Various speakers who have spoken at SVPB Events.

Neil Ahlsten
CEO, Carpenters

Neil Ahlsten left Google in 2014 to co-found Carpenters, following a calling to design world class products for spiritual needs.

Neil’s career spans the launch of Ads platforms and Android at Google to years of refugee and humanitarian work in Congo, Sudan, Chad and Ethiopia. At Carpenters, Neil leads a fellowship from Google, Tesla and Ebay and other firms to tackle major spiritual needs like prayer.  Carpenters recently launched Abide, which makes the power of prayer easy on key topic, anytime, anywhere.

Neil and his wife Nadia have four children, two adopted from Congo, and serve together on the board of a foundation dedicated to helping orphans in the DRC.  He loves mountaineering, and has summited Kilimanjaro multiple times and scaled the glaciers of the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda.

Speaker at 2015 SVPB Event

Nicholas (Nic) Brathwaite is a founder and partner of Riverwood Capital, a global, growth equity, investment firm that invests in technology and technology services industries.

Riverwood’s current portfolio of companies includes GoPro, LightingScience, Ambarella, Accellion, Synapsis, and many others.

Nic will share his faith journey of growing up in Grenada and making his way into venture capital. Driven by a passionate belief in the power of education to improve lives and communities, Nic and his wife founded The PETNA Foundation which provides financial support for education, youth and community development programs in the Caribbean, Africa and North America.

Nic has spent over 25 years developing technology and building technology-oriented businesses. Prior to founding Riverwood Capital, he served as Chief Technology Officer at Flextronics and was a founding member of nChip.

Nic earned a M.Sc. Degree in Polymer Science Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada and a B.Sc. (Honors) Degree in Applied Chemistry from McMaster University, Canada.

Speaker at Sept. 19th Networking Breakfast 

Nicholas Brathwaite
Founder & Partner, Riverwood Capital

Ken Churchill 
Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley

Based in Menlo Park, Ken Churchill is a portfolio manager director and financial planner for individuals, start-up companies, corporations, and non-profits.

His advisory career began in 1987 at Smith Barney Harris Upham, which is now a part of Morgan Stanley. 

Ken received a BA degree from Wheaton College in Illinois and conducted graduate work at Harvard University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the University of Rhode Island. Ken, his wife and eight children make their home in Menlo Park. In his spare time Ken mentors men in business and life – the Starbucks manager off Sand Hill Road has dubbed him the “Mayor of Sand Hill Road.” He also works with refugees and public health issues which have taken him around the world.

Speaker at 9/30/15 Networking Event

Dr. Dearborn is co-founder of the Dearborn-Sah Institute for Joint Restoration located in Fremont and Palo Alto, and one of the nation’s top orthopedic surgeons.

A graduate of Stanford University and UCSF with faculty and hospital affiliations with Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General, Washington (Fremont) and Stanford Medical Center, Dr. Dearborn is internationally recognized for his innovative practice and high-tech approach to joint care. His website states: We are committed to taking care of the entire patient, while recognizing that only God has all the answers. Innovative technology, education, counseling, compassion, prayer. The right road to a new lease on life. We are not just about joint replacement. We are in the restoration business.

Speaker at 9/18/13 Networking Event

John Dearborn
Co-Founder of Dearborn-Sah Institute for Joint Restoration

Ryan Derfler
Director of Customer Experience (CX) at Geneva Global, Inc.

Based in Philadelphia, with significant business in the Bay Area, he helps direct international philanthropic projects with an investment mindset for individuals, foundations, corporations, and non-profits.

His career at the cross-section of social services (doing good) and entrepreneurship (doing well) includes stints at Cityteam International in San Jose, and building a social enterprise for the City of Philadelphia.

Ryan serves as a connector, activator, and storyteller uniting people, goals and purpose in the marketplace. His deep and practical Christian faith plays out across business and non-profit environments. He speaks, consults, and counsels on the topic of discipleship, especially related to connecting with millennials, and maintains a blog that documents miracles and lessons learned chasing after God.

Speaker at 11/4/15 Networking Event

Justin is the founder and CEO of Made In A Free World, a digital platform where over 30 million consumers and businesses work together to protect freedom in the global marketplace.

He is also the director of “Call+Response,” a theatrically released documentary about modern-day slavery viewed by millions.

