The CLUB Anniversary Event

I was one of the original members of The Women’s Club of Silicon Valley.  I am also one of the people whose career took a huge curve as a result of my membership.  My new law firm, HIPLegal was founded by three women, all of whom are CLUB members, and two of whom were on the founding Board.  So I am an avid supporter of the CLUB.

The Second Anniversary Event is coming up in just two short weeks, on October 21st at 6pm at the Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park.  The location has a gorgeous view, the programming is going to be awesome; I really encourage you to check it out.  If you are interested in supporting women becoming successful, in networking, and in having the amazing experience of being surrounded by brilliant driven women, you should come.  (And yes, men are allowed).

You can find the invitation here.

The CLUB has a Women in Technology Event on July 24th in Palo Alto

The CLUB is having an event for Women in Technology, and the lawyers who love them.  This is the invitation, open to women in tech in Silicon Valley is as follows:

Join us Thursday July 24th at VMware in Palo Alto, along with our five panelists to discuss Women in Technology! Hear their stories of how they got into tech, opinions on where the industry is going and more!


Laurie Hane: Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
Deanna Slocum: Vice President, Ethics & Compliance
Maryam Zand: Senior Manager, Product management and marketing, AaaS for vCHS
Suchitha Chetia: Sr. Director, QE, Storage & Availability Product Engineering
Natasha Shevelyov: Program Manager, Security Strategist, Product Security Engineering

An annotated map of the VMware campus: palo-alto-campus-expansion-master-campus-map.pdf

Please come if you are interested.

Time: July 24, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: VMware in Palo Alto
Street: 3401 Hillview Ave
City/Town: Palo Alto
Event Type: tech, event
Organized By: Risa Beckwith and Laura Fechete

Actual location map:

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No RSVP is necessary.  If you are interested, please come by.  I hope to see you there.

An elegant solution to interesting content marred by offensive graphics/asides

I read a lot of blogs, and surprisingly often I encounter a blog that is interesting, but uses examples that are sexist or offensive.  This is especially true in technology blogs, where the visuals accompanying interesting technical discussions often turn me off and turn me away from the blog.  Generally I don’t respond to such blog posters, unless I know them personally.  I appreciate the effort it takes to put out regular blog posts, and I don’t want to be too critical.  On the other hand, I do think it turns people off.

This discussion recently came up on Systers, a mailing list for technical women.

Nancy Tinkham, a professor of Computer Science at Rowan University proposed an elegant solution.  This is what she wrote:

I’m a computer science professor, and if I encountered this blog while researching information for a class I was teaching, I might send the author mail like this:

Thank you for your wonderfully-written blog on <gaming technique>.
I’d like to tell my students in <graphics course> about your blog,
so that they can use it as a resource, but unfortunately I can’t
use your blog in a university setting, because of the image that you
used.  Do you have a version of your blog post that uses a less
troublesome image that I could use as a resource for my students?

Is there a version of this that’s appropriate for your situation?  “I’d like to show my colleagues at work your wonderful explanation, but…”? You can praise the good aspects of the author’s contribution, while nudging him to think about how he’s rendered his own work useless by his choice of an inappropriate image.

I think phrasing the issue in this way moves one away from being pedantic or picky, and into simply suggesting that making a small change would make an already-useful resource much better.  I really like this approach, and intend to use it the next time I encounter interesting substance with distracting and unpleasant graphics or other content.