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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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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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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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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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A New Year’s Message

A purpose of this Website and my book is to encourage people on their spiritual journeys. Stories are one way to do that.  We often learn from challenges and questions people encounter as they seek God. In this post I want to encourage my readers in a different way as we begin the New Year.

Repurposing Businesses to Transform Society — Brett Johnson

Brett Johnson is an experienced strategic planner, consultant, and mentor. He has a lofty goal – to help people find their purpose in life, repurpose their businesses and in doing so, transform communities and nations. His company, The Institute for Innovation, Integration, & Impact (“The Institute”), bases its goal and processes on biblical principles, although …

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Spiritual Opportunity in Silicon Valley

I (Skip Vaccarello) was interviewed recently for the Leadership Journal, a publication of Christianity Today. In the article, I was asked about my spiritual journey, about faith in Silicon Valley, and about barriers that technological advancement may have to the pursuit of faith. The only correction I would make to the interview is that I …

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Educating and Equipping the Next Generation — Chris Norwood

Chris Norwood is serving the needs of his community by pursuing the call on his life — to educate and equip the next generation. Today, he runs the Bay Area Tutoring Association (BATA) and sits on the Board of Education for the Milpitas Unified School District. How did Norwood find his call? He comments: “It …

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