Engage is a platform to encourage conversations about faith.

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.

Upcoming Event

Engage Breakfast

Wednesday, September 11
7:00 am to 8:30 am
Palo Alto Elks Club, Palo Alto

Cost: $25, includes continental breakfast

Doors open at 6:30 am
Walk in registration welcome.
Free parking and ample accessibility. 
 

Featured Speaker:
Tolu Odulesi

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In this Silicon Valley marketplace are many talented workers with high skills and aspirations seeking fulfillment, purpose, and identity. Tolu Odulesi has the same skills and aspirations combined with a Christian faith that brings a fresh perspective on identity in the Silicon Valley. Come connect with others and hear a compelling story that may draw parallels with your own personal life and experiences.

Tolu is a software engineer by training. Starting his career over a decade ago at Motorola, he’s worked as a Program Manager at Apple before moving to Google as a Sr. Manager. Originally from Nigeria, Tolu holds a bachelors in Computer Science, Masters in Software Engineering and a MBA. He will speak about his own transformation journey and address the question of identity here in the Silicon Valley.

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Past Speakers


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