TEA & CONVERSATION

"Celebrating Girls Who One Day Will Influence the World"

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This year the invited girls will have the opportunity to engage in conversation with women leaders
in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM).  Thank you women leaders for inspiring 100 girls!

  • San Francisco First Lady Anita Lee
  • Anna Waldman- Brown, MIT Fab Lab Network (Science)
  • Averel Wilson, Board Chair, No Bully (Mathematics)
  • Barbara Mark, PhD, Full Circle Institute
  • Cathy Campbell, Charles Schwab
  • Christine Johnson, Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure (Engineering)
  • Julie Soo, Esq., California Department of Insurance (Mathematics)
  • Marianne Mazzucco Thompson, SF Office of Economic and Workforce Development (Science)
  • Marily Mondejar, President, FRIENDS; CEO & Founder, Filipina Women's Network
  • Maya Ong Escudero, Art Collector (Arts)
  • Noosheen Hashemi, Philanthropist, Venture Capitalist, co-Founder, The HAND Foundation (Technology)
  • Patricia Bovan Campbell, Attorney and TechMentor (Science)
  • Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, eBay (Technology)
  • Chef Tracie Grufman, Acre Gourmet and Young Veterans Inc. (Arts)
  • Wendy Wang, Dome Construction (Engineering)


Tea & Conversations




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This is a fantastic opportunity for your organization
to celebrate the girls who one day will influence the world.


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About Anita Lee

First Lady Anita Lee is passionate about girls issues, particularly in her native China. She has organized medical missions to China, raising money for supplies and recruiting doctors and support staff to travel from the US to China to address cleft lip that scars girls both emotionally and physically but is easily remedied by a relatively simple procedure that is, nevertheless, out of reach for many low-income families who have little access to medical care. Anita’s work has touched the poorest girls in several provinces in China.

As a working mother, Anita raised their two daughters Tania and Brianna, both of whom attended San Francisco public schools and graduated from Lowell High School. Tania, received her BA at UC Santa Cruz and a master’s in International Relations from the New School in New York City, is currently based in New York and works for the International Rescue Committee, a global NGO that focuses on humanitarian causes. Younger sister Brianna received a BA from UC Berkeley and has a master’s degree in Global Affairs from New York University. She is currently working at PBS in New York City and supports the nationally syndicated television news series “Need to Know.”

About Noosheen Hashemi

Noosheen Hashemi, President and Co-Founder of The HAND Foundation, is a philanthropist with a passion for entrepreneurship and economic development. Since 2003, she has led HAND Foundation’s efforts to prevent child sexual abuse, strengthen the global middle class and advance the philanthropic sector through educational and research grants.

Nosheen serves on the Board of Directors of the New America Foundation. Previously, she served on the board of the Iranian Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as the Advisory Board of Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives which she helped to found shortly after graduating from business school.

An immigrant from Iran as a teenager, she was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2008. She holds a B.S. in Economics from San Jose State University and an M.S. in Management from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business where she was a Sloan Fellow. She and her husband live in the Peninsula with their two children.

Participating Schools and Organizations

  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
  • Al Sabeel Masjid Noor Al Islam
  • Alamo Elementary School
  • American Indian Public Charter School
  • Bessie Carmichael Elementary School
  • Claire Lilienthal
  • Edna Brewer Middle School
  • Dianne Feinstein Elementary School
  • Francisco Middle School
  • Gale Ranch Middle School
  • Galileo High School
  • Girls Leading Girls
  • GirlVentures
  • International School of the Peninsula
  • Jose Ortega Elementary
  • Julia Morgan School for Girls
  • Lincoln Elementary
  • Longfellow Elementary
  • Love Never Fails
  • Lowell High School
  • Marin Country Day School
  • Mission Girls Services
  • Oakland School of the Arts
  • Oasis for Girls
  • Presidio Middle School
  • Quail Run Elementary School
  • Rooftop Alternative K8 School
  • Shasta Summit High School
  • St. Stephens School
  • Synergy School
  • The Hamlin School
  • Techbridge
  • Washington Manor Middle School
  • Westbay Center
  • Westborough Middle School
  • Westlake School for the Performing Arts


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