Tech, Director of Corporate Development for GIT Global and has a law practice  focusing on early stage startups in business, technology, intellectual property and privacy law. Follow her @GITLaura

Jerri Barrett HeadshotJerri Barrett

Vice President of Marketing-Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

As the Vice President of Marketing for the Anita Borg Institute, Jerri is responsible for the Institute’s overall branding, public relations, social media, collateral, program marketing and out bound communications.  Jerri Barrett came to the institute after 20 years in the telecommunications industry with experience in both large corporations and startups. Prior to coming to the Institute, Jerri was Director of Marketing for IP Unity, a Silicon Valley startup and managed the communications for their merger with Glenayre in 2007. Before that Jerri worked with a variety of companies in marketing positions including Nortel, Frontier, CNET, Inc., LinkAir and HighWired. Jerri holds a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from the William E. Simon School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester.

125x125_ivolukasheadshotIvo Lukas

COO/Exec. Director of Global Mentorship Programs-Girls in Tech & CEO/Founder- 24Notion

Ivo Lukas is the Chief Operations Officer & Executive Director of Global Mentorship and Partnership Program at Girls in Tech. Ivo is passionate about leading, nurturing and mentoring the next generation, especially young girls, whose aspire to be in technology. She is the advocate of encouraging positive, inspiring and improving lives of the young girls to gain an entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills. She is leading the Global Girls in Tech mentorship program with goals to support young girls ages K-12, college professionals and young entrepreneurs on the importance of math, tech and science at a young age that will embrace, collaborate and promote growth and success for young girls to stay in the technology sector. Furthermore, She is the Founder and CEO of 24Notion, a creative digital, brand, marketing, PR and lifestyle shop with special emphasize in giving back to the global communities (CSR). 24Notion is an integrated, cross-functional team of experts who develop and execute innovative solutions in collaboration with client needs. Ivo has over 18 years of experience in combining brand marketing, PR, advertising, innovative creative, and digital solutions for small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, and private and public institutions in a range of industries. Her sector expertise ranges but not limited to mobile, media/arts/entertainment, beauty and cosmetics, banking and financial services, fashion and apparel, academics, technology, consumer goods and services, B2B/B2C, retail, social enterprises, eco and sustainable products, and healthcare. Follow her @MsSonicFlare

bio2Irina Frumkin- Senior SDE & Technical Lead of Microsoft

Irina joined Microsoft immediately out of college and has been with Microsoft for almost 10 years working on a wide gamut of products including MSN Mobile, Photography, Social experiences and Xbox Live services.  Irina has developed large scale Social Gaming services platform based on Azure and authored an application model for distributed systems. She is currently working on large scale real-time monitoring and diagnostic solution for Xbox 360 Services. Irina graduated from University of Washington with a Computer Science degree. She resides in Seattle with her husband and two very energetic sons ,Jesse 6 and Jacob 8 that keep her very busy outside of work.

Screen shot 2012-06-22 at 3.54.45 AMKendra Arimoto

Executive search-Facebook

A Night of Fashion and Philanthropy

To say the senior students of the Art Institute of Portland can work it out is an understatement.  At last weekend’s fashion show, the designs were fierce and the audience was impressed. The students played it cool by showing no signs of the blood, sweat, and tears that were put into the weeks of perfecting their interior designs, apparel designs, apparel accessories, and even fashion marketing skills – all that was visible to the audience was effortless creativity.

Not only was this a big night for the students of the Art Institute, but also for 24Notion, as CEO and founder Ivo Lukas revealed this years winner of a $10,000 scholarship.  24Notion is proud to give back and has even been ranked as Portland Business Journal’s 23rd most philanthropic company.  The anticipation was heavy and the competition was stiff but right as the show started Ivo announced Amelia (Amy) Fuertes as this year’s new scholarship recipient.  At the show, Fuertes’ face showed it all, as she barely was able to whisper out a “gracias” from all the excitement!


When asked why she chose Fuertes, Lukas responded, “She did it all – she does everything by herself, which is incredibly admirable.  To be control of the whole process, from the idea to execution, takes endurance and dedication.”


The fashion show and silent auction was a five-hour affair and so Nature’s Tears, in cahoots with 24Notion, provided all the agitated eyes and skin a burst of hydration with their complimentary goody bags for the models, designers, VIPs and first 100 attendees!Needless to say, the goodies were snatched up quick, as a sigh of relief spread throughout the event’s location, Pure Space in the Pearl District.

Overall, the fashion show was a fabulous event filled with fashion enthusiasts, incredible students, and even old friends.  24Notion invited VIP guests and clients/partners, ranging from the eco sustainable technology of Columbia green to apparel and footwear of Adidas – all came out to support 24Notion and AI fashion show. Did we not also mention that the students made 24Notion our own cutting-edge, one of a kind paper dress? Check it below!


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Mist Yourself…


Bio Logic aqua technologies is the global leader in advanced, all-natural water topical  hydrotherapies. Bio Logic Aqua’s product – Nature’s Tears EYEMIST – revitalizes the eyes by providing hydration that is free of chemicals, additives, allergens or preservatives.  The Eye Mist eases the most agitated eyes through a safe, non-invasive mist and Nature’s Mist Face of the water is the all-natural, all water skin moisturizer with proven beneficial absorption into the skin’s deepest layers. The Face Mist will not run down your make-up and is handy for all times of day.

Nature’s Tears participated in one of the sought after Fashion show of the Fine Art of fashion for The Art of Institute of Portland at the Pure Space last Saturday to benefit the creative arts scholarship. From the VIP guests, first 100 attendees, fashion enthusiasts, backstage makeup artists, models and media — all snatched the goody bags.

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Moisture for Life- “Mist yourself “was the perfect boost of hydration to the face and eyes during the night event.

“We love to make a difference in peoples lives. We know that Natures tears product help solved dry eyes, allergies and other environmental air polluted surrounds. The patented EyeMist contains 100% pure, all-natural PH-balanced water grade. This product has been immersed naturally through my everyday life, “ said Michal Connor, Investor of Bio-Logic Aqua and a well known actor.

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