Girls Innovate! Holds Second Leadership Forum for Women & Girls

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Community of Leaders Across the Tech, Business, Education and Arts Sector Provide Enriching Day of Empowering Girls and Inspiring Women for Meaningful Success

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We believe the pipeline for future leadership will be much richer if we collaborate, join efforts and leverage resources to lift us all up, and find a way to support women who desire, yet struggle, to fill leadership needs both at home and the workplace

Together with the Silicon Valley office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and tech incubator nestGSV’ s women-focused technology community nestHER, Girls Innovate! is thrilled to announce the second installment of “Girls Innovate! Empowering Girls for Entrepreneurship & Leadership,” a free, public gathering for women and girls on June 1, 2013, 12:30-5:00p.m., at the offices of nestGSV in Redwood City, CA.

The Girls Innovate! gathering is designed to be a platform for business leaders, industry professionals and women and parents in the community to get together and engage in discussion regarding best practices for nurturing girls and supporting women of all ages to become innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders. Girls ages 10-18 are invited to join and participate in workshops that occur simultaneously with, but separately from, the adults’ discussions. Mothers and daughters are particularly encouraged to attend.

Uyen Le Kry, Founder/Organizer of Girls Innovate!, said this second gathering will build on the first Girls Innovate! event from March of this year by continuing to focus on critical ideas and thought leadership around boosting the pipeline of women leaders and innovators, while offering many more workshop options for the girls and increased capacity for attendance. “Our first event struck a nerve, with about 100 attendees and close to 200 on the waitlist,” Kry said. “The excitement caught us by surprise and confirmed our conviction that there is intense need in the community for women to be supported, both as nurturers and as role models for their kids.”

Kry continued, “Girls and women, in particular, are still behind in the number that occupy leadership and STEM roles. We believe the pipeline for future leadership will be much richer if we collaborate, join efforts and leverage our resources to lift us all up, and find a way to support - intellectually and emotionally - Together with the Silicon Valley office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and tech incubator nestGSV’ s women-focused technology community nestHER, Girls Innovate! is thrilled to announce the second installment of “Girls Innovate! Empowering Girls for Entrepreneurship & Leadership,” a free, public gathering for women and girls on June 1, 2013, 12:30-5:00p.m., at the offices of nestGSV in Redwood City, CA.

The Girls Innovate! gathering is designed to be a platform for business leaders, industry professionals and women and parents in the community to get together and engage in discussion regarding best practices for nurturing girls and supporting women of all ages to become innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders. Girls ages 10-18 are invited to join and participate in workshops that occur simultaneously with, but separately from, the adults’ discussions. Mothers and daughters are particularly encouraged to attend.

Uyen Le Kry, Founder/Organizer of Girls Innovate!, said this second gathering will build on the first Girls Innovate! event from March of this year by continuing to focus on critical ideas and thought leadership around boosting the pipeline of women leaders and innovators, while offering many more workshop options for the girls and increased capacity for attendance. “Our first event struck a nerve, with about 100 attendees and close to 200 on the waitlist,” Kry said. “The excitement caught us by surprise and confirmed our conviction that there is intense need in the community for women to be supported, both as nurturers and as role models for their kids.”

Kry continued, “Girls and women, in particular, are still behind in the number that occupy leadership and STEM roles. We believe the pipeline for future leadership will be much richer if we collaborate, join efforts and leverage our resources to lift us all up, and find a way to support - intellectually and emotionally - women who desire yet struggle to fill the leadership needs both at home and in the workplace.”

The forum will feature Judy Estrin (JLabs) as keynote speaker and Heidi Roizen (Draper Fisher Jurvetson) as closing speaker. In addition, the following speakers will participate as either panelists and/or workshop leaders:

●    Andrea Lo (Piggybackr)
●    Angie Chang (Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner)
●    AnnaLise Hoopes (Technovation)
●    Carole Bellis (Kilpatrick Townsend)
●    Christie Ma (Ecographs)
●    David Epstein (WorkingXMLToday.com)
●    Dhana Pawar (Girls in Tech; Coupons.com)
●    Donna Novitsky (Yiftee)
●    Erika Geihe Stanzl (Innov8r Therapeutics)
●    Francine Gordon (F Gordon Group)
●    Grace Yang (Prevail Capital)
●    Johanna Wise (Keep Me Tax Free)
●    Julie Lutz (Tegu)
●    Julie Won (Thistle Finch Investments)
●    Kathleen Policy (nestHER)    
●    Kimi Hirotsu Ziemski (Energizing Enterprises)
●    Laura Yecies (Software & Internet Services Industry Leader)
●    Linda Alepin ( Global Women's Leadership Network)
●    Macy McGinness (Dodocase)
●    Mia Dand (Digital & Social Media Leader)
●    Nancy Lin (Change Agent SF)
●    Nina Bhatti (Startup Founder)
●    Pam Owens (Clorox)
●    Rahima Mohammed (Intel)
●    Sudnya Shroff (Artist & Writer)
●    Sylvie Leotin (Artswell)
●    Uyen Nguyen (Kilpatrick Townsend)
●    Vidya Raman (Software Business Leader)
●    Vivian Wong (Ellie Mae)

To learn more, visit http://www.juneinnovate.eventbrite.com

About Girls Innovate!, Organizer
Founded and organized by Uyen Le Kry with an amazing team of volunteers from the Bay Area, Girls Innovate’s mission is to help develop greater community around and mainstream the idea that an innovative capacity and entrepreneurial spirit are essential components of leadership in today’s age. We do this through gatherings of women and girls for learning, inspiration and connection. To learn more, visit http://www.girlsinnovate.org.

About Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Sponsor
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP is a full-service international law firm with more than 620 attorneys in 19 offices across the globe. Kilpatrick Townsend's delivery of innovative business solutions provides results-oriented counsel for corporations, from the challenging demands of financial transactions and securities to the disciplines of intellectual property management. To learn more, visit http://www.kilpatricktownsend.com.

About nestHER, Sponsor
nestHER is an international community of experts focused on fostering female entrepreneurship and leadership in the tech space, with the ultimate goal of creating a global, social impact. nestHER strives to cultivate an environment where our entrepreneurs grow as a result of both our programs and our network.at nestHER provides the support it takes to succeed. By arming women with the tools and network they need, we hope to change the landscape of leadership – politically, economically and socially – across the globe. nestHER is run out of a leading ecobator, nestGSV in Silicon Valley, which provides both a location for community events and a stimulating environment for entrepreneurs to physically grow their businesses. For more information, visit. http://www.nesther.com

About nestGSV, Sponsor
nestGSV’s mission is to incubate and accelerate innovation in the startup ecosystem in Silicon Valley. We are utilizing a comprehensive, services-driven model to provide full life-cycle support for our startup companies, who work in our 70,000-square foot campus in Redwood City, CA. To drive this innovation, we have created strong partnerships with governments, top universities, leading technology companies, service providers, media companies, and other accelerators, and angel investors. Ultimately, we aim to create a network of campuses in selected major cities in the U.S. and internationally. GSV, after all, stands for Global Silicon Valley. To learn more, visit http://www.nestgsv.com.

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Contact:

Girls Innovate, Uyen Le Kry, (617) 755-3848
uyen(at)girlsinnovate(dot)org

nestGSV, Global Media Strategy Communications, Jeff Lettes, (408) 406-1161
jlettes(at)globalmediastrategy(dot)com

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, John Page, (404) 815 6108
jpage(at)kilpatricktownsend(dot)com

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