Auckland event | 15 October 2014 at Toto’s Montecristo Room

The final Auckland Girl Geek Dinner of 2014 is on Wednesday 15 October 2014, and is presented in conjunction with our sponsors Microsoft NZ, Catalyst and Assurity!

Wednesday October 15 2014, 6 – 8:30pm
Toto’s Montecristo Room, 53 Nelson Street, Auckland CBD
Tickets $25 – open to both women & men

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Speakers

Victoria Crone | Xero
Victoria Crone is a highly collaborative Marketing and Sales Executive, with extensive experience in the communications sector. Her experience spans from start-ups to mature products. Victoria joined Xero earlier this year as Managing Director NZ after 18 years with Telecom and Chorus – most recently as Chorus General Manager, Marketing and Sales. Victoria is a tech enthusiast, Mum and wanna be long distance sports freak. She is a passionate Kiwi and and a member of NZ Global Women.

Kelly Ann McKercher | OptimalExperience
Kelly Ann is a user research and design specialist at leading user experience consultancy Optimal Experience. In addition to her design consulting work, she is the chapter host of Ladies that UX Auckland. With her roots in design innovation and cultural anthropology, Kelly Ann is a passionate advocate of co-creation, critical design thinking and helping organisations to help themselves through building their internal service design capabilities. She is passionate about transforming the quality and value of both public and private services. Kelly Ann an avid yogi and yoga teacher, enjoys miniature dachshunds and black coffee.

Katrina Clokie | Assurity NZ
Katrina is an active contributor to the New Zealand software testing community. She is a co-founder and organiser of WeTest Workshops, a Wellington MeetUp for software testers. As the Editor of Testing Trapeze magazine, she co-ordinates writers and publishes articles from testers across Australia and New Zealand; she has spoken in New York, Sydney, and all around New Zealand, at various conferences. In Katrina’s spare time, she writes a testing blog. Katrina works for Assurity in Wellington as the Practice Lead for Lean Testing, a trainer for two testing courses, and facilitator of the graduate programme.

Jodi Mitchell | Simpl
Jodi is a motivated and experienced leader, with over 20 years experience in the IT industry. A major passion of Jodi’s is apparent in SimplHealth’s history of successfully delivering IT solutions for the health sector, making a difference in the lives of everyday New Zealanders.


What your ticket buys

Tickets are $25 – the ticket price includes a light dinner and a drink. Please note that the dinner is not a sit-down dinner but there is plenty of Toto’s famous pizza, finger food and sweet treats. There are limited vegetarian and gluten free options available.

The speakers will start at about 6.45 and we encourage you to stay for another drink afterwards or move on somewhere else to continue the conversations if you’re keen. A cash bar operates for the evening.

We use Lil Regie, a NZ-based online registration system. They’ll take your payment securely by credit card. Buy tickets now → 

Men are welcome to attend

Although our name suggests this event is only for women, our speakers are so great that everyone will want to come.  We’ve  got a limited number of tickets available for our male colleagues and friends as well, but you’ll have to be quick!

Venue

Toto’s Montecristo Room is downstairs from the fantastic Toto’s Restaurant in Nelson Street. It’s across from TVNZ, just up from Pastis and 5 minutes from Queen Street. There’s heaps of parking nearby.

Thank you

Microsoft NZ

Catalyst IT

assurity-sm

Friends

lil_regie

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Auckland event | 9 July 2014 at Toto’s Montecristo Room

The next Auckland Girl Geek Dinner will be held in conjunction with Nethui – it’s on Wednesday 9 July 2014, and presented in conjunction with our sponsors InternetNZ and Catalyst!

SPEAKER LINE UP CHANGE: Jodi Mitchell has regretfully had to withdraw from the evening – we are excited and pleased to announce that Tanya Gray will be speaking on the night in her place!

Wednesday July 9 2014, 6 – 8:30pm
Toto’s Montecristo Room, 53 Nelson Street, Auckland CBD
Tickets $25 – open to both women & men

Note: you do not have to be attending Nethui to buy a ticket; your attendance at Nethui does not allow access to the GGD.

