Google strives to cultivate a wholly inclusive workplace around the globe. A key component of that vision is empowering women to pursue their dreams and build tools that change the world. We believe that when organizations create the right environments, programs and policies, women in technology can thrive.

That’s why, in conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8th, Google is partnering with Women Techmakers to launch launch a series of global events geared towards increasing visibility, community, and resources for technical women in our industry.

We’re excited to be hosting one of these local events right here in Cambridge — and we hope you will join us! The event will include panel discussions with female technology leaders, networking opportunities, and more. In true Google fashion, there will be plenty of food and giveaways.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit our Eventbrite page here. If you have any questions, please and please refer to the location of the event in your inquiry.


Event Time
Registration/Networking 6:00-6:30PM
Welcome Address 6:30-6:40 PM
Organizations’ Intros 6:40-6:45 PM
Panel Discussion 6:45-7:45 PM
Closing 7:45-8:00 PM
Networking/Departure 8:00-8:30 PM


Emily Bernier, Software Engineer, Google


Emily is the software engineering tech lead of the Android Edu platform team at Google.  Android Edu is behind the Android tablet solution for K-12 education, combining tools for easy setup and cloud management with a new Google Play for Education app store for teachers.  Prior to Google, Emily pursued graduate studies in developmental cognitive science, culminating in an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Harvard University.  She also holds a B.A. in Computer Science and Psychology from Yale University.


Nora Tgavalekos, Senior Manager, Raytheon

Nora Tgavalekos, Ph.D., is senior manager of technical competency definition and development in the Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance (ET&MA) organization of Raytheon Company. Prior to joining Corporate Engineering, Nora was flight test director for the Sea-Based Radar (XBR) at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), responsible for the execution of all targets of opportunity and flight tests. Nora has been awarded patents in the fields of medical devices and radar discrimination and in 2012, she was was selected for Aviation Week’s “40 Under Forty” in aerospace industry. Nora holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Boston University.

Cecilia Gutiérrez Cole, Senior Technical Product Manager, Microsoft
Cecilia Gutiérrez Cole is a Senior Technical Product Manager originally from Peru with over 10 years of experience building products that solve user problems in the telecom, mobile, video and enterprise services industries. In her current role at Microsoft, her main focus revolves around product development of cloud computing services for enterprise and SMBs. In addition to her technical abilities and interests, Ms. Gutiérrez Cole is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and several mentoring and leadership societies, including the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) at Microsoft.  She has participated in other leadership events geared towards supporting women in technology (TechEd North America Luncheons) and is passionate about mentoring women journeying through the tech and science world.
Ana-Maria Mandrila Vacca, Senior Systems Engineer, Raytheon
Ana-Maria Mandrila Vacca is a Sr. Systems Engineer with Raytheon, Missle Defense Systems. She has worked on midcourse radar software integration and more recently on SOC hardware design. Before Raytheon she was a digital designer working on FPGA prototypes for missile guidance ASIC’s at Draper Labs while working on her Master’s at Columbia University. She also holds a BS from WPI and is involved in starting a formal mentoring program for collegiates piloting at her undergraduate alma mater.  While she had a positive experience in her education growing up in eastern Europe, she is interested in empowering young girls to succeed in STEM. She is active in the Society of Women Engineers and is one of the professional development co-chairs.
Parking/Transportation Information:
The Google Cambridge office is located one block from the Kendall Square T stop (Red Line).
In addition to metered street parking, there are a few parking garage options in the area:
Cambridge Center East Garage: (located between 4 and 5 Cambridge Center) Has two entrances – one on Ames Street, one on Broadway. Use address 90 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142 when searching directions online or via GPS. Directions will point to the corner of Ames Street and Broadway.
Cambridge Center West Garage: 77 Ames St, Cambridge, MA 02142
Kendall Square South Garage: 350 Kendall St, Cambridge, MA 02142

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