40 Under 40 Winner: Lisa Mae Brunson

On Thursday, September 29, the Long Beach Post hosted an event to honor young people from around the city who are doing great things to better their community and beyond. Out of hundreds of nominations from our readers, judges chose 40 winners, representing a range of professions and activism. The Post will be profiling each honoree in the coming days.

Lisa Mae Brunson, 37, founded Wonder Women Tech in 2014, a nonprofit that educates and celebrates women and diversity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)…


18 trailblazing women share the best advice they received

Over the course of the past year we’ve had the privilege of interviewing talented black women working in academia, fashion, science, accounting, social enterprises, technology, media, nonprofits, engineering, marketing, television, human resources and music.

Here are their nuggets of wisdom based on the best career advice they received.

Don’t try, just do
“The best advice that I act on every day came from my older brother, who was this incredible track athlete. His sport was the high jump. He’s only 5′ 11” and he would compete against guys who were over six feet tall. I remember my brother was going to a track meet…


How Can Women's Access to Technology Transform Into Leadership? Almas Jiwani to Deliver Keynote Address at Wonder Women Tech Conference in Long Beach, California

Almas Jiwani will join fellow women pioneers and leaders to deliver keynote address at the Wonder Women Tech Conference from July 15 to July 17, 2016 at The Long Beach Convention Center, in Long Beach, California. With the theme #WeArePioneers, Wonder Women Tech will explore women and diversity in tech, and those leading the way for innovation.

“I believe this gathering speaks to what we are trying to accomplish at the Almas Jiwani Foundation. We are focused on empowering women, seeing more diversity across social and economic spectrums, and the importance of harnessing technology to help those living in poverty,” said Almas Jiwani…


The Integration of Art into STEM Sounds Like a No-Brainer, But Some Aren’t So Sure

In spring 2013, Susan Riley used Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky’s geometric paintings to teach Maryland public school students how to measure acute and obtuse angles.

Students watched dance choreography and identified the angles of dancers’ poses before dancing themselves, freezing in place, and recording their own angles on bulletin board paper. With protractors, they measured angles and colored certain parts a la Kandinsky.


How One Founder and Social Innovator Makes Magic Happen

Lisa Mae Brunson is bringing women and minorities to the forefront of technology. And she’s using the technology they create to change the world.

The technology Lisa Mae and her team create tackle issues of equality, diversity and disconnection in humanity. What does this look like? In a recent hackathon hosted by Wonder Women Hacks, the company Lisa Mae founded, the winning team created an app that addresses human trafficking.

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Long Beach to Lead a "Women in Innovation Revolution," Starting October 23

The disproportionate role women play in leading and defining science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) has long been an unaddressed problem.

Women in the Western world use the internet more than their male counterparts, yet last year only about 15 percent of tech startups included a female founder. Women buy more cars than men do, but only make up about 20 percent of the U.S.’s current engineering student body.


Wonder Woman Tech Conference Attracts Hundreds In Playa Vista

A weekend-long conference was held in Playa Vista to empower females of all ages to pursue careers in tech industries.

According to researchers, tech employers have looked to diversify the sector by hiring women, and no longer solely offer jobs to men.

In a study by Harvard Business Review, a strong female presence in tech industries has rapidly declined, while almost 50 percent of women have sought new employers over hostile environments.


Tech conference in Playa Vista to explore issues faced by women working in technology industries

Attempting to narrow the gender gap in the male-dominated tech industry, the city of Los Angeles is sponsoring a three-day conference in Playa Vista to address issues women face in technical fields.

The Wonder Women Tech event, which starts Friday, will feature more than 50 female leaders from the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, industries.

The purpose of the conference is to provide support and a space for discussion for women working in an industry that some see as hostile toward women.

“There is this understanding that women are not capable of being in these types of roles,” said the event’s director, Lisa Mae Brunson. “We need to change the conversation with our male counterparts. Not only are we capable, we’re awesome.”


Wonder Women Tech takes on the industry’s gender imbalance at Playa Vista’s famed Spruce Goose hanger

The thriving digital technology sector has changed much about the way the world does business, but it’s taken that old glass ceiling into the 21st century.

When it comes to careers in tech — particularly lucrative software engineering jobs and company leadership roles — women are vastly underrepresented.

Gender diversification lags like dial-up Internet at some of the biggest names in the digital economy.

