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How She Built This with Hayley Leibson, Lunchclub

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Please join Wharton Alumni Founders & Funders Association (WAFFA) for breakfast and conversation with Hayley Leibson, co-founder & COO of Lunchclub.

Lunchclub is an AI superconnector that makes introductions for 1:1 lunch and coffee meetings. Lunchclub’s mission is to power a future of work where making new connections is easy, meaningful, and fun. Hayley is also the founder of Lady in Tech, an award-winning tech and lifestyle blog for women, and writes a column for Forbes that motivates and moves millennial women to enter the tech industry and build impactful products at scale to improve the world.

Lunchclub has made tens of thousands of in-person connections that have resulted in outcomes including hiring, startup and entertainment investments, consulting and advising, new friendships, and co-founders meeting and starting a business.

Lunchclub is invite-only and live in 8 major cities including the San Francisco Bay Area, NYC, LA, London, and Toronto.

For her inclusion and diversity advocacy work, she’s been featured in ABC 7 News, BBC World Service, BBC 100 Women, Tech Forward, and OZY. She was named a “Top Tech Influencer” by IVY Magazine, “Most Influential Women in Tech” alongside Sheryl Sandberg and Katrina Lake, and included in 20 On The Rise 2018.

We hope you can join Hayley for breakfast and conversation moderated by Shannon Grant. As part of this event, Lunchclub is also giving Wharton attendees an invite to try Lunchclub.

Register Online
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019Time: 8:30am – 9:30am
 CANOPY Jackson Square – 595 Pacific Ave, 4th Floor
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non-Members


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Women Founders and Funders Picnic and Walk at Glen Park

Join WAFFA and meet other incredible women for a casual yet intimate women only event at Glen Park


Saturday, Nov 2nd, 2019 

Join WAFFA for one of our favorite the women-only picnic and walk at Glen Park. Meet other incredible women at this casual yet intimate event. We will gather at a picnic table by the Glen Park Recreation Center for some food and great conversations. We hope to see you all there.        Register Online
Date: Saturday, Nov 2nd, 2019Time: 10:30am
 Glen Canyon Park – ELK ST and Chenery ST, San Francisco, CA 94127
Cost: FREE with Registration 


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In New York City! The Business of Building a Brand—October, 3rd, 2019 in NYC

The Business of Building a Brand

It’s our first WAFFA event in the Big Apple!

Join us for a panel discussion on the Business of Building a Brand with Wharton alumnae founders and funders!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

6pm – 7:30pm

Dorie Smith (WG’13), Co-Founder, Of Mercer

Erum Hasnain (WG’13), Partner, Idea Farm Ventures

Melissa Mash (WG’12), Founder & CEO, Dagne Dover

Wharton alumnae founders Dorie Smith and Melissa Mash along with funder Erum Hasain of Idea Farm Ventures discuss how a new wave of women-led consumer companies are building their brands and developing products women love.

3L Capital

137 W 25th St

10th floor

New York, NY 10001


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Save the date: Han Shen, Founding Partner at — October 2nd, 2019

Join WAFFA for an evening with Han Shen WG’09, Founding Partner at This talk is part of our series “Know Your Numbers”. Han will share his journey founding, a thesis-driven fund focused on early-stage investment. Together with Han, we will explore the lessons learned both as a founder and a funder. We will talk numbers and learn what to watch out for and how to ensure you have strong numbers to back up your story.  


About Han Shen

Han’s career in venture capital started in 2009 and has spanned at VantagePoint and Formation 8, where he was the first hire on the investment team. He led and/or contributed to the investment in Motive Drilling (acquired by Helmerich & Payne), Lucid (acquired by Acuity), Comfy (acquired by Siemens), Oculus (acquired by Facebook), Taxon (acquired by DuPont), and AlertMe (acquired by British Gas). Han has served on the board of multiple portfolio companies including BorderX Lab, Sweet a Little, Motive Drilling, and Grabit, and has closely advised entrepreneurs in building a startup from the ground up. He received the title of “Honorary Employee” (with badge #36) from one of his current portfolio companies to recognize the instrumental role he has played. Earlier in his career, Han worked for Rohm and Haas Company, the largest US specialty chemical company, where he was credited as key inventor of four US patents.

Han earned his bachelor’s degree from Nanjing University, Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Han holds a private pilot license issued by the US FAA and was the Dignitary Champion of International Cherry Pit Spitting Competition in 2002.

Date: Tuesday, October 2nd, 2019Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm
WeWork, 1161 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103


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Phin Barnes, Partner at First Round Capital — September 17, 2019

Join WAFFA for a conversation with Phin Barnes, a Partner at First Round Capital, a sneakerhead and an WG’09. This talk is part of our series on “Know Your Numbers”. We will discuss everything from what numbers are interesting to VCs to how to create the right company culture. We will explore how to get to know your customers, how to make constraints part of your product value, and how to great brands.

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
 T3 Advisors 140 Geary St Ste 1000, San Francisco 94108
Cost: $20/person. Wine & light food will be provided.

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