Geek Girl Brunch started in NYC as a way for a group of women to have a safe environment to geek out together, while sipping on mimosas. It allowed women a place to talk about their favorite fandoms, network, create friendships, and just inspire each other to keep being awesome. The idea was such a huge success that chapters have opened all over the world, and Philadelphia has officially joined that list since it has had it’s inaugural brunch this past weekend. The theme it decided to start off with? Jurassic World.
Besides being one of the first lady geeks to join the Philadelphia chapter and enjoy the dino-riffic brunch (yes, I went there with that pun), I caught up with the officers that decided to start the GGB tradition in our lovely city; Feliza Casano, Lexi Cummins, Reem Nammour, and Emily London.
— Geek Girl Brunch PHL (@GGBPhilly) June 20, 2015
Proof that I was there, I’m the girl in the bottom right hand corner!
Can you tell me more about Geek Girl Brunch and why you ladies decided to start a Philadelphia chapter?
Feliza: I first heard about Geek Girl Brunch on another geek girl site I love to read, which was around the time that GGB started to announce new chapters. I was really excited to sign up, but there wasn’t a chapter yet for Philly. I don’t really have any patience (haha) and I’m in the camp of “if you want something done, do it yourself,” so I signed up to be a Philly chapter officer.
Lexi: I first heard about it at a post-New York Comic Con party called Fangirls Night Out that was being organized by another geeky lady organization, International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club, and Geek Girl Brunch. Of course I got super excited about it & right away began looking into becoming an officer for Philly!
Emi: I first heard about GGB through Feliza. At the time we were classmates and one day she was telling me about this cool Thing she was going to become an officer for, that thing being GGB. I thought that hanging with geeky girls + mimosas = AWESOME, so I told her so and asked if there was anything I could do to help. Her reply was basically along the lines of, “Wellllllllll, they’re looking for more officers…” It seemed like the perfect way to get more involved in the community, so here I am! And so far it’s been great.
What made you decide on a Jurassic theme for the first brunch? Besides the fact that dinosaurs are awesome.
Emi: I mean, do you really need a better reason than that? Haha! Really though, part of GGB’s mission is connection: whether it’s connecting with other geeky girls, restaurants and shops in the community, or through events, the organization believes in bringing people together and celebrating passion for geek culture. With that in mind, we thought that the release of Jurassic World would be a great geeky event to celebrate–and what better way to celebrate a new JP movie than with dinosaur-themed drinks?
Lexi: Geeky swag, new friends, really good food, and some adult brunch beverages!
Can people still sign up for the Philadelphia brunches?
Feliza: New brunchettes can sign up for our July brunch now at http://geekgirlbrunch.com/join/. Make sure to choose the Philadelphia chapter for organizational purposes! Other nearby GGB chapters include Central NJ and DC.
Do you already have some future brunch themes thought out?
Feliza: I’m especially excited for next month’s Captain America Brunch, which combines tons of my favorite things: Captain America, Peggy Carter (because kickass ladies are the greatest), and more! I’m also looking forward to Hogwarts Brunch in September, because I’ll finally have another reason to wear the Gryffindor Quidditch costume I made last year.
Lexi: What Feliza said–and I am particularly stoked for October’s zombie themed Brunch of the Dead, because…zombies and spooky stuff!
This was a fantastic brunch and a great way to make new friends. Don’t feel hesitant about joining, these ladies will welcome you with open arms and some great geek talk.