2021 marks the 27th year of the Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast, renamed Connect Silicon Valley.
We are grateful for how God has blessed our mission of hosting conversations about faith and life encouraging people on their journey of knowing Christ.
2021 Keynote Speaker
We are honored to have Jeff Kemp as our 27th Annual Breakfast keynote speaker. An NFL quarterback from 1981 to 1992, he and his father Jack Kemp (the former Vice-Presidential candidate and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development), were the first of only six sets of father/son NFL quarterbacks.
After his 11 bumpy years in the NFL, he shifted his quarterbacking to targets of strengthening marriages, fatherhood, and, men.
At JeffKempTeam, Jeff coaches CEOs & top leaders on teamwork and soul development. Through Men Huddle, he calls men into their God-given identity, manhood and purpose. He is committed to inviting each man into their own weekly friendship huddle. Jeff’s Men Huddle fellowship ski adventures are highlights each year .
He serves on the board and as Fatherhood Ambassador for The Fatherhood CoMission and their partners around the nation. Getting blitzed, benched, traded and cut have drawn Jeff to his real security and identity in Jesus. He views troubles as opportunities through the vision of a quarterback facing a blitz, with faith that God turns bad things into good.
Jeff is grateful for his wife Stacy, who he describes as a strong servant, highly capable and God-anchored. They are happy competitors on the tennis court and teammates everywhere else. They have 4 married sons, 5 grandkids and moved to Little Rock in 2012 when he worked for FamilyLife.
Ana Gonzalez is the Founder and CEO of Alturas Technology Services, a technology Consulting and Recruiting firm in the Bay Area. Before starting her company in 2018, Ana was VP, Strategic Accounts at cPrime, where she received numerous awards for Top Performance and built top performing teams for some of the best brands in technology.
As a young girl growing up in northern California, she experienced a family broken apart by divorce caused by strife arising from a sibling’s tragic death, and then an angry step-father who abused and terrorized the family.
During these turbulent years, she rediscovers a transforming Christian faith centered on Jesus and wholeheartedly challenges God to make Himself real to her.
Starting as a receptionist, she emerges as a top business producer and eventually launches her own recruiting and staffing company working for some of the largest companies in the world.
schedule of events
- 8:30 AM – Opening Prayer/Introduction Guest Speaker: Ana Gonzalez – Founder and CEO of Alturas Technology Services
- 9:00 am Keynote Speaker – Jeff Kemp Former NFL quarterback (1981-1992), Family Life conference speaker, Men’s Ministry advocate.
- 9:45-10:00 am Table talk – Faith & Life
- 10:00 – 10:30 Break/Networking
- 10:30 – 11:30 amBreakout Sessions:
Breakout Session #1 – Developing a Positive Organizational Culture with Skip Vaccarello, Partner, 1Flourish Capital, Allen McClinton, Program Manager, Tesla, Jeff McColloch — Team Effectiveness Consultant & Leadership Coach, and Amanda Reed, Global Asset Innovation Advisor.
Description: The culture in many companies and organizations is broken, resulting in high turnover, low productivity, and less than optimal performance by the organization. At this breakout session, the panelists will draw on their experience to identify fundamental principles, including those from the Bible, and practical ways to apply to develop a positive, productive culture.
Breakout session #2 – Marriage & Familywith Jeff Kemp
Description:After his 11-year career in the NFL, Jeff founded and led the Seattle-based national non-profit Stronger Families, dedicated to helping families thrive. After 18 years as a CEO, Jeff and his wife Stacy transitioned to serve Family Life as Vice President and Catalyst from 2012 to 2017, helping leaders and influencers strengthen families. Family Life is an international ministry leader in marriage conferences and resources to build, heal and enrich marriages and families.
Breakout Session #3 – Transforming cities through Techwith Philip Lan, CEO of Bay Valley Tech.
Description:The rich keep getting richer, and the poor keep getting poorer. How do we bridge the economic divide through tech?A trained workforce is one of the best ways to bridge the economic gap. Enter Bay Valley Tech. Technology jobs are some of the highest paying, fastest growing jobs in our country today.Quickly expanding our local tech workforce is key to attracting innovative high-wage companies which helps to stimulate economic development. Many tech jobs no longer require a full four-year degree. In fact, Bay Valley Tech offers coding for FREE to anyone who is 18 years or older who can’t afford to go to college. They can train someone for a new tech job in less time (7 months) than it takes to get certified to cut hair. Most traditionally non-tech industries such as healthcare, agriculture, food processing, trucking and construction, are increasingly reliant on technology and advanced software to remain competitive and need technology workers to drive their continued growth.