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With Iris Shields (Sr UX/UI Architect, AutoGrid), Prabitha Ganesh (Dir. Platform Infrastructure, Box), Anita Jindal (Dir. Engg, NetApp), Renu Tewari (Dir. Engg, Cloudera), Jennifer Elias (Reporter, SV Business Journal).
Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 06:00 PM   Absolutely Free
McAfee, 2821 Mission College Blvd
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Join us for our first event of 2019! We're hosting a Women in Tech Panel to discuss some of the challenges & successes that a few influential women have seen in the tech space, & what companies can do to empower their female employees & ensure their company has a well rounded perspective.

There will be drinks, refreshments, & networking! All attendees must BRING A VALID FORM OF PHOTO I.D. for security check-in or you will not be permitted entry. See you there!

6-7PM Networking
7-8PM Panel Discussion
8-8:30pm Audience Q&A
8:30-9pm Networking & Wrap Up


~Iris Shields | Senior UX/ UI Architect, AutoGrid

Iris is originally from The Netherlands where she studied Information Technology Majoring in Interaction Design. Something we nowadays call UX. After a 3 year stint on the Back End (DB design & development) in a bank in Brussels she decided her heart was on the Front End. From Belgium to the Washington DC & then to California she was able to maintain a hybrid trajectory as Front End Developer/ UI designer to Lead UX Developer/ Designer to Senior UX/ UI Architect.

~Prabitha Ganesh | Director of Platform Infrastructure, Box

Prabitha Ganesh is a seasoned executive & technologist with 20+ years of experience ranging from software development & technical operations to engineering management. She currently serves as Dir. of Platform Infrastructure at Box & one of her ambitious goal is to increase womens participation within the TechOps organization. In addition, Prabitha serves as the co-chair for Boxs Women-In-Tech initiative, purpose of which is providing a platform for development & networking opportunities for women in the technology space. Prior to Box, Prabitha worked at companies such as PayPal, HP, Ellie Mae, Ericsson in various engineering positions.

~Dr. Anita Jindal | Director of Engineering, NetApp

Dr. Anita Jindal is a seasoned business leader with passion for technology & products. She is currently Dir. of Engineering at NetApp, & prior to that held a Sr. Dir. role at Oracle. At NetApp, she leads data science platform & application teams. Her teams have delivered first data science, & microservices platforms at NetApp based on big data & cloud technologies. She has held various engineering leadership positions at Sun where she led her engineering teams to deliver the first specifications & reference implementations for Java Web Services technologies. Anita worked as a Resident Research Associate at Argonne National Lab, where she did extensive research on the application of parallel computing to deduction systems, an area of AI. Anita has multiple software patents & publications & has been a speaker & moderator at STEM & Women In Technology events. Anita is currently serving as a Board Member for STEMentors Silicon Valley that promotes STEM for underrepresented children. Anita holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

~Dr. Renu Tewari | Director of Engineering, Cloudera

Renu Tewari is currently the Director of Engineering at Cloudera for Stream Processing & Streaming Analytics focusing on all things related to data in motion. Previously, she led the Kafka team at Linkedin & was a Distinguished Research Staff Member at IBM Research working on large scale distributed systems, data management & clustered filesystems. She has a PhD in Computer Science from UT Austin & is on the Big Data advisory board for Rutgers University. She is a strong advocate for women in technology & a champion of STEM for girls. In her spare time she actively volunteers for non-profits associated with childhood education & health while harboring a secret passion for theater & stand-up comedy.

~Jennifer Elias | Reporter SV Business Journal

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