Thursday night’s Geek Girl Rising event was a success! A big thank you to our amazing authors, Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens for sharing their story with HBS members, Googlers, and guests. The authors shared that one of their biggest takeaways was finding that rather trying to “break into the boys’ club,” women are now creating their own networks and their own “sisterhoods” and finding incredible success. A huge thank you also goes out to Mary Beth Laughton (SVP Digital, Sephora), Alison Wagonfeld (VP Marketing, Google Cloud) and Anne Dwane (EIR at HBS) for sharing their stories and words of wisdom with everyone. As Anne Dwane put it, “If all think alike, we don’t think very much” - very important words for the movement towards diversity in tech. We learned so much from each of our powerful women on the panel: Mary Beth showed us that it was okay to lean on others, but to never let the pressure hold you back from what you want. Alison advised the audience to always “act as if - As if you belong; As if are the most senior person in the room.” And from Anne, we learned that we need to “take fear out of the equation.” Thank you to our organizers, to Pitch and Catherine Johnson for their attendance, ANA Airlines, and to everyone who attended. Let’s keep up the movement to diversify our minds in Silicon Valley and all over the tech world!
Recently, the HBSA/NC featured a fireside chat with Jyoti Bansal, AppDynamics Founder. Event Chair, JP Marcos (MBA 2001) sat down with Bansal in front of an audience of Harvard Business School Alumni as part of the Technology Roundtables series. The conversation touched on Bansal’s story and lessons learned while leading AppDynamics from its inception to its sale to Cisco this year for $3.7B.
San Francisco Chief Innovation Officer Jay Nath recently asked the HBS Association of Northern California’s Community Partners for help in refining his agency’s mission, values, and framework for delivering action. An HBS alumni team mobilized into action, working collaboratively with City departments and delivering a well-received presentation and framework to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and a framework that is being implemented today. “We are so proud of our strategic partnership with HBS Community Partners. Working with them was transformational for our team. They are trusted advisors and helped us craft a coherent strategic plan that charted us on a more focused, impactful and accountable course.” - Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation.
Entering 43nd Year
Our club is entering its 43nd year, where we serve over 5,600 HBS graduates in Northern California. We allow members to stay in contact with fellow alumni, further their professional training, and participate in community partners programs. We’re continuing to explore new initiatives and add new activities to remain on the leading edge of innovation and impact across the global alumni community.
If you are not yet a member, please visit our membership page as well as our program overview to get a sense of membership opportunities. For new arrivals to the Bay Area, especially our recent Graduates, welcome and we look forward to seeing you.
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM Wed 23 Aug 2017 Featured Event
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Thu 24 Aug 2017 Featured Event
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Wed 30 Aug 2017 Featured Event
8:15 AM to 9:30 AM Tue 12 Sep 2017 Featured Event
5:30 PM Thu 14 Sep 2017 Featured Event
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There’s no better way to engage with the Club and members then through our events. We have many upcoming events, including some great experiences with professional sports teams.
If you are not yet a member, please visit our membership page
as well as our program overview to get a sense of membership opportunities. For new arrivals to the Bay Area, especially our recent Graduates, welcome and we look forward to seeing you.