GGD # 9 – October 12, 2010 – Wordpress Workshop!

Speaker: Ashley Officer, New Media Artist
When: Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM @ The Line Up for Dinner; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ RRC for Workshop
Where: The Line Up (map)
Red River College Princess Street (map) Room A106
Attendance is free, pay for your own food and drinks. RSVP via Eventbrite or Facebook.
Door prizes sponsored by Smash-art!

The Workshop will cover the WordPress Basics. Prior knowledge of basic Photoshop and CSS is recommended but not required.

Our presenter will walk you though:

  • How to sign up for your own WordPress blog
  • How to create and publish content
  • How to configure and personalize your site for your own specific needs
  • How to upload and edit WordPress Themes
  • How to upload and configure WordPress Plugins
  • And will try to answer all your questions

We will also be starting our Girl Geek Winnipeg Blog Challenge! Woot! More information on that coming soon.

About the Presenter:

Ashley Officer graduate of Digital, Multimedia and Technology course at Red River College, earning a diploma in 2007. She has been an active part of the creative and new media community in Winnipeg for over five years. Ashley has experience launching large and small websites for clients all over Manitoba. She is also well-rounded in all other forms of design and multimedia including animation and film.
Ashley is no stranger to teaching digital media, in the summer of 2006 she coordinated and taught the Women in Media Foundation’s teen summer camp. Over 2 weeks she taught a group of 13-17 year old teenage girls plan, film and produce their own short documentaries. She now runs her own small design, media and print company called Smash-Art.


GGD # 8 – September 14, 2010 – Lessons Learned from My Profession

Speaker: Trish Rempel, Application Developer
When: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Aqua Books (map)
Attendance is free, pay for your own food and drinks. RSVP via Eventbrite or Facebook.
Door prizes sponsored by Smash-art!

In the past ten years as an application developer, I have learned a few things that have made me a better professional, one of which is shamelessly borrowed from Douglas Adams’s book Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Don’t Panic. While this may seem self-evident, this can be easier said than done when a large assignment or server meltdown is staring you in the face. Since our group meetings tend to be smaller, I will also invite group members to speak who want to share some advice or lessons learned.

About the Presenter:

Trish Rempel founded Winnipeg Girl Geek Dinners in January 2010 after finding that the attendance at many technological events and user groups are predominately male, and if she wanted to interact more with like-minded women in the industry, perhaps others did too.

Trish is an application developer, mostly working with .Net, though she has dabbled with Flex and World of Warcraft. She has been in the IT industry since 2000.

GGD # 7 – August 10, 2010 – Entrepreneurial Advice and Resources from the Women’s Enterprise Centre

Door prizes sponsored by Smash-art!

Speaker: Angela Hilland, Business Advisor, Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba
When: Tuesday, August, 10, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Aqua Books (map)
Attendance is free, pay for your own food and drinks. RSVP via Eventbrite or Facebook.

The Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba (WEC) has helped thousands of women throughout the province find information, improve their skills and acquire financing so that they can start, expand or purchase an existing business. The staff and board at the Centre understand that in addition to running your own businesses, women are often the primary managers and caregivers of their families. The role of balancing many responsibilities brings with it many unique experiences and challenges. The Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba was established to address these challenges. Whether you are a novice or seasoned entrepreneur, you can count on the experience and understanding of our team of committed and successful women entrepreneurs and professionals.

About Angela Hilland:
An experienced business professional with an entrepreneurial approach, Angela has been involved with a wide variety of organizations and industries, including custom manufacturing, software based technology, hospitality, retail, and real estate development and management. She has developed a broad base of knowledge in several functional areas, including financial and human resources management, strategic planning, information technology, marketing, and business development. Angela holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours degree with a major in Marketing from the University of Manitoba, and earned her CGA designation in 1999.

GGD #6 – July 13, 2010 – Socializing @ Finn’s Pub

By popular request, this month’s Girl Geek Dinner will be a socializing night. Join us on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at Finn’s Pub starting at 6:00 PM for some great food, networking, and a few rounds of pool.

Everyone is invited; if you plan on attending, please RSVP via Eventbrite or Facebook.

GGD # 5 – June 8th, 2010 – Blogging

This month’s Winnipeg Girl Geek dinner is all about blogging. Liz Hover and Polly Washburn will be sharing their experience, from the technical aspects of applications, tools, and themes, to the creative aspects of choosing a focal point, post composition, and how to keep content fresh and readers coming back for more.

