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Friday, August 17th, 2018          NetApp, Sunnyvale           7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 


The annual Silicon Valley Education Policy Summit focuses on breaking down the silos between education, industry, and policy, in order to work together to improve education, expand pathways into well-paying jobs, and diversify the STEM pipeline. This event brings together nearly 400 industry executives, education advocates, and elected officials to engage in meaningful discussions to strengthen our education system.

The 2018 Silicon Valley Education Policy Summit will take place on August 17th at NetApp, in Sunnyvale.



Afternoon Keynote: John B. King Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Education and current President & CEO of the Education Trust

Plenary Speakers: 

  • Eloy Ortiz Oakley – Chancellor, California Community Colleges
  • Suzan Levine – Commissioner of Washington State Employment Security Department; U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein (ret.)
  • Eric LeVine – CEO of CellarTracker
  • Michele Siqueiros – President, Campaign for College Opportunity

Breakout Topics Include:

  • Best Practices for Building Industry-Education Partnerships
  • K-12 Education Policy
  • Nonprofits: Bridging Education and Industry
  • Computer Science: Educating in the 21st Century

Other Speakers and Workshop Facilitators Include:

  • Sid Espinosa – Senior Director of Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, Microsoft
  • Ryan J. Smith – Executive Director, The Education Trust-West
  • Julie Flapan – Executive Director, ACCESS
  • Robert Miyashiro – Vice President, School Services of California
  • Nancy Ureña Reid – Computer Science & Math Teacher, San Jose Unified School District
  • Susan Bonilla – California State Director, Council for a Strong America
  • Shari Liss CEO, Ignited
  • Emily Schaffer – Executive Director, Year Up Bay Area
  • Ron Gonzales President & CEO, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley
  • Jesse Lovejoy – Director, 49ers EDU & 49ers Museum
  • Kwame Yamgnane – Co-Founder & Managing Director, 42 Silicon Valley
  • Leilani Aguinaldo – Director, Government Relations, School Services of California
  • Dr. Mary Ann Dewan – County Superintendent, Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • Tarkan Maner – Chairman and CEO, Nexenta
  • Ted Lempert – President, Children Now
  • Lauren Fernandez – Senior Learning Development Consultant, SAP
  • Dr. William Watson –Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships & Workforce Innovation, San José – Evergreen Community College District

Please check back to our website shortly for updates to the agenda and additional featured speakers.




Check Out Our Past Education Summits:

The annual Silicon Valley Education Policy Summit focuses on breaking down the silos between education, industry, and policy, in order to work together to improve education, expand pathways into well-paying jobs, and diversify the STEM pipeline. This event brings together nearly 400 industry executives, education advocates, and elected officials to engage in meaningful discussions to strengthen our education system.

The 2017 Silicon Valley Education Policy Summit took place on August 10th at Microsoft, Silicon Valley. This conference highlighted ways the business community, policymakers, and educators can partner, featuring conversations with thought leaders on the following topics:

Morning Plenary:  Equality or Equity: Which One Will We Feed? – Introduced by Michelle VonderHaar

K-12 Policy: California and Federal

  • Ryan J. Smith – Executive Director, The Education Trust–West
  • Tony ThurmondCalifornia State Assemblymember (AD-15), Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Samantha Tran – Senior Managing Director of Education, Children Now
  • Mary Ann Dewan – Deputy Superintendent, Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • Rick Miller – Executive Director, CORE Districts
  • Juan Cruz – Superintendent, Franklin-McKinley School District

Effective Approaches to Career Pathways

  • Laura GuioVice President, Systems Services Center of Competency and Sales, IBM
  • Renée Solari – Senior Program Manager of Education Services, SunPower
  • David Gruber – Director and Co-Founder, Growth Sector
  • Chris Funk – Superintendent of East Side Union High School District
  • Dr. Byron Breland – President, San Jose City College
  • Marc Berman – California State Assemblymember, District 24

STEM Education Coalitions and Policy Implications

  • Vince Stewart – Executive Director of STEM Network, Children Now
  • Katie LevedahlDirector of Education, California Academy of Sciences
  • Eileen Yang – Senior Manager, Corporate Citizenship, Genentech
  • Lori Silverman –  Executive Director, STEMentors Silicon Valley
  • Mara Wold – Regional Lead, Region 5 After School Programs,  Region 5 STEAM: Power of Discovery Hub

