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International Women’s Day: What it Means to Be a Courageous Woman

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Join us for a celebration of The Power of She: United We Thrive on International Women’s Day. We’ll come together for an empowering evening showcasing the voices of bold and courageous women in our community.

International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900's as a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. Join us in an evening of unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action.

We have the honor of welcoming a panel of incredible women to The Hivery stage.  Grace Kraaijvanger, Founder of The Hivery, will join these thought leaders, change-makers, activists, and entrepreneurs in a conversation about speaking up and moving women forward in all aspects of life. Guests will enjoy a special vocal performance by Bel Canto and Chantons members of the Marin Girls Chorus!


The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.
— Gloria Steinem

This special International Women’s Day evening event sponsored by our friends at Athleta is the perfect way to celebrate #womendoingcoolstuff. Guests will also enjoy a tasting of sparkling wines from Le Grand Courtâge and lite bites.

Don’t hesitate to come alone and mingle with your Hivery community or feel free to bring a friend.

ALL ARE WELCOME at this beautiful celebration of courage and The Power of She: United We Thrive!

As seats are limited, advance online registration is required. Free for members. $30 for non-members. All are welcome!

Not a Hivery member yet? Learn more about membership and sign up here.

Refund Policy
We know that life happens and things change. We will gladly offer you a full refund for a workshop or event when requested via email to at least seven days prior to the event. Please note that no refunds will be given to cancellations made within a week of a workshop or event.

Gratitude to our Sponsor 


Gratitude to our Partner



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Julie Castro Abrams strengthens organizations, boards, and small businesses, enabling them to achieve their growth goals and breakthrough results. She is an experienced CEO and director, a sought-after speaker on leadership and entrepreneurship, and widely recognized for her unique ability to connect people and facilitate rich conversations that result in real impact.

Through her consulting practice, Julie creates high performance boards, high impact brands, and high production, multicultural teams.  An experienced CEO, she is now a trusted advisor to dozens of executives across a multitude of sectors, partnering with and launching them towards greater impact.

Julie is also the CEO and Chair of How Women Lead, a robust network of over 3,000 women dedicated to promoting diverse women’s voices and propelling women’s leadership forward. Since 2017, Julie has chaired and How Women Lead has managed the 2020 Women on Boards Bay Area effort, helping to spearhead the national effort to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards.

A philanthropist at heart, Julie is committed to social justice and building community. She has held leadership positions on numerous boards of organizations focused on women and children, Latinos, economic development, and the arts. She launched How Women Give to address the inequity of financial support for women and girls’ organizations, which only receives 7% of grant dollars globally. She currently sits on the board of a multitude of non-profit organizations across the country, including her role as Governance Chair for the Women’s Funding Network.

Julie is a small business expert, active angel investor, and advisor to startups. She is on the advisory board of LENDonate, an innovative new marketplace for nonprofit borrowers. For 11 years, she was the visionary and inspiring leader of Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment, launching scores of women’s companies that boast an unprecedented 70% success rate after five years. She is currently working on incubating How Women Invest, aimed at tackling the inequity of angel investments for women-owned businesses in the country.

The recipient of many accolades, Julie has won the More Jobs Genius Award, the Morgan Stanley Innovation Award, Cisco’s Innovation in Technology Award, the League of Women Voters’ Women Who Could Be President Award, the Stevie Award for Best Non-Profit Executive, and the Commission on the Status of Women’s Human Rights Award, and is a member of the Women of Color Action Network, Leadership California, and the Marin Women's Hall of Fame. She has also been featured in four books, including “Scrappy Women in Business,” “Women of Courage,” and “The Missing Mentor,” and Fast Company’s video series “30 Second MBA.”

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Linda Calhoun is the Founder/Executive Producer of Career Girls

Her home base is San Francisco, but she has travelled around the United States interviewing dynamic and accomplished women for her site. Linda has filmed over 500 role models from Houston, Chicago, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Detroit, San Diego, Atlanta and Los Angeles - everyone from ballerinas to astronauts to federal judges. Career Girls was recently invited to Kigali, Rwanda to conduct role model interviews of women in tech careers, gathering from 17 African countries.

The idea for Career Girls was born after Linda started working as a database consultant for international development projects for USAID and the World Bank. She has several years of experience leading teams in the design of databases to support GIS for public agencies in Kansas, Connecticut and the Kyrgyz Republic. She found this work to be rewarding on many levels and wanted girls coming up behind her to know about exciting careers in tech and beyond.

In addition to earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication at Boston University, she also received a certificate in International Marketing from the American University of Paris. Linda is President, Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women Board, a Trustee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, Chair of the Commonwealth Club of California’s International Relations Member Led Forum, Board Member of the Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation and Alliance for Girls.

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Susan Goss-Brown is the VP, Stores and Store Ops of Athleta. Susan leads stores for Athleta. She has more than 25 years of retail experience and began her career as an Assistant Manager for Gap, moving up the ranks in field leadership before leaving the company to join Ann Taylor. She re-joined Gap Inc. in 2002 at Banana Republic and then moved to Athleta in 2016. Susan is known for being a motivating and influential leader who develops top talent and builds strong teams and partnerships with her direct reports and across functions. She is an innovative problem solver with the ability to catalyze teams to work toward a common cause.  Evidence of this is the recognition Susan received as Multiplier of the Year in 2015 by the Liz Wiseman Group.  Additionally, Susan’s passion for diversity and inclusion enabled the collaborative work on Banana Republic’s ASCEND program, which is now a Gap Inc. program that reaches across all brands and HQ.  Susan enjoys the performing arts (most specifically dance), studying new languages and photography.  Susan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communications from Cailfornia Polytechhnic University, Pomona.

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Emma Mayerson is the Founding Executive Director of Alliance for Girls (AFG), a membership association of 100+ organizations serving more than 300,000 girls and young women annually, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Under Ms. Mayerson’s leadership AFG has become the nation’s largest regional alliance of girls’ organizations. Ms. Mayerson is a sought after speaker on issues pertaining to girls and young women, and has spoken at conferences across the country including the Grantmakers for Education Conference, the Bay Area Women’s Summit, the Women’s Intercultural Network Annual Conference, the PBWC Young Women’s Summit, the Philanthropy Workshop, the All About Girls Summit, and served as the Keynote Address for the National Charity League and the the Santa Cruz Community Foundation. Her work has been featured on CBS Channel 4 News, ABC 7 News, KCBS, the Oakland Post, NPR’s All Things Considered and Telemundo.

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Nikki Silvestri is the Founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, a project development firm working to create systems change while improving relationships between communities.

As the Co-Founder of Live Real and former Executive Director of People's Grocery and Green for All, Nikki has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development. A nationally recognized thought leader, her many honors include being named one of The Root's 100 Most Influential African Americans.

An accomplished communicator, Nikki is well known for her combination of vulnerability and razor-sharp analysis. In addition to her speaking appearances at conferences and private events, Nikki regularly forwards the message of equitable economies through numerous media channels., the Huffington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle have featured her writing, and her recent television appearances include All In with Chris Hayes and the Melissa Harris Perry Show on MSNBC.

Nikki is a Faculty Member at the Food Business School (she co-designed and taught one of their inaugural courses, "Ethical Leadership in Food Business"). She sits on the Board of Directors of the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies (BALLE), and is an advisory board member of MeWe, the next-gen social network, and TendLab.

Nikki began her work in social change through the foster care system in Southern California, where she directed Foster Youth Empowerment Workshops. She has a master's degree in African American Studies from UCLA, and is originally from Los Angeles. She currently lives in Oakland, with her husband and son.