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Women in Tech: A Fireside Chat with Freada Kapor Klein and Heather Hiles

General Assembly - San Francisco

Monday, January 27, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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Women in Tech: A Fireside Chat with Freada Kapor Klein and Heather Hiles

Monday, January 27th from 7pm-9pm 

Freada Kapor Klein, Partner Kapor Capital and Heather Hiles, Founder and CEO, Pathbrite 

Moderated by Vivek Wadhwa, Vice President of Research and Innovation at Singularity University


It's no secret that being a female founder comes with a unique set of challenges. While fundraising can be difficult for all founders, recent studies show an alarmingly higher rate or fundraising success for male founders. Why is that? Is it a confidence issue? Is it unconscious bias telling investors that women are less capable leaders? Are women less likely to sell the hyper-growth storyline that investors crave? 
 In this intimate fireside chat we will discuss these questions (and many more) through the perspective of an active angel investor and a successful entrepreneur, who both bring decades of experience to the conversation

Come for the talk, stay to connect with a community of passionate, forward-thinking bussinesswomen.  

 Wine, hot cocoa, and light snacks will be served.



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Freada Kapor Klein 

Partner, Kapor Capital 

Freada Kapor Klein works at the intersection of racial/social justice and tech. As a Partner at Kapor Capital, she invests in women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color whose tech start-ups aspire to generate economic value and positive social impact. Freada has founded multiple successful organizations, including the Level Playing Field Institute that promotes innovative approaches to fairness in higher education and workplaces, and the first organization in the U.S. to address sexual harassment in 1976.

She holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy and Research and is also a Co-Chair of the Kapor Center for Social Impact, a Trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

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Heather HilesFounder and CEOPathbrite

Heather Hiles is the founder and CEO of Pathbrite, the world’s leading Portfolio Learning Platform. Launched in 2012, the company currently supports more than 500 schools, colleges, universities, and organizations. Headquartered in San Francisco, with an increasingly global footprint, Pathbrite's Portfolio Learning Platform is poised to transform learning, teaching, and assessment across the globe.

Before founding Pathbrite, Heather built a solid career in education, workforce development, and finance spanning more than 20 years. A successful serial entrepreneur, her leadership experience includes positions as a founder or leader of several private and public sector organizations, including: Commissioner for the San Francisco Unified School District; Executive Director of Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2); co-founder of EARN; and CEO of SFWorks, a nonprofit that transitions women from welfare into career. 

Heather received her B.A. from UC Berkeley in Economic Development and Ethnic Studies and holds an MBA from Yale University, with a concentration in Finance and Strategic Planning.

ABOUT THE moderator:

Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Research and Innovation at Singularity University; Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering,  Duke University; and distinguished visiting scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University. He is author of  ”The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent”–which was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012. He was named by Foreign Policy Magazine as Top 100 Global Thinker in 2012. In 2013, TIME Magazine listed him as one of The 40 Most Influential Minds in Tech.

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General Assembly San Francisco @ Forio
20 Rausch St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Monday, January 27, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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