Inclusion Under Trump: Uncovering the Hidden Opportunities for Diversity in Tech Under a Trump Administration
IFTF and Wonder Women Tech invite you to join us in a thoughtful solution-oriented discussion about how to increase diversity and inclusion in technology over the next decade. What are the local solutions we need to build today to amplify Silicon Valley’s values of diversity and inclusion, and how do we continue to hold the region and companies accountable to hire women and embrace diversity?
The conversation will feature Founder of Wonder Women Tech, Lisa Mae Brunson, along with Dominique DeGuzman, Co-founder of Lesbians Who Tech, Elise Camahort Page, Co-founder and Entrepreneurial Instigator at BlogHer, and IFTF’s own Executive Director, Marina Gorbis. Eri Gentry, a Research Manager at IFTF, will moderate. Stick around after the talk to engage with the speakers and fellow attendees over drinks in our Gallery for the Future.
Please join us as we explore new opportunities for inclusion and diversity in these uncertain times.
The Institute for the Future is a 6-minute walk from the Palo Alto Caltrain Station. Parking is free in Palo Alto, there is usually no time limit after 5pm.
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Lisa Mae Brunson
Lisa Mae Brunson is a Creative Visionary, Speaker, Author & Social Innovator that is committed to impacting humanity on a global scale. She was named Long Beach Post's 2016 “40 Under 40” Winner, and she is a Commissioner on the Commission for Technology and Innovation for the City of Long Beach. She has cultivated the "Art of Fearless Asking" to "magically manifest" her visions into reality.
She is the founder of Wonder Women Tech, a global conference platform highlighting, celebrating, and educating women and diversity in STEAM, and has launched Junior Innovation Camps for underprivileged kids. She is founder of two hackathons–Hacks 4 Humanity, a hackathon for Social Good, and Wonder Women Hacks, a hackathon to address challenges facing women and girls. She received a three-year commitment from the City of Long Beach to host the Wonder Women Tech Conference from 2016 – 2018 at the Long Beach Convention Center.
Lisa Mae is currently on the Advisory Board for the California Women’s Conference and InnovateLA, which produces LA's Innovation Weeks in October and speaks at conferences, events and universities. Lisa Mae recently created The Wonder Women Tech Show, a talk show web series that highlights pioneering women in STEAM, innovation and entrepreneurship. She is also co-host and producer of the show.
Lisa Mae organizes socially innovative projects, like the global “I Am Equality” photographic campaign, which launched in 17 cities and 5 countries around the world. She has hugged over 8,000 people with her Love, Hugs and Inspiration Campaign.
She volunteers with the Long Beach Code for America Brigade, and other tech initiatives geared towards civic engagement and community building. She helped organize a global #Fishackathon with the U.S. Department of State and is excited to build long-lasting global partnerships to expand the vision of Wonder Women Tech.
Marina Gorbis is a futurist and social scientist who serves as executive director to the Institute for the Future (IFTF), a Silicon Valley nonprofit research and consulting organization. In her 17 years with IFTF, Marina has brought a futures perspective to hundreds of organizations in business, education, government, and philanthropy to improve innovation capacity, develop strategies, and design new products and services.
Marina’s current research focuses on how social production is changing the face of major industries, a topic explored in detail in her book, The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World. She has also blogged and written for BoingBoing.net, FastCompany, Harvard Business Review, and major media outlets. A native of Odessa, Ukraine, yet equally at home in Silicon Valley, Europe, India, and Kazakhstan, Marina is particularly well suited to see things from a global viewpoint. She has keynoted such international events as the World Economic Forum, The Next Web Conference, NEXT Berlin, the World Business Forum, the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges annual conference. She holds a BA in psychology and a master’s of public policy from UC Berkeley.
Elisa Camahort Page
In 2005 Elisa co-founded BlogHer, Inc. and served as its COO until late 2014, when it achieved an exit by joining forces with SheKnows Media, where Elisa eventually served as the Chief Community Officer. She currently still consults with SheKnows Media as the BlogHer Conference Program Chair.
BlogHer was a movement that created a market, and Elisa is most proud that BlogHer worked with thousands of women to grow their audiences, find their voices and their tribes, hone their skills, and know their worth. To the tune of tens of millions of dollars paid to the women in our network for their work and their reach.
Elisa lives to shine a spotlight on the power and influence of what women are doing online...from changing their lives to changing the world. And to be an instigator, talking to individual and groups of makers, creators, entrepreneurs, and writers about how to take their idea, their work, their business to the next level.
Elisa also serve on the Board of Directors of the 42nd Street Moon Theatre in San Francisco, the programming advisory committee for SXSW Interactive, and the Advisory Boards of Hack the Hood and Our Hen House, an animal rights-focused media non-profit.
Dominique (Dom) Brassey
As VP of Growth for Lesbians Who Tech, Dom engages 20,000+ queer women and allies to promote the leadership, visibility, and influence of queer women and allies in technology. As VP of Growth for TechUP, Dom convenes regional inclusion summits for people who want to build a tech ecosystem that reflects the diversity of America. Dom is a proud alum of Dev Bootcamp, 500 Startups, and Oakland-based gender-nonconforming clothing startup Saint Harridan. She previously taught and tutored writing in San Quentin and Alameda County Juvenile Hall. The next Lesbians Who Tech Summits are in San Francisco (Feb 23-26th) and New York (Sep 21-23rd). The next TechUP Career Fair is in San Francisco on Feb 25th.
Eri is an economist-turned-biotech entrepreneur and a White House Champion for Change in Citizen Science. She is a Research Manager for the Technology Horizons Program at IFTF. She is President and co-founder of BioCurious, the world's first hackerspace for biology. She was previously VP of Open Innovation at Scanadu, Community Manager at Genomera, and CEO, co-founder of Livly.
Livly, a nonprofit cancer research company, started in a Mountain View, California garage and soon attracted a community of both amateurs and professional scientists that completely overwhelmed its capacity to support collaborative work. Hence the need for BioCurious, the world's first hackerspace model for biotechnology, now one of the largest DIY bio organizations in the world.