The Teacher Shortage: Recruitment, Training, and Retention

  • Tara Kini – Director of State Policy, Learning Policy Institute
  • Joan Bissell – Director, Teacher Education and Public School Programs, California State University System
  • Stephen McMahon – Deputy Superintendent, San Jose Unified High School District
  • Frances Teso – Founder and CEO, Voices College-Bound Language Academies
  • Marshall Tuck – Candidate for the State Superintendent of Public Education

Afternoon Plenary: The Future of Education – Introduced by Krista Johns – Vice Chancellor, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District

  • Marc Prensky – Founder and Executive Director, The Global Future Education Foundation and Institute

Closing comments: Jon Gundry – Superintendent of Schools, Santa Clara County

Thursday, August 10, 2017  


1065 La Avenida Street, Mountain View, CA 94043

7:15 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Morning Keynote
9:00 a.m. Panel Session 1
10:00 a.m. Panel Session 2
11:15 a.m. Closing Keynote
12:15 p.m. Networking Lunch
12:45 p.m. School Supplies Prize Drawing
1:00 p.m. Close

Tickets for the 2017 Education Summit are sold out. Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you next year. If you are completing your registration using a code, please enter this below. If you have any Questions, please email [email protected].



Check Out Our Past Education Summits:

Education Summit 2016


 On August 25, 2016 the Silicon Valley Leadership Group hosted nearly 400 industry members, education advocates, and elected officials at Microsoft in Mountain View.  Panels focused on Diversifying the STEM Pipeline, Supporting New Education Reforms, Education Technology, and Workforce Development. Ebony Frelix, SVP of Philanthropy and Engagement at, and Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute delivered this year’s keynote addresses.
Below are videos of the sessions, focus-area briefs, and links to additional resources from the exhibitors. A recap of the event can also be found on Microsoft Bay Area’s blog.

Session Videos and Focus-Area Briefs

Morning Keynote: Ebony Frelix, SVP Philanthropy and Engagement,

Welcome: Kristina Peralta: Director of Education and Workforce Preparedness, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Jonathan Noble: Director, US Government Affairs, Microsoft
Introduction: Dr. Jannett Jackson: Chancellor, Chabot Las Positas Community College District
Moderator: Hydra Mendoza: Senior Advisor of Education and Family Services for the Office of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Afternoon Keynote: Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO, Learning Policy Institute and Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University

Introduction: Carl Guardino, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Education Technology Resources in K-12 Schools

  • Barbara Means – Co-Director Center for Technology in Learning, SRI International
  • Diane Tavenner – Founder and CEO, Summit Public Schools
  • Mike Sego – Director of Engineering, Facebook
  • Muhammed Chaudhry – President and CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation
  • Marc Suidan – Partner, Merger and Acquisition, PwC
  • Kathy Gomez – Superintendent, Evergreen School District

Education Technology Brief

Implementation of New Education Reforms

  • Michael Kirst – President, California State Board of Education and Stanford Emeritus Professor of Education
  • Ted Lempert – President, Children Now
  • Anne Campbell – Superintendent of Schools, County of San Mateo
  • John Fensterwald – Editor-at-Large, EdSource Today
  • Carrie Hahnel – Deputy Director, Research, Policy Analysis and Practice, Education Trust-West

New Education Reforms Brief

Workforce Preparedness to Address Industry Needs

Workforce Preparedness Brief

Diversifying of the STEM Pipeline to Increase the Inclusion and Representation of Women and People of Color in the Workforce

  • Claire Shorall – Computer Science Manager, Oakland Unified School District
  • Brian Stanley – Executive Director, Oakland Education Foundation
  • Dr. Allison Scott – Chief Research Officer, Kapor Center for Social Impact
  • Nikki Lasley – Sr. Program Manager, Education Initiatives,

Diversifying of the STEM Pipeline Brief


Citizen Schools: Facilitates deep partnerships with schools, putting young adults on track to succeed by connecting the resources of communities, companies, governments, and philanthropies.

Ignited: Connects business leaders and scientists with educators to transform the classroom experience, inspiring students to become the next generation of innovators.

