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Girls Innovate! Empowering Girls for Entrepreneurship & Leadership

Girls Innovate!

Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 12:15 PM to 3:00 PM (PDT)

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You are invited to a special luncheon and talk on supporting innovation and leadership in young girls, organized by AWE and sponsored by Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

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Through the hearts and wisdom of local female educators, entrepreneurs and corporate executives who are passionate about nurturing a rich pipeline of women innovators and leaders, we will hear about these women's experiences as:

  • supporters of women in founding high-tech ventures;
  • providers of mentorship and/or hands-on tech and entrepreneurship programs for girls; and
  • parents and daughters who engage in these programs.

The lunch will be catered and the event is free. However, there is very limited capacity. Advanced registration is required and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early but be sure your plans are firm. Once you register, kindly let us know as soon as possible if your plans change so that we can make your spot available for others.

When: Saturday, March 30, 2013, 12:15-3:00pm

Where: Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, 1080 Marsh Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025


12:15-12:45pm Lunch, Registration
12:45-1:15pm Intro, Keynote Address by IDEO
1:15-2:00pm Panel Discussion
2:00-2:30pm Breakout Sessions
2:30-3:00pm Cake, Mingling

This is open to everyone, including:

  • Women, of any age (including middle- and high school students) considering entrepreneurial ventures or pursuing careers in technology.
  • Mothers and daughters interested in available programs and the experiences of other families.
  • Anyone interested in learning about the role that propelling girls in tech and innovation can play in shaping the future of our economy and society.

Keynote Speakers:

Sally Madsen & Heather Emerson, IDEO

Sally Madsen is a designer, project leader, and a leading thinker in social innovation at IDEO. Her work focuses on creating impact at scale—spanning across the realms of education, energy, social enterprise, and design for emerging markets. She brings a holistic view to innovation in products, services, and systems. She’s also a collaborator and design coach at IDEO.org. In 2003 she founded Cosmos Ignite Innovations, a start-up based in India that provides solar-powered lights as a replacement for kerosene. She holds BS and MS degrees from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering, and is an adjunct professor at the Stanford d.school. Outside of work Sally spends much of her time indulging in craft. She’s an avid sailor, with a busy racing schedule in the San Francisco Bay. And she’s an enthusiastic globetrotter, traveling with open eyes (and open mouth) and a camera around her neck, immersing herself in the experience.

Heather Emerson is a project manager and content lead at IDEO. With an expertise in human centered research and brand strategy, Heather focuses on  designing holistic experiences that marry serving customer needs with inspiring desire. Since joining IDEO in 2005, Heather has worked on a breadth of challenges including: designing financial services, creating new brands, choreographing retail experiences and reframing peoples' relationship to their homes. The theme that ties Heather's work together is a love for context. Heather brings her passion for cultural trends, community interaction and storytelling to framing large, complex problems in surprisingly simple, yet sticky ways. Heather holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design from Art Center College and brings 3 years experience in cultural sociology from the University of Michigan to her unique approach to the discipline.

Panel Discussion & Breakout Session Speakers

Angie Chang (Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner Founder/Organizer)

Angie currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Women 2.0. Aside from leading the editorial/content team at Women 2.0, Angie also manages Women 2.0′s online presence – from designing and building webpages for Women 2.0 conferences to managing social media marketing. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design at various startups in the Silicon Valley. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @ thisgirlangie. Read more at www.women2.com.

Dhana Pawar (Silicon Valley Chapter MD, Girls in Tech; VP, Mobile, Coupons.com)

Dhana is vice president of mobile at Coupons.com Incorporated and oversees the company’s mobile strategy, including product and partnerships. She is an industry veteran with over 12 years of experience leading mobile strategy for startups & Fortune 500 companies. She has worked extensively with wireless carriers as well as leading brands like P&G, COVERGIRL, Walmart, NBC and Disney. Dhana is a regular speaker at tech events and has been quoted in a wide variety of leading media outlets, including CNN, ABC News, and All Things Digital. She is also the managing director for the Silicon Valley of Girls in Tech, and sits on the advisory board of MobiQpons and Zazum.

Vivian Wong (VP, Product Development, Oracle)

Energetic, customer-focused and results-oriented, Vivian is highly versatile and has worked at small start-ups as well as large corporations. Vivian received her BSc in Computing Science from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Starting out as a software developer, Vivian has over 20 years’ experience in the technology industry developing SaaS products and leading global engineering and QA teams. Vivian enjoys leading her teams to volunteering events to give back to the community. She is an animal lover who enjoys everything life has to offer.