He is the founder of Slavery Footprint, a digital platform supported by President Obama and Google, and has garnered multiple awards including a Cannes Lion and a SXSW Interactive Innovation Award. He has advised the White House, United Nations, and the Vatican on issues of social innovation, and his work has included influencers like Questlove, Common, Nicholas Kristof (NY Times), Amber Valletta, and Cornel West. He has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, Fast Company, Vogue, CNN, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, Huffington Post, NPR, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Rolling Stone, and many other media outlets. Justin is a Christ follower driven to expose the tragedy of global human slavery. He is the author of A Selfish Plan To Change The World (Harper Collins). Justin is married and has one son.

Speaker at 2018 SVPB Event

Justin Dillon
Founder and CEO of Made in a Free World

Brent Dusing
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Office or Lightside

Brent Dusing is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Lightside, a Silicon Valley start-up focused on providing quality, authentic Christian entertainment.

Prior to Lightside, Brent was the Founder and CEO of Cellfire, the nation’s leading mobile coupon company. Cellfire is used today at leading grocers like Safeway and Kroger. Brent started Cellfire with co-founder Preston Tollinger at the age of 26. Brent has been featured in the Wall Street Journal,,, USA Today, New York Times, ABC News, Fox Nightly News, Entertainment Weekly and others. Prior to Cellfire, Brent was a venture capitalist. Before his VC work, Brent spent a year working with homeless people and refugees in Johannesburg, South Africa. Brent has a bachelors cum laude in Economics from Harvard University.

Speaker at 11/14/13 Networking Event

Bobby Evans is in his 22nd season as part of the Giants baseball operations department.He is a valued member of the Giants brain-trust which has contributed to helping the organization win three World Series titles in the past five seasons (2010, 2012, 2014) and has helped the organization be named the Topps Organization of the Year in both 2009 and 2011 and the Baseball America Organization of the Year in 2010.

Bobby assists GM Brian Sabean on all Major League and amateur contract negotiations, player acquisitions via trade or free agency and all areas of Major League operations. He is also responsible for overseeing waiver and rule compliance and assisting Dick Tidrow in overseeing the organization’s minor league system. In addition, he oversees the signing of the organization’s top picks in the annual First-Year Player Draft.

In 2012, Evans received the Bowie Kuhn Award, which is presented annually at the Baseball Winter Meetings (since 1984) to an individual, team or organization who demonstrates support of the chapel program in professional baseball. Evans is a 1991 graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he was the recipient of the John Motley Morehead Scholarship Award. He first joined San Francisco in 1994 as Administrative Assistant, Minor Leagues. Prior to joining the Giants, Evans served as an administrator in the Commissioner’s Office in New York. During his three-year tenure there, he worked in baseball operations and assisted with compliance to the PBA. While in college, Evans interned with the Boston Red Sox in the player development and scouting departments during the summer of 1989. Evans and his wife, Gwen, reside in San Francisco and have two sons, Jonathan and Jackson and a daughter, Anjali. Bobby will share his story and talk about the intersection of faith and business.

Speaker at 4/15/15 Networking Breakfast

Bobby Evans
VP Assistant General Manager, San Francisco Giants

Dale Evans
Co-Founder of Electronics Arts

Dave Evans is best known as the co-founder of Electronics Arts, the highly successful gaming company.

He’s worked for Apple Computer, VMX/Octel/Avaya before working as a independent consultant. He then launched a career as an educator teaching at Cal and now at Stanford University where he believes his greatest contribution to our culture is in helping young people find meaning and purpose. Currently Dave teaches a highly popular course call “Design Your Life” in Stanford’s Design Program – a joint program between the departments of Mechanical Engineering and The School of Art. Dave has a BS in mechanical engineering from Stanford and an M.S. in thermosciences.

Speaker at 5/22/14 Networking Event

Diane served as VP of Marketing at Electronic Arts and as an associate consultant at the Boston Consulting Group before taking time to raise her children. She is Chief Marketing Officer at GSVlabs, a leading Silicon Valley accelerator for individuals, startups, and corporations seeking growth and innovation.

