Elle Magazine Taps Into Women in Tech
You know the Elle Magzine Women in Tech Dinner is a red hot ticket when a Princess shows up. And a major VC. And three founders of founders of supercharged startups. And a powerhouse poverty disruptor. Two top players from the biggest companies in the biz – and the world. When Elle Magazine invites the best double-x chromosomes in Silicon Valley to dinner, they all show up to be honored and to cheer on their sister-warriors. So Google’s Security Princess – that’s her title– Parisa Tabriz came to congratulate Jen Fitzpatrick, head of Google Maps. The sisterhood is strong with this force.
Hosted by Editor in Chief Robbie Myers and Publisher Kevin O’Malley, at the SOMA so-chic Mourad restaurant, the evening honored eight of the top women who have broken into the tech bro’s clubhouse and aren’t climbing down that rope ladder anytime soon. Marcela Sapone, CEO of Hello, Alfred, outsources household services. Whitney Wolfe, CEO of Bumble, lets women take the lead on personal connections. Anjula Ancharia-Bath invests in women and their great ideas. Tracy Young upended the construction business through on-line blueprints. April Underwood merges communication through Slack. Leila Janah creates economic opportunity for women with Sama Group. Del Harvey is Head of Trust & Safety at Twitter. And Jen Fitzpatrick’s Google Maps puts the whole world in your hands.
The evening effervesced with bubbly and a very spirited round of self-directed introductions. “It’s rare to be in a room with so many amazing women in your industry,” emphasized Grace Woo, CEO of Pixels.IO, “ You want to make sure you connect with all of them.” The enthusiasm continued over a delectable
modern-Moroccan dinner of roast chicken and branzino and accompaniments served family style, the better to share tips on coding and promoting, mentoring and marketing. Startups and stories were shared over brown butter couscous and citrus kale, and friendships were forged over the strawberry-rhubarb-goat cheese tart. “I’m so impressed with every woman here, what they’ve been through and what they are going to do next. Women can do anything and everything!” predicted honoree Whitney Wolfe, who got the bee for Bumble after starting up Tinder. Editor Robbie Myers remarks were succinct and supportive, “Getting dressed is just the first thing these women do. It matters for women to see other women achieve. And these women show us how.” For Women in Tech, it was an empowering show of feminine force.
Celebrating the tech titans: Facebook’sLibby Leffler, Amanda Hearst, Courtney O’Donnell, Shelly Kapoor Collins, Jennifer Stith, Dr. Carolyn Chang, Audrey Cooper, Maja Wojcik, Liz Hodges, Shari Doherty, Jess Lee, Sheila Tran, Nola Weinstein, Victoria Yeager, Allison Speer, Darby Gaynor, superstylist Mary Gonsalves Kinney, Natalie Miyake, and a whole super slew of wonder women.