City Council candidate Barbara Bry (center) with Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Intuit’s Whitney MacDougall at Qualcomm’s headquarters. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined likely new City Councilwoman Barbara Bry at Qualcomm’s headquarters Thursday to promote efforts by woman entrepreneurs in the San Diego innovation economy.

It was the first time that Faulconer, a Republican, has appeared at a official event with Bry, a Democrat, since her Republican opponent dropped out of the race to represent District 1.

“I’m looking forward to Barbara serving on the council,” Faulconer said after the event, noting that the two agree on issues affecting the innovation economy.

The Women Drive Innovation in San Diego initiative was launched by women leaders at Qualcomm, Intuit, Hewlett Packard, Illumina and other technology companies to promote female entrepreneurs in science, technology, mathematics and engineering.

Bry, a high tech entrepreneur herself, said San Diego’s $52 billion innovation economy can grow even bigger if women are inspired to pursue careers in science and technology.

“Our economy is strongest and most dynamic when we have diversity at every level of our workforce,” said Faulconer. “Initiatives like this encourage young women to purse these good-paying jobs and take leadership roles in growing our local innovation economy.”

The new initiative is the brainchild of Felena Hanson, the founder of Hera Hub, a co-working space for female entrepreneurs in Sorrento Valley, and Kristin Deuber, a long-time public relations professional. Their effort features stories, via video and articles, of women who are paving the way for new ideas and technology in San Diego.

While Bry’s opponent, Ray Ellis, has dropped out of the race, his name is still on the ballot, and Bry said she is continuing to campaign as the November election nears.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.