Diane has a particular passion for helping women reinvent themselves and find their purpose. She is a co-founder of ReBoot Career Accelerator for women returning to the workforce after taking a pause. ReBoot helps get women current, connected, and confident to return to work by teaching essential workplace tech skills and providing a community of like-minded returners. ReBoot is expanding rapidly throughout the U.S. and has been featured on the Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, ABC Business News, and PRI’s The TakeAway. Diane currently chairs the marketing committees for several non-profit boards and serves on the Public Spaces Committee for the new Stanford Children’s Hospital. She earned a BA in Economics from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Diane and her husband Mark live in Menlo Park, attend Menlo Church, and have three children: Lisa (24), Christine (22), and Matthew (16).

Speaker at 2017 SVPB Event

Diane Flynn
Chief Marketing Officer at GSVlabs and Co-founder of ReBoot 

Pat Gelsinger
CEO of VMware

Pat Gelsinger is CEO of VMware, a $4.6 billion technology company headquartered in Palo Alto.

Pat’s career began in 1979 at the age of 18 when he was recruited by Intel from a two-year technical school in Pennsylvania. He joined the company as a technician in quality assurance and quickly advanced. While working full-time, he used Intel’s college tuition reimbursement program to complete his BSEE at Santa Clara and went on to Stanford where he earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science. At age 31, he was appointed the company’s youngest Vice President and a few years later its first Chief Technology Officer. At Intel he worked on the 8088, the 80186 and 80286 processors, became one of the critical engineers on the 80386 and was architect and design manager on the 80486 which provided the processing power needed for the personal computer revolution through the 1980s into the 1990s. He went on to leadership roles on almost every Intel processor team , including the 486DX2, Pentium, PentiumPro, Pentium II, III, IV and Nahalem. In total Gelsinger worked at Intel as a top executive for 30 years. Then, in 2010 he was recruited to work as the Chief Operating Officer at EMC located in the Boston Area. And in the fall of 2012 he came back to Silicon Valley to join VMware as its CEO. Gelsinger is married and the father of four children. He has written two books. His most recent book is: The Juggling Act: Bringing Balance to Your Faith, Family, and Work. 

Speaker at 2014 Event

He spent over 36 years in senior executive leadership and management consulting experience serving Fortune 500 and venture-backed technology companies.

He has held CEO/C-level positions on various teams leading strategic planning, IT, M&A, finance and marketing. Larry was appointed by the White House to serve on a US business leader’s delegation to Japan.

What do you do when life hits you with something very difficult and unexpected – something involving your child? How do you cope on all fronts of your life: job, family, faith?

Larry had his business career and personal life upended when the unexpected struck his young son, Peter.

Speaker for 2/17/16 Networking Event

Larry Grotte
Co-Founder/President of Rident Park, Inc. 

Promod Haque
Senior Managing Partner, Norwest Venture Partners

Promod has over 27 years of experience in the venture capital industry, and has invested in more than 70 companies since he began his career at Norwest.

His investments have been worth more than $40B in aggregate exit value to date, as 26 of his portfolio companies have gone public and 38 have been acquired. Promod focuses on investments across a variety of sectors including systems and IT infrastructure, healthcare IT, software and services. In 2014 and 2016, Forbes recognized Promod as a “Hall of Fame” investor. 2017 marked Promod’s thirteenth appearance on the annual Forbes Midas List, including 2004, when he was ranked the #1 venture capitalist based on performance over the previous decade. He has received many awards, including the 2011 SV Forum Visionary Award based on his outstanding achievements and contributions to the technology industry.

Promod once considered vocational ministry and enrolled in a seminary, but soon realized that business was his calling and ministry. He works in the marketplace to serve God and to be a good steward of all God has given him, including his wealth, much of which he gives to charity. Promod is married and is the father of three daughters, one of which is deceased. He has three grandsons and one granddaughter.

Speaker at 2018 SVPB Event

Founder and Executive Director of Freedom House, a safe home in the Bay Area which provides aftercare services for women saved from human trafficking.

Speaker at 2013 SVPB Event

Jaida Im

Ron Johnson
Founder and CEO, Enjoy

Ron is perhaps best known as Apple’s first retail employee and led the development and execution of the Apple retail stores.

He also spent fifteen years at Target in senior merchandising roles and 18 months as the CEO of JCPenny attempting a very challenging and challenged transformation. Ron is now Founder and CEO of Enjoy, a personal commerce platform, designed to change the way we buy things. It is the first company attempting to deliver free, high touch personal service to people who order products online. Ron serves on the Stanford University Board of Trustees as a member of committees on Development, the Medical Center, Alumni Affairs, and Globalization. Ron is also a member of the University’s Arts and Humanities Advisory Council. As Vice Chair of Stanford University Hospitals and Clinics, he leads a billion dollar plus campaign to build the new Stanford Hospital. Ron earned a BA from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ron and his wife Karen reside in Atherton, attend Menlo Church, and have two children, Elizabeth (21) and Will (19).