AnnaLise Hoopes (Director, SF Bay Area, Technovation)

AnnaLise holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Studio Art from the University of Notre Dame, a Master’s in Education from Harvard University, and a California teaching credential. AnnaLise taught elementary school before joining Iridescent in 2010. Over the past two years, she has worked to grow Iridescent’s Technovation program from 43 girls to 520 nationwide. Technovation inspires high school girls in technology and entrepreneurship through app development. Supported by women mentors from industry, teams work together to build mobile apps, write business plans, and pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to win $10,000 in seed funding. The program now has girls participating from 22 US states and 17 countries.

Emilie Robert Wong (High School Senior, Lycée Français La Pérouse, San Francisco)

Emilie is a senior at Lycée Français La Pérouse in San Francisco, working towards a French Baccalaureate, Math/Science track with the International option expected 2013. Emilie free-lances professionally in the tech sector with Locaid Technologies, Story-telling Social Media, TechCentralSF and the San Francisco Public Library Digital Learning Labs. As a freshman at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, Emilie participated in the first Google/Microsoft-sponsored Technovation Challenge program organized by Iridescent and earned $30K in venture capital funding for creating an award-winning Android app. Emilie has since participated in or led other Technovation teams and was selected by Iridescent to be one of two Technovation Fellows, working to expand the Technovation Challenge from 500 to 200,000 students (a level similar to FIRST Robotics). Outside of tech, Emilie also has a deep interest in and has been recognized for her writing, as well as participation in projects covering the areas of literature, arts, politics and international affairs.

Sara Oremland (Teacher/Librarian, Albany High School)

Sara is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania (B.A., English) and San Jose State University (Masters in Library and Information Science). Sara is a former Teach for America corps member (1998) and middle school teacher in Oakland and Alameda. She has been a middle and high school teacher-librarian for the past seven years. Currently at Albany High School, she and her colleagues Darren McNally, Corinne Berletti, and Jessica Park won the American Association of School Librarians’ Collaborative School Library Award in the spring of 2012 for an environmental science research project that incorporated technology throughout the process. Sara also co-coaches twenty-five students in Technovation, a national competitive program in which high school girls learn to program and create a business plan for Android mobile apps. One of Albany's teams won the national Technovation competition in May of 2012. She is the faculty adviser for her school's student-run Book Club and Comic Book Clubs. You can read her reviews of young adult books at http://lithacker.com and follow her on Twitter @lithacker.

Julie Wong (Parent, Educator, Director "Music Around the World!")

Julie has spent 15 years in education and taught music, math, and languages in public, private, and bilingual schools in grades K-8. She is founder and director of Music Around the World! a unique immersion language and music parent-child enrichment program focusing on the tremendous learning opportunities in the first five years of life. She has an M.A. in Education from SJSU specializing in multiple language acquisition and musical development in young children, including the connection between music and math. B.C. (Before Children), Julie received her B.A. from Yale and her M.B.A. from Northwestern and logged 10 years in international marketing, including 3 years opening up the Asia market to P&G, Cadbury, Kellogg's, and McDonald's as managing officer of Leo Burnett China. She is happily married to Michel Robert and is the proud parent of Emilie Robert Wong and Marc Robert Wong.

Andrea Lo (CEO & Founder of Piggybackr)

Andrea has been fundraising since age 7 as a girl scout, club president, student council member, and fundraiser chair and wishes she had learned at an earlier age to a) think bigger and b) leverage technology to put her ideas into action. Prior to starting Piggybackr, Andrea ran operations at a tech startup, investigated fraud at large companies, and worked on Al Gore's $300 million dollar grassroots climate campaign. Andrea is a graduate from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Angelpad startup accelerator program (ranked #4 in the world). She is a TEDx speaker, loves ice cream, and speaks on topics of entrepreneurship, fundraising, and youth empowerment.

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When & Where

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
1080 Marsh Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 12:15 PM to 3:00 PM (PDT)

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About Girls Innovate:

Founded and organized by Uyen Le Kry with an amazing team of volunteers from the Bay Area, Girls Innovate’s mission is to help develop greater community around and mainstream the idea that an innovative capacity and entrepreneurial spirit are essential components of leadership in today’s age. We do this through gatherings of women and girls for learning, inspiration and connection. www.girlsinnovate.org

Questions/comments? Contact Uyen at uyen@girlsinnovate.org.

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