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Alpha Girls: Powerful Women Reshaping the Tech World

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 │ 6:30–8pm

ADMISSION: $6 Members; $16 general (includes Museum admission).

The predominant narrative about Silicon Valley is that it’s a world created and run by men. Poking holes in that popular notion are two authors whose books and lives prove that women play a critical role in the Valley. In her book Alpha Girls, journalist Julian Guthrie reveals the “hidden figures” of Silicon Valley: women who identified, invested in, and built up the companies that changed the world—including Microsoft, Facebook, Tesla, Oracle, Salesforce, and more. Alpha Girls is currently in development for a TV series. Guthrie will be in conversation with another Silicon Valley trailblazer, Jessica Powell, who left her high-level executive position at Google to pen the novel The Big Disruption, which The New York Times dubbed “a zany satire . . . her diagnosis of Silicon Valley's cultural stagnancy is so spot on that it's barely contestable.” Conversation moderated by Adam Fisher, author of Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley, as told by the Hackers, Founders, and Freaks Who Make It Boom.

Presented in conjunction with the Litquake Literary Festival. Book sales and signing to follow.

About the speakers
Julian Guthrie

Julian Guthrie is the author of Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took On Silicon Valley's Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime. She spent twenty years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she won numerous awards, including the Best of the West Award and the Society of Professional Journalists' Public Service Award. Alpha Girls is Guthrie’s fourth nonfiction book. The others are How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private SpaceflightThe Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing's Greatest Race, The America's Cup, Twice; and The Grace of Everyday Saints: How a Band of Believers Lost Their Church and Found Their Faith. 

Jessica Powell

Jessica Powell is the author of The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional But Essentially True Silicon Valley Story. She was Google’s vice president of communications and served on the company’s management team. She is the author of Literary Paris, and has lived in ten countries, working variously as a translator, journalist, and wild boar chaser. She is currently the co-founder and CEO of an early-stage start-up that builds software for musicians. Powell is donating the proceeds from her book to #YesWeCode, an organization dedicated to helping underrepresented groups access opportunities and achieve success in the tech sector, and to Book Trust, which helps children in low-income areas build their own home library.

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