Breaking Through - October 18, 2018

Join us in celebrating our 6th cohort of students breaking through barriers and entering the professional world at our signature annual event. Breaking Through is the beginning of a transformational journey for over 130 rising leaders through meaningful internships at top Bay Area companies.

This year's young professionals will take you along on the journey toward their professional dreams. And, we are pleased to honor our 2018 keynote speaker Guillermo Diaz, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Cisco Systems.

Over 500 students, alumni, family members, and change-makers in the business, education, and philanthropy community will come together to recognize the accomplishments of the Class of 2019 and witness the unveiling of our high school students' internship placements as they cross the stage.

RSVP to secure your seat and be a part of the movement to create a more diverse workforce today. We look forward to seeing you there!

Watch a clip from last year's Breaking Through.

 

2018 HOST COMMITTEE

Luis Almendarez, GWBA Alumnus, Class of 2014
Ron Conway, Founder & Co-Managing Partner, SV Angel, Honorary Chair
Paul Chapman, Chief Information Officer, BOX
Erin Baudo Felter, Executive Director, Okta for Good
Jose Gordon, Chief of Staff, Global Communications, eBay
Kevin Hart, SVP Strategic Development and Technology, Northern California, Kaiser Permanente
Barb Leslie, President and CEO, Oakland Chamber of Commerce
Matt Mahood, President and CEO, The Silicon Valley Organization
Laura Moran, Executive Director, Unite SF, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
Honorable Mayor Libby Schaaf, City of Oakland
Jorge Titinger, Founder & CEO, Titinger Consulting

 

2018 SPONSORS

Ancestry.com
AT&T 
Kapor Center for Social Innovation
Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Become a Breaking Through Sponsor

As a sponsor, you will gain visibility and join the growing list of companies committed to building a bright and talented future workforce. Every dollar you contribute enables students from underserved communities to work paid year-long internships, and ultimately, achieve lasting success.

Sponsors will continue the evening at the Champions' Dinner immediately following the ceremony. 

2018 CORPORATE PARTNERS

Accenture 
Ancestry.com 
Andreessen Horowitz
AT&T
Atlassian
Blend Labs
Boston Scientific Corporation
BOX
Canvas
City of Oakland
Clif Bar & Company
Comcast Cable
Deloitte 
DocuSign
Dome Construction
East Side Union High School District
Gensler 
Good Eggs
Gunderson Dettmer 
Hanson Bridgett
HotelTonight
Kaiser Permanente
Kirkland & Ellis 
Mission Hospice and Home Care
Numi Organic Tea
Okta
Pacific Gas & Electric Company 
Port of San Francisco
Salesforce
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit 
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
San Francisco Unified School District
Santa Clara Valley Water District
ServiceNow 
Silicon Valley Bank
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Snowflake
SPUR
Sumo Logic
Tanium
Turnitin

 

WHY BREAKING THROUGH?

Too often, students growing up in low-income households are shut of today’s workforce. Nearly one in five students of color in the Bay Area drop out of high school, and even less graduate college at a time when the demand for college educated workers is rising. 

That's where Genesys Works comes in. Our unique 14-month program prepares students to break through barriers and achieve lasting academic and professional success. 

Our signature annual event is an opportunity to celebrate our young professionals and directly address the opportunity gap, together.