Women make up 30% of Google’s overall workforce but hold just 17% of Google’s tech-specific jobs, according to data the company has published online. Women account for 37% of Yahoo employees but fill only 15% of the company’s tech-specific jobs. At Twitter, women filled only 10% of technical roles as of last year.


Women Empowering Other Women at Wonder Women Tech Event in Los Angeles

A variety of people gathered in Los Angeles this weekend to celebrate the first-ever Wonder Women Tech conference. The free event was held at the Hangar Hercules Campus in Playa Vista from February 27 through March 1.

Co-hosted by the City of Los Angeles, Wonder Women Tech commemorated women’s achievements in technology and science. The conference also sought to educate women, foster professional relationships and promote the integration of Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math or S.T.E.A.M.

“I wanted to co-create an ecosystem where we could discover a diverse range of pioneering women as role models, and cultivate a network where women were supporting and educating other women through their journey toward building success in tech, S.T.E.A.M and innovation,” Wonder Women Tech Co-Founder Lisa Mae Brunson said in a statement.


Free Historic Wonder Women Tech Conference & Epic Hackathon

Wonder Women Hacks has partnered with the City of Los Angeles, to offer Wonder Women Tech: a series of events that offer a unique opportunity to strengthen the personal and professional development of women everywhere and inspire technology innovations that will change and empower the lives of women and girls.

Techies, programmers, developers, STEM students, professors, video content creators and creative visionaries will be gathering to build solutions to help empower women in Los Angeles and beyond! This is Wonder Women Tech, and it is coming to Los Angeles’ historic Howard Hughes hangar at the Hercules Campus in Playa Vista, February 2015.


Wonder Women Tech And The City of Los Angeles Partner To Celebrate, and Educate Women In Tech, STEAM and Innovation Via Epic Free Conference!

Wonder Women Tech today announced that it will hold its inaugural conference February 27 through March 1 at The Hanger Hercules Campus, in Playa Vista. At this year’s three-day conference, attendees from around the world will participate in a Wonder Women Hacks hackathon building mobile apps to benefit women and girls, enjoy a Microsoft Gaming Session, and connect with A-list speakers and panelists to learn about the future of women in tech and innovation and be exposed to educational opportunities in S.T.E.A.M.

The conference will host 14 distinguished panels and over 50 speakers, including C-Suite women, business leaders, inventors, investors, best-selling authors and award winning scientists and pioneers. Keynote speakers include Karen Catlin, Former VP of Adobe, Georgia Deinst, head of Solve For X Google, and special guests.


700 Expected at Conference Promoting Women in Tech, Science, Math Careers

Hoping to inspire more women to male-dominated fields of science, math and tech, “Wonder Women Tech” kicks off a first-of-its-kind conference in Los Angeles this weekend.

While there are many women in science, math and tech, they are leaving in large numbers, according to a Harvard Business Review report.

“We crack from that pressure of being in a man’s world and not being understood the way that we would like to be understood,” said Lisa Mae Brunson, the founder of Wonder Women Tech. “We can feel like this is too much for us.”
As part of the meeting, held at The Hangar in Playa Vista, women and girls will get hands-on training in a 36-hour “Hackathon.”

At the event, participants, including graphic designers, web developers, filmmakers and technologists, will compete in a number of challenges. Women and girls will develop projects aimed to raise awareness and solve challenges.


Has the glass ceiling ever been clearer?

For anyone who doubts that the glass ceiling exists or that women are shamefully under-represented in the top executive ranks in American business:

The NYTimes reported yesterday on a survey of large companies (S&P 1500) that states that there are fewer women CEOs of those large companies than there are men named John. I suppose, as a John, I ought to see a sliver lining in this; however, I have like being a product person and a marketer and have no desire to be a CEO. Also, I am too overwhelmed by the gratuitous injustice this illustrates.

I’ve had the privilege to work under the leadership of some extremely talented executives who happened to be women (yes, I am talking about you Lindas Ciprella and Finkel, Jaynie Studenmund, Sue Decker, and so on).

Wonder Women Tech

World's First Ever Premium Denim Light Up Jeans

Got featured on Fox news last night debuting the world’s first ever premium denim light up jeans.

After 13 years as a professional designer, Canadian born Dalia MacPhee has rocketed to the upper echelon of sought after designers for red carpet events. Dalia’s gowns have graced the figures of celebrities such as Hilary Duff, Heidi Klum, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Olivia Munn, Amber Riley, Nina Dobrev, Niecy Nash, Alyssa Milano, Serena Williams, Scarlett Johansson, Khloe Kardashian, the stars of The Vampire Diaries, Big Bang Theory, Pretty Little Liars, True Blood, and Glee to name a few. Dalia’s designs will be worn by many celebrities as we approach the upcoming award season.

