GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women worldwide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events.
|Address:||815 1st Ave #315 |
Seattle, WA 98104-1404
Board President - Jennifer K. Stuller
Jennifer K. Stuller is a writer, scholar, media critic, and feminist pop culture historian. Stuller is also Co-Founder, Director Emeritus of Programming, and Board Vice President for GeekGirlCon. She is an author and contributor to multiple publications including, Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology, and the editor of Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As a leader in the geek community, Stuller has spoken about geek culture, literacy, and activism at conferences, libraries, and schools both locally and internationally, including San Diego Comic-Con, the Slayage Conference on The Whedonverses - where she was a featured speaker in 2014, and the NWSA. In addition, she wrote a feature article, "Leveling Up: Geek Woman Are Connecting Like Never Before" for Bitch Magazine's Winter 2015 issue, and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets about geek issues & fandom including The Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, The Mary Sure, Legion of Leia, Bitch Media, KUOW's The Conversation and The Record, and WNYC's The Takeaway. She was a featured talking head in the 2012 documentary, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Stuller has vowed to use her powers only for good.
Board Vice President - Katrina Lehto
Katrina Lehto has been a geek since she was very young. She grew up all over the country and around the world, traveling from military base to military base. She loves to volunteer at local conventions and has been a fixture at many of the ones around Seattle for over a decade. She's big into comics, Star Wars and the Seattle Sounders. GeekGirlCon's mission holds a special place in her heart as she believes strongly in responsible geekery and paying it forward for the generations to come.
Secretary of the Board - I-Wei Feng
i-weiThese are the voyages of the starship I-Wei Feng. I-Wei was born and raised in the sub-tropical country known as Taiwan; her family relocated to New Jersey so she could have better opportunities to enjoy glorious American entertainment such as Dirty Dancing and Star Trek: The Next Generation. After high school, she departed for the sunnier climes of California to attend University of California, San Diego, it was during this time when I-Wei first let her Trekkie flag proudly fly as a channel op on the #startrek EFnet IRC channel. But alas, after 16 years in San Diego, Seattle's vibrant geek culture was ultimately the perfect fit for I-Wei. Professionally, I-Wei is a biologist in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry developing therapeutics for cancer and infectious disease. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, making music, and watching Agent Carter/Naked and Afraid/Game of Thrones/Walking Dead/ST:TNG reruns.
Treasurer - Terra Clarke Olsen
Terra Clarke OlsenTerra Clarke Olsen is the Sr. Marketing Manager for Card Kingdom and Mox Boarding House, as well as a writer. Before becoming a board member, she served as a GeekGirlCon staffer for over two years.
Geek obsessions include tabletop gaming, Tolkien, Star Wars, 1970's sci-fi, board games, cooking, and hiking. She also has every cat and memento in Neko Atsume (something she is strangely proud of). Terra has a BA in History from UCLA and a MA in Medieval Studies from University of Toronto. She resides in Seattle, WA with her husband, son, and two cats. Find her on Twitter: @terrasum
Member of the Board - Denee L. McCloud
DeneeDenee is currently the Education Project Manager at the Institute of Translational Health Sciences at UW Medicine. She has over ten years of project and program management experience in the arts and sciences. In her spare time, she has volunteered for various organizations, including the Multifaith Works, International Rescue Committee, One Reel, Friends of the Children, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. She is obsessed with zombies and vampires. This fascination with the undead makes her a bit uncomfortable.
Member of the Board - Maddy Vonhoff
A global citizen with the capacity to geek, Maddy spends most of her time exploring this world and the worlds which we create. She spent her childhood reading comics in the garage, rescuing the princess, and planning events for the neighborhood kids and really, not much has changed. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in psychology and currently uses it to analyze the personalities of her friends, as well as fictional characters. When she is not planning her next trip or convention, she is writing for the geek news website Fanpup, getting unreasonably excited about social advocacy while working with ONE, and trying to find the weirdest mixed drinks in town. You can find her traveling through the social networks @MaddyVonhoff on Twitter and Instagram. Keelah se'lai!
Member of the Board - Sharon Feliciano
Sharon Magliano Feliciano is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications at TisBest Philanthropy and Mom to Nathan and Kitty. A geek since birth (she was Spider-Woman for her first Halloween!), she founded ParentingGeekly.com after her own geeklets were born. Sharon was a co-founder of Seattle startup Joule, has been featured as GeekWire's Geek of the Week, is a two-time NASA Social alumna, and played RockBand with Wil Wheaton once. You can frequently find her at Arcane Comics and More, her comic shop in Shoreline. Sharon geeks out about Star Trek, comic books, NASA, social justice, and lipstick.
When we say anyone is welcome, we mean it! You just have to share our commitment to supporting the achievements of women in geek culture. Whether you know everything there is to know about one thing, one thing about everything, or are just starting out in your geeky journey, you are welcome at GeekGirlCon.
We also believe there is power in numbers. If we come together to demonstrate the true number of female geeks out there, eventually the various companies that traditionally market to males-from comic book publishers to film studios-will acknowledge the female demographic as well. We can't make a difference if we're silent.
Finally, we want to convey this message to girls and women of all ages: pursue your geeky passions and strive to contribute to geek culture-whether it is getting involved in conventions; using your voice to advocate for causes you care about; or finding a job in something like game design, mechanical engineering, or another geeky thing you love.
Mission & Values
Our Mission: GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women worldwide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events.
No "Geek Cred" is required to be part of GeekGirlCon, whether staff member, volunteer, fan, or con guest. Anyone who self-identifies as a geek and supports the achievements of women in geek culture can be a part of GeekGirlCon. (See #5, if you don't believe us.)
It is not about "you" it is about "us," so kick judgmental tendencies to the curb. GeekGirlCon works to create a supportive, woman-positive culture to grow professionally and personally.
GeekGirlCon honors and celebrates the past achievements of female geeks while looking toward the future of woman-positive geekdom. Improving the spaces that female geeks inhabit will consequently improve the spaces that ALL geeks inhabit.
At GeekGirlCon, we take our commitment to diversity and inclusion seriously. We never remain complacent, and make every effort to foster diversity in the people who make up our community, as well as the programming that comprises our annual convention. The diversity of our community reflects our commitment to diversity. Our volunteers come from an array of backgrounds. They bring unique experiences and insights to GeekGirlCon and, in the process, enhance the discourse within our organization.
GeekGirlCon strives to be representative of our greater, diverse community, and we embrace all types of people, PERIOD. There is no way to list all the subsets of folks that now or in the future will make up the body of GeekGirlCon. ALL ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, sizes, abilities, ethnicities, nationalities, races, creeds, religions, familial statuses, physical and mental abilities, alien species, earth species, education levels, science specializations, operating system preference, fandoms, etc., are welcome. Anyone supporting women in geeky pursuits is welcome. (See #1, if you don't believe us.)