Auckland event | 25 February 2015 at Toto’s Montecristo Room

The first Auckland Girl Geek Dinner of 2015 is on Wednesday 25 February 2015, and is presented in conjunction with our sponsors Microsoft NZ, and Catalyst!

Wednesday February 25 2015, 6 – 8:30pm
Toto’s Montecristo Room, 53 Nelson Street, Auckland CBD
Tickets $25 – open to both women & men

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Emma Kirkman | Orion Health
Emma is a passionate leader for change. As Global OD Manager for Orion Health, she is in the enviable position of leading the Organisational Development agenda for the recently listed global software company. Emma and her team are leading several key initiatives currently, including global leadership models, values and behaviours, and social learning.
Described as “energetic”, “visionary” and “strategic”, Emma thrives being around ideas and innovation. This has led to the creation of thought leadership groups in the domains of learning and personal development. Along with visits to Silicon Valley to hear of developments in coaching, OD, and L&D in the technology space, Emma is able to stay abreast of forward thinking and translate that into tangible actions that are meaningful and relevant to Orion Health’s strategic priorities.

Alyona Medelyan | Entopix
Alyona is an expert in Natural Language Processing, a fascinating field that researches how to teach computers to understand human language. She runs Entopix, a consultancy and a startup that builds NLP software. She loves her work and believes that technology is a fantastic career option for girls, which is why she initiated STEAM-ahead, career events for school girls and their mums.

Laura Bell | SafeStack
Laura Bell is the founder of SafeStack, a specialist security firm that helps fast growing, fast moving companies become a little safer online. Before all that however she wrote software for a crazy collection of places around the world, spoke at a few international conference things and released a few open source tools…. not what you expect from someone who thought they would be Scully from the X-Files or run an ice-cream shop when they grew up. Laura lives in Auckland with her husband and daughter and hopes that one day she can help girls and women of all ages find their own crazy technical adventure.

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!


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



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