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OpenTable

An Inside Look at Our Evening with OpenTable's CEO

When we think of CEOs leading America's most well-known networks, we don't hear them combine their goal of building a product that serves over 25 million diners a month with ensuring they will reach gender parity across their teams. That's because they're not Christa Quarles, the OpenTable CEO, who spoke to women from PowerToFly about changes she and her team have made to "create the ultimate restaurant recommendation engine" while focusing on creating a diverse and inclusive environment for everyone to thrive in.


We recorded a number of key quotes throughout the evening from Christa and senior executives, who included OpenTable's CTO, their SVP of Global Sales and Services, their Senior Product Marketing Specialist, and their Senior Engineering Manager.

  • Joseph Essas, OpenTable's CTO (and a father of five), formally kicked off the evening by declaring: "everyone has a gift." Essas, who shared his journey of immigrating from Russia to the United States where he was able to not only launch his career but start a family, implored our audience to consider "what will you bring to the table to enable change?"
  • Christine Elfalan, a Senior Director of Product Management, provided insight into the OpenTable platform, specifically how she and her team think of the world through the eyes and experience of the end user.
  • Karen Nguyen, a Senior Engineering Manager, walked the audience through a "sneak preview" release with an A/B test.
  • Sarah Knight, a Senior Product Marketing Specialist broke down the host experience and joined her colleagues in detailing the different ways that hosts, guests and general management all approach the platform.

To cap the evening off,

  • OpenTable CEO Christa Quarles joined Andrea Johnston, OpenTable's SVP, Global Sales & Restaurant Services for a one-on-one conversation. Here are some highlights:
    • On the importance of guest location: "Where you are matters so much. If you are in a dense market like Manhattan you're not going to go more than ten blocks. We know this."
    • On analyzing intent: "We know if at certain times of day, what you're looking for and when. So we are taking intent and aim to serve back what our diners are looking for."
    • On what sets OpenTable apart: "The data that we have is unique because we have conversion data. We know when that person sat in that seat, which they don't have. They have an insane amount of upper funnel data, but they don't know when that connection got made."
    • On prioritizing: "Where you invest your time is more valuable than where you invest money."
    • On life at OpenTable: "Joy and laughter belong here."

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OpenTable CTO Joseph Essas delivered the evening's keynote address

The enthusiastic audience of women in tech

The OpenTable team provided an insightful product demonstration

OpenTable CEO Christa Quarles conducted a fireside chat

A packed house

WW (Formerly Weight Watchers)

Tech Talks With Women Building The Future Of Wellness At WW (formerly Weight Watchers)

If you are based in the New York area and you'd like to attend this event, please email hi@powertofly.com to be considered for an invitation.

Weight Watchers has relaunched as WW which stands for "Wellness that Works". They are now a company dedicated to becoming the world's partner in wellness.

PowerToFly has partnered with WW for a series of tech talks led by women who are on the forefront of the company's transformation.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 14th from 6pm to 8pm at 675 6th Avenue, 6th Floor, New York.

Agenda (Subject to Change):

  • 6:00pm - Check-In and Networking over Light Food and Drinks
  • 6:20pm - Kickoff with PowerToFly
  • 6:25pm - Welcome & Introduction by Michael Lysaght, CTO of WW
  • 6:35pm - Tech Talk with Ifeoma Okereke, Software Engineer at WW
  • 6:45pm - Panel Discussion featuring women tech leaders at WW
  • 7:00pm - Audience Q&A
  • 7:20pm - Networking continues over Light Food & Drinks

Topics for the evening will including WW's work with Android and the process of integrating with conversational AI such as Amazon's Alexa and Google Home. We will also discuss WW's recent rebranding and their employee resource groups like Women in Tech are helping WW's women engineers take their careers to the next level.

Also, WW is hiring! To learn more about WW and their open positions, visit their page on PowerToFly.

About our Events: All RSVP'd attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require assistance to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and HomeAway cannot admit outside recruiters to this particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

About WW: WW is looking for candidates to help change people's lives. We are a global wellness technology company inspiring millions of people to adopt healthy habits for real life. We do this through engaging digital experiences, face-to-face workshops and sustainable programs that encompass healthy eating, physical activity and positive mindset. By drawing on over five decades of experience and expertise in behavioral science, we build communities in order to deliver wellness for all.

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