Speaker at 2017 SVPB Event

Mark Joseph is a multi-media producer, author, and founder of MJM Entertainment Group. From 2000-2005 he worked in the areas of development and marketing for Walden Media and Crusader Entertainment and oversaw a 9-member faith-based marketing outreach team.

Mark is passionate about the intersection of film, faith and pop culture. He is the producer of the feature film Reagan, a biopic of Ronald Reagan currently in pre-production. Previously he worked in the development and/or marketing of 25 films including Ray, Holes, Amazing Grace, I Am David, The Chronicles of Narnia, Facing The Giants, Because of Winn-Dixie, The Passion of The Christ, The Ultimate Gift, Expelled, Saving Sarah Cain and others.

He won the Frank Capra award for his work as producer of the feature film Doonby, and also produced the rock soundtrack for The Passion of The Christ for which he received a GMA Music Award. In 2000 he founded the nation’s first faith-based short film festival, the Damah Film Festival and is currently the president of the board of directors.

Joseph is also a writer, having authored The Lion, The Professor & The Movies: Narnia’s Journey To The Big Screen, and two books which chronicle the creation of the Christian rock industry and the return of people of faith to popular music, The Rock & Roll Rebellion: Why People of Faith Abandoned Rock Music and Why They’re Coming Back, and Faith, God & Rock ‘n’ Roll. Joseph is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and the publisher of He lives in Southern California with his wife and five children.

Speaker at 2013 SVPB Event


Mark Joseph
Film Producer and Founder, MJM Entertainment

Henry Kaestner
Managing Principal of Sovereign Capital 

Henry is the Chairman, Co-Founder and previous CEO of, a company that together with his business partner, David Morken, he has grown from $0 to $250 million in revenue.

The values of are: Faith, Family, Work and Fitness (in that order). was the 4th fastest growing privately held company in the country from 2003 through 2007, a position it achieved without acquisition or institutional funding. Prior to co-founding Henry founded Chapel Hill Brokers (a predecessor to ICAP Energy), an institutional energy derivatives broker that became the top ranked electricity broker in the country. Henry is currently Managing Partner for Sovereign’s Capital, an investment fund for Christian-led companies in the US, Singapore, and Indonesia. Henry is also involved in a number of ministry and philanthropic activities. He co-founded and serves as Chairman of the Board of DurhamCares, and sits on the Board of Visitors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Saratoga, CA with his wife Kimberley and their three sons.

Speaker at 2016 SVPB Event

Andrew will be sharing his story about the intersection of faith and business. Mixbook is a Silicon Valley firm with annual sales exceeding $25 million.

The company is profitable and employs 60 people. Mixbook offers fully customizable photo books, cards and calendars, and has been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, TechCrunch, The Verge, Washington Post, New York Times and many other global media outlets. Andrew has been recognized by Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of entrepreneurs and Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Most Promising CEOs Under 35”. Andrew started coding at the age of 10, started his first company at age 15, and received a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley.

Speaker at 11/9/16 Networking Event

Andrew Laffoon
Co-Founder & CEO of Mixbook

Jonathan Liao
Portfolio Manager for 500 Startups, Inc.

Jonathan Liao is the Portfolio Manager for 500 Startups, Inc., an accelerator/seed venture capital firm operating in 20 countries across 6 continents.

At 500 Startups, Jonathan helps manage the largest early stage investment portfolio in the world and is responsible for investment data analysis across the entire organization. Jonathan holds a BA degree in Music Composition and Economics from UC Davis and a MBA from Santa Clara University.
Jonathan has also been active in the Silicon Valley Christian community over the past fifteen years as a leader in youth and college ministry. He and his wife, Jessica, currently live in Santa Clara. He will share his perspective on the intersection of business and faith.

Speaker at 5/3/17 Networking Event

Reggie Littlejohn’s spiritual journey has taken her from atheist to follower of Christ. A Yale Law School graduate, she founded and leads Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an international coalition to expose and oppose forced abortion, gendercide and sexual slavery in China.

