Real Moms of Silicon Valley: a documentary film by Charu Sharma (’14) and Reem Ladadwa

Please join us for a documentary film screening of Real Moms of Silicon Valley, produced by MHC ‘14 Charu Sharma, followed by a panel discussion with Bay Area MHC alums and working parents Shanti Michaels ‘03, Virginia Taylor ‘08, and Susan Tom ‘98. 

Film description

A lot of us women (and men) struggle with juggling work and family, and modern families are increasingly choosing to have kids later in life, if at all. This documentary film features heartfelt and inspiring stories of Silicon Valley women who are prominent tech executives with supportive husbands, single working moms, a stay-at-home mom, someone who took 17 years off to raise kids and re-entered the workforce and so on. This film shows different ways of defining success & happiness, setting priorities and making tradeoffs because there is no one right solution and it’s important to know your options.


  • 2:30-3:20pm PST – Film screening
  • 3:20-4:00pm PST – Panel with optional audience participation 

Speaker bios

Shanti Michaels ‘03 is a research attorney for Contra Costa Superior Court, having graduated law school in 2009 and spent ten years in private practice. She is the mother of a three year old and a one year old.

Virginia Taylor ‘08 is a lawyer and the co-founder of Open Door Legal. ODL provides free legal services in all civil areas of law to the most vulnerable residents of San Francisco. She lives in San Mateo with her husband Drew, 3 year old son Colton and 8th month old son August. 

Susan Tom ’98 is a scientist making drug discoveries in the Bay Area at Kite Pharma, a Gilead company, engineering CAR-T to cure cancer. She lives in Alameda with her husband, and two daughters, 13 and 4 years old.

When: July 18th, 2020, 2:30pm PST
Where: via Zoom
Cost: Free
Point People: Hannah Fairbanks ‘03 and Charu Sharma ‘14

Link to trailer.

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