On May 30, I was lucky enough to (literally!) win a lottery to attend the Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner sponsored by Linkedin. Girl Geek Dinners are hosted by Silicon Valley's hottest companies, who
"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."
Linkedin's offices in Mountain View are the usual very nice facilities, with lots of free food and drinks. For the event, though, they had dinner and refreshments catered in. The fruit trays were pretty spectacular (and tasty).
We got a goody bag with lots of Linkedin stickers....
Manager, Technical Brand, Culture, and Innovation Programs at LinkedIn; Senior Data Scientist at LinkedIn, Team Lead for Mobile data analytics; Principal Software Engineer; Senior Web Developer Lead and a VC who used to work for Linkedin and Google, and now makes her own Venture Cap deals.
The take-away here is that these women really do not have work-life balance, and all have worked some horrendous hours. If you want to make it in the Valley, hard work and long hours are part of the deal.
After the panel discussion, it was time for dessert!
Linkedin scored again in the dessert department.
All drinks are free for Linkedin employees - check out the Peet's coffee station!
Linkedin employees also get free Froyo - your choice of two different flavors!
My makeup that evening was a combination of Tom Ford and NARS: Tom Ford Traceless Foundation 03 Fawn; NARS Delphes Eye Shadow Trio; NARS Puerto Vallarta Multiple and Laguna Bronzer. My lipgloss had vanished after the meal ;-)
If you are in Tech and live in the Bay Area, you must attend a Girl Geek Dinner!