2018 Event Highlights

Excellence in Business Awards (Ebbies): November 7, 2018

UniteSF sponsored the 2018 Excellence in Business Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, which highlights companies who have displayed leadership in improving their local community.

(Photo: Katie Ravas for Drew Altizer Photography)

Genentech was announced as the winner of this award during the Excellence in Business Awards ceremony on November 7, 2018. Genentech supports a broad range of pathways to excite young people about careers in STEM. The most prominent effort is Futurelab, a deep partnership with South San Francisco Unified that connects Genentech’s employees to all schools in the district to provide hands-on science instruction and teacher training. Last year, the company opened a state of the art “Science Garage” at South San Francisco High School. Fast Company recognized Futurelab as of the country’s most innovative corporate social impact efforts.

Biotech is one of the fastest growing industries in our region, and Genentech’s investment helps ensure that K12 students in South San Francisco and beyond have the knowledge and exposure needed to pursue careers in biotech and other science fields.  

Tech Inclusion 2018: October 16, 2018

UniteSF program director Laura Moran moderated a panel on “Recruiting Partnerships with Higher Education” at Tech Inclusion 2018 in San Francisco. The panel featured experts from four of UniteSF’s educational partners:

  • Orlando Harris of San Francisco State University
  • Monique Pascual of City College of San Francisco
  • Chris Brooks of University of San Francisco
  • Dr. Gordon Swartz of Golden Gate University

The panelists discussed how local universities are innovating to better prepare their students for the needs of local tech employers and invited attendees to partner with them to diversify their talent pipelines.

Launch of Education Resource Guide: September 24, 2018

UniteSF convened its partners from the civic, education, and business sectors to introduce the Education Resource Guide and hear about the Mayor’s education and youth workforce development priorities. Attendees discussed how education and business partners could best support the Mayor’s efforts and agreed to hold follow-up meetings each year to monitor progress toward UniteSF’s goals.

Executive Business Briefing on My Brother and Sister’s Keeper: February 21, 2018

In partnership with LinkedIn and the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, UniteSF held its first ever event, an executive business briefing on My Brother and Sister’s Keeper in San Francisco. The goal of this briefing was to educate the business community about local efforts to close the achievement gap and highlight ways that businesses can support these efforts.

Matt Thomas (African American Chamber of Commerce) and Orlando White (LinkedIn) co-moderated 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

You can access handouts from the event here:

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 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 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,; Jim Ryan, SFUSD; Landon Dickey, SFUSD; Quinsi Dominguez, Mission High School; Deaudry Carr, Mission High School