SVPB Networking Event — February 1, 2017

Speakers: Brian Martin, Medical Device Engineer & Entrepreneur
When: Wednesday, February 1st, 7:00am – 8:30am
Where: Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford 94305
Cost:  $25, includes breakfast
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Brian Martin is a successful engineer and entrepreneur in the field of medical device development. Brian has founded or co-founded several medical device companies in the Bay Area, including Evalve (acquired by Abbott Vascular), Concentric Medical (acquired by Stryker Neurovascular), and Lazarus Effect (acquired by Mectronic, Inc.). Brian earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego, and has designed, invented, and developed various medical devices over the past 25 years. He has managed technical teams for both large and small companies, but has specialized in the startup medical device arena and the creation of new and novel medical device technologies. Brian is an inventor on over 90 patents and published patent applications in the United States. Brian’s inventions and medical devices have literally saved or enhanced the lives of tens of thousands of patients.

Brian is also a man of faith and has integrated his belief in God with his work and profession. His latest company, Lazarus Effect, was started with a dedication to honor God through everything, and God directly inspired him in the design of the stroke development devices on which they focused. Lazarus Effect was acquired by Medtronic in 2015 for $100 million.

Brian is a leader in the Vineyard Church of Scotts Valley, and has lead numerous men’s groups, small groups, and home groups. He lives in Santa Cruz with his wife Leilani and their four adopted children, Josiah, Melea, Jezreel, and Isaac. He will share his perspective on the intersection of business and faith.

The Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast holds annual and quarterly events. These quarterly events at Stanford are smaller gatherings (60-80 attendees) held at the Stanford Faculty Club and are open to all. All of these events are intended to showcase real stories of Christian faith in the everyday workplace.

The SVPB Networking breakfast begins at 7:00am and will conclude at 8:30am. Invite a friend or colleague to this engaging and high-impact networking event. The cost is $25.

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Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast — March 31, 2017

Speakers: Ron Johnson, founder and CEO of Enjoy and Diane Flynn, CMO at GSVlabs and co-founder of Reboot
When: Friday, March 31, 7:00 – 8:30am
Where: Hyatt Regency, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA
Cost:  $400 for a table of 10 (corporate and non-profit sponsorships also available)
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ron-johnson-2Ron is perhaps best known as Apple’s first retail employee and led the development and execution of the Apple retail stores. He also spent fifteen years at Target in senior merchandising roles and 18 months as the CEO of JCPenny attempting a very challenging and challenged transformation. Ron is now Founder and CEO of Enjoy, a personal commerce platform designed to change the way we buy things. It is the first company attempting to deliver free, high touch personal service to people who order products online. Ron serves on the Stanford University Board of Trustees as a member of committees on Development, the Medical Center, Alumni Affairs, and Globalization. Ron is also a member of the University’s Arts and Humanities Advisory Council. As Vice Chair of Stanford University Hospitals and Clinics, he leads a billion dollar plus campaign to build the new Stanford Hospital. Ron earned a BA from Stanford and a MBA from Harvard Business School. Ron and his wife Karen reside in Atherton, attend Menlo Church, and have two children, Elizabeth (21) and Will (19).

Diane served as VP of Marketing at Electronic Arts and as an associate consultant at the Boston Consulting Group before taking time to raise her children. She is Chief Marketing Officer at GSVlabs, a leading Silicon Valley accelerator for individuals, startups, and corporations seeking growth and innovation. Diane has a particular passion for helping women reinvent themselves and find their purpose. She is a co-founder of ReBoot Career Accelerator for women returning to the workforce after taking a pause. ReBoot helps get women current, connected, and confident to return to work by teaching essential workplace tech skills and providing a community of like-minded returners. ReBoot is expanding rapidly throughout the U.S. and has been featured on the Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, ABC Business News, and PRI’s The TakeAway. Diane currently chairs the marketing committees for several non-profit boards and serves on the Public Spaces Committee for the new Stanford Children’s Hospital. She earned a BA in Economics from Stanford and a MBA from Harvard Business School. Diane and her husband Mark live in Menlo Park, attend Menlo Church, and have three children: Lisa (24), Christine (22), and Matthew (16).

The SVPB event begins at 7:00am and will conclude at 8:30am. Invite friends or colleagues.  The cost is $400 for a table of 10.

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