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Silicon Valley Reads Kickoff


7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC)

Silicon Valley Reads Kickoff
Come to the kickoff event for this year’s Silicon Valley Reads program. The theme for 2020 is "Women Making It Happen," in honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States.

This year's signature event will be an onstage conversation featuring author Julian Guthrie and the four women featured in Guthrie’s nonfiction book, “Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took on Silicon Valley’s Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime.”

Mercury News columnist Sal Pizarro will lead the conversation with Guthrie and the four venture capitalists – Mary Jane Elmore, Theresia Gouw, Sonja Hoel Perkins and Magdalena Yesil – who played key roles in the success of such well-known tech giants as Facebook, Tesla, Salesforce and others.

  • Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; event starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission is free and open to the public
  • Free parking in Lot A
Audience members are also welcome to view the “Women Pathmakers” art exhibit at the Euphrat Museum of Art from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and during the book-signing afterward.

Both of this year's featured books will be available at the De Anza Library and Bookstore before the event, and will be sold at the VPAC that evening.

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