Join us on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010, 6:00 PM at Aqua Books for a bite to eat and a chat at the EAT! Bistro. From there, we will move upstairs to the Live! Lounge for the interactive presentation.

Everyone is invited; if you plan on attending, please RSVP via Facebook or Eventbrite.

The presenters:
Liz moved to Winnipeg from London seven years ago. She works as digital media manager for the National Screen Institute – a film and television training school. She authors two blogs: Diary of a Web Gal and Hi, I’m Sadie Shih Tzu (nominated for a Canadian Weblog Award). Liz has presented workshops about the social web for the National Screen Institute, On Screen Manitoba, Canadian Women in Communications, the National Film Board and more. She also does web consulting to help develop and improve websites. Her passion is the internet and how to best use it as a communications professional.
Twitter @lizhover @nsicanada @sadieshihtzu

Polly moved to Winnipeg from New York over 10 years ago. She is a film and digital media producer, owner of the production and consulting company Positron Media. She provides consulting and training in the areas of production and web marketing. She is currently producing three feature films, a couple of short ones, a collaborative online digital media project, an iPhone app and an augmented reality game. She has just launched a new blog ScreenLiving to examine content creation and distribution in a world where screens are both converging and proliferating.
Twitter: @pollywashburn

GGD #2 – March 9th, 2010 – Keys to Success in the Corporate IT World

RSVP for free via Eventbrite:

The next Winnipeg Girl Geek Dinner will be held at EAT! Bistro in Aqua Books on March 9, 2010, starting at 6:00 PM. This month’s event is sponsored by Microsoft. Ruth Morton, an IT Pro Advisor at Microsoft Canada who is presenting for the Align IT series, will be joining us and providing us with some door prizes for this event and future events.

This Month’s Topic: Keys to Success in the Corporate IT World

Valerie will describe her progression from junior software developer to program manager at a major cancer therapy corporation located in the Silicon Valley and discuss some of the tactics she has used along the way that contributed to her success.   One of the key themes of the discussion will be how combining solid technical skills with strong soft skills can provide a significant advantage.

Valerie Romance’s Bio
Valerie Romance is a program manager at Varian Medical Systems which is headquartered in Palo Alto California.  Since 1994, she has also worked for the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission, James Richardson International, Assante Asset Management, and Cengea Solutions (formerly Linnet).  Her jobs have included software developer, systems analyst, project manager, application development manager, and solutions delivery manager. 

In her current role Valerie is responsible for delivering integrated releases of Varian’s suite of cancer therapy products to new and existing customers.  Varian has many locations around the globe including one in Winnipeg which is the office Valerie works from.

Valerie lives near Lorette with her husband Yury and her daughter Natasha.  When not working, Valerie can be found outside gardening in the summer, or cross-country skiing in the winter.  Valerie can be reached at

GGD #1 – Event Overview

The first-ever Winnipeg Girl Geek Dinner was a great success. About twenty people met at Aqua Books and had some animated conversations over supper in the EAT! Bistro. We then heard from our guest speaker, Coree Francisco from GirlOne Interactive, who gave a very informative talk on How to Make Money in Digital Media.  When available, we will post a podcast of the presentation on the blog site.

The feedback from the group was very positive, and we are looking forward to our next event, which is set for March 12, 2010 at Aqua Books. So far, there are no speakers or topics arranged; please Contact Us if you would like to volunteer or have suggestions.

Based on feedback, some ideas for future topics include:

  • tips for entrepreneurs and freelancers
  • effective use of social media
  • educational resources
  • elements of good design
  • show off your skills
  • gaming night
  • business models and case studies
  • self-confidence in the field and when looking for work

Ways you can get involved:

  • Become a speaker. We all have something to share, and it is a great way to gain exposure in the community. The event format is flexible; we can have several speakers in one night talking for a few minutes each, a panel-style discussion, or one speaker talking in-depth.
  • Suggest ideas for future events. Let us know if you have ideas for future venues, speakers, topics, sponsors, or activities.
  • Help get the word out. Tell your friends, colleagues, or classmates; remember that you can invite guys too (as long as we stick with a maximum of one guy to one girl ratio). Use your social media outlets to help get the word out to other Winnipeg geeks!
  • Become a sponsor. Whether by offering a venue choice, products for door prizes, or money for expenditures, becoming a sponsor is a great way to expose your brand and support the tech community.
  • Help with administration and event planning.  Help with making blog posts to our site and other social media sites, improve the site design, or act as event facilitator at a future event.