The highlight of the Lead On conference on everyone's lips is Hillary Clinton talking about the economic implications of gender equality, and the money the nation is leaving on the table when women get held back professionally. And of course, there's Kara Swisher's fantastic interview of Hillary Clinton, the audience's anticipation (about possible announcements!), and the inspirational keynotes, all of which were truly awe-inspiring.
But my favorite moments were more off-camera. In particular, in the "Courageous Innovation" breakout session: a candid story from Yoky Matsuoka (Google-X, Nest, Twitter, and roboticist). Dr. Matsuoka told a story about her two daughters, and the "experiment" she ran on them. As typical in Silicon Valley, her family didn't watch TV at home, except for PBS and such. And they've always had lots of exposure to female role models who were scientists, engineers, etc. So when she brought them to a Women 2.0 event, celebrating female entrepreneurs, they were baffled as to why that was even a thing.
That's the world I want the next generation growing up in. The biggest strides are made when mainstream public lists of success stories are balanced, even if the status quo of separate and shorter list of female success stories is needed as a stepping stone.
And a huge thanks to Derek DeWinter and Jill Ratkevic for the invite! You rock!
Current music: Lindsey Stirling - Transcendence