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Speakers

Megan Whelan | The Wireless, RadioNZ
Megan is a senior journalist with RadioNZ. She’s changing the face of public broadcasting, one crazy hair colour at a time. Megan works on The Wireless – RadioNZ’s site aimed at bring insightful, educational, and entertaining public service media to 18-30 year olds. She joined The Wireless after working for Radio New Zealand International, covering news and current affairs across the Pacific. Since then, she has written about voting, start ups and her own appalling savings habits.

Kirsti Grant | Vend
Kirsti is a huge advocate for finding that thing you love and never having to work another day in your life. She’s worked in technology for over 7 years, mainly in the recruitment space. Kirsti is an expert on using social media and technology for recruitment – she was running her own social recruitment consulting business when she herself was recruited to join the Vend rocketship. Since joining Vend in April 2013, Kirsti has overseen the team growing from 39 to 122, many of those in Vend’s new offices in Melbourne, San Francisco, and Toronto.

Tanya Gray | Gather workshops
Tanya is the lead presenter on the Gather Workshops team, and she’s on a mission to increase the uptake of programming in secondary schools. With a professional background in web development, she is now applying her real-world experience to classroom learning and bridging the gap between schools and industry.

Ellen Strickland | InternetNZ
Ellen is Collaboration and Community Lead with InternetNZ, a non-profit organisation which works to promote the Internet and protect its potential for the benefit of New Zealand.  She is currently completing a PhD on regional ICT Policy formation in the Pacific Islands; she’s worked as an advisor, consultant, and academic in the area of the Internet and ICTs since 2000, in New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Australia and the UK. In her spare time, Ellen’s interests include cute pictures of cats and Scrabble.


What your ticket buys

Tickets are $25 – the ticket price includes a light dinner and a drink. Please note that the dinner is not a sit-down dinner but there is plenty of Toto’s famous pizza, finger food and sweet treats. There are limited vegetarian and gluten free options available.

The speakers will start at about 6.45 and we encourage you to stay for another drink afterwards or move on somewhere else to continue the conversations if you’re keen. A cash bar operates for the evening.

We use Lil Regie, a NZ-based online registration system. They’ll take your payment securely by credit card. Buy tickets now → 

Men are welcome to attend

Although our name suggests this event is only for women, our speakers are so great that everyone will want to come.  We’ve  got a limited number of tickets available for our male colleagues and friends as well, but you’ll have to be quick!

Venue

Toto’s Montecristo Room is downstairs from the fantastic Toto’s Restaurant in Nelson Street. It’s across from TVNZ, just up from Pastis and 5 minutes from Queen Street. There’s heaps of parking nearby.

Thank you

internetnz

 

 

 

 

 

Catalyst IT

Friends

lil_regie

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Auckland event | 25 March 2014 at Toto’s Montecristo Room

We’re really excited to announce the first Auckland Girl Geek Dinner for 2014, brought to you in conjunction with our sponsors Catalyst, VendBuddle Findlay and Codemania!

Tuesday March 25 2014, 6 – 8:30pm
Toto’s Montecristo Room, 53 Nelson Street, Auckland CBD
Tickets $25 – open to both women & men

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Speakers

JadeJade Tang
Jade (@jadetang123) is a creative entrepreneur who aims to create social change in the community through digital media and design. With her best friend, business partner and bridesmaid Eddy Helm, she co-founded Curative, and is the Auckland Chapter Host of CreativeMornings. Jade is passionate about the magic cross section of creativity + empathy, the globally growing trend of social enterprise + social innovation and most importantly, an extensive range of potato dishes.


PhilippaDr. Philippa Smith
Philippa’s passions show through her varied roles at AUT University: Research Manager of the Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication, senior lecturer on the BA in English and New Media Studies programme, and the executive director of the World Internet Project – a longitudinal study focusing on the impact of the internet on New Zealanders since 2007.  Philippa is fascinated by how digital technologies have changed the way we communicate and her PhD focused on how New Zealanders constructed their national identity through online discussions. With what little spare time she has left, Philippa enjoys reading the personal narratives of the famous and the infamous, listening to jazz, and being a support person for her multi-sport husband.


AlexAlex Mercer
Alex (@MercerInt) is a communications strategist with more than 15 years working across Asia Pacific and the U.S. As part of her work at Bill Gates’ Seattle-based think tank, Alex managed the launch of the Giving Pledge, a campaign by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to establish new norms around wealth and giving in the U.S. Alex also worked in-house for Microsoft Corporation for seven years running worldwide PR, managing citizenship strategy and working on executive communications. Today, Alex runs her own communications consulting practice for clients on both sides of the Pacific. Passionate about supporting NZ entrepreneurs, Alex is the Executive Director of ArcAngels, a new angel organisation dedicated to investing in early stage businesses led or managed by women across New Zealand.


