Annual Breakfast History
Date: March 3, 2017
Topic: "Finding Joy in a Challenging World"
Speakerers: Ron Johnson, Founder and CEO of Enjoy &
Diane Flynn, Chief Marketing Officer at GSVlabs and Co-Founder of ReBoot &
Vanessa Russell, Founder of Love Never Fails
Date: April 1, 2016
Topic: "Finding Your Why"
Speakers: Henry Kaestner, Managing Principal, Sovereign’s Capital &
Connie Segreto, Markets & Relationships Marketing, Deloitte Services LP
Date: March 13, 2015
Topic: "Finding Your Calling"
Speakers: Kirk Perry, Google President, Brand Solutions &
Neil Ahlsten, President and Co-founder, Carpenter’s Code
Date: March 14, 2013
Topic: "Faith, Family, and Work"
This marked the 20th Annual Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast. Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware in his address, “Balancing Faith, Family, and Work,” challenged the overflow crowd “to be hot for the kingdom of God,” to devote time to family, and to commit to radical philanthropy. Reggie Littlejohn delivered a compelling testimony about how personal suffering gave her a purpose for her life – to found Women’s Rights Without Frontiers to shed light on abused women, especially in China.
Date: March 14, 2013
Topic: "Film, Faith, and Pop Culture"
The keynote speaker was Mark Joseph, film producer and founder of MJM Entertainment. Speaking also were Jaida Im, founder and Executive Director of Freedom House and Sanjay Poonen, President and Corporate Officer of Technology Solutions and the Mobile Division at SAP.
Date: March 23, 2012
Topic: "Leadership in Challenging Times"
Dr Condoleezza Rice, professor at Stanford and 66th Secretary of State was the keynote speaker. Dr. Rice gave an inspiring testimony of her faith in Jesus Christ, the compatibility between faith and reason, and how her faith and prayer help her in challenging times. The event also featured testimonies and prayers by Betty Ann Boeving, Executive Director of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition www.baatc.org and Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose.
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Date: March 24, 2011
Topic: "Overcoming Life's Challenges"
Steve Stenstrom, president of Pro Athletes Outreach (PAO) and former NFL quarterback, was the keynote speaker. In his talk titled Lessons from the West Coast Offense, Steve discussed lessons he learned playing college and professional football and how those lessons paralleled lessons God taught him about life. The event also featured personal testimonies and prayers by Randy Scott, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Genomic Health, Inc. and Tess Reynolds, CEO of New Door Ventures.
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Date: March 31, 2010
Topic: "Finding Meaning and Purpose in Life"
The 2010 event featured Joe Ehrmann, former NFL player, coach, and community leader, and Tim Borland, president of Race for Good. Ehrmann talked about how the tragic death of his brother led him to search for meaning and purpose and ultimately lead to his commitment to faith and a life of service. Tim Borland described how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. In his case, Tim uses his gift of endurance running, including running in 63 marathons in 63 days in 2007, to raise money to find a cure for a rare children's disease, ataxia telangiectasia (A-T). The event also included brief testimonies and prayers by Don Johnson, chief of public safety in Sunnyvale and Susan Kammerer-Herman, executive director of Help One Child.
Date: March 12, 2009
Topic: "The Joy of Serving"
The 2009 event featured medical doctor Cheryl Ho and NASA Astronaut, Rex Walheim. Cheryl recalled the path that took her from a comfortable childhood in Cincinnati to serving the homeless and disadvantaged in Santa Clara County and how her desire to serve comes from her relationship with Jesus Christ. Rex discussed his passion for flying and how God's plan led him on a varied path where today he serves as an astronaut who has flown on two missions. The audience was also privileged to hear San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed offer a prayer for leadership and Atherton City Council member Elizabeth Lewis offer a prayer for local needs.
Date: March 27, 2008
Topic: "Finding Meaning in Life"
The 2008 event featured Walt Wilson, a Silicon Valley businessman, and Shirley Pounds, director of CityTeam San Francisco. Walt, a former Marine, discussed how his commitment to personal faith in Jesus Christ in the service gave meaning to his life thereafter. Shirley discussed how God led her from a small town in the Midwest to her work with the poorest of the poor in San Francisco and how she and countless volunteers find meaning every day caring for the disadvantaged.
Date: March 22, 2007
Topic: "Finding Joy in Your Life"
This event featured Dennis Bakke and Pat Chen. Bakke is the co-founder and former CEO of AES Corporation, an $8 billion energy firm, Imagine Schools, and author of Joy at Work. He talked about how to find joy at work. Chen is a champion of prayer, founder and president of First Love Ministries International and the founder of "The Secret Place" prayer room on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. She talked about the power and meaning of prayer.
Topic: "Finding Purpose in Your Life"
The event featured speakers Kim Woody and John Sage. Both speakers found purpose through prayer and openness to God. Kim Woody started Jeremiah's Promise, a program which provides a loving home, mentoring, and educational opportunities for foster youth who turn 18 and have no other resources. John Sage was led to start Pura Vida Coffee, a for-profit company which generates ongoing financial support for charitable organizations worldwide.
Michael Halloran, a former professional skier and founder of several companies, talked about what it is like to survive a life-threatening illness, to be given a second chance, and discover that the priorities and values of daily life are changed forever. Laura Lou Tolles, author of books for both parents and children, spoke about how prayer sustained her through her battle with the devastating affects of Lyme disease.
Kevin Compton, general partner with the venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, talked about the sustaining power of faith and prayer. Tess Reynolds spoke about how personal tragedy changed her life.
Kim Oden, former Stanford volleyball player and current coach and counselor at Saint Francis, spoke about how she felt called to leave college coaching to mentor high school students. Tom Gutshall, co-founder and chairman of Cepheid and Chairman of CityTeam Ministries, gave a personal testimony and talked about the power of prayer in his life.
Dorothy Garcia, whose husband perished in the 9/11 Pennsylvania plane crash, gave a moving story about how God and prayer sustain her. Dr. Joseph Roberson, a physician and founder of the California Ear Institute at Stanford, and his wife Julia Roberson, inspired us with stories about ear surgery and faith.
Brent Jones, a Young Life graduate and former 49er All Pro tight end, spoke about what it means to be a Christian football player. Marshall Heller, Bible Study Fellowship lecturer, discussed prayer in his life.
Normajean Hinders, a marriage and family therapist, talked about the power of prayer in her life. Jim Stump, spiritual mentor to athletes at Stanford, and Steve Stenstrom, former Stanford and 49ers quarterback, shared their testimonies.
Elaine Stedman, wife of Ray Stedman, founder of Peninsula Bible Church, came from Oregon to speak on the gift of prayer. Dr. Arthur Halliday, a Los Altos physician, explored prayer in the practice of medicine.
Nan and Chuck Geschke held the packed room spellbound with their recounting of the horrific experience of Chuck’s kidnapping five years earlier and how prayer sustained them through the ordeal. Chuck is the co-founder and was president of Adobe Systems.
Thomas Kinkade, “Painter of Light”, discussed how his faith and prayer inspire his art. Sally Forster, Bible Study Fellowship lecturer, shared four steps to a vital prayer life.
Greg Jamison, president of the San Jose Sharks hockey team, and Patti Pierce, founder of Women at the Well, shared their personal faith.
Gini Bunnell, artist and Bible Study Fellowship lecturer, and Tom Campbell, State Senator talked about the power of prayer in their lives.