In our final conversation of the year, we spoke with sex educator, activist and Good Vibrations founder Joani Blank. The talk was candid, honest, eye-opening, and hilarious. It's pretty safe to say that we all learned something new! The evening ended with a giveaway of goodies donated by Good Vibrations - an incredible way to close out 2014! We're grateful to Joani for volunteering her time to chat with us, to Good Vibes for the goodies, to Kindred Table for the food, to Framed Data for their continued and much appreciated sponsorship, and to all of the women who contribute by showing up and joining the conversation. See you in 2015! 

About Joani Blank

Joani's career started with a focus on public health, and she shifted towards an emphasis on family planning when she moved to the Bay Area in 1971. She became one of the first volunteers at San Francisco Sex Information, and trained and worked in the Sex Counseling Program at UCSF for several years. In 1975, she founded Down There Press, and two years later founded Good Vibrations as the very first woman-friendly sex shop in the United States. Over the past three decades, Joani has written more than a dozen books on sex, sexuality and talking to your kids about sex. In 2008, the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality granted Joani an honorary Doctor of Arts degree for her more than 30 years of work in the field.

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Framed Data is a predictive analytics company that tells you why your customers are about to leave, and why they stay on your product. If your company cares about user retention, check out Framed! Also, if any of you are interested in data science or tech startups, the Framed team is more than happy to grab a coffee to talk analytics. You can e-mail them at: thomson@framed.io.

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With election season in full swing, it was such an honor that Fiona Ma took the time to talk with us about women and politics. Our conversation with her felt incredibly genuine, open and intimate. Fiona answered all our questions centered around her life and career, running for office, and passing important legislation. We're so grateful to Fiona for volunteering her time to speak with us and to our friend and community member Andrea Olson for introducing us to her. Special thanks to Framed Data for their continued support and sponsorship. See more pictures on Facebook.

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About Fiona Ma

Fiona Ma was first elected to represent the people of California's 12th Assembly District from November 2006 to November 2012 (after serving the maximum of three terms.) She was the #112th woman to ever be elected to the California Legislature and the first Asian woman to ever serve as Speaker pro Tempore since 1850.  

Fiona formally entered the field of politics in 1995, serving as a part-time district representative for the former President pro Tempore of the California Senate, John Burton. It was a position that would last for seven years, after which she was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where she served for four years until 2006. During her tenure on the Board of Supervisors, she authored the landmark Local Business Enterprise ordinance on behalf of women and minority business owners and passed legislation to tackle human trafficking.

Building on her work combating toxic chemicals in San Francisco, Assemblywoman Ma authored groundbreaking legislation to ban toxic chemicals, known as phthalates, in baby products statewide. AB 1108 was a first such law in the nation and was signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2007. It became the model for the federal amendment on the same subject, authored by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, which was signed into law as part of the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

As Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Domestic Violence, she worked on legislation to protect victims of domestic violence. She authored groundbreaking legislation to protect consumers, help California's working families pay the bills, prevent the spread of Hepatitis B, increase access to quality healthcare, and provide equal rights for all Californians.  As a joint author of Proposition 1-A, which was approved by voters in November, 2008, she was the legislature's leading advocate to bring high-speed trains to California.

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Framed Data is a predictive analytics company that tells you why your customers are about to leave, and why they stay on your product. If your company cares about user retention, check out Framed! Also, if any of you are interested in data science or tech startups, the Framed team is more than happy to grab a coffee to talk analytics. You can e-mail them at: thomson@framed.io.

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What a fun conversation with Elisa Donovan and Rosie's Daughters last night! Elisa opened up to us about acting, her experience as a woman in Hollywood, body image, her recovery from anorexia, being a mom and her love for San Francisco. She made us feel like we were sitting in her living room, having an intimate conversation with her. Elisa's confidence about who she is, despite being in the public eye, was incredibly inspiring. We're so grateful to Elisa for volunteering her time to speak with us and to community member Haley Campbell for introducing us to her. Special thanks to Nicole Paizis of Kindred Table for preparing such delicious food and to Framed Data for their generous and much appreciated sponsorship. See more pictures on Facebook.

About Elisa Donovan

Elisa played the role of feisty fashion-victim Amber in the pop culture Paramount Pictures feature-film Clueless. She went on to reprise her role for three seasons in the follow-up television series. Next, she performed on three seasons of the ABC/WB TV-series Sabrina The Teenage Witch. She has had recurring roles on Beverly Hills 90210Judging Amy, and Jack & Jill. Among many film roles, she was notably featured alongside Will Ferrell in another comedy classic feature film, A Night at The Roxbury.  In 2013, Elisa was voted "Reader/Fan Favorite" by People magazine for her celebrity Mommy blog. Elisa was also hand-picked by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to be the voice for the audiobook of her #1 bestseller Lean In and Lean In for Graduates. The audiobook was #1 on the charts for many months and submitted by the publisher for a Grammy nomination. 

