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Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Leadership Group?

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is a public policy organization founded by David Packard of Hewlett Packard in 1977 to engage senior private sector leaders on policy issues important for their businesses, employees, and the communities of which they are a part.

How many members do you have and where are they located?

The Leadership Group has more than 350 employer members in the broader Silicon Valley region:  stretching from Santa Cruz County in the south up through Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo and San Francisco counties.

Why should my company or organization join the Leadership Group?

First and foremost, our members engage with the Leadership Group because they are committed to our region, and want to make a meaningful, measurable difference.  Examples of our policy impact can be found here.  The additional benefits of membership include:

  • Opportunities or executives to network with Silicon Valley peers – Approximately 150 gatherings of various size, where executives can network with leaders from businesses across Silicon Valley.
  • Opportunities to develop relationships with top elected officials – Our opportunities for senior executives focus on small group gatherings (15-25 people) with senior elected officials at the local, state and federal levels. There are approximately 50 such opportunities throughout the year.
  • Branding and marketing opportunities – We provide opportunities for our members to develop their brands before a range of audiences: from the 26,000+ participants at the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot to the 1,200 public and private sector leaders at our Annual Public Policy Luncheon.
  • Community engagement – ​We provide an avenue through which companies can contribute both to a range of philanthropic activities and to policy efforts that enhance the common good, including issues such as transportation, public education and housing accessibility that benefit the communities where member company employees live, work and play.

How does my company or organization join?

Membership in the Silicon Valley Leadership Group is open to employers who a) have an employee presence in the greater Silicon Valley region (Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and San Francisco counties); and b) are among the industry clusters approved by the Leadership Group Board for membership.  (Approved industry clusters include virtually all technology companies, as well as a number of industries that support that core.)

If you are interested in making your company a member of the Leadership Group, please contact Brian Brennan ([email protected]) or Angelica Cortez ([email protected]).  They will walk you through the three steps involved with initiating a membership:  1) identifying key company points of contact; 2) Arranging for payment of membership dues; and 3) Scheduling a 30-minute membership orientation with key points of contact.

How does my membership to the Leadership Group elevate my employer voice and brand?

Think of the Leadership Group as a legislative megaphone amplifying the collective ​business perspective before senior elected officials and key influencers by promoting the issues that have a direct effect on your bottom line and the communities you serve. We also provide opportunities to share your brand with thousands of key decision-makers through event sponsorships, member profiles, publications, our website and much more.

How are membership dues determined?

Silicon Valley Leadership Group membership runs on a calendar year and is based on your company’s regional full-time employee (FTE) headcount in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Companies with 1-900 FTEs fall within our tiered dues system. For companies with greater than 900 FTEs, the multiplier becomes $8.75 per employee; further, with companies exceeding 5,000 regional employees, the multiplier becomes $8.20 per employee.

We also have a startup rate for early stage companies that are less than 5 years old, with fewer than 40 employees. You can find out more about our membership levels here.

What are the top priorities for the Leadership Group?

Every year the Leadership Group board of ~50 CEOs identifies those issues that are most important to their businesses, employees, and communities.  View a current list of priorities.

How would the Leadership Group characterize its membership?

The Leadership Group’s membership of more than 350 employers reflects the diversity of the Valley’s economy.  Approximately 60 percent of our members are technology companies — ranging from software and consumer devices to nanotech, semiconductors and cleantech.  The balance of our membership includes a range of industries that support our technology core, including financial services, professional services, healthcare and higher education, among others.  Our membership includes most of the large brands in the Valley, and many mid-sized and smaller firms as well.

How is the Leadership Group different from a lobbying firm?

The Leadership Group does not represent individual companies, but rather acts as a convener for its more than 350 member employers to then develop consensus positions on local, federal and state public policy issues important to the region.  As such, the positions of the Leadership Group represent a diverse community of employers across Silicon Valley, reflecting those interests rather than the particular interests of a single company or industry.

How is the Leadership Group different from a Chamber?

We differ from traditional Chambers of Commerce in that our membership is limited to businesses and organizations working in the innovation economy. Additionally, we do not donate money to political candidates. Our strength in advocacy derives from a unified voice of diverse technology companies and organizations, our years of building personal relationships with decision-makers, and the extensive presence of our members throughout the region, state, and nation.

Who do I contact to get event sponsorship information?

Please contact our Director of Special Events, Shannon De Atley-Johnson for event sponsorship information.

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