What your ticket buys

Tickets are $25 – the ticket price includes a light dinner and a drink. Please note that the dinner is not a sit-down dinner but there is plenty of Toto’s famous pizza, finger food and sweet treats. There are limited vegetarian and gluten free options available.

The speakers will start at about 6.45 and we encourage you to stay for another drink afterwards or move on somewhere else to continue the conversations if you’re keen. A cash bar operates for the evening.

We use Lil Regie, a NZ-based online registration system. They’ll take your payment securely by credit card. Buy tickets now →

Men are welcome to attend

Although our name suggests this event is only for women, our speakers are so great that everyone will want to come.  We’ve  got a limited number of tickets available for our male colleagues and friends as well, but you’ll have to be quick!

Venue

Toto’s Montecristo Room is downstairs from the fantastic Toto’s Restaurant in Nelson Street. It’s across from TVNZ, just up from Pastis and 5 minutes from Queen Street. There’s heaps of parking nearby.

Thank you

Catalyst IT



Codemania

vendlogogreen

Friends

lil_regie

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Auckland event | 15 October at Toto’s Montecristo Room

We’re really excited to announce the final Auckland Girl Geek Dinner for 2013, brought to you in conjunction with our Gold sponsor InternetNZ, Bronze sponsor Catalyst and Bronze sponsor Serato!

Tuesday October 15 2013, 6 – 8:30pm
Toto’s Montecristo Room, 53 Nelson Street, Auckland CBD
Tickets $20 – open to both women & men

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Speakers

There will be three short talks on the night.


francesFrances Valintine
Frances has spent the past 15 years as the driving force behind Media Design School. She is a passionate educator with a particular interest in developing talent in the technology and creative fields that encourage students to be pioneering, inventive and innovative.
Her new business The Mind Lab is a facility dedicated to teaching robotics, electronics, programming, film making, animation and science technology to children aged 4-14 years. It opens late September in Newmarket. In 2012 Frances was a Next Magazine Woman of the Year finalist, she is a regular contributor as a designer in the World of Wearable Arts, and a self-confessed ‘active relaxer’ juggling multiple projects, board positions and family activities at any given time.


lillianLillian Grace
Lillian (@GracefulLillian) is Founder and Chief of Wiki New Zealand, a collaborative website making data about New Zealand visually accessible for everyone.  She is also an Associate at consulting firm Stakeholder Strategies.  Previously, Lillian has worked at think tank The New Zealand Institute, and at Academy Award-winning Massive Software where she spent six years involved in every aspect of running the business.  Through Massive, Lillian was exposed to the world of international business and the visual effects and hi-tech industries.  Prior to joining Massive, Lillian was a secondary school physical education and health teacher. Lillian is equally and extremely passionate about dreaming, thinking and doing.


claireClaire Amos
Claire (@ClaireAmosNZ) is a Deputy Principal at Hobsonville Point Secondary School – a brand new secondary school that opens for students in 2014. In 2011-2012 Claire was the Director of e-learning at Epsom Girls Grammar School. She has led and taught English for 15 years and her roles include facilitator of the ICT in English community on English Online, Auckland Secondary English Facilitator at Team Solutions at the University of Auckland and Head of English Faculty at Auckland Girl’s Grammar School. She has worked at a national level in assessment and curriculum in English. In 2009 Claire was a Ministry of Education e-fellow for which she undertook a study of how ICT can be used to support literacy in and beyond the English classroom. Claire is now regarded as a leader in e-learning and can often be found presenting at educational conferences around the country. Her interests include blogging, reading books and trashy magazines. Claire is passionate about her family, education, fashion and tattoos, living by the Oscar Wilde mantra: “You can never be overdressed or overeducated”.


What your ticket buys

Tickets are $20 – the ticket price includes a light dinner and a drink. Please note that the dinner is not a sit-down dinner but there is plenty of Toto’s famous pizza, finger food and sweet treats. There are limited vegetarian and gluten free options available.

