Zürich Girl Geek Dinner #5 in partnership with Phaidon International – ‘The war for female tech talent’

The next Girl Geek Dinner will be hosted at Impact Hub Zurich on Tuesday April 26 at 18:00.

Our theme is “The war for female tech talent”. #InclusiveTalent

Join us on GGD vol 5 for an interesting panel discussion on “The war for female tech talent” in partnership with Phaidon International.

Phaidon International is a global staffing firm with 8 niche brands specialising in STEM. The company’s Inclusive Talent series brings together Hiring Managers and industry professionals to address talent pipeline challenges and help facilitate industry change.

We will also have short intros from

  • Hack Zurich” – biggest hackathon event in Europe happening on September
  • Impact Hub Zurich” which aims to build the entrepreneurial community to prototype the future of business and is providing the venue for the event.

We will be posting our Eventbrite link on April 12.
update: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zurich-girl-geek-dinner-5-tickets-24578483907


The war for female tech talent

“A company’s success is as much about its employees as it is about the quality of its product or service. Yet, for technology companies in particular, attracting and retaining highly-skilled workers in an age of immense competition is proving to be an increasingly difficult task. A talent war is waging, and tech firms have been forced into battle.

In the Global Gender Gap Report 2015, Switzerland ranks 8 close to its Nordic counterparts holding the top ranks. Also, female participation in work force is one of the highest among OECD countries with 46% thanks to its strong growth since 1995. However, almost half of the women that participate are part time workers and poorly represented in leadership positions. Only 3% of managers and 4% of directors of Swiss listed companies are women. Also the boardrooms these companies host only 8% women and this number is steady in the last 10 years. Combined with the lower percentage of females in the STEM studies, numbers for the tech market doesn’t look any better.

The tech market is evolving constantly and at a rapid pace, creating the need for employees who have the skills to not only adapt to changes, but to innovate and propel companies into the future.  A number of studies have shown that financial results are better for organizations with a higher percentage of women in senior positions. McKinsey and Catalyst have both published such results. As well as the research also shows that diversity on all axes of life experience — age, gender, race, national and cultural origin, sexual orientation, educational background, for example — creates a cognitive and social environment which is a positive indicator for innovation.

Now top talent isn’t just a nice-to-have; it’s essential for success of tech companies.

Tech companies need to ensure that women employees are supported from day one. They need to create a working environment that is welcoming, shows no gender bias and empowers their employees to improve and drive diversity.”


18:00 – Doors opening: registration & networking and snacks
18:30 – Welcome by Zurich GGD, Phaidon International, Impact Hub
19:00 – Panel discussion: “The war for female tech talent” & QA with

20:00 – Hack Zurich intro session
20:10 – Closing remarks
20:15 – Networking and snacks
21:30 – Event finished and doors closed

Places will be limited and event is registration only.
We will be posting our Eventbrite link on April 12.


Phaidon InternationalFollow GGD Zurich on Facebook, Google+, Twitter for securing your ticket to this exciting event (and keep updated with next ones).

Follow  Phaidon International on Facebook, Google+, Twitter. Event hashtag #InclusiveTalent.




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Save the date!!

Next Zürich Girl Geek Dinner (vol 5) will take place on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016! Stay tuned, more information will follow later!

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The speakers


AspireMelanie Kovacs, Dhruv Parekh and Renata Jendrolovits

‘We will speak about Aspire and our vision, mission and upcoming events for discovering, educating and promoting entrepreneurial female talents.’



eBay – Armelle Moulin-Latiz (Head of Europe Internet Marketing Analytics)

‘Managing Geeks – Is the saying that geeks are brilliant yet notoriously resistant-to-being-managed individuals a myth or a reality? Do you then need to be a geek to manage geeks?

Let me share my over-10-year perspective in 5 minutes!’



Code Artemis – Jasmine Kent

‘I’ll talk about how my interests in engineering and entertainment have taken me to Sega, YouTube and Code Artemis, and my experience launching game funding startup Ludo.io.’



GoogleKatie Bell (Site Reliability Engineer at Google)

“Starting from my first programming attempts, when I didn’t know how to do loops, to starting university not knowing what Linux was, to starting at Google thinking they must have made a mistake in hiring me. I will talk about how I finally managed to convince myself that I’m actually good at this stuff.”