An acclaimed international expert on China’s One Child Policy, Reggie has testified six times at the United States Congress, three times at the European Parliament, and has presented at the British, Irish and Canadian Parliaments as well. In addition, Reggie has briefed officials at the White House, the United States Department of State, the United Nations and the Vatican. Reggie also led the international effort to free blind activist Chen Guangcheng from China. She is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, including CNN, C-SPAN and the BBC, and has issued several groundbreaking reports that are included in the Congressional Record. Reggie has spoken at the Harvard and Stanford law schools, the Johns Hopkins and George Washington Universities, The Heritage Foundation, the Family Research Institute, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and the Victims of Communism Memorial Commemoration. Reggie has appeared thirteen times on Voice of America, the official U.S. broadcast into China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

Speaker at 2014 Event

Reggie Littlejohn
Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

Ellen Luttrell
San Francisco Marketing Executive

Ellen Luttrell is a San Francisco native marketing executive managing a boutique global consulting practice.

After a long run at Oracle Corporation she broke out on her own consulting to the likes of Cisco, Sun Microsystem, eBay and Silicon Graphics along with early stage VC portfolio companies. With more than twenty years in marketing and sales leadership, she has woven her faith into every project and every client relationship. Her career took a new path when she was recruited by the White House to join the US Department of Energy to serve as a top advisor the Assistant Secretary and later project managed $13B in Recovery Act funds. She often felt like the Forrest Gump of energy engaging in top level meetings. God hand guided her through the nation’s energy mission and protected her from the day-to-day politics of politics.

How do you incorporate the Word of God here in the Silicon Valley day-to-day? How do we live by the power of God’s truth in a competitive landscape that often feels so godless? How can you be shining light of truth and love to fulfill God’s purpose in our lives to love Him and love others? Ellen has a living faith that permeates every aspect of her work. She will share stories of how an interactive life with God and the power of scripture in the Silicon Valley is real and can be real for you wherever you are.

Speaker for 5/18/16 Networking Event

Brian Martin is a successful engineer and entrepreneur in the field of medical device development. Brian has founded or co-founded several medical device companies in the Bay Area, including Evalve (acquired by Abbott Vascular), Concentric Medical (acquired by Stryker Neurovascular), and Lazarus Effect (acquired by Mectronic, Inc.).

Brian earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego, and has designed, invented, and developed various medical devices over the past 25 years. He has managed technical teams for both large and small companies, but has specialized in the startup medical device arena and the creation of new and novel medical device technologies. Brian is an inventor on over 90 patents and published patent applications in the United States. Brian’s inventions and medical devices have literally saved or enhanced the lives of tens of thousands of patients.
Brian is also a man of faith and has integrated his belief in God with his work and profession. His latest company, Lazarus Effect, was started with a dedication to honor God through everything, and God directly inspired him in the design of the stroke development devices on which they focused. Lazarus Effect was acquired by Medtronic in 2015 for $100 million.
Brian is a leader in the Vineyard Church of Scotts Valley, and has lead numerous men’s groups, small groups, and home groups.  He lives in Santa Cruz with his wife Leilani and their four adopted children, Josiah, Melea, Jezreel, and Isaac. He will share his perspective on the intersection of business and faith.

Speaker at 2/1/17 Networking Event

Brian Martin
Medical Device Engineer & Entrepreneur

Ryon Paton
Private Equity Partner, Trinitas Partners

Ryon Paton is an experienced Silicon Valley commercial real estate developer and now private equity partner at Trinitas Partners.

Ryon has been an executive in the commercial real estate industry for the past 27 years. Prior to Trinitas, Ryon was an Executive Managing Director within CB Richard Ellis’ Global Corporate Services unit. His responsibilities have included real estate portfolio strategy, development, financing, building and constructing, leasing and managing for several Fortune 500 companies. In total, Ryon has developed in excess of $500 million of real estate, and managed on behalf of global corporations (i.e. AT&T, HSBC, WAMU, Microsoft, Bank of America) in excess of 300 million square feet in 28 different countries. Prior to CBRE, Ryon was a development partner at Lincoln Property and a vice president at Cushman & Wakefield. Ryon graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to his diversified business experience, Ryon has a perspective for helping people in the marketplace find purpose, friendship and reconciliation with themselves, their families and their faith. He will share his personal story and perspective regarding the intersection between faith and work. Ryon and his wife Jan have been married for 35 years and have five children.

