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Three California City Mayors, Secretary of State and Silicon Valley CEOs Speak at Annual Luncheon 2017 Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

SAN JOSE, CA – Three city mayors along with California’s secretary of state will join tech CEOs, public officials and others in celebrating diversity, inclusion and innovation at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Annual Public Policy Luncheon on Wednesday, November 1st.

The sold-out event will feature a “Best Practices for More Gender & Ethnic Diversity in Our Innovation Economy” panel including Julia Hu, Co-founder and CEO of Lark, Ahmad Wani, Co-founder and CEO of One Concern, Greg Becker, CEO of Silicon Valley Bank, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.  More than 1,200 attendees will be inspired by personal stories of immigration and perseverance by elected leaders and CEOs such as Alex Padilla, Secretary of State, Aart de Geus, Chairman and co-CEO of Synopsys and Ibi Krukrubo, Managing Partner of EY.

In addition, there will be special guests speaking to “Strengthening Diversity and Inclusion“and how people can support initiatives in their own community and special recognition of Suzanne and Godfrey Sullivan, this year’s recipients of the Spirit of Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award. Media interested in attending the event should contact Kimberly Ellis at [email protected]|(408)501-7853 to RSVP or for a detailed agenda. Space is limited so RSVP soon.

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Time: 12 pm- 2 pm

Location: Santa Clara Convention Center-Exhibit Hall D, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara

Brief Agenda: 

12:28 pm Strengthening Diversity & Inclusion: A region that honors and respects divesity & supports our community

  • Healthier Kids: Vina Fisher
  • Housing Trust: Maria Jimenez
  • Teenforce: Carl Guardino
  • Young Women’s Leadership: Alysa Cisneros

Celebrating Innovation, Diversity and Inclusion

  • Ibi Krukrubo, Managing Partner, EY
  • Najat Badriyeh, Founder and CEO, Naprotek
  • Peter Pau. Principal, Sand Hill Property Co.
  • Alex Padilla, Secretary of State

1:00 pm Best Practices for More Gender & Ethnic Diversity in Our Innovation Economy

  • Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego
  • Julia Hu, CEO, Lark
  • Mayor Sam Liccardo, San Jose
  • Greg Becker, CEO, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group

The Leadership Group was founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard and represents more than 375 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley and contribute more than $3 trillion to the worldwide economy. For more information, visit

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