MetroEd: Operates Silicon Valley Career Technical Education Center (SVCTE) and Silicon Valley Adult Education (SVAE). Annually, MetroED collectively serves almost 11,500 students by providing state-of-the-art Career Technical Education and Adult Education programs.

Reading Partners: Mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade.

Silicon Valley Career Pathways: Northern California’s largest network of STEM Education and Career Programs, developing career pathways across k-16 to meet Bay Area employer needs.

Silicon Valley Education Foundation: A nonprofit resource for students and educators, SVEF provides advocacy, programs and resources to help students reach their full potential in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Year Up Bay Area: A one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships. Since opening our doors in 2008, Year Up Bay Area has helped over 500 young adults cross the Opportunity Divide in the San Francisco Bay Area. 88% of their graduates are employed (earning competitive wages) or are attending college within four months of completing the program.


Thank you to our sponsors!

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Education Summit 2015

Below are recordings and resources from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Education Summit 2015.

Session Recordings

Business Panel

Moderated by Carl Guardino: President and CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group

  • Katie Ferrick: Community Relations Senior Manager, LinkedIn
  • Karlin Keller: Chief of Staff, Global Human Resources, Intel
  • Mary Stutts: VP of External Affairs, Comcast California

Closing Keynote: Sal Khan




Microsoft Store

Ravenswood Makerspace Collaborative

Year Up

Silicon Valley Education Foundation



Black Girls Code

1,000 Hearts for 1,000 Minds


Thanks to our sponsors!


Education Summit 2014

Education Summit 2014

On September 12, 2014 the Silicon Valley Leadership Group hosted nearly 400 people at its annual Education Summit at Microsoft in Mountain View.  Below are videos of the sessions, the presenters’ PowerPoint slides, and links to additional resources from the exhibitors.

Session Videos and PowerPoint Presentations


Opening Keynote: Richard Barth, President and CEO, KIPP Foundation

Paving the Way for a 21st Century Workforce

Moderated by Eva Sage-Gavin: Vice Chair, Skills for America’s Future Advisory Board, The Aspen Institute; former EVP of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Gap Inc.

  • Christina Allen: Director of Product and head of Higher Education Initiatives, LinkedIn
  • Lori Harnick: General Manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft
  • Cecily Joseph: Vice President of Corporate Responsibility & Chief Diversity Officer, Symantec
  • Lisa Reckis: Director, University Talent, Adobe

Vergara V. California- Next Steps: David Welch, President, Infinera; President and Founder, Students Matter

Preparing the 21st Century Graduate

Moderated by Carl Guardino: President & CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Rosemary TurnerPresident, UPS Northern California

Intel’s “Girls Who Code”

Closing Keynote: Dr. Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College


Astronomical Society of the Pacific: Connects scientists, educators, amateur astronomers and the public together to foster scientific curiosity, advance science literacy and share excitement of exploration and discovery.

Black Girls Code: Introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages. Black Girls Code has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become programmers.

Educate Our State: An organization with the goal of transforming public education funding at the state level.

First 5 Santa Clara County: Provides all children ages 0-5 with programs and services that ensure children are born and remain healthy, receive more from their education, and become productive adults.

MOUSE Squad: Empowers underserved youth to learn, lead and create with technology.  MOUSE Squad programs inspire STEM learning with 3D printing, technology design, physical computing skills and more!

New Teacher Center: Dedicated to improving students learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders.

TeenForce: Helps teens ages 14-20 gain work experience by providing readiness training, skills development and job placement services.

IISME: Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education is and industry and education partnership whose mission is to empower and equip California teachers with unique professional development so that they can inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math.

Microsoft Store

Opportunity Youth Partnership: Advocates for effective investment and policies for children and support the mobilization of public and private resources to meet children’s needs.

Silicon Valley Career Technical Education: It is the mission of the Silicon Valley Career Technical Education to educate eligible high school and adult students for success in careers and college in a professional, hands-on environment.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation: Provides visionary community leadership by identifying emerging challenges in our region. Silicon Valley Community Foundation addresses these challenges through grantmaking programs, research and ability to bring together diverse groups of problem solvers to build a community of philanthropists who strengthen the common good.

 Thank you to our sponsors! 






Education Summit 2012 and 2013 Agendas

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