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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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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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“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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Out of the Shadows: Living Authentically as a Christian in Silicon Valley

Sue Warnke is a successful senior level high-tech worker in Silicon Valley. She was also far from God; that is until January 2017, when she had an encounter with God. At that point, her life started to change. She wanted to live out her faith in Christ day to day and encourage her co-workers and …

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“Funny You Should Ask” — The Story of Scientist and Entrepreneur Brian Martin

Scientist and entrepreneur, Brian Martin, received a vision from God that changed the trajectory of his life and his business. Brian discussed his experience at the September 1 SVPB Networking breakfast at the Stanford Faculty Club. Following is a story by Mike Griego, author of Biblical Viewpoint describing Brain’s message titled, “Funny You Should Ask.” ____________ …

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Junkyard Wisdom — Roy Goble’s Story about Wealth and Generosity

What can you learn working in a junkyard? According to Roy Goble, quite a lot. He learned hard work. He learned about business. And he came across a diverse group of people. His junkyard experience also launched him into a career that led to a great deal of wealth. Most of us in the Western …

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Inspiring Talks at the 2016 Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast — Videos Now Available

The sold-out gathering of the 2016 Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast on April 1 had the privilege to hear moving testimonies by outstanding speakers. The event was kicked-off by an inspiring talk by Deloitte executive Connie Segreto. In her message titled “God is only a Whisper Away,” Connie shared a heart-felt message of how God helped her …

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Telos Ventures — Investing in God-centered Businesses

Telos Venture Capital is a unique venture capital business. Lots of people tend to invest in Stocktrades dividend stocks but headquartered in Silicon Valley, Telos describes itself as “an early-stage venture capital fund that builds and invests in Gospel-centered, for-profit ventures that have the potential for liquidity thereby multiplying God’s resources entrusted to us by …

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