Networking Breakfast Events

Join us for a gathering of Bay Area professionals
​for a time of networking, connecting, and conversations about faith and work.

Wednesday, November 7th
7:00 am to 8:30 am
Palo Alto Elks Club, Palo Alto

featured speaker

Carol Novello 
President, Humane Society Silicon Valley
Founder, Mutual Rescue

Navigating “I Don’t Know” with God in a “Must Know” World


Tickets are selling fast and we expect a sell out event. Don’t miss out!
We are honored to have Carol Novello as part of our 2018/2019 season. Carol has a powerful story of how God guided her into unknown territory through a series of circumstances that left her in the middle of a quiet storm. Her personal and professional story is one of grace, rescue, and new beginnings. She will share a powerful narrative of journeying the “I Don’t Know” with God in a “Must Know” world.

Carol joined Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV), one of the Bay Area’s largest animal rescue organizations, as President in September 2010.  She previously served on HSSV’s Board of Directors for one year. She is also Founder of Mutual Rescue, a national initiative to change the conversation from “people or animals” to “people and animals.”  The initiative’s first six short films have resonated around the globe with over 135 million views on social media.  Her first book, Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too will be published next spring. 

Prior to HSSV and Mutual Rescue, Carol spent over 20 years in the high-tech industry. Previously, she was a Vice President/General Manager of QuickBooks Online at Intuit, Inc. Carol received her MBA from Harvard Business School, and her bachelors degree in economics and english from Dickinson College. She lives in Los Altos with her family of three rescue animals–German shepherd Tess and two tuxedo cats, Herbie and Bode.

Watch short film Carol produced sharing a story about Mutual Rescue.

We are thrilled to see our events sell out in just a few weeks. We are trying different locations to accommodate the demand. We are actively seeking new venues on the Peninsula. If you would like to host us at your company or have suggestions for a venue, please contact us at

Networking Breakfast events are quarterly gatherings where Silicon Valley professionals meet for breakfast, networking and a special speaker. These events are open to all and intended to showcase real stories of Christian faith in the everyday workplace. We hope these gatherings spark new conversations and connections about the integration of faith and life.

The SVPB Networking breakfast begins at 7:00am and concludes at 8:30am.

Invite a friend or colleague to this engaging and high-impact event. The cost is $25 for continental breakfast.



Past Networking Event Speakers: 
Note:  Not all events showcase video or audio.

  • September 20, 2018 — Nicolas Brathwaite, Founder & Partner, Riverwood Ventures
    View Video
  • May 16, 2018 — Olatunde “Tunde” Sobomehin, CEO & Lead Servant, StreetCode Academy (video and audio to come)
  • January 17, 2018 — Charlie Strouss, Senior Vice President, CBRE
  • November 1, 2017 —  Sue Warnke, Director of Infrastructure Documentation, Salesforce
    View Video | Audio File
  • September 20, 2017 — Becky Pomerleau, Senior Finance Manager, PayPal
    View Video | Audio File
  • May 3, 2017 — Jonathan Liao, Portfolio Manager, 500 Startups, Inc.
  • February 1, 2017 — Brian Martin, Medical Device Engineer & Entrepreneur
  • November 9, 2016 — Andrew Laffoon, Co-Founder & CEO of Mixbook
  • September 21, 2016 — Robert Valiton, Officer at Atmel Corporation
  • May 18, 2016 — Ellen Luttrell, Global Marketing Executive
  • February 17, 2016 — Larry Grotte, Co-Founder/President of Rident Park, Inc.
  • September 30, 2015 — Ken Churchill, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley
  • April 15, 2015 — Bobby Evans, VP Assistant GM, SF Giants
  • January 21, 2015 — Ryon Paton, Trinitas Partners
  • November 5, 2014 — Isaac Sundarajan, Strategy & M&A Executive
  • September 17, 2014 — Michael Chang, Entrepreneur (former SVP, HP Autonomy)
  • May 7, 2014 — Jerry Shen, Silicon Valley software developer and entrepreneur
  • January 22, 2014 — Dale Evans, Co-Founder, Electronics Arts
  • November 14, 2013 — Brent Dusing, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Lightside
  • September 18, 2013 — Dr. John Dearborn, Co-founder, Dearborn-Sah Institute for Joint Restoration
  • May 1, 2013 — Kevin Compton, Venture Capitalist, Radar Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers
  • January 30, 2013 — Sanjay Poonen, President and Corporate Officer, Technology Solutions and the Mobile Division at SAP
  • September, 2012 — Kirk Hoiberg, Principal, Trinitas Partners
  • May 24, 2012 — Michael Yang, Founder, Become, Inc., and Founder/CEO,
  • January, 2012 — Milo Medin, Vice President of Access Services, Google;  and Founder, @Home Network 
Learn more about these speakers on the Speaker Info Page.