Party Report: Glam’s Fearless Founders & Innovators Dinner

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By Lauren Kaplan June 23, 2014
Only 18% of college engineering majors are female, whereas 68% of 4th grade girls reported that they like science and math. But at this event, every attendee agreed: coding is cool.
...and science is sexy.
Emily Piskulik of, Anna Stern of Glam, Karen Song of Stylematic, Nola Weinstein of Glam, Jesse Draper of The Valley Girl Show, Lauren Kaplan of Glam and Elle Penner of took a break from introductions and posed for a pre-dinner photo.
Karen Song and Agatha Precourt of Patter gave a pageant-worthy smile with Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady as inspiration. Beauty and brains? Check and check.
Founders and innovators Christine Luby of Pinrose, Laura Chau of Canaan Partners, Erika Shumate of Pinrose, Roseanne Wincek of Canaan Partners, Jesse Draper of The Valley Girl Show and Ruzwana Bashir of enjoyed the ambiance of The Battery's courtyard.
The table was set with plenty of pink peonies for a glamorous and festive meal that allowed women to bond over their passions and share their interests.
Guests were shocked to learn that STEM job growth is outpacing the rest of the economy by about 300%. Much of the conversation revolved around getting women to "solve, create, innovate and ideate" and fill these roles.
Jesse Draper, Founder of The Valley Girl Show, and Nola Weinstein, Editor-in-Chief of, both shared their STEM confessions and opened up the floor to creative and inspiring conversation that continued throughout the evening.
Introductions were made and connections were formed among powerful women who have (or are in the process of) realizing their greatest ideas.
Ruzwana Bashir of and Erika Shumate of Pinrose were sure to share their experiences on Twitter and Instagram.
Blogger (and social media expert) Emily Piskulick and Karen Song of Stylematic had plenty to talk about, as far as women and technology are concerned.
These womens' goals revolve around knocking down gender stereotypes. Most were shocked to learn that only 14% of teenage girls want to become a scientist.
Each woman had the opportunity to share her thoughts on women in STEM, and Bashir summed it up beautifully by saying, "Don't look at me and think that if I'm wearing high heels and a bright dress, I'm not serious about my work."
THE PARTY: Glam Founders & Innovators Dinner in support of Women in STEM THE PLACE: The Battery, San Francisco THE FARE: Caviar blinis, caramelized onion and goat cheese canape, red snapper ceviche, seasonal garden salad, roast chicken, grilled salmon and a fresh fruit tart for dessert THE DEETS: When you put 22 of San Francisco’s most accomplished and influential female founders and innovators in a room and ask them to talk women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), an epic meeting of the minds is bound to ensue. And on Thursday night, we experienced just that, courtesy of Verizon Wireless. A crowd of entrepreneurs, investors, bloggers, and leaders gathered in The Battery's Wine Cellar to solve, create, innovate and ideate around ways to inspire young girls to embrace equations and experiments. Glam's Editor-in-Chief Nola Weinstein and Jesse Draper, Founder of The Valley Girl Show, opened the evening by sharing their own STEM confessions and emphasized the importance of harnessing girl power in all arenas. Founders like Agatha Precourt of Patter, Angela Benton of NewME Accelerator, Caroline Ghosn of Levo League, Catalina Girald of, Christine Luby and Erica Shumate of Pinrose, Deepa Sood of Cuff Wearables, Jenny Morrill of Move Loot, Inc., Kara Goldin of Hint Water, Karen Song of Stylematic and Ruzwana Bashir of shared their latest endeavors with the group. These ladies were joined by other women who embrace the “M” in STEM, financial forces Gretchen Robinson, Laura Chau, Roseanne Wincek, and Erin Brady (Miss USA 2013). Bay area bloggers Emily Piskulick of, Elise Armitage of and Elle Penner of enhanced the conversation as the group shared their insights, experiences, innovations and hopes for future generations of girl bosses. Together they proved that being a geek has never been so chic and that being smart and stylish are not mutually exclusive. Click here for more pictures from the evening.
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