Events

Upcoming Events

Executive Business Briefing on My Brother and Sister’s Keeper
February 21, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., at LinkedIn (222 Second Street, San Francisco)

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Join other members of the business community for a compelling breakfast conversation on San Francisco’s efforts to improve educational and workforce opportunities for African American youth. Attendees will hear from top city leaders working on this effort and learn how they and their companies can support this work.

In 2014, President Obama issued the My Brother and Sister’s Keeper Community Challenge to cities across the country, asking them to address the opportunity gaps faced by youth of color in their city. San Francisco accepted the challenge and formed a local team that has been working on eliminating opportunity gaps for young people in the City. In this executive briefing, attendees will receive an in-depth look at the collaborative’s work to improve opportunities for African American youth in San Francisco.

Matt Thomas (African American Chamber of Commerce) and Orlando White (LinkedIn) will co-moderate a discussion with key MBSK leaders:

  • Sheryl Davis, Executive Director of the SF Human Rights Commission
  • Dr. Vincent Matthews, Superintendent of San Francisco Unified School District
  • Theo Miller, Office of the Mayor, San Francisco
  • Katie Ferrick, Director of Community Affairs, LinkedIn

The conversation will provide insight into SFUSD’s African American achievement initiative and how the new superintendent plans to address the opportunity gaps that persist. Business leaders will learn about specific ways to support education and workforce development for 16-24-year-olds in the City.

We will be meeting in LinkedIn’s stunning SoMa office. Breakfast will be served, and attendees will be able to network before and after the program.

2017 Event Highlights

Spark*SF Annual Gala, “Spark a Revolution”: October 27, 2017

Spark*SF is a nonprofit group composed of dedicated and dynamic professionals who are raising funds and advocating on behalf of the SFUSD. Attendees met with the new superintendent of SFUSD, Dr. Vincent Matthews, and learned about the big shifts needed to truly transform education in San Francisco.

STEM Education Summit with San Francisco Business Times: October 20, 2017

Katie Ferrick, director of community engagement for LinkedIn, spoke on behalf of UniteSF at the San Francisco Business Times’ 2017 STEM Education Leadership Summit. The panel highlighted the importance of collaboration in shaping true STEM education talent pathways, as well as what schools, businesses, and policy leaders are doing to invest in STEM education and close the gender and minority gap in technology fields.

Tech Inclusion Conference: October 18, 2017

Program director Laura Moran spoke on a panel about Creating an Inclusive San Francisco at this year’s Tech Inclusion Conference. The conference, presented by Google for Entrepreneurs, focused on what can be done to ensure that we are driving an inclusive future for everyone. Moran and four other leaders, including Melissa Dodd, the chief technology officer for SFUSD, spoke on the effects of the tech industry on diversity and inclusion in San Francisco and how companies and nonprofits can address the growing income disparity.

UCSF STEM Career Day: March 7, 2017

Thank you to all our business partners who participated in the annual STEM Career Day hosted at the University of California, San Francisco on March 7th. The Host Committee led by UCSF included SF Chamber’s Unite SF/  STEM Talent Pathway collaborative whose members volunteered as guest speakers, mentors, and chaperones for field trips to local STEM companies. Special thanks to Ebony Frelix/ SVP of Philanthropy and Engagement for Salesforce.org who kicked off the event with fellow panel members Sandra Lee Fewer/ District 1 Supervisor and Rafael Mandelman/ City College of SF Board of Trustees member.

STEM Talent Pathway 2017 Kick-Off Meeting: February 7, 2017

The STEM Talent Pathway is a signature project of Unite SF and has been gaining steam over the past six months with leadership from our new co-chairs Keith Bowman/ Science and Engineering Dean from SF State University and Eileen Yang/ Corporate Citizenship at Genentech.

If you would like to learn more about how to get involved in this exciting effort to promote pathways into STEM careers and key SF/ Bay Area companies like Salesforce, LinkedIn, Bayer, Genentech, Kaiser and others please contact Laura Moran at lmoran@sfchamber.com.

Click here for the STEM Talent Pathway Feb 7, 2017 Meeting Packet

 

2016 Event Highlights

UniteSF at Tech Inclusion Conference

UniteSF hosted a breakout panel, “Building STEM Pathways”, at the Tech Inclusion Conference hosted by Google. It highlighted the importance of partnership between educators and business to create clear and accessible pathways for youth to explore and engage in careers in the booming tech and innovation industry.

Moderator: Laura Moran, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and UniteSF. Panelists: Nikki Lasley, Salesforce.org; Jim Ryan, SFUSD; Landon Dickey, SFUSD; Quinsi Dominguez, Mission High School; Deaudry Carr, Mission High School