Speaker at 1/21/15 SVPB Event

Kirk Perry is responsible for driving Google’s global revenue with the world’s largest advertisers and agencies. Before joining Google in 2013, he spent 23+ years at Procter & Gamble (P&G).

Kirk joined the P&G marketing organization in 1990 working on some of the most iconic global brands before moving to Asia for two 3-year assignments in Korea (as Marketing Director) and then Japan (as Marketing Director and then General Manager). He returned to the U.S. as Vice President of North America Baby Care for 5 years and then became Vice President of US Operations & North America Media & Marketing. His final post at P&G was President of Global Family Care before departing for Google.

Outside work, Kirk is passionate about serving others. Board affiliations have included The Ronald McDonald House, The CityLink Foundation, The United Way Campaign Cabinet, March of Dimes National and Regional boards, University of Cincinnati Foundation and Vice Chair of the University of Cincinnati’s Bicentennial Commission. He has also coached youth sports for the past 15 years (football, baseball, basketball, softball, soccer). Kirk lives in Los Gatos, has been married to his wife, Jacki, for 24 years, and they have four beautiful children.

To read more about Kirk, see a recent interview on Finding God in Silicon Valley.

Speaker at 2015 SVPB Event

Kirk Perry
Google President, Brand Solutions

Becky Pomerleau 
Senior Finance Manager, PayPal

Prior to joining eBay/PayPal in 2013, she was an ex-patriot in Zurich, Switzerland leading the Finance integration of an acquisition by Woodward, Inc. She started her career in external audit with Deloitte and served as an Internal Auditor for several companies.

She holds a Masters and Bachelors in Accountancy from the University of Missouri where she also competed in cross country and track.In November 2014 while on a ski trip in Colorado celebrating her fifth wedding anniversary with her husband Jeremiah, Becky unexpectedly suffered a series of heart attacks caused by Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) leading to a heart transplant just weeks later. She has found her calling advocating for women’s heart health and organ donation. Becky volunteers as the CFO/Treasurer of SCAD Alliance and serves on the Stanford Patient and Family Advocacy Council for Heart Transplant.
Becky will speak about how God intervened to save her physical health and continues to do so for her spiritual health amidst the competing demands of health, life and career.

Speaker at 9/20/17 Networking Breakfast 

President and Corporate Officer of Technology Solutions and the Mobile Division at SAP

Speaker at 2013 SVPB Event & Speaker at 1/30/13 Networking Event

Sanjay Poonen

Tess Reynolds
CEO, New Door Ventures

Tess Reynolds is CEO of New Door Ventures, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that helps high-risk youth prepare for work and life through jobs, training and deep personal support. New Door provides about 100 jobs a year through its own social enterprises and over 20 community partners. Tess began her career in brand management and spent over 20 years in high-tech where she worked as a VP of Marketing, as a GM of a $150M business unit, and as a management consultant serving global technology companies. She has served on several nonprofit boards including the Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition, Parents Helping Parents and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Tess has a B.A. from the Ateneo de Manila University and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.

Speaker at 2011 SVPB Event

Condoleezza Rice is currently a professor of Political Economy in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and a professor of Political Science at Stanford. She is also a founding partner of The Rice Hadley Group.

From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Dr. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Dr. Rice served as Stanford University’s Provost from 1993-1999, during which she was the institution’s chief budget and academic officer. As Provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender — Integrated Training in the Military.

She has authored and co-authored numerous books, including her current bestseller No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington, as well as Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010), Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow, and The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin; Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).

Dr. Condoleezza Rice
Professor at Stanford University and former Secretary of State

In 1991, Rice co-founded the Center for a New Generation, an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Club of America) of which she remains actively involved in today.

Rice currently serves on the board of C3, an energy software company, and Makena Capital, a private endowment firm. In addition, she is a member of the boards of the Commonwealth Club, the Aspen Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Previously, Rice has also served on various additional boards, for example: the Chevron Corporation; the Charles Schwab Corporation; the Transamerica Corporation; the University of Notre Dame; and, the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Rice is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded ten honorary doctorates. She currently resides in Stanford, California.

Speaker at 2012 SVPB Event

Vanessa Russell
Founder, Love Never Fails

Vanessa has spent over 20 years leading technology and sales organizations in the IT industry inspiring and motivating people to develop businesses and themselves.  

