Silicon Valley Education Leaders Summit


Silicon Valley Education Leaders Summit

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

8:15-9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Networking

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Program

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group recently held its first Silicon Valley Education Leaders Summit. Over 200 community leaders and advocates joined us for the day to sit down with state and regional education leaders, elected officials, and community partners to learn more about and discuss the Silicon Valley K-12 ecosystem, existing challenges, and promising practices.

We were thrilled that State Superintendent Torlakson and many of our region’s most thoughtful voices in education joined us for this day.

For information on Summit speakers, please click here.

For information on Summit sponsors and partners, please click here.

*New: To watch the video of our introductory speakers, keynote speaker, and first panel, please click on Panel 1 Presentation

Summit Agenda

Welcome Remarks

  • Carl Guardino – CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Kristin Rhodes – General Manager U.S. Education Team West Region, Microsoft

An Overview of California’s Public Education System

  • Paul Warren – Public Policy Institute of California
  • Tom Torlakson – State Superintendent of Public Instruction

California Landscape (Panel 1)

  • Introduction: Kim Vu – Vice President of Social Impact, Innovation, and Community Relationships, Tech CU
  • Moderator: Rachael Myrow – Host/Reporter, NPR’s “The California Report”
  • Michael Kirst – President, California State Board of Education
  • Molly Munger – Co-founder and Director of the Advancement Project, leading advocate for Proposition 38
  • Mohammad Qayoumi – President, San Jose State University
  • Paul Warren – Policy Associate, Public Policy Institute of California
Promising Programs in Silicon Valley
  • Educare of Silicon Valley: Dennis Cima – Senior Vice President, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Step Up to Algebra: Manny Barbara, Vice President, Silicon Valley Education Foundation

Silicon Valley Landscape (Panel 2)

  •  Introduction: Anne Campbell – San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools
  • Moderator: Ron Gonzales – CEO, The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley
  • Marybeth Affleck-Nacey – Director, Franklin-McKinley Children’s Initiative
  • Xavier de la Torre – Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools
  • Shelly Masur – Vice President, San Mateo County School Boards Association
  • Bobbie Plough – Superintendent, Santa Clara Unified School District 

Business Perspective on 21st Century Skills (Panel 3)

  • Introduction: Oscar Garcia – President, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce
  • Moderator: Linda Thor – Chancellor, Foothill-DeAnza Community College District
  • Erin Brennock – Corporate Affairs Director, Synopsys
  • Tory Bruno – Vice President, Lockheed Martin
  • Kristin Rhodes – General Manager U.S. Education West Region, Microsoft
  • Jim Vanides – Global Education Program Manager, HP
  • David Welch – Chief Strategy Officer, Infinera


For more information, contact Aditi Goel at 408-501-7863 or



Sponsored by Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Infinera, Synopsys, & HP

Eduation Leaders Summit community partners: Silicon Valley Education Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Kids in Common, Hispanic Foundation, First 5, IISME, 1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds, Santa Clara County School Boards Association, Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Mateo County School Boards Association, SAMCEDA (San Mateo County Economic Development Association), Cities Association of Santa Clara County, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce, & San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce