Laurie Girand

Founder and President, I'm with Them

Laurie Girand is the founder and President of I’m With Them, a nonprofit and website that privately connects victims of work-related sexual misconduct by a common perpetrator.  Girand began her career in technology as a graphics systems software engineer and, after graduate school, worked at Apple Computer as an Evangelist and Product Manager. She subsequently started a consulting firm, providing strategy and product launches to companies including Adobe, Digital Equipment Corp., Netscape, Novell and Sun in the 1990s. After her daughter was poisoned in an unpasteurized apple juice outbreak in 1996, she spent five years as a national consumer advocate for juice safety with STOP Foodborne Illness, rising from advisory board member to board member and Co-President and successfully changing the FDA’s regulations. In the 2000s, Girand shifted her focus to advocacy on local issues and the challenges in STEM education for girls.  She is presently a member of the Board of Regents of the Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano Valley, the Parents’ Advisory Board of Stanford University, and the Board of Trustees of Harvey Mudd College.   Girand holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford.

My Sessions

Career: Shifting Tech Culture in the age of #MeToo

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#MeToo has broken through the myth that an individual must prove sexual misconduct “beyond a shadow of a doubt” to stop a perpetrator or end misconduct.  What other myths and realities inhibit the reporting of sexual misconduct in the workplace?  Come learn how you can play a role in shifting tech culture around sexual misconduct […]