SwisscomCarolin Latze (Technical Lead for Security at Swisscom – Innovation)

‘When I started university, I thought I found my paradise. However after some years I left and joined an engineering team at Swisscom. Being very happy with that and seeing the management as boring white-collar professionals, I never thought I would join them. Now I did. How did I get there?’



DeloitteAgnieszka Leyko (Consultant in Risk Analytics Team at Deloitte)

‘Social network – I wouldn’t be where I am now if didn’t have an extensive network of friends. I am not saying that skills are not important, but we shouldn’t underestimate the power of networking in the world where “if something is not on facebook then it doesn’t exists”!’



eBay Liesbeth Deddens (Content manager)

‘I found myself climbing on the outside of The Shard, Western Europe’s highest building. I wondered: ‘how did I get here?!’.



Deloitte  – Mervi Kech (Manager in Risk Analytics Team )

When I started my professional career in German speaking countries, I was struggling now and then with cultural differences and language barriers. I was confronted with the prejudices like how young woman can understand something about programming languages, systems architecture or databases. I will tell you how I managed to established my position working in projects in male domain as an only woman.


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A journey in sound and code

We are proud to announce that GGD#3 will be opened in style with a concert by Dragica Kahlina! 
Make sure to arrive before 18:15 on June 4th!

The performance will be a mix of improvisation on the Eigenharp Alpha and live coding. Dragica

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Grab your ticket today!

The 3rd Zurich Girl Geek Dinner event which will be hosted @ Hardturmstrasse 185 in Zurich, second floor on Wednesday 4th of June 18:00 CET.

The girls will be sharing their experiences on “How they got here” following the Lightining talk format and we’ll have plenty of time to network and have a nice apero together.
We hope to see you there, this is your chance to get your ticket  for free.





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Official announcement

We are very pleased to announce that the 3rd Zurich Geek Girl Dinner will take place on Wed 4th of June, from 6pm on.

We’ll soon communicate the location, how to grab your ticket and the list of great speakers that will make it an unforgettable evening!


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Send us your proposals

Many of you have told us that we missed the email contact for sending your proposals to us.

It is not too late, we are still accepting speakers. Remember, the topic is  “How did I get here”… here as at this stage of my life, career, in this corner of the world.

We are looking forward to hear your experiencies, so please send them to ggdzrh@googlegroups.com.

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Call for speakers

Hi Ladies, it’s time for planning the next event.
We are looking for ladies who would like to speak, sharing their experience with us.

This event’s theme will be “How did I get here”…here as at this stage of my life, career, in this corner of the world.
If you’d like to be a speaker, please send your topic and a short description.
The next Zurich GGD is planned to happen between the last week of May and the first week of June.

Please send your ideas to ggdzrh@googlegroups.com.


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Celebrate International Women’s Day with Women Techmakers and Google

We would like to present you with yet another way to celebrate International Women’s Day this year!

Google is partnering with Women Techmakers to launch a series of global events geared towards increasing visibility, community, and resources for technical women in our industry.

One of them will be happening in Google Zurich on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM (CET)

Please register here 

The event will include a talk from a female technology leader, networking opportunities and more. In true Google fashion, there will be plenty of food and giveaways.

Tentative Schedule:
15:30 – 16:00 Registration, Light Snack and Drinks
16:00 – 16:15 Welcome Address
16:15 – 16:40 Technical Talk: Engineering the Future
16:40 – 17:10 Q&A Panel
17:10 – 17:15 Closing
17:15 – 19:00 Networking with Googlers at TGIF

If you have any questions, please email iwd@google.com and please refer to the location of the event in your inquiry.

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Summary of the GGD Zürich vol 2

The second Zurich Girl Geek Dinners event (#ZhGGD) was held in Evernote offices in Zurich in collaboration with eBay and Google. 

I wanted to thank everybody that helped make that happen and share the pictures and the slides from the event with you.

Please read on to check out the presentations and the photos from this event.


Many Many Many thanks for the speakers and attendees …

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Links to albums album1 album2

See you again soon!


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