About

Who:
✷ We host dinners for women in or interested in the computer/tech industry (IT, developers, designers, sys admins, engineers, database gurus), and men that support and encourage gender equity in the industry. All genders, ethnic backgrounds, orientations, religions, politics, etc. welcomed and encouraged.

What/Where/When:
✷ At present, we are meeting for casual, monthly dinners at local restaurants (members responsible for their own meal and drinks).
✷ Future plans may consist of a potluck “salon” concept, a catered meal/buffet at a meeting space, or some combination thereof. If you are interested in sponsoring a dinner or donating a meeting space, please message us with the details.
✷ We are also looking into quarterly presentations or speakers. If you are interested in speaking or presenting, please message us with the details.

Why:
✷ to bring people together for interesting conversation
✷ to identify and break down gender stereotypes and barriers to entry
✷ to provide opportunities for networking, and for mentors and proteges to meet
✷ to provide opportunities to learn from each other
✷ to discuss particular challenges for Girl Geeks: getting your resume read, respect from colleagues, negotiating for equal pay, getting your voice heard, conquering impostor syndrome, mapping out an education/career plan

History:
✷ The Girl Geek Dinners were founded on the 16th August 2005 as a result of one girl geek who got annoyed and frustrated about being one of the only females attending technical events. She was tired of being assumed to be marketing, tired of constantly having to prove herself and decided that she just wanted a change and to be treated just the same as any other geek out there, gender and age aside.
✷ After all to be geeky is to be intelligent, have passion for a subject and to know that subject in depth. It’s not at all about being better than others, or about gender, race, religion or anything else. Those things just detract from the real fun stuff, the technology, the innovation and the spread of new ideas.