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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

Women at OSCON Luncheon Meetup

As promised, here are some pictures of the amazing Women of OSCON. The luncheon was a great union of O’Reilly and Girls in Tech, in gathering the women of OSCON and promoting a sense of community among all females in technology. Girls in Tech felt so welcomed by the OSCON women that came to the luncheon and look forward to keeping in touch! Thanks for all of your great insight and please remember to check out Ivo’s interview at OSCON:
Ivo and Christine

Ivo and Christine

Women of OSCON

Women of OSCON

Great Luncheon!

Great Luncheon!

Awesome Turnout! Can't wait till next year!

Awesome Turnout! Can't wait till next year!

Thanks to Everyone from Girls in Tech!

Thanks to Everyone from Girls in Tech!

Your Work in Open Source, 3 years of Incremental Change (OSCON Keynote: Day 5)


Tell us more about Chris Dibona and your Google team

Chris DiBona is the open source and public sector programs manager at Mountain View, Ca. based Google. His team oversees license compliance and supports the open source developer logo1wcommunity through programs such as the Google Summer of Code and through the release of open source software projects and patches. In the public sector space, he looks after Google Moderator, the polling locations API. More information about Google’s open source program can be found at

Tell us more about your keynote presentation tomorrow?
_@user_6501I’ll be sharing more about how the open source has been changing in the last 3 years. I’ve been doing this for 6 years now in open source; I will give an overview how Open source is growing. A couple years ago were about licenses. Last year was about languages and now it’s about licenses, languages and people. It’s more entertaining now. In this short, weensy eensy, talk, Chris will give an update on how open source has changed over the last three years. Is Ruby growing? Actionscript? Or is it all PHP all the way down? How’s gplv3 doing? Agpl? MIT? Will the Nasa open source license domainte? Come and find out!

You are one of the most accomplished individual; what can we learn from you?
I was actually a very bad student; I wish I would’ve paid more attention earlier then I wouldn’t be in this much farther along. It took me a while to straighten up.

Which sessions are you most excited about?
Tuesday night-Ignite was a blast. Today is all about press.

What would be a single take away for the attendees that you want them to gain from your session/keynote? Open source is vital. Tons of exciting resources. It’s a place for us to hack. More importantly there are billions of codes out there to be used. Many people have never used them before and I think everyone who has a computer could use it.

Is this your first time being part of Oscon?
No, I’ve been here before. I like leaving for another city though. It gives me a reason to get out from my town every so often.

What’s current device that you couldn’t live without?
My mobile-Nexus one

So what’s next for you your team? Any exciting development?
More data, more code… and more of everything.

Be sure to watch Chris’ keynote presentation tomorrow morning at 9am- OSCON ; follow him @Cdibona

Be sure to join Girls in Tech Portland Chapter at OSCON 2010 this year at Portland Oregon.

If you are interested in being a guest speaker and/or panelist for our workshops and lectures, pls feel free to drop me an email:

tweet @mssonicflare @oscon @24notion @gitweet

Cloud Computing: Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus systems(Keynote speaker of Day 3)

500by70I’ve had the chance to chat with Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus systems about open source, cloud computing, and leadership

Eucalyptus Systems delivers private cloud software. This is infrastructure software that enables enterprises and government agencies to establish their own cloud computing environments. Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo Securities, Gartner and other prominent observers of the technology industry predict that cloud computing is the most significant IT shift of this decade.

_@user_27341CEO of Eucalyptus, Marten Mickos builds global disruptive businesses. As CEO of MySQL AB for seven years, Mickos grew that company from a garage start-up to the second largest open source company in the world. After the acquisition by Sun Microsystems of MySQL AB for $1bn, he served as Senior Vice President of Sun’s Database Group.

Tell us more about Eucalyptus

With Eucalyptus, customers make more efficient use of their computing capacity, thus increasing productivity and innovation, deploying new applications faster, and protecting sensitive data while making savings in capital expenditure.

eucalyptus_logo_awhEucalyptus is an open source solution that originates from an NSF funded research project at University of California, Santa Barbara. The open source model is generally considered a superior way of creating infrastructure software. Innovation is faster, users and customers have more freedom and flexibility, lock-in is avoided, and secondary benefits accrue from the massive ecosystems that naturally evolve around the most prolific open source products.

You are one of the most accomplished individual and successful CEO; what can we learn from you?

Wait, why didn’t you like me before “I was accomplished”? No one is born to be accomplished.

People should not be afraid of being successful. It is such a great inspiration. I knew nothing about open source and decided to learn about it. There is always first for everyone. We all should define our own success; so don’t be afraid to be successful is the key.

Being an entrepreneur yourself, what can you tell those folks out there who would have the desire to start something small and to grow bigger?

I’ve learned in my life, weaknesses is also my strength. Make the best of them. As a young boy, I was a stubborn kid; my stubbornness grounded me to become one of the good positive qualities for me in this day. To keep going and never give up

I am keen of this quote by Eisenhower-“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

What’s next for Eucalyptus Systems?

We are expanding. We are a team of 25 and growing tremendously. We are hiring team of engineers, business and more for an additional 20+. We are also developing a testing lab for our products. We are building stronger in offering and more in partnership; we are fine tuning our strategy.

Is this your first time being part of Oscon? If not, then how’s it different from previous years?

No. I’ve been here since 2002.  I would say it’s much bigger now. This convention is steering toward the open source fanatics.

What’s a current device that you couldn’t live without?

Digital camera.

