February Meeting at Dropbox -- Panel Discussion on Women in Software Engineering

Feb 10, 2016 · Seattle, United States of America

6:00-6:45 Check in, mingle, happy hour at Dropbox office (Drinks & Appetizers provided) 

6:45-7:00 Move to 40th floor Conference Center 

7:00-8:30 Jessica McKellar Python Talk followed by panel discussion on women in software engineering 

8:30-9:00 Networking and conclusion

9:00 to afterparty at Fado at 801 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, a short walk down the hill from Columbia Center.

At the afterparty, Zonar Systems and Twitter Dev Relations team are buying attendees a round of drinks. 

Dropbox Seattle
701 5th Avenue, Floor 64
Seattle, WA 98104

Featured Speakers and Panelists

Bear Douglas
Manager, Developer Advocacy, Twitter

Bear Douglas is a Developer Advocate at Twitter, where she leads the Fabric and GNIP Developer Relations teams to help companies of all sizes make the most of Twitter's platform. You can find her out and about at hackathons, mobile meetups, and a cappella rehearsals with @songbirds. Former @fbplatform, @strobe, and community organizer for @emberjs.

Bridget Frey 
Chief Technology Officer, Redfin 

Bridget leads software engineering for Redfin. Prior to joining Redfin, Frey was the director of analytics and business applications at Lithium Technologies, where she was responsible for applications and tools used to manage, moderate, measure, explore, and grow online communities using Lithium's flagship Social Customer Relationship Management product. Before that, Frey was the vice president of development at IntrinsiQ Research, a chemotherapy software company, where she managed development, quality assurance, technical support, and product management. In addition, she has held management positions at two start-ups: IMlogic and Plumtree Software. Bridget holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Follow Bridget on Twitter.

Shadae Holmes
Web Developer, Foundry Interactive

Shadae Holmes is web developer and a native Washingtonian. She switched to a tech career after attending the Ada Developers Academy in Seattle.  Her passions are front-end development, web accessibility, ux, and diversity in tech. You can find Shadae's musings surrounding tech and Seattle on twitter @Seattledae.

Jessica McKellar
Director of Engineering, Dropbox

Jessica has done everything -- from kernel engineering to founding and selling startups to leading and scaling enterprise engineering orgs at Dropbox. She’s a technical consultant for Silicon Valley and an O'Reilly Open Source Award recipient for her diversity outreach work in the Python community. 

Constance Duong
Software Engineer, Dropbox

Constance Duong is a software engineer at Dropbox, where she works on the billing and payments systems that support the Dropbox business. Prior to joining Dropbox, she primarily worked in front-end web development at Microsoft, where she built Office Smart Lookup and contributed to redesigning Office.com

Directions to the event

Columbia Center is Seattle’s tallest building located at 701 5th Avenue. Entrance on the 5th avenue side after 6pm. 

Please note you'll need to take two elevators to get to our floor.

From the Fifth Avenue entrance/lobby, take the elevator banks to the 40th floor.  Once you arrive at the 40th round the corner and take the elevator that goes to 64.

Signs will direct you to the correct bank of elevators.

Our check in staff will be there to greet you upon arrival at the 64th floor.

Starting at 6:45 pm we will move to the 40th floor for the tech talk and panel discussion. 


From I-5 North

- I-5 southbound to James/Columbia exit.  Turn right on Columbia street, continue through the intersection with Fifth Avenue.  The entrance to the parking garage is the second entrance on the left.

From I-5 South

- I-5 northbound to Madison street exit. Turn left on Madison street, left on Fifth Avenue, right on Columbia Street.  The entrance to the parking garage is the second entrance on the left.

From I-90 East

- From East of Seattle via I-90:  I-90 westbound to its end, follow signs to I-5 North, take the James Street exit, turn left onto James Street, turn right onto 4th Avenue, turn right onto Cherry Street, Columbia Center is on your left.

From SR 520 East

- From East of Seattle via SR-520:  520 westbound to its end, follow signs to I-5 South, I-5 southbound to exit 164, follow signs to James Street, stay to the right on the exit, you will end up going southbound on 6th Avenue, stay on 6th Avenue to James Street, turn right onto James Street, turn right onto 4th Avenue, turn right onto Cherry Street, Columbia Center is on your left.

Columbia Center has underground parking - you can enter from Columbia Street between 5th and 4th street.

Dropbox is validating parking

. Garage closes at 9:30pm. 


Enter from Columbia Street between Fifth and Fourth Avenues. Parking spots are located at bottom of entry ramp. Parking spaces for 40 bicycles.

Taking Transit?

Buses 252, 255, 257, 268, 311, 510, 511, 512, 513, 545, and 630 stop at 5th and Cherry outside of Columbia Center.

Buses 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 13, 14, 15, 29, 36, 49, 70, 82, 83, 84, and E Line stop at 3rd and Columbia and 3rd and Marion.

Buses 5, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 28, 33, 37, 40, 116, 118, 119, 124, 304, and 355 stop at 3rd and James and 3rd and Columbia.

Light Rail

Maps & Fares:


The Pioneer square station is just a block and a half away from Columbia Center


Entrance to the Columbia Center is on 5th and Columbia Street.

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