680 Serra Street
Stanford, California CA

As career women, caretakers, wives, mothers, and girlfriends, we work hard to do well, and we may plan our work and lives accordingly; but as human beings we are still vulnerable to the unforeseen: the dreaded illness that only happens to 'other people,' the failed relationship, the unforeseen layoff. It's hard to plan for the "Oops," and when you're in the midst of that "unfortunate" event, it's very hard to see the light and doubly difficult if you think you're going through it alone.

Studies have shown that connecting closely with people is good for your health. Some wise women know the secret of surrounding themselves with supportive women to share in the joys and challenges of being human. Jackie Spier, Jan Yanehiro, Deb Collins Stevens and Michaelene Cristini Risley are four such women. For more than a decade they got together around a kitchen table to talk about their lives. The result of these sessions is their book This is Not the Life I Ordered, a compilation of their powerful stories and practical advice.

Please join us for brunch to hear two of the authors, Emmy award winner, Jan Yanehiro and former State Senator, Jackie Spier share their extraordinary stories and the wisdom gleaned from not only surviving, but thriving. We encourage you to bring your friends and prepare to be inspired to start your own kitchen table group.

Jackie Speier served in the California State Legislature for 18 years rising to the Assistant Pro Tem of the State Senate and Chair of Committees on Banking, Finance and Insurance and Government Oversight. Speier served 6 years on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

Jan Yanehiro pioneered the magazine format on television as co-host of Evening Magazine, a nightly program in San Francisco from 1976-90. Her latest documentary, Resettlement to Redress, examines the resettlement of Japanese Americans after WWII and the apology from the US government regarding internment.

About Alliance of Technology & Women (ATW):
ATW supports women and men worldwide who share the common interests of empowering women in technology, increasing the number of women in executive roles and encouraging women and girls to enter technology fields.

ATW & AeA Members: $28; Members at door: $35; Nonmembers: $43; Nonmembers at door: $50.

Official Website: http://atwinternational.com/chapters/silicon%5Fvalley/

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