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Cooper Parlor: The Gender, Leadership, Design Axis


Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

San Francisco, CA

Cooper Parlor: The Gender, Leadership, Design Axis

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When: Thursday, August 29, 6-8:30pm (Networking at 6, event starts at 6:30pm)

At Cooper, we have an internal book club (affectionately known as the “Cook Blub”) designed to encourage conversation, debate, and boost our collective knowledge. After hearing all the hype about Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead”, we decided to give it a read and tackle the tricky topics of gender and leadership ourselves. Needless to say, that book club sparked rich discussion that we thought worth bringing to our broader community.

So, in this Cooper Parlor, we invite you to take a deeper look at the gender and leadership dynamics in your own organization and the design and tech communities at large. We’ll discuss if/how the definition of leadership is changing, whether gender imbalances in fields like engineering (approximately 14% are female in the USA) are a phenomenon of oppression or a natural tendency for men and women to gravitate toward different fields, what men and women can learn from one another’s approach to career, and much, much more. 

Please note: People from all industries are invited to attend. And, while it’s helpful to read “Lean In” prior to the Parlor, it’s not required to be an active part of the discussion.


What is the Cooper Parlor?

The Cooper Parlor is a gathering of designers and design-minded people to exchange ideas around a specific topic. We aim to cultivate conversation that instigates, surprises, entertains, and most importantly, broadens our community’s collective knowledge and perspective about the potential for design.

Additional Reading (if you are so inclined)

It’s Not Women Who Should Lean In; It’s Men Who Should Step Back 
What ‘Lean In’ Misunderstands About Gender Differences
Stubborn Obstacles: What’s Hindering Female Engineers?

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85 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Since 1992, Cooper has partnered with clients to design everything from medical devices to consumer products to sophisticated business tools. Our specialty has always been bringing clarity to complex situations.

In 2002, we decided to expand our impact by teaching and mentoring clients and design professionals. Drawing from our 20+ years of experience, we offer custom training for companies and public classes in Interaction Design, Visual Interface Design, Design Leadership, our intensive UX Boot Camp and Master Classes. Learn more at

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