Philadelphia, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/07/2015 -- The Lesbians Who Tech organization focuses on helping women in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community connect with each other both individually, as like-minded lovers of all things tech, as well as professionally as a growing network of mentors and business investors. The group's founder, Leanne Pittsford, hosted the first Lesbians Who Tech happy hour after noticing how few technologically focused women were active in the community as mentors and role-models. The happy hours concentrate on the goal of improving that statistic, and have become renowned for their ability to reach out to gay women in the industry and create meaningful interactions and tech-related connections. Those interactions also help the organization better meet the needs of their members, as well as provide crowdsourced information that can help make their NYC Summit a success. In that regard, a new Lesbians Who Tech (and friends) Philadelphia August Happy Hour will take place August 27, 2015, from 5pm until 7pm, to gear up for and encourage participation in the upcoming Summit.
CJ Bachmann, VP of Operations at 1SEO.com Digital Agency and City Director of the Philadelphia Chapter of Lesbians Who Tech, has arranged for the happy hour to take place at Stir Lounge, a chic restaurant and lounge located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square. This popular gay bar is known for its rustic bar, exposed-brick walls and daily happy hour, as well as for being the first female-owned business to win the Independence Business Alliance's annual LGBT Business Award in 2015.
As an added benefit to all attendees, Rose Sherry, a representative from AWE Ventures — Powered by Ben Franklin, will be attending the Happy Hour to discuss the organization’s opportunities for women-led, high-growth technology enterprises in the Greater Philadelphia area. AWE Ventures raises crowdfunded capital investments exclusively for women-led startups; Ben Franklin has joined forces with them to invest in those enterprises, by matching contributions up to $250K, while engaging additional donors. AWE Ventures — Powered by Ben Franklin also provides mentorship programs and holds events and workshops to assist women in entrepreneurship and investing roles.
The Philadelphia Chapter invites gay women with a love for everything tech to join them for a drink and to discuss the Lesbians Who Tech Summit, which will take place October 1-4 in NYC. The second annual Tech & Innovation Summit focuses on media, digital and finance technology, and will bring together more than 1,000 LGBT women and allies across all technology-based areas and industries. CJ Bachmann and her wife, Jolin, the COO of 1SEO.com Digital Agency, will be attending the upcoming summit and would like to take the opportunity presented by the Philadelphia Happy Hour to discuss the types of information and experiences they would like to see at the summit, including what participants think would make it successful.
Lesbians Who Tech is taking the technology world by storm and helping industry leaders from the LGBT community stand out as role models that many women, young and old, are proud to look up to and emulate. Having been featured in BuzzFeed, CNN, Forbes, Fortune and the New York Times, the national organization is quickly becoming a leader in encouraging and bringing greater diversity to the technology industry.
Get geeky with techy folk, enjoy delicious adult beverages, make new friends and connections and discuss the upcoming Tech & Innovation Summit at the Lesbians Who Tech (and friends) Philadelphia August Happy Hour. Tickets are free and available at the Eventbrite website.
About the Lesbians Who Tech Organization
Lesbians Who Tech is an organization that hosts monthly meetings for women in the gay community who work or are interested in the technology industry. Their goal is to create a channel for lesbians with a love of tech to form business and personal connections, as well as build networks of mentors and business investors. Lesbians Who Tech is a global community of over 8,000 women with local chapters around the world.
To learn more about Lesbians Who Tech, visit their website at http://lesbianswhotech.org/