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Wonder Women Tech Conference

The growing tech sector of our LA economy is exciting, inspiring, creative — and, sadly, lacking in women. That’s why I am proud to be working with the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women for the upcoming Wonder Women Tech” conference.

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Celebrating Women in Tech!

Come Hack at the largest ‘Women in Tech’ Hackathon on the West Coast!

Wonder Women Tech, the first major conference honoring women innovators and introducing S.T.E.A.M. careers including a Hackathon and YouTube Media Challenge for L.A. women and girls. Hosted by the City of Los Angeles, Wonder Women Hacks, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Controller Ron Galperin, Councilmember Mike Bonin and Commissioner Dallas Fowler of the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women.

A series of events highlighting women in technology will take place February 27th – March 1st, 2015, which will celebrate women as innovators.


Morning News 3/2: Wonder Women Tech, Battlehack, Grumpy Cat, Buddytruk

Here’s what’s new in the world of LA tech:

WONDER WOMEN TECH hosted a weekend full of seminars & hacks to empower the STEAM movement in young females


Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

WOMEN IN TECH: Wonder Women Tech holds its inaugural conference this weekend (Feb. 27 to March 1) at The Hanger Hercules Campus in Playa Vista. Attendees can participate in a “Wonder Women Hacks hackathon” to build mobile apps to benefit women and girls, have a Microsoft Gaming Session, and connect with the more than 50 speakers, panelists and other attendees to talk about the future of women in tech. Did we mention that the conference is free to attend? Kickoff party is from 6-9 pm on Friday night.


Wonder Women Tech

Wonder Women Tech is an event that kicks off on February 27 with Mayor Garcetti speaking about the importance of women in the workforce, and ends on March 1. PodShare has a booth to welcome new Podestrians to the brand (both co-working and co-living) and Elvina spoke on a panel called “women who launch startups”

Wonder Women Tech

Wonder Women Tech

Wonder Women Tech, a conference honoring women as innovators, will include a Hackathon, a Time Warner Media Challenge, keynote speakers, panelists, and opportunities for attendees to be exposed to S.T.E.A.M. and educational classes. This weekend of events celebrating women in tech will be hosted by the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Controller Ron Galperin,Council member Mike Bonin, the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, and Wonder Women Hacks.


Join Our Mission to Stop Sex Trafficking

Know the Facts:

Between 100,000 and 300,000 children have been forced into prostitution in the United States. Sex trafficking really is all around us, hidden in plain sight. This knowledge comes from firsthand experience from experts on our team, with over 30 collective years working in social services for Los Angeles county.

Communication between agencies responsible for child welfare can be chaotic, but Hands Off unifies and organizes reports to make sure that nothing slips through the cracks.


Hacking—Not Phishing—for Fish: Coders Worldwide Tackle Global Ocean Crisis

As the sun set over Long Beach Harbor Friday night, an unlikely crowd trickled through the entrance to the Aquarium of the Pacific. Instead of kiddos and cameras, they toted laptops and sleeping bags.

They gathered around daisy-chained power strips for a weekend of hacking—coding, not code breaking. The Southern California programmers were part of the Fishackathon, a worldwide marathon event with a dozen locations, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Jakarta, Indonesia, to Santiago, Chile. Their mission: spend two days and nights developing phone apps and other technology that would help keep the ocean’s fish supply plentiful.

A striped bass, or striper, caught in Lake Mendota, 1998.

Could Hackers Stop Illegal Fishing?

Fishing is big business. In 2012, more than 90 million tons of fish were caught globally, worth an estimated $130 billion, according to PBS NewsHour. It should come as no surprise that with that much money at stake, there’s someone willing to take advantage. Enter the world of illegal fishing.

Illegal fishing accounted for as much as $23 billion dollars in 2014. In the U.S,, a 2014 study from Marine Policy reported illegal fishing accounted for as much as 23 percent of wild-caught fish. The illegal fishing industry is bad for those trying to make their living fishing while following the rules and it’s destructive to both the fish and the ocean at large. Illegal fishermen don’t care about over fishing, the effects of fishing with poison, or what explosives do to marine life and habitats.

So how do we stop these illegal fishermen? We send in the hackers.