October is “Innovation Month” in the city of San Francisco.

By Sepideh Nasiri (Vice President of All Things Offline, Women 2.0)

The San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation launched an initiative to spotlight organizations and entrepreneurs that make up today’s generation of innovators. As part of this initiative, Zendesk will be hosting a lively “Women In Tech” conversation on Thursday, October 18, 2012 featuring Jon Erlichman of Bloomberg and executives from Zoosk, Vayable, BlackGirlsCode,Zendesk and Women 2.0.

From Marissa Mayer’s rise to Yahoo CEO to Anne-Marie Slaughter’s controversial The Atlantic article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All”, and the heated presidential campaign underway, the debate about rethinking the traditional workforce and putting women on an even playing field is a continuing conversation.

Join us on October 18 for a “disrupting the status quo” panel consisting of leaders in San Francisco’s startup community as we discuss the evolution of the workplace within the tech industry. Speakers include Jamie Wong (Founder & CEO, Vayable), Kimberly Bryant, (Founder, BlackGirlsCode), Kelly Steckelberg (CFO & COO, Zoosk), Saroj Yadav (Sr. Software Engineer, Zendesk) and myself as Vice President of Women 2.0.

Can the tech industry rethink the traditional workforce and put women on an even playing field? This will be a conversation about how some of the leading stars in San Francisco’s startup community see the evolution of the workplace within the tech industry.

Anyone from the tech industry or other professionals are invited to join us for this conversation.

Sepideh (“Sepi”) Nasiri is Vice President of All Things Offline at Women 2.0. Sepi started her career as a Managing Editor of a LA Global Magazine out of college. The written word has always been her passion. She is an avid technology enthusiast and a board member of several non-profits due to her passion for philanthropy. She is currently an advisor to several early-stage startups. Sepi launched her first app The Date Saver Platinum in 2010, a clean tech mobile app. Follow her on Twitter at @SepidehN.