However, the event was for "Ms.Tech", which "brings hundreds of women together in a forum of collaboration. The group boasts some of the most talented women in tech, digital media and technology related fields.". Needless to say, not being a woman, nor particularly being in "technology", I worried that I might be out of place there. Fortunately one of the few guys to have signed up was featured as one of the friends listed in the mailing, and I was able to get a hold of him over on Facebook and he said that while it was mainly women, but he'd been at these previously, and it was fine.
Once I got that worry out my head, it turned around to thinking about "women in technology", and specifically my 17-year-old, wants-to-be-an-engineer, daughter, and how this might be a great networking event for her. She was, of course, off at school, with her phone off, but I sent her a barrage of text messages, hoping that she'd check her phone at lunch or after classes. She didn't.
Luckily, she got home about a half hour before I was planning on leaving to get down there, and I was able to convince her to come along. I don't think it was her favorite evening activity of the week, but I was able to introduce her to a couple of dozen friends and acquaintances in attendance, most of whom were thrilled to meet my little "tech gal", and some of whom seemed to have some potentially interesting connections to provide her in everything from robotics lab positions to college programs. Score one for Daddy.
As several people did point out, it's good for her to get some solid "real world networking" experience like that as well, so she'll not be doing the wallflower thing later on.
Unfortunately, Google did let me leave without assigning me a desk again. Can't win 'em all, I guess.