When: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST) Where: Tank18, 1345 Howard St, San Francisco, CA
EdTech PanelHeather Hiles Founder of Pathbrite Heather Hiles has committed her life to closing the education and employment achievement gaps for youth and adults. Her leadership experience spans more than 20 years, during which she founded and led several private and public sector organizations. Her newest company, Pathbrite delivers next-generation solutions that help students – and learners of all ages – collect, track and showcase a lifetime of achievement, and recommend pathways for continuous success. Adam Geller Founder & CEO at Edthena After leaving the classroom, Adam joined the national strategy team of Teach For America where he designed technology impacting teachers across the country. Named to Forbes 30u30 and a recent Education Ventures fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, Adam is also the founder of Teach For Us. Dedra Chamberlin Co-founder, Cirrus Identity, Inc. Dedra has been leading IT strategy and service delivery in higher education for 15 years, and currently focuses on Identity and Access Management services (IAM). She serves as Deputy Director, Identity and Access Management at UC Berkeley, and chairs the UC-wide UC Trust workgroup. Dedra recently co-founded a start up, Cirrus identity, whose initial product offering is an authentication gateway service that allows people from outside universities, such as parents, alumni, research collaborators, etc, to log in to university systems using a Social Identity Provider like Google, LinkedIn, Yahoo, etc. Matt MacInnis Founder and CEO at Inkling After eight years at Apple, Matt founded Inkling in 2009 to bring the world's best learning content to the iPad. Backed by Sequoia Capital, Inkling has evolved into the world's leading cloud publishing platform, with more than 100 employees and the world's largest repository of structured knowledge. Students, professionals and consumers use Inkling to get their grades up, their jobs done, and their passions engaged every day. Frances Cairns, Moderator Founder and CEO at Campus Quad Campus Quad is the "mobile first" platform for higher education campus communities. Quad connects students to their campus services, peers and organizations via an eco-friendly photo flyer app. Students use the app to promote their events, stream club photos and list things to sell. Campus Quad is a game changing platform in higher ed as it is the first platform to enable university administrators to collect mobile engagement data and assess student and university programatic services.
When: Thursday, May 23rd from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Where: Runway SF, 1355 Market Street, 4th floor, San Franciscotony.firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST Where: Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA
Tim GillA software entrepreneur and philanthropist, Tim Gill was inspired to start the Colorado-based Gill Foundation by a 1992 anti-gay ballot measure in Colorado. The foundation has since invested more than $220 million to support programs and nonprofits across the country that share a commitment to equal opportunity for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. In 2005, Tim started the Gill Action Fund, an issue advocacy organization working through the legislative, political, and electoral processes to pass and protect laws that positively impact the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. Tim founded Quark, Inc. in 1981 with a $2,000 loan from his parents and built the company into a leading developer of page-layout software. Tim is recognized for revolutionizing the publishing industry with Quark’s innovative and affordable page-layout software. Tim and his husband, Scott Miller, live in Denver, Colorado. 2013 recipient of the StartOut Advocate Award Recognizing a champion for LGBT leadership
Zoe DunningRetired Navy Commander Zoe Dunning served on the SLDN board from 1993-2000, serving as its Co-Chair from 1993-98. She rejoined the board in 2005 and has been Board Co-Chair since October 2006. Zoe has been a tireless advocate for fighting the military's policies prohibiting open gay service. In January 1993, while a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserves, Dunning publicly came out as a lesbian at a political rally outside the gates of California's Moffett Field. Dunning won her subsequent two-and-a-half year legal battle to remain in the Navy Reserves. The Navy promoted her twice and awarded her the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal since her coming out. She retired in June 2007 and holds the distinction of serving her country as an openly gay member of the U.S. military for over 13 years. She currently serves on Senator Barbara Boxer's (D-CA) Service Academy Selection Committee. In her civilian life, Zoe is a principal at Quintus Associates, LLC where she partners with executives and their teams to lead major change initiatives. She also facilitates graduate-level courses on Interpersonal Dynamics and Influential Leadership at Stanford University. She is a United States Naval Academy graduate, and received her MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Zoe resides in San Francisco, CA with her wife Pam. 2013 recipient of the StartOut Next Generation Award Recognizing a young entrepreneur of great accomplishment
Jordan GoldmanFrustrated by his own experiences with the college search process, as an 18 year-old Jordan created the best-selling “Students’ Guide to Colleges” series of college guidebooks, which were released in five annual editions from Penguin Books. After graduating Jordan founded Unigo, which The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg called “a college resource built for the age of YouTube and Facebook.” Jordan and the Unigo team have gone on to raise capital from McGraw-Hill Ventures and The Gates Foundation, grown Unigo to more than 18 million visitors per year, and have forged strategic partnerships with publishers including USA Today, US News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal. Unigo's business lines include direct-to-consumer services and b2b SaaS technology sales to non-profit and for-profit colleges. As an education expert, Jordan has published papers with The McGraw-Hill Research Foundation, been a columnist for US News & World Report and The Huffington Post, and has been featured on more than 75 episodes of ABC News. He was named “One of the Top 30 Young Entrepreneurs in America” by Inc Magazine, “One of the Top 100 Young Entrepreneurs in America” by the White House, and “One of the 100 Most Influential People in NYC Business and Technology” by Silicon Alley Insider. Jordan studied English Literature at Wesleyan University, Oxford University and The University of East Anglia and lives in New York City. 2013 recipient of the StartOut Innovator Award Recognizing an innovator who is revolutionizing an industry
