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<i>Brotopia</i> author Emily Chang on Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley
Feb
28
5:30 PM17:30

Brotopia author Emily Chang on Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley

Bloomberg Technology reporter Emily Chang confronts Silicon Valley's rampant sexism in her explosive new book, Brotopia: Breaking Up The Boys Club in Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley has long prided itself on being the land of opportunity, where anyone with a big idea can make it a reality, and where the new Masters of the Universe change the world for the better. But the bitter truth is that women have been excluded, marginalized, and harassed from the start. Sexism and the gender gap in Silicon Valley are only getting worse. It's not a utopia — it's a "brotopia" for tech bros.

From front-page scandals to behind-the-scenes stories that key players reveal directly. Chang reports on the forces conspiring against women in the workplace, and outside of it as well — from sex parties filled with VCs and entrepreneurs and rampant online pornography to outright harassment.

Chang explores how this culture came to be, what it means, and what can be done to fix it. She delves into the seedy underbelly of shiny Silicon Valley, weaving together hard-hitting interviews with major influencers like Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, Tim Cook, Peter Thiel, Ellen Pao, and more. She reveals the secrets that tech companies have tried to hide for years, and offers a fresh set of tangible solutions about what can be done to level the playing field.

After decades of silence, women are now coming forward to bravely reveal their stories. Join us for what is sure to be an enlightening and all too necessary conversation with Emily Chang.

Attendance is free, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. RSVP on Meetup; the first 100 RSVPs will be gifted FREE copies of Brotopia!
 

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Why Design Matters, Featuring Author and Podcast Host Debbie Millman
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

Why Design Matters, Featuring Author and Podcast Host Debbie Millman

From branding to resume building and beyond, design touches almost every aspect of our lives. Join us as Tina Essmaker, editor in chief of The Great Discontent, sits down with acclaimed podcast host and author Debbie Millman to chat about design, creativity, and how to master branding in today’s over-crowded marketplace.

More about Debbie Millman: Named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, and “one of the most creative people working in business” by Fast Company, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters. As the founder and host of Design Matters, the first and longest-running podcast about design, Millman has interviewed nearly 300 design luminaries and cultural commentators, including Massimo Vignelli, Milton Glaser, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, Barbara Kruger, Seth Godin, and more. 

Debbie is the author of six books, including two collections of interviews that have extended the ethos and editorial vision of Design Matters to the printed page: How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits. Both books have been published in over 10 languages. In 2009 Debbie co-founded with Steven Heller the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Now in its sixth year, the program has achieved international acclaim. 

Attendance is free, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. RSVP on Meetup; limited to the first 80 RSVPs.

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