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Thursday, October 6 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Elephant in the Valley: Gender Bias in the Technology Industry

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Gender bias has become one of technology industry’s thorniest and most discussed issues. On Thursday afternoon, Michele Madansky, Hillary Mickell and Lisen Stromberg address the landmark “Elephant in the Valley” report that provided data documenting the workplace challenges in the tech industry.

The study was inspired by the impactful conversation that came out of the Ellen Pao / Kleiner Perkins trial from March 2015: “What we realized is that while many women shared similar workplace stories, most men were simply shocked and unaware of the issues facing women in the workplace.”

Madansky, Mickell and Stromberg will discuss the “Elephant in the Valley” survey, the reaction they have encountered since its release, as well as solutions they think the tech industry can embrace to improve upon the many problems exposed in this report.

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Hillary Mickell

Hillary Mickell is an accomplished business leader and tech industry entrepreneur with a background in brand development, marketing and business development. Hillary has held senior marketing positions at Microsoft, Netscape, Shutterfly and Yahoo. She has founded and led several successful... Read More →
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Michele Madansky, Ph.D.

Media & Marketing Consulting
Michele runs a media and market research consultancy specializing in online media and advertising. Her current clients include BuzzFeed, Twitter, Adara, Chegg and BabyCenter. She is the co-author of “Elephant in the Valley” a study of gender bias in Silicon Valley. In the early... Read More →
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Lisen Stromberg

Partner + COO, The 3% Movement
After a 20-year career in advertising and marketing, Lisen left the industry frustrated by the lack of support and encouragement for women both in the agency world and in the ads they created. She pivoted to become an award-winning journalist and author focusing on women and the workplace... Read More →

Thursday October 6, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
California Theatre 345 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113