Thursday, May 26, 2016

For Women In Tech, Clinton Campaign Events Double As Networking Opportunities - FASTCOMPANY

by Christina Farr
Originally Published; May 23, 2016

The Clinton campaign is focusing on wooing the Silicon Valley vote and it's paying off in mobilizing young women.

When veteran tech executive Claire Lee got a call from Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff, she didn’t hesitate to get involved.

"(Hillary’s) campaign reached out to me and said you’re the kind of person that can get involved and help us reach the influencers and investors and the entrepreneurs," says Lee, who is the head of early-stage banking at Silicon Valley Bank. "That’s how I ended up fundraising and spreading the word."


Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has made regular trips to Silicon Valley in an attempt to motivate the tech sector, including women of all stages. Her staff have reached out to existing groups for women in tech and business, such as one run by Lee called the League of Extraordinary Women. And she’s visited the homes of prominent female entrepreneurs, including Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, the CEO of a startup called Joyus, to raise funds and rally support. "(Clinton's) campaign team are clued in with the Silicon Valley influencer network," says Lee. "They are all over it."