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We've been busy planning Pitch 2008, and Angie Chang (one of our co-founders) launched the first Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner last night (January 31) at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, CA. There was much food, drink, and schwag to be had -- and plenty of girl geeks with their invited guests. Over 600 people celebrated girl geeks and watched the panelists discuss building credibility and reputation in technology and business. Katherine Barr (Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures) moderated a discussion between Leah Culver (Co-Founder and Lead Developer, Pownce), Sumaya Kazi (Entrepreneur and Social Media Manager, Sun Microsystems), Irene Au (Director of User Experience, Google), and Rashmi Sinha (CEO, SlideShare). The panelists' jobs and roles were diverse, and the variety in personalities and attitudes toward work and life made for a very interesting panel discussion.

the stagethe stageEllen Spertus from Google gives opening talkAngie Chang introduces the panelpanelists onstageSumaya Kazi speaksIrene Au speaksPanelists sans Leah Culver, with event curator Angie Chang

If you're interested in attending future Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners, check out the website or join the group on Facebook for updates. Questions? Email angiechang@gmail.com