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BROTOPIA: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley with Emily Chang
March 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Emily Chang, Author of BROTOPIA, joins us for a riveting evening of conversation as she discusses the sex and drug-fueled nature of Silicon Valley’s tech industry and the much deeper issues of gender discrimination and inequality that they stem from.
In 2017, not a month went by without major revelations about discrimination or harassment in Hollywood, politics, the media, and beyond. As the #MeToo movement spread, millions of women bravely came forward to share stories of abuse and sexual harassment on social media. As we begin 2018, one thing is clear: the desire for change has become palpable.
In BROTOPIA: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley, Bloomberg TV journalist Emily Chang takes on the industry which has perhaps had the most profound impact on the future of humanity and created the greatest wealth of our generation: technology. Its inventions have become integral to our modern lives and instigated extraordinary change—but behind the scenes, it’s far from a utopia. Despite tech companies’ idealistic missions, Silicon Valley has become increasingly toxic for women. From programmers using a Playboy centerfold to test their code to venture capitalists who take meetings in hot tubs, women are left on the outside looking in. Chang seeks to understand—and end—the staggering gender inequality in the tech industry, by addressing how we got here and how can we foster real change.
Join us for this fireside chat, moderated by The Riveter Founder and CEO, Amy Nelson
Emily Chang is the anchor and executive producer of Bloomberg Technology, a daily TV show focused on global technology, and Bloomberg Studio 1.0, where she regularly speaks to top tech executives, investors, and entrepreneurs. She was previously a CNN correspondent based in Beijing and London, and has won five regional Emmy awards for her reporting. She is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children.
From a stint in space camp as a young girl, to building President Obama’s Gen44 fundraising team from the ground up, and finally, to a tenure on Wall Street as a corporate litigator, Amy Nelson has been deep in the trenches of redefining the place for women in politics, in the workplace, and our communities. While pregnant with her second child, Amy came across a telling statistic from Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In:” 43% of highly-trained, professional women “off-ramp” after they have children. This, paired with seeing her own capacity to be both a mother and lawyer called into question, strengthened her desire to help women—be it founders, freelancers, or entrepreneurs. Knowing a shift in her priorities was in order, Amy started to sketch out a bold idea: Places designed for women, wherever they are in their careers, to find a community of support, a professional network, the business resources to invite ambition, and amenities steeped in wellness.