To learn more about the product go to And be sure to follow @Martenmickos

Be sure to join Girls in Tech Portland Chapter at OSCON 2010 this year at Portland Oregon.

If you are interested in being a guest speaker and/or panelist for our workshops and lectures, pls feel free to drop me an email:

tweet @mssonicflare @oscon @24notion @gitweet

Celebration of NCWIT Symons Innovator Award

This year 24notion and Girls in Tech Portland is the partner/co-sponsor of National Center for Women & Information Technology. NCWIT believe that inspiring more women to choose careers in IT isn’t about parity; it’s a compelling issue of innovation, competitiveness, and workforce sustainability. In a global economy, gender diversity in IT means a larger and more competitive workforce; in a world dependent on innovation, it means the ability to design technology that is as broad and creative as the people it serves.

The NCWIT Symons Innovator Award promotes women’s participation in information technology and entrepreneurship by honoring an outstanding woman who has successfully built and funded an IT business. By recognizing women IT entrepreneurs, the NCWIT Symons Innovator Award hopes to inspire others to pursue IT entrepreneurship, and increase awareness about the importance of women’s participation in IT innovation and business. This year, we are please to announced the 2010 NCWIT Symons Innovator Award Winner is Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource, Co-founder of Marimba, and the original product manager of Java at Sun Microsystems.

Be sure to join us for the 2010 NCWIT Innovator Award celebration, 6:30-8:30PM, Thursday, May 20, at the OHSU South Waterfront Atrium in Portland, Oregon. Many thanks to our local host, the Software Association of Oregon, guests will enjoy fine cocktails and decadent treats, the lovely musical styling of local vocalist Sarah Billings, and the opportunity to ride Portland’s famous Aerial Tram to experience a breathtaking view of the city at night. We invite you to purchase tickets early as space is limited at this venue.


  • Girls represented just 17 percent of Advanced Placement computer science (CS) exam-takers in 2008; that’s the lowest female representation of any AP exam.
  • In 2008 women earned only 18 percent of all CS degrees. Back in 1985, women earned 37 percent of CS degrees.
  • Women hold more than half of all professional occupations in the U.S. but fewer than 24 percent of all computing-related occupations.
  • Only 16 percent of Fortune 500 technology companies have women corporate officers.
  • A study on U.S. technology patenting reveals that patents created by mixed-gender teams are the most highly cited (an indicator of their innovation and usefulness); yet women were involved in only 9 percent of U.S. tech patents.

Learn more about Girls in Tech Portland

Learn more about 24Notion / tweet with us @24notion and @mssonicflare

Shifting the Digital Marketing + Technology Mindset to Harness the Power of an Integrated Approach


On Thursday night 10.22.09, Girls in Tech Portland (GIT PDX) hosted an event for inspirational speaker, Katherine Durham, Vice President of Marketing, Imaging & Printing Group, Americas, Hewlett-Packard. The event started off with social networking among women with backgrounds in technology who reside in Oregon. We had a great mix that included engineers, developers, social media specialists, marketing and PR professionals, entrepreneurs and others. The evening ended with a great presentation and Q&A during which Katherine shared her passion for the HP business and connecting with end users.

Katherine started off by sharing her background and then quickly dived in to how to shift the digital marketing and technology mindset to harness the power of an integrated approach. With constantly emerging digital trends and a new media-mix landscape, how does HP harness these trends and measure success?

Effective marketing has remained the same for years: connect the right customers with the right message at the right time and in the right place. What’s changed is that consumers are spending more and more time connecting through social networking, video and mobile.

In fact, consumers are now devoting more time online than to any other media, averaging a total of 14 hours/week or more. This amounts to more than 40% of their free time. In the last year, microblogging and social media sites such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, Blogger, Baidu and more have exploded in popularity. Video and mobile technology trends all continue to point up. There is huge opportunity if you look at total media consumption vis-a-vis the total U.S. advertising spend.

HP concentrates on maximizing the cross-channel shopping opportunities online, in-store and via advertising. This creates a synergy that delivers results.

Take “Pioneer Woman,” one case study in success. The campaign features Pioneer Woman, a blogger with a growing following. HP reached out to her niche audience by having Pioneer Woman show how she incorporates HP solutions into her life. By leveraging this already-existing social community, they were able to bring more credibility to the message, in that the audience is not being told what to do, but is having information shared with them.

One key takeaway from the HP social networking presentation was how important and effective it can be to find ways for your brand or business to share and collaborate in the social media space.

Katherine closed with a few takeaways:

  • Digital AND social media are the future…how do they work with and impact other assets?
  • Use the data AND trust your gut if you have a good compass (or get someone who does)
  • Leave enough room for innovation AND experimentation
  • Traditional AND emerging measurement are both important

Thanks to 24Notion for the event sponsored. As well as for everyone who attended the lecture. For more info about Girls in Tech Portland, check out our Facebook group

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Girls In Tech Portland Social Mixer: May 28th between 5:30pm-8pm

Girls In Tech PDX cordially invites you to mingle with our local GIT members. Thanks to all of you for joining and supporting Portland Girls In Tech. We would like to welcome all of you to join us for an evening of cocktails, mingling and of course some tech talk! Bring your friends and co-workers to the Tear Drop Lounge on Thursday May 28th from 5:30pm-8pm

Pls RSVP through Eventbrite or Facebook

Where: Tear Drop Lounge
1015 NW Everett St, Portland, OR

Free Door prizes sponsored by 24Notion
$50 Gift Certificate to Kanani Pearl Spa
$50 Gift card to Sephora

See you there!