Heather HilesHeather Hiles has committed her life to closing the education and employment achievement gaps for youth and adults. Her leadership experience spans more than 20 years, during which she founded and led several private and public sector organizations. Her roster of leadership roles includes: Commissioner, San Francisco Unified School District; Executive Director of Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2); CEO of Hiles Group (a philanthropy consultancy firm); Co-Founder of EARN (Individual Development Accounts program); CEO of SFWorks (NGO to place women from welfare into careers); and COO of Break the Cycle (K-3rd grade tutorial program). Her newest company; Pathbrite delivers next-generation solutions that help students – and learners of all ages – collect, track and showcase a lifetime of achievement, and recommend pathways for continuous success. This is done by documenting, analyzing and mapping individual achievement of all kinds against individuals’ goals and those of their peers – what’s called a Knowledge Graph. Students use the Pathbrite Portfolios and their performance relative to a wider Knowledge Graph to differentiate themselves to get into their preferred schools or land the jobs of their dreams. School admissions officers and employers rely on the Pathbrite Portfolio Platform to get a holistic view of candidates, and to better evaluate their readiness for and organizational fit to the opportunity at hand. Pathbrite Portfolios are helping people to always put their best foot forward. Moderating the keynote and conducting a special interview with Tim Gill at the event will be award-winning MSNBC anchor email@example.com.
Event Details:When: Friday, April 19th from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST) Where: Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Facilitator:Anne Moellering Executive Life Coach Anne is a successful business executive-turned-coach with an MBA from Stanford. Following 20 years as a Silicon Valley marketing executive, she now runs a rapidly-expanding Executive and Life Coaching practice, helping her clients reach great heights in both their careers and personal lives. Anne’s skills as an Executive Coach draw largely from her experience as a successful marketing executive in Silicon Valley where she guided marketing efforts and revenue growth for both large corporations as well as tiny start-ups. Her most recent experience has been at two successful start-ups: as the VP of Marketing for NileGuide, an online travel guide and as the Chief Marketing Officer for TaskRabbit, the leader in crowd-sourced task and delivery services.
Event Details:When: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PST) Where: HUB San Francisco, Boardroom, 925 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Agenda:6:00-6:30 PM: Networking Reception 6:30-7:30 PM: Panel discussion & audience Q&A 7:30-8:00 PM: Networking
About the Panelists:Jason Best Principal of Crowdfund Capital Advisors As a co-founder and principal at CCA, Jason works with clients ranging from governments and NGOs that are seeking ways to boost economic development and political stability to investment firms seeking access to increase deal flow that crowdfund investing creates. Jason serves as an advisor to several crowdfunding industry companies giving him a unique understanding of this rapidly evolving ecosystem. As an industry leader, Jason contributes to several publications including VentureBeat and TechCrunch. He is an author of Crowdfund Investing for Dummies published by Wiley & Son’s. Jason is very active in the crowdfunding industry; he is a co-founder and co-chair of the Crowdfunding Professional Association which is the global industry advocacy organization for crowdfunding. He is a co-founder of the CrowdFunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) the self-regulatory association for the crowdfunding industry currently working with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and FINRA to establish and maintain crowdfunding rules and industry best practices. Additionally, he is a member of the board of the European Crowdfunding Network and the Canadian Technology Alliance. He also sits on the council of The Crowdfunding Accreditation for Platform Standards (CAPS), which promotes best practices for the operation of crowdfunding platforms globally. Danae Ringelmann Co-founder of Indiegogo Danae co-founded Indiegogo to democratize fundraising. Passionate about helping artists and entrepreneurs embrace crowdfunding, Danae speaks often at conferences. Recent speaking engagements include SXSW, MAD Hong Kong, Ted, Big Omaha. Fast Company Magazine recently named Danae one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Technology. Prior to Indiegogo, Danae was a Securities Analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered entertainment companies including Pixar, Lionsgate, Disney, and Electronic Arts. Danae also focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele while at JPMorgan's Investment Bank and Private Bank. In the wake of 9/11, Danae co-produced a concert reading of Incident at Vichy, an Arthur Miller play addressing the politically charged topic of racial profiling. Danae is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Danae graduated with a B.A. in Humanities from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar and varsity rower. Megan Zito Investor Executive at CircleUp Prior to joining CircleUp, Megan was Senior Vice President at EnTrust Capital, a fund-of-hedge-funds in New York City. She was responsible for managing the firm's investment consultant outreach and communicating company and portfolio updates to investors. Megan also has experience in public relations and marketing. She has managed corporate and financial press and marketing campaigns from both the agency side, and in-house at several large professional service firms. Megan received her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA