Data Driven Women (DDW) hosted by Skillz

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 18:30
Data Driven Women
San Francisco

Skillz, the leading mobile eSports platform, connects the world’s 2.6 billion mobile gamers through competition. In 2017, Skillz was named the #1 fastest-growing private company in America by Inc. Magazine, the first eSports company on CNBC’s Disruptor 50, and the only eSports company on the San Francisco Business Times Fast 100. Over 15 million gamers use Skillz to compete in mobile games across 8,000+ game studios.

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(we'll be updating this page throughout the week, as we announce each of the 5 featured speakers from Skillz)

*Miriam Aguirre*

Miriam Aguirre is the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, which was recently named the fastest-growing company in America by Inc. Magazine. As a vital member of the Skillz leadership team, she has seen the importance of fostering a strong, diverse engineering team firsthand. Prior to this, she worked as a software engineer and architect for companies including HubAnalytics, Krush Inc., Financial Engines and Hewlett-Packard. An avid gaming enthusiast, she has been featured in VentureBeat and CIO Magazine for her passion and efforts to bring diversity to the technology and gaming industries. Miriam grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after graduating from MIT. Today, she can be found leading the Skillz engineering team and working to advance diversity in the eSports industry.

*Pallas Horwitz*

Pallas Horwitz is the Data Science Manager at Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, recently named the #1 fastest-growing company in America. In her role, she manages a team of data scientists and engineers that focus on predictive modeling, player simulations, and real-time analytics. As a data advocate, she believes in empowering business leaders with analytics and metrics to foster innovative, collaborative work environments. Pallas received her B.A. from UC Berkeley in applied mathematics and economics and currently resides in the Bay Area.

*Elena Palesis*

Elena is a mathematician turned data engineer. She received her masters in Mathematics from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, then moved to San Francisco in search of a programming position. She started volunteering at Code for San Francisco, where she helped found the Data Science team. Shortly thereafter, she began contracting as a Data Analyst at Google. Wanting to work on more large-scale projects, she joined Skillz in 2016 as a Data Engineer. These days she can be found researching, prototyping, and implementing data tools to help Skillz grow!

*Hope Pettway*

Hope Pettway is the Director of Program Management at Skillz, named the fastest-growing company in America by Inc. Magazine. She graduated from University of Southern California with a degree in film and has spent over a decade working in the gaming industry – spanning the gamut from console to web and mobile before transitioning to eSports. Prior to Skillz, Hope worked at LucasArts and Zynga as a producer before transitioning into project management at Machine Zone. Now, she can be found evaluating, refining, and establishing processes and best practices across a wide range of teams and projects. As a film, TV, and games fanatic, there is no doubting her passion for the industry!

*Cassie Zhou*

Cassie Zhou is the Associate Product Manager on the SDK product team at Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports. She works to build and refine features for the patented SDK that includes features such as tournament organization, anti-cheating/anti-fraud and broadcasting. Prior to Skillz, Cassie worked as a CRM Analyst at Product Madness, working to increase monetization and retention in the app. As an avid gamer, Cassie enjoys working in the gaming industry and continues to work towards democratizing the gaming industry through the power of mobile eSports!

See soon!! (please don't forget to RSVP)

Skillz Inc.

1061 Market St