Bianca Gates grew up in Southern California, the oldest of four kids, her mother from Bolivia and father from Argentina. After graduating with a BS in International Relations from the University of California at Irvine, Bianca moved to New York where she began a career in media sales at Univision, followed by six years at MTV Networks and five and a half years leading retail partnerships at Facebook.
Currently, Bianca is the CEO and co-Founder of Birdies, creating a new category in women’s fashion – comfortable, fashionable slippers for the home. Her company has been featured on The Today Show, People Magazine, and ElleDecor, and is growing rapidly.
In addition to entrepreneurship and fashion, Bianca is passionate about women helping women and the Lean-In movement. Four years ago she worked with Sheryl Sandberg and LeanIn.org to launch the first dozen LeanIn circles that have now scaled to over 32,000 Circles worldwide. Bianca lives in the Marina with her husband Jackson, daughter Sofia (Hamlin ’24), and son Joaquin, all of whom are huge Oakland A’s fans.