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On Friday May 29, Silicon Valley's progressive community gathered at the Mexican Heritage Plaza to support this year's cohort of New Leaders Council Silicon Valley (NLCSV) Fellows. The annual fundraiser theme “Valley Brews” celebrated the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of local craft breweries with craft beer tasting and a panel on entrepreneurship.
The first of many esteemed speakers, Darcie Green - South Bay Community & Government Relations Manager for Kaiser Permanente, highlighted the efforts of NLC Silicon Valley in empowering the next generation of progressive innovators since NLC SV’s first cohort in 2011.
San José Councilmember Ash Kalra, who has been with NLC Silicon Valley since its inception five years ago, and still serves as NLC Silicon Valley’s Advisory Board Honorary Chair, also emphasized the value that NLC SV brings to Silicon Valley by “connecting committed and progressive people to solve really difficult problems in a very creative way."
San José Mayor Sam Liccardo recognized that San José and the larger community benefits from strategic partnerships like NLC Silicon Valley, and how we all have the ability to “make San José a great urban center of the Silicon Valley that can be the model for the rest of the country for how a progressive agenda can be implemented."
The distinguished panel “Pushing the Boundaries of Beer in the Valley of Craft Delights," was moderated by Hunter B. Current, Business Developer with Alturas Ranches, and featured emerging craft breweries in San José: Camino Brewing Company, Strike Brewing Company, Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company, and Hermitage Brewing Company.
The audience heard from the leaders in small business, local breweries, bank loans, city management, academic, and architecture on the role of craft beer in creating vibrant community spaces, increasing job opportunities, paving the way for more equitable distribution of wealth, and generating authentic interactions and relationships throughout the region.
The panel included San José Deputy City Manager and Director of Economic Development Kim Walesh, Business Development Officer Reena Brilliot, Senior Loan Officer Randall Behrens, Professor Sam Holloway--and President of CraftingAStrategy.com, Field Paoli Principal Christen Soares, CEO & Co-Founder of Camino Brewing Company Allen Korenstein, Brew Master & Co-Founder of Camino Brewing Company Nathan Poulos, CEO & Co-Founder of Strike Brewing Company Jenny Lewis, Brand Manager of Hermitage Brewing Company Peter Estaniel, Brew Master & Co-Founder, and Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company Steve Donahue.
Ultimately, the New Leaders Council Silicon Valley "Valley Brews" fundraiser was a huge success. We sold out tickets, and throughout the night participants enjoyed moving to DJ Beats2Slam, savoring the crisp flavors of local breweries, and learning how craft breweries have the potential of revitalizing our local economy and community!
The event raised over $8,400 so NLC Silicon Valley can pay it forward to next year’s cohort of Fellows, and continue to recruit, train, and empower the next generation of progressive innovators in Silicon Valley. More so, it proved how the Silicon Valley startup scene and entrepreneurial spirit is not limited to the tech industry, but can be found in other industries like craft beer. Stay tuned for next year’s fundraiser; you can also contribute to New Leaders Council Silicon Valley as a Fellow--applications for 2016 fellowship come out this fall!
This blog was written by Louis Barocio, NLC Silicon Valley 2015 Fellow. Louis Barocio is a Principal in a Title 1 school in Berryessa Union School District.
Our class of 2015 NLC SV Fellows are extremely grateful to our generous sponsors and supporters--especially Enterprise Sponsor Kaiser Permanente, and Startup Sponsors: County Supervisor Joe Simitian, San José Councilmember & NLC Silicon Valley Honorary Chair Ash Kalra, San José Councilmember Donald Rocha, DAWN - Democratic Activists For Women Now, Liberty Tax Service - 1075 S. White Rd., San José, Peter Allen & Angelica Ramos, Terence Fox, Teresa Alvarado, NLC Silicon Valley Co-Director Kalen Gallagher, NLC Silicon Valley Co-Director Reeta Sharma, Elias Portales, Yacanex Posadas, and Neesha Tambe.
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