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Shaped Out of Brokenness

Featuring Guest Speaker: Allen McClinton, Program Manager, Tesla

We had a great time hosting Allen McClinton with moderators Michael Griego and Ana Gonzalez of Connect Silicon Valley.

Allen is an ex-Marine working today as a Program Manager for Tesla here in the Silicon Valley. Raised as a preacher’s kid in the midst of a rampant drug community in South Beach, Florida, Allen suffered through his own brokenness as he worked his way into the high-tech business world and now settling into a challenging life that balances work, family, and a prioritized Christian faith.

Watch the recording of Allen’s interview with Mike and Ana as they discuss his personal journey and the active role and impact of key people in his life and the impact of his faith.

Engage Virtual Hosts & Moderators:

Michael Griego

CEO & Founder, MXL Partners, Biblical Viewpoint Blog

Michael Griego is the President/Founder of MXL Partners, mxlpartners.com, a Silicon Valley based sales training and consulting firm working with high-growth companies of all sizes. MXL coaches and trains in sales process and messaging execution, sales playbook development and sales management. He is an author, speaker, world-class sales trainer and sales management coach and consultant. Michael also writes a weekly Christian blog called BiblicalViewpoint.com.

Ana Gonzalez

CEO, Alturas Technology Services

Ana is the Founder/CEO of a Alturas Technology Services, a Silicon Valley recruiting company helping start-ups and larger enterprise seeking software engineering, data science, and information security top talent. She has persevered through many adversities and took her career from receptionist, to top producer and leader, to now owning a business of her own.

As a member of Connect Silicon Valley, Ana and Mike will co-host this engaging conversation with Allen.

Engage morning gatherings feature marketplace speakers sharing their authentic faith journey while working in Silicon Valley.

These quarterly breakfast networking events are open to all and intended to showcase inspiring talks and discussions about faith. We hope these gatherings spark new conversations and connections about the integration of faith and life.

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Past Speakers

Allen McClinton

Program Manager, Tesla

Ana Gonzalez


Dr. Tom Bradicich

VP, Hewlett Packard, Global Head of Edge & IoT CoE & Labs

Pedro David Espinoza

Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Ted Talk Speaker & Author

Tolu Odulesi


Michael Halloran

NES Financial

Carol Novello
President, Silicon Valley Humane Society & Founder, Mutual Rescue

Nicholas Brathwaite
Founder & Partner, Riverwood Capital

Olatunde “Tunde” Sobomehin
Co-CEO & Lead Servant, StreetCode Academy

Charlie Strouss
Senior Vice President, CBRE

Sue Warnke
Director of Infrastructure Documentation, Salesforce

Becky Pomerleau
Senior Finance Manager, PayPal

Jonathan Liao
Portfolio Manager, 500 Startups, Inc.

Brian Martin
Medical Device Engineer & Entrepreneur

2016 Speakers
  • November 9, 2016 — Andrew Laffoon, Co-Founder & CEO of Mixbook
  • September 21, 2016 — Robert Valiton, Officer at Atmel Corporation
  • May 18, 2016 — Ellen Luttrell, Global Marketing Executive
  • February 17, 2016 — Larry Grotte, Co-Founder/President of Rident Park, Inc.
2015 Speakers
  • September 30, 2015 — Ken Churchill, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley
  • April 15, 2015 — Bobby Evans, VP Assistant GM, SF Giants
  • January 21, 2015 — Ryon Paton, Trinitas Partners
2014 Speakers
  • November 5, 2014 — Isaac Sundarajan, Strategy & M&A Executive
  • September 17, 2014 — Michael Chang, Entrepreneur (former SVP, HP Autonomy)
  • May 7, 2014 — Jerry Shen, Silicon Valley software developer and entrepreneur
  • January 22, 2014 — Dave Evans, Co-Founder, Electronics Arts
2013 Speakers
  • November 14, 2013 — Brent Dusing, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Lightside
  • September 18, 2013 — Dr. John Dearborn, Co-founder, Dearborn-Sah Institute for Joint Restoration
  • May 1, 2013 — Kevin Compton, Venture Capitalist, Radar Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers
  • January 30, 2013 — Sanjay Poonen, President and Corporate Officer, Technology Solutions and the Mobile Division at SAP
2012 Speakers
  • September, 2012 — Kirk Hoiberg, Principal, Trinitas Partners
  • May 24, 2012 — Michael Yang, Founder, Become, Inc., and Founder/CEO, mySimon.com
  • January, 2012 — Milo Medin, Vice President of Access Services, Google;  and Founder, @Home Network