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2016 Fellows Reflect on New Leaders Council

New Leaders Council Silicon Valley Class of 2016 Fellows reflect on the impact of joining New Leaders Council. With two weeks to the Fellows Fundraiser: Party for Progress and one month to graduation, our Fellows are already putting their ideas into action, and using their training to implement a fundraiser to pay it forward to next year's class of 2017 Fellows! 




"NLC has taught me to embrace my passions alongside the values and leadership skills needed to make my life-long personal and career goals a reality."

- Sara Ramsey, 2016 NLC Silicon Valley Fellow











"NLC has taught me to continue to empower myself so I can in pay it forward and empower my community."

- Dora Maria Silva, 2016 NLC Silicon Valley Fellow












"I love that NLC provides the much needed opportunity to engage with other individuals across sectors who are passionate about their communities and the various issues they face."

- Christian Valdez, 2016 NLC Silicon Valley Fellow












"NLC has been an amazingly rewarding experience. I have learned so much in a short period of time and, best of all, I have met fellow changemakers who are doing important and innovative work across various sectors.  The diversity of NLC is its greatest strength and I know that the relationships forged and lessons learned through the institute will be with me for years to come."

- Darya Larizadeh, 2016 NLC Silicon Valley Fellow







"NLC has given me the opportunity to grow my hometown networks in Silicon Valley. I've met amazing leaders who have humbled and inspired me to be continue being an advocate for my progressive beliefs."

- Viviane Nguyen, 2016 NLC Silicon Valley Fellow














"NLC taught me to follow what is right instead of what is safe."

- Peter Wang, 2016 NLC Silicon Valley Fellow












"NLC is all about people.  Whether it be in interactions with other fellows or with session trainers, how what we do or strive to do impacts the people in our communities is always front and center."

- Paul Escobar, 2016 NLC Silicon Valley Fellow 










"As a young professional NLC has been most valuable in exposing me to progressives with a diversity of backgrounds and professions. I've gained mentors, friends, and have gotten the opportunity to think outside of my circle of influence." 

- Marisol Zavaleta Martin, 2016 NLC Silicon Valley Fellow










"I enjoyed my interaction with guest speakers and  NLC fellows, all from different professional backgrounds, but with similar progressive ideals. I was able to get some new ideas and apply them into my work."

- Christophe Gonzales, 2016 NLC Silicon Valley Fellow 









"The New Leaders Council has helped me develop into a more effectively progressive leader in the startup community, and the NLC training has already helped me become a stronger and more impactful nonprofit executive." 

- Craig Montuori, 2016 NLC Silicon Valley Fellow









1.jpg "As a Latina leader, NLC is helping me expand my network and engage with other leaders from different fields so that together we can work towards a more progressive future that brings about social and racial justice, so that working families can thrive in Silicon Valley."

- Igdalia Rojas, 2016 NLC Silicon Valley Fellow











"What I like about NLC is that a group of like minded people come together, share their deepest selves and then motivate each other to do their best. Company like this and the sense of shared dreams and beliefs is really rare to find." 

- Tahsina Haq, 2016 NLC Silicon Valley Fellow

















"NLC has been a valuable opportunity to gain tools and networks that will allow me to sculpt and refine action plans that create positive progressive change."

- Annie Adams, 2016 NLC Silicon Valley Fellow










"I am empowered to imagine beyond my own professional limits and pursue changes, projects, and ideas that create a more progressive society as a whole through my NLC experience."

- Ashley Pangelinan, 2016 NLC Silicon Valley Fellow

















"New Leaders Council introduced me to an amazing cohort of individuals who are all passionate about making a difference in the  community across the business, non-profit and government sectors. This group has really inspired me to stay rooted in my progressive values and realize that there are so many ways we can give back."

- Carina Bustos, 2016 NLC Silicon Valley Fellow








"Collaboration and progress occurs when a diversity of individuals come together for a common cause; NLC has become a defacto multiplier of these factors. I encourage anyone interested in civic engagement to attend our fundraiser to learn more!"

- Don Ho, 2016 NLC Silicon Valley Fellow 








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