The speakers will start at about 6.45 and we encourage you to stay for another drink afterwards or move on somewhere else to continue the conversations if you’re keen. A cash bar operates for the evening.

We use Lil Regie, a NZ-based online registration system. They’ll take your payment securely by credit card. Buy tickets now →

Men are welcome to attend

Although our name suggests this event is only for women, our speakers are so great that everyone will want to come.  We’ve  got a limited number of tickets available for our male colleagues and friends as well, but you’ll have to be quick!

Venue

The Montecristo Room is downstairs from the fantastic Toto’s Restaurant in Nelson Street. It’s across from TVNZ, just up from Pastis and 5 minutes from Queen Street. There’s heaps of parking nearby.

Thank you

Gold sponsor

internetnz

Bronze sponsors

Catalyst IT

Serato

Friends

lil_regie

Buy tickets now →

Auckland event | July 2 at Toto’s Montecristo Room

We’re really excited to announce the second Auckland Girl Geek Dinner for 2013, brought to you in conjunction with our Gold sponsor InternetNZ and Bronze sponsors Catalyst and Xero!

Tuesday July 2 2013, 6-8:30pm
Toto’s Montecristo Room, 53 Nelson Street, Auckland CBD
Tickets $20 – open to both women & men

Buy tickets now → 

Speakers

There will be three short talks on the night across three broad areas.


Shona GrundyBusiness | Shona Grundy
Shona (@shonagrundy), CEO and Co-Founder of Trigger Happy, has been the driving force behind the growth and strategic implementation of Trigger Happy’s first of its kind iPad platform, TOON HERO. Trigger Happy won Company of the Year, Pre Commercialisation at the recent NZ Hi-Tech Awards. Shona has experience in the music and animation television industry as well as being Executive Chair of the Auckland Screen and Digital Content Leadership group in 2011/2012. In 2009, she was nominated for the Veuve Clicquot NZ Business Woman of the Year and for the Women in Film and Television Entrepreneur of the Year. Shona is a self-confessed ‘victim of pop culture’ and loves anything to do with music, fashion and entertainment.


Courtney JohnstonCreative | Courtney Johnston
Courtney (@auchmill) has been Director of The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt since late 2012. Prior to this she was General Manager of Wellington web company Boost New Media for two years. The first gallery director in Australasia to come from a web background, she has both an MA in Art History and her Scrum Master certification.


Dr Michelle DickinsonTechnical | Dr Michelle Dickinson
Michelle (@medickinson) is a passionate researcher in nanotechnology who runs her own lab at the University of Auckland. She is a firm believer in sustainability, breaking stereotypes and following her dreams by being a passionate geek who hopes to inspire others through her contagious excitement.


What your ticket buys

Tickets are $20 – the ticket price includes a light dinner and a drink. Please note that the dinner is not a sit-down dinner but there is plenty of food. The speakers will start at about 6.45 and we encourage you to stay for another drink afterwards or move on somewhere else to continue the conversations if you’re keen. A cash bar operates for the evening if you’re after a beverage which isn’t on offer.

We use Lil Regie, a NZ-based online registration system. They’ll take your payment securely by credit card. Buy tickets now →

Men are welcome to attend

Although our name suggests this event is only for women, our speakers are so great that everyone will want to come.  We’ve  got a limited number of tickets available for our male colleagues and friends as well, but you’ll have to be quick!

Venue

The Montecristo Room is in the fantastic Toto’s Restaurant in Nelson Street. It’s across from TVNZ, just up from Pastis and the Empire Tavern – 5 minutes from Queen Street. There’s heaps of parking nearby.

Thank you

Gold sponsor

internetnz

Bronze sponsors

Catalyst IT

Xero

Friends

lil_regie

Buy tickets now →

Auckland event | March 26 at Toto’s Montecristo Room

We’re really excited to announce the first Auckland Girl Geek Dinner for 2013, brought to you in conjunction with our Gold sponsor InternetNZ and Bronze sponsor Buddle Findlay!

Tuesday March 26 2013, 6-8pm
Toto’s Montecristo Room, 53 Nelson Street, Auckland CBD
Tickets $20 – open to both women & men

Buy tickets now → 

Speakers

There will be three short talks on the night across three broad areas.


julia_raueBusiness | Julia Raue
Julia was appointed as Air New Zealand CIO in 2007 and manages the centralised Air NZ Group IT department. This involves key portfolios such as Production, Solutions, Architecture, Vendor Management, and Innovation & Ventures. Julia is passionate about both her role and the airline’s commitment to improving information systems and technology. Julia has twenty years of experience in the IT industry and has held positions in local government, telecommunications and charitable organisations.


