Evening Reception

Join us for The Wave’s evening cocktail reception!

Drag out your bling: grab your boa, your tiara, and get into your most fabulous make up for The Wave’s evening cocktail reception. During this evening cocktail reception, we will be holding a photo contest where every attendee can show off their fierce and fabulous looks!

Join Jennifer LeBlanc, founder of the Changing Tides Movement, Gillian Muessig, Managing Partner, Mastersfund™, for an evening keynote on why investing in women is the key to higher ROI and 30 minutes of evening entertainment with Jackie Huba, aka Lady Trinity, focused on building up your confidence and becoming fiercely you.

Evening Cocktail Reception Agenda

Opening Remarks from Jennifer LeBlanc, founder of the Changing Tides Movement

Jenn is the founder of the Changing Tides Movement, which was developed out of the pressing need for a collaborative community focused on the unique experiences of women founders, entrepreneurs and investors. And the founder and CEO of ThinkResults, which was ranked as the 10th Fastest Growing Private Company in Silicon Valley in 2017 and has been recognized as one of the top Silicon Valley agencies each year since 2013.

Jenn is also the best-selling author of Launching for Revenue: How to Launch Your Product, Service or Company for Maximum Growth and Changing Tides: Powerful Strategies for Female Founders, and owns the publishing house, HAL House.


Keynote with Gillian Muessig, Managing Partner, Mastersfund™

Gillian will be hosting a keynote, The Key to Higher ROI: Investing in Women and presenting highlights from the Pitch Showcase. Join Gillian for a session on why more than a quarter of a century worth of data indicates that women led, diverse teams return the highest ROI to investors in both public and private markets. It IS possible to do well by doing good. Learn how to find the winners and engage with them in ways that increase value to entrepreneurs, investors, and the communities in which they operate.

Gillian Muessig is the CEO of Outlines Venture Group and Managing Director of the Masters Fund, a global gender-lens venture capital fund. She is a co-founder of Moz, the world’s most popular provider of digital marketing software and serves on dozens of Boards of Directors and Advisors worldwide. Her weekly radio podcast, VC Confidential, focuses on the expanding capitalization options for early stage technology companies. Over more than three decades, Gillian has helped thousands of companies to launch, grow, pivot and thrive.


Evening Reception with Jackie Huba aka Lady Trinity

We all want to be fabulous and confident. But too often we let fear and self-doubt derail us from pursuing our passions and accomplishing our biggest goals. This was the situation bestselling author Jackie Huba found herself in. At the lowest point in her life she serendipitously stumbled upon the wonderful world of drag queens, and to her surprise, she found them inspiring and energizing. They were supremely confident, utterly fearless, strong, powerful, and unabashedly and completely themselves—no apologies, no compromises. So she immersed herself in the world of drag, eventually becoming a female drag queen herself, aka Lady Trinity.

Jackie’s keynote is based on her latest book, Fiercely You: Be Fabulous and Confidence By Thinking Like a Drag Queen. The RuPaul-endorsed book is a creative, playful approach to the serious problems that women face regarding confidence and risk-taking. Drawing on her own experiences doing drag and interviews with the world’s top drag queens, Jackie will share lessons from drag queens that will help you ignore criticism and live life more fearlessly. Grab your tiara, bling and most fabulous make up for an hour focused on becoming fiercely you.


At the Evening Reception we will also be highlighting the official cocktail/mocktail and cookie of The Wave. Here is a sneak preview of both.


Official Cookie: Roons

Roons are delicious coconut macaroons, made by hand & dipped in real chocolate. Roons are grain and gluten free and all chocolate is specially made by Guittard. One bite and you’ll be pleasantly addicted!

Roons was established in 2010, in a Napa Valley, CA kitchen. It started out as a baking project to pass the day with my very small humans, but turned into an epicurean adventure of epic proportion. To be honest, the kiddos didn’t get to lick many wooden spoons that day (I think they ended up in front of Dora The Explorer) but that’s a small price to pay for finding my passion – and dedicating myself to perfecting these treats for years to come, in order to share them with the world.

Official Cocktail/Mocktail: The Autumn Wave

Ingredients & Recipe

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 2 oz Apple Cider
  • .5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz Canadian Maple simple syrup (equal parts water & maple syrup, heated or shaken until dissolved)
  • 1 pinch Cinnamon
  • 1 dash Bitters (add an extra dash or two if you are omitting the gin)
  • Garnish: Twist Lemon
  • Glass: Coupe

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker and shake vigorously. Double-strain into a 5.5-ounce coupe and garnish with an expressed lemon twist.

Adapted by Jennifer LeBlanc

This cocktail is one of my favorites for a fall cocktail with flavors of apple cider, cinnamon, maple and gin. It can also easily be made into a mocktail with a few substitutions.

Original recipe and image by Chris Chamberlain