SF’s Women in Tech Honored at Dinner Hosted by Elle

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Marcela Sapone, Whitney Wolfe, Leila Janah, April Underwood, Robbie Myers, Del Harvey, Jen Fitzpatrick, Tracy Young
Marcela Sapone, Whitney Wolfe, Leila Janah, April Underwood, Robbie Myers, Del Harvey, Jen Fitzpatrick, Tracy Young

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On Tuesday night, the tech industry’s top females gathered for a special dinner at Mourad. The event was in honor of Elle’s Women in Tech Power List featured in the June 2016 issue. It’s the third year in a row that the magazine has celebrated a group of lesser known partners, presidents and start-up founders. The eight women recognized were Marcela Sapone, founder of Hello Alfred, Whitney Wolfe, founder of Bumble, Anjula Acharia-Bath, a partner at Trinity Ventures, Jen Fitzpatrick, Google Map’s VP, Tracy Young, cofounder of PlanGrid, Leila Janah, founder of Sama Group, Del Harvey, head of trust and safety at Twitter, and April Underwood, VP of product at Slack. Many of these women graduated from Harvard Business School; the youngest honoree is 26 and the oldest is 43.

Robbie Myers
Robbie Myers

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

Elle’s editor-in-chief, Robbie Meyers, was the evening’s host and she highlighted the glossy’s penchant for all things tech. “We were the first to launch an interactive tablet edition. A social shopping platform. And, the first to produce editorial in virtual reality,” she said. “One of the best parts of our job is figuring out how to express what Elle is on any platform.” Meyers talked about how much she enjoys Elle’s “Women In” series, which not only highlights the tech industry with an intimate dinner, but recognizes females successful in politics, television, Hollywood, and art.  She also touched on the female empowerment movement that’s been a recurring theme in the national media. “I get that there is some fatigue around the idea of congratulating ourselves for being successful and female,” Myers said. “But Elle is going to keep on shining a light on you, women in tech, and we’re going to keep funding the notion that fashion is not incompatible with intellect.”

Besides the honorees, other notable San Franciscan woman in attendance included stylist Mary Gonsalves Kinney, publicist Allison Spear, eco-activist, Zem Joaquin, and Dr. Carolyn Chang. With long wooden tables, red peonies, and intimate lighting, the atmosphere at Mourad was simplistic elegance and understated chic. The food was chef Mourad Lahlou‘s classic Moroccan fare with a sophisticated California-centric twist.

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