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HACKING GENDER: HOW TO BUILD AN INCLUSIVE & NON DISCRIMINATORY CULTURE IN THE TECH INDUSTRY FOR FEMALE EXECUTIVES, ENTREPRENEURS, ENGINEERS AND PROGRAMMERS
Please join us from 6.00 to 8.00 on Tuesday January 21st for an interactive discussion about how to make the technology industry more inclusive to female entrepreneurs, engineers and executives. Sponsored by Ericsson and hosted by Bloomberg Beta at their San Francisco office. This invitation-only event will be moderated by Andrew Keen, host of the TechcrunchTV show “Keen On” and will include Elizabeth Stark, Joan Blades, Vivek Wadhwa and Nilofer Merchant as panelists.
6.00PM - 6.30PM Appetizers & Drinks
6.30PM - 7.30PM Discussion
7.30PM - 8.00PM Drinks & Networking
For all its boasts about being a pure meritocracy, the tech industry in general and Silicon Valley in particular has done an inadequate job empowering women workers. Why are there so few female CEOs and senior executives both inside and outside Silicon Valley? What, exactly, is stopping women entrepreneurs being equal to their male counterparts in the start-up tech economy? And is tech’s male dominated engineering and programming culture intrinsically hostile to women?
It’s a complicated & controversial problem that has triggered a huge debate both in and out of Silicon Valley. Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer and best selling author Sheryl Sandberg says, not without controversy, that women need to “lean in”. But, of course, not all women have Sandberg’s Harvard education or her illustrious global network. While Y Combinator’s Paul Graham recently caused a controversy when he seemed to say that compared with young men, young women struggle as hackers. So what do women in technology want? How can we hack gender so that the exclusion of female talent in the tech industry no longer stymies innovation?
This salon style event brings together Nilofer Merchant, Joan Blades, Vivek Wadhwa, Elizabeth Stark and several dozen of Silicon Valley's leading start-up entrepreneurs, investors and thinkers to discuss how the tech industry can become more inclusive to women, both in terms of attracting the best and brightest from schools and universities and in guaranteeing that corporate culture doesn’t discriminate against female talent. Questions to be discussed at the salon include:
— How to encourage more women to study computer science and engineering at school and university?
— How established tech companies can encourage more female leaders in senior executive positions and to work on corporate culture that doesn’t exclude or insult women?
— How to encourage more women to become involved in start-ups, both as entrepreneurs and as engineers and programmers?
— How to challenge both overt and covert sexism inside and outside SiliconValley?