HOW WE CONVENE
sf.citi strives to improve the quality of life in the Bay Area by collaborating on various projects with nonprofits and other community leaders. To further tech’s involvement, sf.citi engages our member companies and their employees to discuss important issues at the intersection of technology and civic affairs with the broader San Francisco community.
In 2017, sf.citi partnered with many prominent nonprofits to engage the tech sector and Bay Area community on some of todayʼs most pressing issues. Recent nonprofit partnerships, to name just a few, include: teaming up with fwd.us to advocate for protecting the DACA program, joining the SF Public Library to promote technology skill-building at Digital Inclusion Week, and supporting Tipping Point’s SF Gives poverty relief program.
The One City Forum
sf.citiʼs One City Forum quarterly event series brings our members and the broader San Francisco community together to meet, connect, and learn. We call it “networking with a purpose.” At our recent One City Forum events we explored timely topics related to immigration policy, proposed federal budget cuts, local elections, and more. To help ignite these thought-provoking conversations, some of our featured speakers included representatives from the ACLU of Northern California, Planned Parenthood of Northern California, Microsoft, Y-Combinator and Meals on Wheels of San Francisco.
ONE CITY FORUM MEMBERS
Forum members educate, raise awareness, and focus on building a collaborative approach towards San Franciscoʼs greatest challenges. The Forum is comprised of nine volunteer members, who each belong to a tech company or nonprofit with a San Francisco presence. They meet regularly to plan Forum events and build partnerships between the tech industry and nonprofits in San Francisco. Members serve a minimum of one year in their role with an option to renew and there is no fundraising contribution required.
Sherilyn Adams, co-chair
Tiffany Apczynski, co-chair
Rebalancing Power: Disrupting Sexism, Harassment, and Assault in the Workplace and Beyond - November 13, 2018sf.citi hosted the final One City Forum event of 2018, Rebalancing Power, at Okta HQ in partnership with the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign. Organized just after the November 6th Midterm Elections, when a record number of women were voted into office, this timely conversation focused on ways to end sexual assault and harassment, and highlight how technology can be part of the solution. To carry the conversation, sf.citi Executive Director Jennifer Stojkovic spoke with Jess Ladd, Founder and CEO of Callisto, and Peter Urias, Lead Employment Counsel, at sf.citi member Airbnb. Before a packed room of attendees representing a wide range of industries, Ladd gave a presentation of Callisto, a Y-Combinator backed nonprofit developing technology to empower survivors to document and report instances of sexual misconduct. She and Peter then explored how the tech community is working to address sexism, harassment, and assault in the workplace. Get a full recap of the Rebalancing Power event here.
District 6 Supervisor Debate: The Race to Lead the Innovation District - September 26, 2018sf.citi partnered with Hustle and Lyft to host a tech-focused District 6 Supervisor Debate at Lyft headquarters. Scheduled just over a month before the November 2018 election, few races could be more important for the technology community and the city as a whole than the race to lead District 6, home to both many of the city's leading tech companies and neighborhoods in need. On theme with the debate’s host and sf.citi’s mission to its members, we focused the discussion on the relationship between the tech industry and the greater San Francisco community, asking D6 Candidates Christine Johnson and Sonja Trauss about everything from public safety and homelessness to scooters and the pending San Francisco cafeteria ban. Get a full recap of The District 6 Supervisor Debate here.
The Future of Food
The Future of Food: Tech's Menu for Sustainability - September 13, 2018sf.citi and WeWork joined forces to host a one-of-a-kind affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit around food innovation and sustainability. Before a packed room of some 250 attendees, WeWork Co-Founder Miguel McKelvey gave opening remarks to underscore WeWork's sustainability leadership via the company's meat-free commitment. Representing a unique blend of expert insight from the private and public spheres, the evening's speakers included Lindsay Baker, WeWork Vice President of Sustainability and Wellbeing, Ryan Bethencourt, Partner at Babel Ventures and CEO of Wild Earth, Katerina Robinson, Legislative Director to California State Senator Nancy Skinner, and Josh Tetrick, CEO of JUST. Making the event experiential as it was educational, guests enjoyed gourmet catering by Impossible Foods and an entire Meatless Marketplace of plant-based delicacies. Get a full recap of The Future of Food here.
