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Women in Tech Breakfast

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General Assembly San Francisco

225 Bush Street

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San Francisco, CA 94104

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We invite you to join us for this interactive breakfast for Women in Technology. Our speakers will share insights on how they reached their level of success, advise on navigating the workplace, and discuss how we can help the next generation of women in tech.

Our esteemed panel of speakers are pioneers in their respective fields, representing many facets of the Bay Area tech industry.

Full panel to be announced soon!

  • Breakfast 8:30am-8:45am
  • Panel 8:45am-10:00am
  • Additional Q&A and Networking 10:00am-10:30am




Speakers:

Linda Calhoun, Founder and Executive Producer, Career Girls

Linda Calhoun is Founder and Executive Producer of Careergirls.org, a free, noncommercial, online platform which showcases video clips of diverse women role models sharing career and educational advice to inspire young girls to expand their horizons, improve their academic performance, and dream big about their futures.

Her home base is San Francisco, but she has travelled around the United States interviewing dynamic and accomplished women for her site. Linda has filmed over 500 role models from Houston, Chicago, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Detroit, San Diego, Atlanta and Los Angeles - everyone from ballerinas to astronauts to federal judges. Career Girls was recently invited to Kigali, Rwanda to conduct role model interviews of women in tech careers, gathering from 17 African countries.

The idea for Career Girls was born after Linda started working as a database consultant for international development projects for USAID and the World Bank. She has several years of experience leading teams in the design of databases to support GIS for public agencies in Kansas, Connecticut and the Kyrgyz Republic. She found this work to be rewarding on many levels and wanted girls coming up behind her to know about exciting careers in tech and beyond.

In addition to earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication at Boston University, she also received a certificate in International Marketing from the American University of Paris. She is President, Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women Board, a Trustee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, Chair of the Commonwealth Club of California’s International Relations Member Led Forum and a Board Member of the Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation.


Erica Liu Williams, Founder, Gr8nola

Erica Liu Williams, born and raised in the Bay Area, was an Olympic Trials Swimmer who also competed on the Stanford Women’s Swim Team. After graduating Stanford in 2008 with a BA and MA in Communications, she began a tech career in Silicon Valley working for large companies like Yahoo and Intuit, as well as stealth, 4-person startups.

Erica came up with the idea for gr8nola by “accident”. She was searching for a delicious yet healthy snack (other than fruit) during a clean eating program she and her NFL pro husband, Tank Williams, do every year post-Super Bowl. Unable to find a great-tasting, cleanse-friendly option on the market, she decided to create her own granola recipe. Her product was so delicious that Tank would beg her to make it year-round. In 2013, she created a side business out of it by launching at her local farmer's market.

Within a couple months, Erica landed her first big business opportunity: “winning” the granola category at Google’s annual snack fair and becoming an official Google supplier in 2014. Google’s Supplier Diversity Program has highlighted Erica—who has become a face of the program—as a minority, female-owned business multiple times. To date, she has supplied supplied nearly 150,000 lbs of gr8nola to some of the biggest tech companies, including Twitter, Uber, Dropbox, Square and Slack.

As of Oct 2017, Erica officially leaped into her granola business full-time, with the vision of creating a clean-ingredient snack brand for the modern, health-conscious consumer and to make “clean snacking” both delicious and easy for busy and active people.


Stephanie Thoma, Founder, Stephanie Thoma Solutions

Stephanie Thoma (Toe-ma) of Stephanie Thoma Solutions is a Bay Area native specializing in consumer-centric communications. She's a writer and in-real-life connection enthusiast, serving on the board of The Young Professionals of San Francisco, and moderating monthly events at L Seven in Soma.


Ti Chang, Co-founder and VP of Design, CRAVE

Ti Chang is an industrial designer / entrepreneur passionate about designing products for women. She is the co-founder and VP of Design of CRAVE, a San Francisco-based company specializing in discreet and beautifully designed luxury sex toys. Ti leads the concept and design for the company’s full line of products which has won numerous awards including Red Dot, IDEA and Good Design. Prior to Crave, Ti founded INCOQNITO, a line of intimate accessories that double as fashionable jewelry. The company was acquired by CRAVE in 2011. Ti is best known for the design of Vesper, a vibrator necklace, one of the most celebrated and innovative sex toys disrupting the adult toy industry and changing the conversation around sex.

Earlier, Ti held positions with major consumer brands, including Trek Bicycle and Goody Products, where she helped pave the way for women by serving as the first female industrial designer at both Trek and Goody. She is chair of the Women in Design section and the San Francisco Chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America, where she organizes monthly events to support the community of designers in industrial design in the Bay Area. She is also on the board for San Francisco Design Week and Crave Foundation for Women.

Ti holds a MA in Design Products from Royal College of Art in London and a BS in Industrial Design from Georgia Institute of Technology. Ti grew up in Atlanta, GA and now enjoys life and work in San Francisco.

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