Since 2000 she has also taught hundreds of children dance, lyrical, flags, hip hop, and mime.  In 2010 one of her 15 year-old dance students was sold into human trafficking. Although she was eventually located and is being restored, Vanessa encountered many others who, like her student, were US born women, men and children trapped in modern day slavery. Vanessa’s response was to launch Love Never Fails, a non-profit dedicated to the restoration, education and protection of people at risk of or currently being exploited. Love Never Fails has educated thousands of children and community members and provides safe housing for 26 women and their children per year. Vanessa believes that human trafficking can be solved through love expressed in prayer, safe housing, mentoring, job training, outreach, and education. She is winner of the 2013 Jefferson Award, the 2015 Jesse Curtis Homeless Advocacy in Action Award and the 2015 Hayward Heart award. Vanessa and her husband Pastor Timothy Russell are blessed to have seven children, aged 9 to 27.

Speaker at 2017 SVPB Event


Randy Scott is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Genomic Health, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company focused on the global development and commercialization of genomic-based clinical laboratory services.

Prior to Genomic Health, Randy was a founder of Incyte Corporation, a genomic information company, and served at Incyte in various roles, including Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Scientific Officer. Randy holds a BS degree in Chemistry from Emporia State University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas.

Speaker at 2011 SVPB Event

Randy Scott
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Genomic Health, Inc.

Connie Segreto
Markets & Relationships Marketing Leader at Deloitte Services LP

Connie leads and develops teams of marketing professionals at Deloitte Services LP, driving marketing strategy, planning and execution within the Deloitte U.S. markets.

In her 15-year tenure at Deloitte, Connie has held various marketing leadership positions including Life Sciences & Health Care cross-sector marketing leader, Health Plans sector leader, West region marketing leader, and Northern Pacic pursuit management leader. Prior to Deloitte, Connie held a wide range of leadership positions in marketing, sales, and business development across the technology, telecommunications, entertainment, and life sciences industries. Connie enjoys spending time with her sons and daughter-in-law, mentoring young women, and investing in the lives of underprivileged women and children. She co-founded a Science, Arts & Math camp for kids in grades 1-12 that has served more than 2,000 children over the past eight years. Connie is also on the board of Lighthouse for Women, a nonprot organization dedicated to providing safe shelters for the most oppressed and abused women and their children in Chennai, India. Connie earned her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Binghamton University. She lives in San Jose.

Speaker at 2016 SVPB Event

Jerry Shen founded the mobile app company Bignoggins Productions in 2010 and launched a fantasy sports application that allowed users to manage all of their fantasy teams using a single app.

In July 2013 his company was acquired by Yahoo. Jerry is now Yahoo’s Director of Engineering overseeing Yahoo’s mobile fantasy team. Jerry is also one of the leaders behind a Silicon Valley conference for entrepreneurs called ELEO (

Speaker at 5/7/14 Networking Event

Jerry Shen
Silicon Valley Software Developer & Entrepreneur

Tunde Sobomehin
CEO & Lead Servant of StreetCode Academy

Olatunde (“Tunde”) Sobomehin’s talk, Strength to Serve, highlights how his relationship with God guides his commitment to youth and social entrepreneurship. He has a powerful story of how God has used his life since graduating from Stanford University to serve the local community.

​In 2014 Tunde co-founded StreetCode Academy, a community-based innovation hub providing free technology training in coding, entrepreneurship, and design. As CEO and Lead Servant, StreetCode Academy partners with local companies like Google and Facebook whose employees mentor participants. He has taught public speaking at LPFI’s Summer Math And Science Honors Academy at Stanford University and UC Berkeley. He lives in East Palo Alto with his wife Tamara and their four children.

Speaker at May 16, 2018 Networking Event

“Lessons from the West Coast Offense”
Steve Stenstrom has followed a successful football career at Stanford University and the National Football League (NFL) with his current career that focuses on giving back to his community.

Steve played quarterback at Stanford University where he continues to hold most of Stanford’s career passing records. He went on to the NFL, to play with the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers.

Today, Steve is living his passion for connecting with and mentoring others, and developing their God-given potential. Following his football career, Steve returned to Stanford University to serve student-athletes on campus through the ministry of Cardinal Life, and more recently assumed his current position as the president of Pro Athletes Outreach (PAO), a Christian ministry focused on serving the unique lives of pro athletes and their families. Steve is also a Bay Area regional coach of The Master’s Program, a leadership mentoring program for business and ministry leaders. Steve and his wife Lori reside in Menlo Park with their four children.

