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‘Brotopia’ author Emily Chang on Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley

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Bloomberg Technology reporter Emily Chang confronts Silicon Valley's rampant sexism in her explosive new book, ‘Brotopia: Breaking Up The Boys Club in Silicon Valley.’

Silicon Valley has long prided itself on being the land of opportunity, where anyone with a big idea can make it a reality, and where the new Masters of the Universe change the world for the better. But the bitter truth is that women have been excluded, marginalized, and harassed from the start. Sexism and the gender gap in Silicon Valley are only getting worse. It's not a utopia - it's a "brotopia" for tech bros.

From front-page scandals to behind-the-scenes stories that key players reveal directly. Chang reports on the forces conspiring against women in the workplace, and outside of it as well - from sex parties filled with VCs and entrepreneurs and rampant online pornography to outright harassment.

Chang explores how this culture came to be, what it means, and what can be done to fix it. She delves into the seedy underbelly of shiny Silicon Valley, weaving together hard-hitting interviews with major influencers like Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, Tim Cook, Peter Thiel, Ellen Pao, and more. She reveals the secrets that tech companies have tried to hide for years, and offers a fresh set of tangible solutions about what can be done to level the playing field.

After decades of silence, women are now coming forward to bravely reveal their stories. Join us for what is sure to be an enlightening and all too necessary conversation with Emily Chang, moderated by Leah Busque, entrepreneur and founder of Task Rabbit.

Attendance is free, hors-d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. The first 100 attendees to arrive will be gifted FREE copies of ‘Brotopia’!

SCHEDULE:

5:30-6:00 PM: Doors open -- networking with drinks and hors-d'oeuvres

6:00-7:00 PM: #ScribdChat with Emily Chang moderated by Leah Busque

7:00-7:30 PM: Networking and departure

ABOUT EMILY CHANG

Emily Chang is the anchor and executive producer of Bloomberg Technology, a daily TV show focused on global technology and Bloomberg Studio 1.0, where she regularly speaks to top tech executives, investors, and entrepreneurs. She was previously a CNN correspondent based in Beijing and London, and has won five regional Emmy awards for her reporting. She is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children.

ABOUT LEAH BUSQUE

Engineer turned entrepreneur, Boston native turned San Francisco transplant. Leah Busque is the founder of TaskRabbit.com -- a community of people joining together to get things done. She is an investor, and advisor to various early-stage companies and organizations.