Last month, Badassery Magazine had the opportunity to attend the Wonder Woman Tech conference in Long Beach, California, where we met some amazingly powerful women who are actively changing the face of tech, a typically male-dominated industry.
Wonder Woman Tech is more than a conference, they are an ecosystem of leaders on the forefront of change and influence in technology including changemakers, pioneers, innovators, thought leaders, government entities, educational institutions, Fortune 500 Companies, nonprofits, startups, and the next generation. These leaders are not only discussing, but taking action to make STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) industries to be more supportive, proactive, and inclusive of women, people of color, LGBTQ, and other underrepresented communities.
The two-day conference was packed with amazing content, activities, and speakers. Some of the highlights included a career fair, resume review, Jr. Innovation Camp, Mentor Magic sessions, a Mommy Lounge with childcare, and an Expo Hall full of amazing brands on the forefront of tech innovation. Speakers included Nicole Haase, Vice President of Merchandising & Wholesale Partnerships at ModCloth, Rashi Khurana, Director of Engineering at Shutterstock, Grace Kraaijvanger, Founder of The Hivery, Caroline Hubbard, Product Strategy & Operations at LinkedIn, and Chelsea Klukas, Fashion Designer and Product Design Manager at Facebook.
About the Founder
Lisa Mae Brunson is a Creative Visionary, Speaker, Author & Social Innovator that is committed to impacting humanity on a global scale. She was named Long Beach Post’s 2016 “40 Under 40” Winner, and she is a Commissioner on the Commission for Technology and Innovation for the City of Long Beach. She has cultivated the “Art of Fearless Asking” to “magically manifest” her visions into reality.
She is the founder of Wonder Women Tech, a global conference platform highlighting, celebrating, and educating women and diversity in STEAM, and has launched Junior Innovation Camps for underprivileged kids. She is the founder of two hackathons–Hacks 4 Humanity, a hackathon for Social Good, and Wonder Women Hacks, a hackathon to address challenges facing women and girls. She received a three-year commitment from the City of Long Beach to host the Wonder Women Tech Conference from 2016 – 2018 at the Long Beach Convention Center.
Lisa Mae is currently on the Advisory Board for the California Women’s Conference and
Lisa Mae organizes socially innovative projects, like the global “I Am Equality” photographic campaign, which launched in 17 cities and 5 countries around the world. She has hugged over 8,000 people with her Love, Hugs and Inspiration Campaign.
She volunteers with the Long Beach Code for America Brigade, and other tech initiatives geared toward civic engagement and community building. She helped organize a global #Fishackathon with the U.S. Department of State and is excited to build long-lasting global partnerships to expand the vision of Wonder Women Tech.
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