A Silicon Valley Leadership Group Update: July 2018

We’re #1! YES on Statewide Props 1 and 2 on November 6

The Leadership Group's #1 priority in the second half of 2018 is co-leading the $4 billion Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act to victory. Last week, we were officially assigned statewide Proposition 1 for the November 6 ballot!

Additionally, we are excited to announce that our campaign is also leading the No Place Like Home ballot initiative (Proposition 2) placed on the ballot by the Legislature and Governor at the end of June.

Together, YES on Props 1 and 2 will provide much-needed funding for affordable homes for veterans, working families, people with disabilities and Californians experiencing homelessness.

Innovation Economy Dinner
On June 18th, we brought together 35 executives across different industry sectors and seven community college districts for face-to-face conversations about training and direct hire opportunities. Our annual Innovation Economy Dinner is a key part of the Community College to Career (CC2C) initiative, whose goal is to build a strong, diverse pool of local talent for the innovation economy, and grow our middle class. Last year's dinner prompted new private-sector funding for regional industry-community college alignment, and initiated work-based learning opportunities for area community college students. To learn more about CC2C, contact David Palter at
Local Government Day
Fremont, Newark, and Union City
We were excited to continue our Local Government Day series on Wednesday, June 27th with the cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City. The meeting began with a brief presentation on the Silicon Valley Competitiveness and Innovation Project (SVCIP) by the Leadership Group SVP, Brian Brennan and continued into a roundtable local policy discussion with Mayor Lily Mei, Mayor Alan Nagy, City Manager Tony Acosta, Councilmember Rick Jones, and Director of Economic & Community Development Joan Malloy. Special thanks to our host, Electronics For Imaging, Inc. 
Working Council Guest Speaker
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President, Dave Pine was our June Working Council guest speaker. The supervisor congratulated the Leadership Group on the success of the RM3 campaign before giving our membership an update on Peninsula Clean Energy and its role in helping achieve local climate action goals. 
Fox Business: Silicon Valley responds to new tariff and trade measures
June 28, 2018

San Jose Mercury NewsCalifornia’s gas tax repeal is now officially headed to a ballot near you
June 25, 2018

Univision Television GroupPresión e influencia de Silicon Valley para terminar con la separación de familias en la frontera
June 20, 2018

ABC7Silicon Valley leaders urged President Trump to end family separation policy
June 20, 2018
Barracuda Networks blocked more than 3.2 million phishing emails since May 1st, while in June alone they blocked over 1.7 million phishing emails. Many of the phishing emails posed as well known brands in an attempt to steal customer information. We’re proud to have members like Barracuda keeping our inboxes clean and identities safe!
Blue Shield of California is monitoring wildfires in Shasta and Lake Counties and providing services in its area to ensure that members have uninterrupted care. For those affected by the wildfires and may have damaged ID cards and lost belongings, Blue Shield has rolled out mobile apps to ensure no customer is left without timely care. Blue Shield is making sure that victims of wildfires have one less thing to worry about while dealing with the unimaginable. 
CPUC adopts revised AV regulation proposal
Published: July 02, 2018

On May 22nd, the Leadership Group was invited to give testimony at the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) all-party meeting regarding Commissioner Randolph’s Proposed Decision on automated vehicle (AV) pilot programs. The Proposed Decision was published on April 6th, setting forth a framework for AV—both drivered and driverless—pilot projects among for-hire mobility services, such as TNCs, and charter-party carriers such as limousine or shuttle services.
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Silicon Valley tech companies urge end to "zero tolerance" policy separating children from families
Published: June 20, 2018

In response to the "zero tolerance" policy enacted earlier this year, a group of top executives wrote an open letter to President Trump on behalf of the 360 member companies that form the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
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Positive Attitudes from Bay Area voters about H1-B workers
Published: June 18, 2018

When it comes to highly-skilled immigrants, Bay Area voters take a strong positive view of their impact on the economy and our quality of life in the Bay Area. In a recent Silicon Valley Poll, seventy-eight percent of voters said that highly-skilled workers like H-1B visa workers positively impact the local economy, including 42 percent who said this impact is “very positive.”
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Date: Friday, August 17
Time: 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Net App, 1395 Crossman Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Join us on August 17th for the annual Silicon Valley Education Summit, which focuses on breaking down the silos between education, industry, and policy, in order to work together to improve education, expand pathways into well-paying jobs, and diversify the STEM pipeline. This event brings together nearly 400 industry executives, education advocates, and elected officials to engage in meaningful discussions to strengthen our education system. Learn more and purchase tickets at our website.
Date: Thursday, August 23
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Location: Villa Ragusa, 35 S. 2nd St, Campbell, CA 95008

It is with great pleasure that we introduce this year's Celebration of Diversity- Dreamers, Doers & Defenders. This exciting new event is a chance to celebrate those immigrants who have made incalculable contributions to Silicon Valley and America's innovation economy through their creativity, ingenuity, passion, and focus on the greater good. 

Through this heart-warming and uplifting event on Thursday, August 23, we will highlight immigrants with invaluable roles as entrepreneurs, employers, employees, and exponents while celebrating the openness and innovation at the core of our American identity. 

Nearly half of America's Fortune 500 Companies are currently run by an immigrant CEO or a child of an immigrant.  Here in Silicon Valley alone, more than half of the engineers fueling our innovation economy were not born in the United States. This evening celebration spotlights the vital role that people from around the world have played to strengthen our economy, communities, and companies in Silicon Valley, the earth's epicenter of innovation.  

Join us as we celebrate these stories - which, collectively, are Silicon Valley's story. 

Sponsorship opportunities: 
Please contact Shannon De Atley-Johnson, Special Events Director for more information.

Date: Friday, September 7, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 12:15 pm
Location: Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043

- Join our Spotlight Speakers -
The Future of Transportation: Tekedra Mawakana, Chief External Officer, Waymo

Solutions to the Bay Area Housing Crisis: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Assemblymember David Chiu

Heathcare-2019: Sarah Krevans, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sutter Health

Rise of the Rest - Investing in entrepreneurs across America:  Steve Case, Chairman & CEO, Revolution

Get your tickets here

Sponsorship opportunities: 
Please contact Shannon De Atley-Johnson, Special Events Director for more information.
Date: Friday, July 20, 2018
Time: 7:30 am - 12 pm
Location: Citrix, 4988 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Worried about being hacked? Not sure how to respond to a cyber incursion? Join executives, security professionals, and elected officials for the Leadership Group's Health Cybersecurity Summit on July 20, at Citrix Headquarters in Silicon Valley.

Participants will engage in a real-time cyber threat and response simulation, hone their digital defense skills, and learn about the unique security concerns faced by the healthcare industry and related infrastructure providers.

Tom Kemp, CEO of Centrify will be our keynote speaker, and we will also have a presentation by one of the FBI's Information Security Executives. Visit to register for this unique and educational event.

Register Here
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