Eventbrite Co-Founder & President Julia Hartz to Speak at USF’s Annual Women’s Leadership & Philanthropy Luncheon, May 15

SAN FRANCISCO (May 11, 2015) – The University of San Francisco’s (USF) Women in Leadership & Philanthropy initiative is pleased to host Julia Hartz, co-founder and president of Eventbrite, the global ticketing and events marketplace, at USF’s second annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon on May 15 at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. Hartz will share her personal and professional journey as a technology entrepreneur, business executive, angel investor, partner, wife and mother.

By providing educational, networking, and leadership opportunities through USF, the mission of Women in Leadership & Philanthropy is to inspire, empower, and advance women to become transformative leaders in service of their communities and beyond.

“We know that diverse organizations and diverse boards perform better,” said Leslie Theodore, director of Women in Leadership & Philanthropy at the University of San Francisco. “In order for universities, public companies, and nonprofit organizations to be as strong as they can be, they must draw leaders from a full and varied talent pool. As a leading technology founder and executive, Julia Hartz serves as an role model for other women navigating their personal and professional journeys toward increased leadership and positive change.”

Hartz will be in conversation with award-winning journalist and public affairs executive Rose Castillo Guilbault, USF alumna and trustee emeritus. Through the Q&A style discussion highlighting Hartz’s experiences, the luncheon aims to encourage women to embrace leadership roles no matter the industry. The Women in Leadership & Philanthropy program at USF supports female faculty, staff, students, alumnae, and friends of the university to thrive at their most meaningful potential.

“I’m thrilled to share the story of my journey in building Eventbrite, and what I’ve learned along the way as a working mother and entrepreneur,” said Julia Hartz, co-founder and president of Eventbrite.

Hartz has been honored as one of Inc.’s 35 under 35 in 2014 and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013. Since founding Eventbrite in 2006 with her husband and serial entrepreneur Kevin Hartz, and business partner Renaud Visage, the company has generated more than $3 billion in gross ticket sales, with more than 200 million tickets processed. In light of her company’s growth and success, the luncheon will center on Julia’s successes, challenges, and her perspective as a leader.

For more information, please visit www.usfca.edu/Giving/women/.

Media interested in attending this event, or to request an interview, should contact Anne-Marie Devine Tasto, USF’s senior director of media relations, at (415) 422-2697 or abdevine@usfca.edu.

About Eventbrite

Eventbrite is the global marketplace for live experiences that allows people to find and create events. Since 2006, the self-service platform has helped event organizers of all kinds to sell more tickets through robust technology and promotional tools, totaling $3.5 billion in gross ticket sales. In addition to providing technology for organizers, Eventbrite has become the destination for consumers looking to discover a variety of live experiences from small photography and yoga classes to large concerts and festivals with tens of thousands of attendees. More than 200 million tickets have been processed on the platform, and in 2014 alone, Eventbrite processed $1.5 billion in gross ticket sales for attendees in more than 180 countries. Eventbrite investors include Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global and T. Rowe Price. Learn more at www.eventbrite.com.

About the University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world's most innovative and stunning cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student's passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World from Here.” For more information, please visit www.usfca.edu.