Finding His True Identity – The Story of Tolu Odulesi

Everyone has an identity. Identity describes who we are and who you are becoming. Identity provides a filter by which we look at the world and often governs our behavior. In a fascinating talk at a recent Connect Silicon Valley Engage event, Tolu Odulesi, a senior program manager at Google, addressed the issue of identity …

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“I Give Up”

To a sellout crowd of 900 people at the 2019 Connect Silicon Valley Annual Breakfast, bestselling author Patrick Lencioni, and Salesforce senior director, Sue Warnke, delivered powerful messages of transformation. Both Lencioni and Warnke are highly successful achievement-oriented people who found that achievement is not ultimately fulfilling; only God is. When we give up control …

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Bestselling Author Patrick Lencioni to Speak at Connect Silicon Valley’s Annual Breakfast on April 5

2019 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast, newly renamed Connect Silicon Valley. The Annual Breakfast’s keynote speaker Patrick Lencioni, author of the bestselling books, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, The Ideal Team Player, and The Advantage. Lencioni is also the president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing …

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A Silicon Valley Church Loving Its Neighbors

Silicon Valley is a place of great prosperity but also deep poverty. This dichotomy plays out in education.  Students in wealthy communities attend schools well-funded by parent organizations that help with the upkeep of the school, with adequate supplies, and with resources for school trips. Students in poorer communities attend schools with limited resources for …

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From Self-Sufficiency to Dependence on God — Carol Novello

Is self-sufficiency good? The goal of most parents is to help their children live lives independent of their care. The teenage years are marked by the struggle between dependence and independence. But what about self-sufficiency? Webster’s Dictionary defines self-sufficiency as “able to maintain oneself without outside aid.” Certainly, being able to take care of one’s …

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Transforming Lives in San Francisco — Hillsong San Francisco

San Francisco is widely reported as one of the most unchurched cities in America. But something is happening there. Four years ago, I reported on Reality Church, an exciting new church in the city. I ended the article by quoting Reality’s senior pastor, Dave Lomas, I’m very optimistic for the future in San Francisco. I …

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An Outside Perspective on Faith in Silicon Valley

Writer and blogger Oliver Staley penned a fascinating article on faith in Silicon Valley. Staley offers an outside perspective based on interviews with various people and visits to churches. In my view, he paints a fairly accurate, multifaceted image of faith in Silicon Valley, often recognized as one of the least “Christian” regions in the US. Staley …

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A Passion to Serve — Tunde Sobomehin

Olatunde (“Tunde”) Sobomehin has a passion to serve his community. He is an amazing person with a career not typical for a Stanford graduate.  He founded a non-profit organization called StreetCode Academy in 2013. I had the opportunity last year to visit StreetCode.  I saw around 50 students from ages 5 through 75 developing software.  …

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Finding God in Silicon Valley — “When God Calls, You Better Show Up”

New Beginnings Community Church in Redwood City, CA  recently hosted a sermon series titled “Finding God in Silicon Valley,” which was inspired by my book and this blog. I had the opportunity to give the message on April 29. The title of my message was “When God Calls, You Better Show Up.” I based my message …

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“Investing to Make a Difference” — 24th Annual Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast

The sold-out 24th annual Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast on March 23 featured two outstanding speakers – entrepreneur and author, Justin Dillon, and venture capitalist, Promod Haque. The theme of the event was “Investing to Make a Difference.” Justin Dillon kicked-off the event with a talk challenging the audience to find their passion for making a …

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Finding Peace in Tragedy — The Story of Becky Pomerleau

Life is not fair; it sometimes takes unexpected and tragic turns. When Becky Pomerleau embarked on a ski vacation in December 2014, to Breckenridge, Colorado, with her husband, Jeremiah, and her parents, life was good. She liked her job as a senior manager with PayPal in Silicon Valley, had a great marriage and wonderful husband, …

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