Erica McGillivray, president and marketing director of GeekGirlCon. (Photo by Red Box Pictures)

[Editor's Note: GeekWire has identified more than a dozen "Geeks Who Give Back" -- people who work in non-profits, mentor others and invest in the future of the tech community. They were all featured in the GeekWire 2012 Calendar, given out at the GeekWire Gala. As 2011 draws to a close, we'll highlight one of them every day, along with photography by Seattle's Red Box Pictures.]

Our calendar honoree for January is Erica McGillivray.

Working with a squadron of dedicated volunteers, this comic-book geek and sci-fi TV fan is the president and marketing director of GeekGirlCon, which organized its inaugural two-day conference in October 2011 in Seattle, drawing about 2,000 people each day. The group is helping to foster a new sense of community for geeky women of all stripes.

Thanks to our calendar sponsor for the month of January, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, for helping to make this project possible. Stay tuned for more honorees and photos in the days ahead.

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