Creative | Su Yin Khoo
Su Yin (@ksuyin) relishes solving front-end web development and user experience problems but designing beautiful print documents is really her strong suit. She has been involved with various good-cause projects like Our Far South, Jojo’s Place, Cycling in Auckland and Easy Transport Auckland.
Su Yin has also worked on award-winning titles Idealog and Good in both print and digital formats.


Technical | Vivian Chandra
Vivian (@vivster81) is the ICT & Database Manager at Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand.
Vivian has been involved with Amnesty since she was in high school, and calls herself a human rights activist who happens to *do* IT.


Logistics

Tickets

Tickets are $20 – the ticket price includes a light dinner and a drink. Although our name suggests this event is only for women, our speakers are so great that everyone will want to come.  We’ve  got a limited number of tickets available for our male colleagues and friends as well, but you’ll have to be quick!

We use Lil Regie, a NZ-based online registration system. They’ll take your payment securely by credit card. Buy tickets now →

Venue

The Montecristo Room is in the fantastic Toto’s Restaurant in Nelson Street. It’s across from TVNZ, just up from Pastis and the Empire Tavern – 5 minutes from Queen Street. There’s heaps of parking nearby.

Timing

Doors will open at 6pm. There will be a buffet dinner and a selection of drinks served until the speakers start at 6.45pm. A cash bar will also operate for the evening if you’re after a beverage which isn’t on offer.

The three speakers should conclude by about 7.45 and we’ll wrap up at 8pm.

Thank you

Gold sponsor

internetnz

Bronze sponsor

sponsors_buddle_findlay

Friends

lil_regie


Buy tickets now →

Auckland event – November 13 at Generator

We’re really excited to announce the next Auckland Girl Geek Dinner, brought to you in conjunction with Datacom and Buddle Findlay!

Tuesday, November 13 2012 | 6-8pm
Generator, 22-28 Customs Street East, Auckland CBD
Tickets $15

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Speakers

There will be three short talks on the night across three broad areas.


Design | Penny Hagen
Penny (@pennyhagen) believes in a participatory approach to the design of process, strategy, products and services. Penny is the User Experience Director at leading digital agency DAN in Auckland. In addition to her design consulting work, Penny teaches design thinking to business students at AUT and last year finished her PhD on the impact of social technologies on the design process.


Technical | Selena Dewar
Selena (@selenadewar) is passionate about great code, strong leadership, good strategies and fostering high performing teams. Selena is the Software Development Manager for tvnz.co.nz and TVNZ Ondemand.


Business | Erica Lloyd
As the Director of Communications at Datacom, Erica (@ericalloyd) is a communications professional with a serious tech-bent. She has run her own tech business in the film industry, worked as news and current affairs producer and an on air business journo, and done loads of multichannel PR including building from scratch social media capability for a bank.


Logistics

Tickets

There are 60 tickets available – they’re $15 each.

Although our name suggests this event is only for women, our speakers are so great that everyone will want to come.  We’ve  got a limited number of tickets available for our male colleagues and friends as well, but you’ll have to be quick!

We use Lil Regie, a NZ-based online registration system. They’ll take your payment securely by credit card.

Buy a ticket now

Venue

Generator is located in a fantastic heritage office space – they’re at 22-28 Customs Street East, just around the corner from Shaky Isles in the Auckland CBD. The entrance is right next to Cafe Hanoi and opposite Xu Xu.

It’s a minute’s walk from the train and across the road from the ferry. There’s free parking for your bike or scooter and they’re surrounded by carparks.

Timing

Doors will open at 6pm. There will be sushi and a selection of drinks served until the speakers start at 6.45pm. A cash bar will also operate for the evening if you’re after a beverage which isn’t on offer.

The three speakers should conclude by about 7.30 and we’ll wrap up at 8pm.

Thank you

Sponsors

 

Datacom logo

 

Friends

 


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Why we have too few women leaders

Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders (December 2010)

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite. As the COO at the helm of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg juggles the tasks of monetising the world’s largest social networking site while keeping its users happy and engaged.