Steve testifies that his life experience has taught him that football is not life and death. Rather, it is a game and a business. There are wonderful lessons to be learned and benefits to be gained, but there are things more important.

Speaker at 2011 SVPB Event

Steve Stenstrom
Former NFL Quarterback, President — Pro Athletes Outreach

Charlie Strouss
Senior Vice President of Commercial Investment Real Estate at CBRE

Charlie Strouss works in the highly competitive corporate real estate world with CBRE, one of the largest commercial real estate firms globally. Amidst the demands of the Silicon Valley real estate market, he is open about his Christian faith, even hosting a weekly men’s prayer group in his office. 

As Senior Vice President and a top producing investment sales broker, Charlie seeks to live out his faith in every aspect of his life. He will share his journey in finding ultimate purpose in life . He lives in Campbell and is married with one child.

Speaker at 1/17/18 Networking Event

Founder & President of Intero Real Estate Service, one of the premier real estate companies in the nation. Tom is a Bay Area native and business leader who has spent 25 years in the local real estate market. He progressed from a top producing agent to being one of the founding partners and leaders of Intero.

As the author of Intero’s popular Monday Morning Mojo blog followed by tens of thousands of readers around the world, Tom has the opportunity each week to explore and share principles of success, happiness, discipline, and more. His enthusiasm in creating an atmosphere centered on Intero’s core values is evident by his ongoing commitment to innovation and personal growth. Tom’s journey of highs and lows is as compelling as it is encouraging. He will share his story and talk about the intersection of faith and business.

Learn More about Tom Tognoli on an interesting Finding God in Silicon Valley blog post here

Speaker at 6/17/15 Networking Breakfast

Tom Tognoli 
Founder/President & CEO, Intero Real Estate Services

Robert Valiton
Officer at Atmel Corporation

Rob Valiton is a seasoned Silicon Valley executive who was most recently an officer of Atmel Corporation where he served as role of Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Automotive, Memory and Secure Products Business Unit Segments until the acquisition of Atmel by Microchip, Inc. in April 2016.

He was responsible for setting the strategy, defining the roadmap, developing the products and insuring operational excellence. In this role he had full P&L responsibility and accounted for approximately 40% of the company’s revenue. He’s also served as Vice President of Americas Sales and EMEA Sales and Global Sales Operations, responsible for over $1B in revenue generation. Under his sales leadership company rapidly gained market share growing from the 6th largest MCU semiconductor company in the world to the 3rd. Prior to Atmel, Rob worked at Silicon Image, Summit Microelectronics, Rayovac Corporation and the Dow Chemical Company. He has a BS degree in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
Apart from a high-productive business life, Rob also has a keen interest in helping others apply Biblical principles in everyday work. He’ll share his story about the intersection of faith and business.

Speaker at the 9/21/16 Networking Event

Growing up in a deeply religious neighborhood, ​Sue Warnke developed a strong skepticism toward religion early on and lived her life as a proud agnostic.

She achieved every major milestone on her list: grad school, loving family, exciting technology career. But something was missing. Attempting to fill that void, Sue encountered a dramatic turn of events earlier this year that brought her to the end of her own capabilities and toward an understanding of her true purpose.

Hear Sue’s story of listening to that still small voice that changed the course of her life and others along with her. For more about her story, see “Out of the Shadows: Living Authentically as a Christian in Silicon Valley.

Sue is currently Director of Infrastructure Documentation at Salesforce. Over the years, she has implemented several documentation initiatives and managed over 40 different engineers and technical writers. Other roles include Director of Innovation and Leadership, where she partnered with companies like Nike, Uber, Sony Pictures and SAP to develop and facilitate experiential learning programs. She has an M.A. in English and over 17 years of experience in the technology industry. She was recently profiled in Liz Wiseman’s best-selling leadership book, Rookie Smarts.

Join us for Sue’s inspiring journey about the active intersection of faith, life and business.

Speaker at 11/1/17 Networking Event

Sue Warnke
Director of Infrastructure Documentation, Salesforce

Michael Yang
Founder of Become, Inc.

Michael Yang is the founder of Become, Inc., a global online shopping search engine and marketing services company. Michael was also founder/CEO of which was acquired by CNET for $700 million in 2000.

Speaker at the 5/24/14 Networking Event