from Boston College. She holds series 7 and 63 licenses. Marie Lyn Bernard Editor-in-Chief, Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle Marie Lyn Bernard (or "Riese") is the co-founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Autostraddle.com, the world's most popular independently-owned lesbian website. Launched in 2009 as an intelligent, hilarious and provocative voice and progressively feminist online community for a new generation of queer ladies, Autostraddle snagged "Blog of The Year" in the 2012 Weblog Awards and is currently a nominee for GLAAD's Outstanding Blog Award. Autostraddle now boasts over 500,000 uniques and over 2.5 million hits a month and is funded by a combination of revenue sources including donations, a bi-annual Camp, merchandise sales, affiliate networks and advertising. Last year Autostraddle raised $40,000 in two days and $116,000 by the end of the campaign to fund a website redesign via Indiegogo. Riese's writing has appeared in eight books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Jezebel and Nerve.com. An accomplished personal blogger, video editor and former host of Showtime's record-breaking webseries "Lezberado," Riese has spoken about blogging, community-building, feminism, cyberculture and sexuality at places like BlogHer 2011, Yale, New York University and The Museum of Sex. Riese holds a BA in English with honors in Creative Writing from The University of Michigan and knew absolutely nothing about business when she got started with all this stuff. Josh Gustin Co-Founder of GUSTIN Josh Gustin taught himself how to make the perfect pair of jeans during business school where he started his first fashion brand called OneOff Denim. In late 2011, Josh launched GUSTIN – premium, American-made denim for men. In mid-2012, Josh partnered with Stephen Powell to reinvent the brand. They realized there was a better way than the traditional retail model. GUSTIN launched on Kickstarter (bit.ly/weargustin) on January 7th, 2013 with the goal of raising $20,000. Incredibly, GUSTIN set the record for the biggest first day for a fashion project on Kickstarter, and was fully funded by the morning of the second day. At the end of the campaign, GUSTIN raised $449,654 from 4,010 people from around the world, making it the largest fashion kickstarter campaign to date. David Saltzman, Moderator Counsel at Squire Sanders David Saltzman represents companies around the world in a variety of business transactions and related legal issues. His clients range from small emerging growth companies to large public corporations, and most are in the technology and/or life sciences industries. David advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, sales and purchases of equity and debt securities, and corporate governance matters. He also has extensive experience in counseling companies and investors in federal and state securities laws including SEC filings and disclosure issues under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Additional panelists will be announced soon.
- Get geeky with techy folks just like you
- Enjoy tasty adult beverages
- Land gigs, make new friends & connections
Why Lesbians Who Tech?To Be More Visible To Each Other We all know that familiar feeling of meeting someone in a work setting, knowing she’s a lesbian, and trying to work it into a conversation and make that connection. We’re about making that happen: connecting lesbians and building a network of colleagues, associates and friends in the industry. To Be More Visible To Others Outside of Ellen, Rosie, Melissa, and now Tammy, what other mainstream lesbian role models can most people name? We need more examples of lesbian leaders and that means we need to come out as the amazing, successful people we are. To Get More Women and Lesbians in Technology Lesbians are women first, and right now women are some of the most gifted folks in technology, yet there are far fewer of us than there should be (women account for 1 in 15 people in STEM fields). Because there aren’t enough women, women are rarely quoted as experts by the mainstream media and blogs, on panels, etc. And add the element of being lesbian, it’s equally important for us to represent women, and out women, for our communities.
Event Details:Where: Raven Bar, 1151 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA When: Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
Sophie V. Vandebroek, Ph.D.Dr. Sophie Vandebroek has been Xerox’s Chief Technology Officer and the President of the Xerox Innovation Group since 2006. She is responsible for overseeing Xerox’s worldwide research centers in France, Canada, India and the US (incl. Palo Alto Research Center, PARC). Previously, she had been Chief Engineer for Xerox and Vice President of the Xerox Engineering Center. Dr. Vandebroek is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers and holds 12 US patents. Recently Dr. Vandebroek was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and elected into the Royal Flemish Academy for Arts & Sciences. She is the corporate champion for GALAXe Pride at Work, the Xerox caucus group for LGBT employees and their allies, and in 2011 she received the Out & Equal Champion for Workplace Equality Award. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Analogic Corporation and Nypro Corporation, and serves on The US National Academies Committee on Science, Technology & Law, and the advisory council of the dean of Engineering at MIT. Sophie earned a Master’s Degree in electro-mechanical engineering from Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium and a PhD in electrical engineering from Cornell University.
Event Details:When: Wednesday, February 27th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST) Where: Palo Alto Research Center (PARC, a Xerox company), 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304 This event is open to adults, aged 21+.
- Build fundamental business knowledge crucial to the interview process
- Polish resume and interview skills
- Network with LGBT professionals and students from other schools
- Learn what some of the top tech companies are working on
Raven 1151 Folsom St San Francisco, CA 94103
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)
When: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST) Where: Tank18, 1345 Howard St, San Francisco, CA
VentureOut: Highlighting LGBT Leaders In Business
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