In addition to her acting career, Elisa also assists in counseling and supporting women struggling with eating disorders, and is a proponent of spreading awareness and recovery. She has had pieces published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series as well as having her anorexia recovery story featured in the book Feeding the Fame and documented for TEEN People. Elisa has spoken about recovery on many television shows, including 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, and Dr. Drew's Headline News.

About our sponsor

Framed Data is a predictive analytics company that tells you why your customers are about to leave, and why they stay on your product. If your company cares about user retention, check out Framed! Also, if any of you are interested in data science or tech startups, the Framed team is more than happy to grab a coffee to talk analytics. You can e-mail them at: thomson@framed.io.

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If you've lived in San Francisco long enough, you've probably heard of both Katie Albright and Martha Ryan. Or maybe you haven't - the New York Times called Martha's organization 'the best kept secret in San Francisco.' Martha, recipient of a CNN Hero Award and UCSF Medal, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Homeless Prenatal Program. Katie, named by the League of Women Voters SF as a '2014 Woman Who Could Be President,' is the ED of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, named SF's favorite charity by 7x7 magazine. These two women have dedicated their careers to improving the lives and well-being of so many people in the Bay Area and we were fortunate enough to have them both join us in conversation. We got to hear the personal stories of these two incredible leaders and learn more about what's driven them in their careers, which have been focused primarily on public service. We were given some great insight into some of the biggest problems facing our city and what we, as individuals, can do to help solve these problems. Katie and Martha's passion and dedication left us feeling inspired to take action within our own communities. This conversation may have been the most important one we've had all year and we're so grateful that Katie and Martha volunteered their time to speak with us. Special thanks to Nicole Paizis of Kindred Table for providing the most delicious and beautiful food and to our friends at Framed Data for contributing to such a fantastic evening. See more pictures here on Facebook.

About Katie Albright

Katie Albright is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, a community-based non-profit organization seeking to prevent child abuse and reduce its devastating impact. Ms. Albright joined the Prevention Center, named SF's favorite charity by 7x7, from the San Francisco Education Fund, where she served as Policy Director leading a public engagement campaign to improve teacher quality and increase student retention. Prior to the Ed Fund, Ms. Albright served as Co-Director of Policy & Outreach at Preschool California, a broad-based, statewide, multi-year advocacy campaign to achieve voluntary preschool for all of California’s three- and four-year olds. Ms. Albright was recently honored by the League of Women Voters San Francisco as a '2014 Woman Who Could Be President.'

About Martha Ryan

Martha Ryan’s journey to creating the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) began in the early ‘80s.  After a 10-year stint as an ICU nurse at San Francisco General Hospital, Ryan returned to Africa, where she had been a teacher for the Peace Corps years before.  In Somalia and the Sudan, Ryan worked in refugee camps where she created a Community Health Outreach Program, a program she would later replicate at HPP. Upon returning to the U.S., Ryan volunteered at St Anthony’s Medical Clinic in San Francisco before pursuing a Master’s of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Focusing on maternal and child health, Ryan continued her volunteer work by providing prenatal care for women at Hamilton Family Shelter while in school. The women Ryan met through this work led her to found HPP in November 1989 to provide prenatal care to at-risk pregnant women. She has received numerous honors for her work including a CNN Hero Award and a UCSF Medal.

About our sponsor

Framed Data is a predictive analytics company that tells you why your customers are about to leave, and why they stay on your product. If your company cares about user retention, check out Framed! Also, if any of you are interested in data science or tech startups, the Framed team is more than happy to grab a coffee to talk analytics. You can e-mail them at: thomson@framed.io.

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This month, we changed things up a bit and took a field trip to Richmond to visit the Rosie the Riveter WWII National Park and museum. It was a privilege to engage in a private talk and tour with Betty Reid Soskin, civil rights heroine and, at 93, the country's oldest National Park Ranger. By the end of Betty's talk, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. We got to relive Betty's history as a woman of color growing up in the Jim Crow era, here in the Bay Area, and be reminded that even Berkeley was segregated until the 1960's. She told us that the WWII effort to build ships was the first real opportunity for her, as a young woman in the middle of the 20th century, to pursue something that wasn't agricultural or domestic work. "The Bay Area is the seat of social change," Betty told us. "In my years I've learned to speak my truth and expect to be challenged." She reminded us that social progress and democracy isn't guaranteed in our future - each generation must fight for it. Special thanks to Betty Reid Soskin for telling her story and to our friends at Framed Data for making this such a special and unforgettable event. See more pictures here on Facebook.

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About Betty Reid Soskin

Betty has been a shipyard worker, proprietor of a record store, housewife and mother of four, singer and composer of art songs, community activist and, for the past three years, a ranger at Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park in Richmond. At 93, she's the oldest active National Park Service ranger in the country and works at the park six hours a day, five days a week, doing community outreach and giving guided tours of the now dormant Kaiser Shipyards where she worked during World War II. Listen to her story on NPR.

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Framed Data is a predictive analytics company that tells you why your customers are about to leave, and why they stay on your product.. If your company cares about user retention, check out Framed! 

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