Taking Flight: Owning Impact in Your Career

Taking Flight: Owning Impact in Your Career

# Taking Flight: Owning Impact in Your Career

Airbnb is excited to host a women in tech event the evening of Tuesday, July 19th to inspire women in engineering as we bring together established engineers in the industry with interns looking to learn, connect and belong.

This year's event will highlight women in various stages of their careers in tech, from new grad to co-founder. They will share how they have become influential players within their field and the different paths that led them there.

The event will include:
- Dinner!
- A panel of of multiple women will share how they've owned impact in their technical careers.
- An opportunity for an intimate Q&A session
- Time to chat with other attendees in order to leave with inspiration and support beyond just presentations.

This event intends an inclusive definition of "woman;" we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.

Check-in is from 6-6:45pm. An Airbnb account is required to sign up. Please note an email confirmation for this event will be sent to you if you've properly RSVP'd. You must be RSVP'd on this page to attend. We will not be able to accommodate any walk-ins.

Note that you'll be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement upon arrival.

# Moderator:

## Donna Boyer
Director of Product, Airbnb

As Director of Product, Donna Boyer leads the teams focused on growing the global host community, helping hosts provide great guest experiences, and deepening hosts' relationship to Airbnb. She depth of product management and her personal hosting experience to the role, ensuring that the product organization shares an understanding of hosts' needs. Outside the office, Donna serves on the Girls in Tech Board of Directors, where she supports the organization's efforts to educate and empower women to be successful in tech careers. Before joining the team at Airbnb, Donna was the CPO and Interim CMO at Blurb, an indie publishing platform and community.

# Speaker Bios:

## Maira Benjamin
Director of Engineering, Pandora

As Director of Engineering, Maira manages several teams of engineers that deliver the algorithms for the listener's playlists as well as the tools that manage the Music Genome Project.

Maira has been dedicated to the technology field for over 30 years as she has played an instrumental role in engineering departments for over 15 technology companies. In addition to her professional life, Maira is a published author and lyricist, a classically trained pianist, and has been studying the guitar for many years.

Maira is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a BA in Statistics. She also earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Mills College where she studied Chinese History, Architecture of India, and United States History.

## Lauren Frazier
Software Engineer, Google

Lauren is a Software Engineer at Google, working on the Android Wear app for iOS (for those that prefer Google's watch and Apple's phone). Before that, she was the lead engineer of Google Wallet for iOS. A Philadelphia native and University of Pennsylvania grad, she is quite knowledgeable about pretzels, cheesesteaks, and water ice. Super Bowl rings, not so much.

## Maia Bittner
Co-founder and COO of Stable Insure

Maia Bittner loves building products and is passionate about start-ups and entrepreneurship. She graduated from the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering with a degree in Cognitive Science and likes to use information about the way our brains work to design products that are fun and intuitive to use. Previously, Maia was the co-founder and CTO of RocksBox, a jewelry styling startup. Now, she is the co-founder and COO of a new company that is building the best way to help millennials secure their financial future.

## Dominique (Dom) DeGuzman
Software Engineer, Twilio

Dominique (Dom) DeGuzman is a community and self-taught software engineer with a background in desktop hardware and public speaking. Dom jumped into software and tools development after years of provisioning linux. Now focusing on Infrastructure Engineering at Twilio, she focuses on development pipeline, infrastructure security, and developer productivity tools.
Alongside development, Dom is one of the founding members of Twilio's diversity and inclusion initiative, runs a group called "Diversity Advocates", and is the SF City Director for Lesbians Who Tech. She spends her non-engineering time traveling speaking about diversity and inclusion, battling brogrammer culture, impostor syndrome, and encouraging more underrepresented minorities in the field to pursue a future in STEM.

## Jessica Yao
Software Engineer, Airbnb

I am a software engineer on the Payments Experience team at Airbnb, where we are building out a platform to support exchanges between guests and hosts in as many countries and currencies as possible. I enjoy peeking inside black boxes and learning about how systems work---how fortunate it is that payments is one such example! In my free time, I enjoy climbing, roadtripping, compiling playlists, reading excellent books, and writing terrible poetry.

This event is led by an Airbnb community member, and is not an official Airbnb meetup. Airbnb does not endorse any host, community member or unofficial event, and is not responsible for any activities related to unofficial events.

273 People Attending

Tue, July 19, 2016 (meetup over)
6:00 PM — 9:00 PM


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