Breaking Into Tech
Breaking Into Tech Speed Networking - June 21, 2018sf.citi led a night of structured speed networking at LinkedIn to connect employees from San Francisco’s tech companies with aspiring tech workers. After a brief introduction by LinkedIn Director of Community Affairs Katie Ferrick and sf.citi Executive Director Jennifer Stojkovic, advisors from tech companies throughout the city shared career advice with local job seekers. After five sessions of formal speed networking, our 200+ attendees had the chance to mingle and follow-up with advisors, as well as receive lightning resume reviews from career coaching platform HireClub. Executive Director of Larkin Street Youth Services Sherilyn Adams closed the event, reflecting on the spirit of collaboration that made the evening enriching for both tech advisors and job seekers. Get a full recap of Breaking Into Tech here.
Tech After Dark
Tech After Dark - May 16, 2018As a part of San Francisco’s Small Business Week, sf.citi and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce organized a night to discuss how today’s changing business landscape is increasingly being powered by innovation in technology. Hosted at Airbnb headquarters, the evening’s panel of industry leaders from Square, Airbnb, and Postmates, and moderated by sf.citi’s own Executive Director, Jennifer Stojkovic, led a thoughtful and informative conversation on the many ways tech is shaping the future of business and the way we work. With the help of our partners, we were able to bring in over 200 leaders from San Francisco’s technology and business communities together under one roof for a lively night of networking and learning. Get a full recap of Tech After Dark here.
The Shape of Change
The Shape of Change - April 11, 2018In honor of Equal Pay Day, sf.citi partnered with Hired to bring together a cross section of industry leaders from Google, Intuit, and the Consulate General of Canada to hold a panel conversation on the state of gender pay equity in the workforce. The panel dug deep into the details surrounding the wage gap, referencing Hired’s 2018 Wage Inequality Report to explain recent trends in the tech industry. Attendees also enjoyed an art installation from Val Britton, The Shape of Change, commissioned by Gallery Wendi Norris. This stunning material representation of the state of wage inequality was on full display at the Minnesota Street Project.
An Uncertain Future
An Uncertain Future - November 28, 2017In partnership with FWD.us, the ACLU of Northern California, Harvard Alumni for Education, and our host Microsoft, sf.citi organized a lively and timely conversation about the Trump Administration’s plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as other immigration reform issues. Delivered in front of a packed house, our panel dug deep into DACA’s future and the integral role immigrants play in keeping our economy strong, especially in the technology industry. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the night’s distinguished group of speakers and panelists, including State Senator Scott Wiener, president of the University of California System Janet Napolitano, and more.
Read more about the event at CNET.
We Are San Francisco
We Are San Francisco - June 21, 2017sf.citi partnered with Y Combinator to discuss the future of our city as we navigate the Trump administration. Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, opened the event and led a compelling discussion between Ashley McCumber, CEO of Meals on Wheels SF; Gilda Gonzales, CEO of Planned Parenthood Northern CA; and Shamann Walton, President of the SF Board of Education. The panelists discussed the potential effects federal budget cuts would have on our local community and encouraged attendees to “think globally, but act locally” by volunteering their time and talents to important local causes.
One City Standing Together
One City Standing Together - March 9, 2017sf.citi and the ACLU of Northern California partnered to deliver One City Standing Together, an event bringing together the ACLU and a panel of top tech leaders from sf.citi member companies, including AdRoll, Airbnb, Zendesk, and Erickson Immigration Group, to discuss the issues surrounding recent immigration restrictions and how to move forward. Helena Price also debuted her new photography exhibit, Banned, a photo series of tech workers who have been affected by the immigration ban.
Learn more about the event by reading a Think Tank post from one of the event’s attendees.