URGENT EVENT UPDATE
ANNUAL BREAKFAST NEW DATE
In light of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a recent statement from the County of Santa Clara recommending the canceling of large gatherings, and our concern for the safety of our guests, the Connect Silicon Valley board has decided to postpone the March 20th Annual Breakfast.
We have rescheduled the event for Saturday, October 3, 2020, at which time we hope the threat of the virus will have subsided.
Ticket holders were contacted to arrange for refunds or rollover of registration. Use our contact form here for questions or concerns.
Connect Silicon Valley – Leadership Team
Saturday, October 3, 2020
8:30 am – Noon
Santa Clara Convention Center
Main Program: 8:30 – 10:00 am
Networking Break: 10:00 – 10:30 am
Ethics in the Global Market – A Panel Discussion: 10:30 am – Noon
Moderated discussion featuring:
- Tom Bradicich, VP & Hewlett Packard Fellow, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- Holly Liu, Visiting Partner, Y Combinator
- Melonie Parker, Chief Diversity Officer & Director of Employee Engagement, Google
- Mark Whitacre, Executive Director, Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc.
2020 Keynote Speaker
We are honored to announce Dr. Mark Whitacre as our 26th Annual Breakfast keynote speaker. Mark Whitacre is an Ivy League Ph.D. who is considered the highest-ranked executive of any Fortune 500 in U.S. history to become a whistleblower. He was responsible for uncovering the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) price-fixing scandal in the early 1990s. In an associated scandal, Mark served eight and a half years in Federal prison, where God redeemed his life and gave him a reason to have hope.
Currently, Mark is the Executive Director at Coca Cola Consolidated, Inc. and sits on the board of Cypress Systems, Inc, a biotech company involved with human clinical trials for cancer.
Drawing from his unique history, Mark provides an inspiring story of redemption and a one-of-a-kind insight into corporate ethics. At the Annual Breakfast, Mark plans to tell the story of ADM, the scandals, and his faith journey.
Co-Founder, Kabam & Former Visiting Parnter, Y Combinator
Holly Liu co-founded Kabam, a mobile game company that grew to over 1,500 employees and built hit games such as Marvel: Contest of Champions, Fast & Furious: The Game, and Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth, and Kingdoms of Camelot.
In 2013, Holly was named to Forbes’ “Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs to Watch” and one of Fortune’s “10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming.” In 2015 -16 she spent a year overseas in China as Chief Development Officer developing key relationships that led to their exit to Netmarble and FoxNext in 2017.
Holly has spent the last two years as Visiting Partner at Y Combinator advising startups and founders, and currently, sits on the national board of Intervarsity and is a Animoca Brands board member. She serves as the pre-K class teacher at her local church. .