Events have become a major component of sf.citi’s work. Each year, we host several large-scale events that bring our members, nonprofits, and government leaders together to discuss topics affecting the tech industry and the greater San Francisco community.
sf.citi regularly hosts events that connect San Francisco’s tech industry, local policymakers, and the greater community. In addition to our quarterly One City Forum event series, sf.citi organizes several large-scale partner events to further unite the tech industry and other sectors in the city. All sf.citi events offer thoughtful insight and information on topical issues affecting San Francisco’s tech community and the city as a whole. These include gender pay inequity, tech’s impact on the growth of small business, workforce development, sustainability, and more.
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Since launching in 2016, sf.citi’s event series has culminated in the following:
Click below to see highlights from our past events
Advancing Animal Welfare
The Business of Doing Good: How Corporate Leaders are Advancing Animal Welfare - January 29, 2020Airbnb’s new animal welfare policy was the conversation starter at “The Business of Doing Good: How Corporate Leaders are Advancing Animal Welfare,” hosted by sf.citi, World Animal Protection US, and Airbnb. Similar to other sf.citi events, The Business of Doing Good featured a unique blend of speakers, all focused on ways the tech community can work with other industry leaders to affect positive change. With sf.citi’s Jennifer Stojkovic to moderate, we heard from Mikel Freemon, Airbnb’s Head of Animals, Alesia Soltanpanah, Executive Director of World Animal Protection US, and California Assemblymember Ash Kalra. Guests also had the chance to meet Charlie’s Acres, Goatlandia, Muttville, and Sweet Farm — four organizations offering unique Airbnb Animal Experiences here in the Bay Area. Get a full recap of the Advancing Animal Welfare event here.
Burnout: How to Survive (and Thrive) in the Always On Culture - October 10, 2019Partnering with Pinterest, sf.citi hosted Burnout: How to Survive (And Thrive) in Today's Always On Culture. Organized on World Mental Health Day, this timely conversation featured a unique combination of speakers to discuss workplace mental health. Dr. Clare Purvis, Director of Behavioral Science for meditation application Headspace, lead our 130 guests in a group mindfulness activity. We then heard from Bob Boorstin, Senior Vice President at Albright Stonebridge Group and former Director of Public Policy at Google, Kelly Greenwood, Founder and CEO at Mind Share Partners, and Dr. Christina Maslach, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Get a full recap of the Burnout event here.
Corporate Greening: Building Sustainable Companies - August 28, 2019Some 150 sustainability-minded San Franciscans gathered at the California Academy of Sciences for Corporate Greening: Building Sustainable Companies. An evening dedicated to the latest innovations in corporate sustainability, sf.citi brought together a panel of four women sustainability experts: The Academy’s Director of Sustainability, Dr. Elizabeth Bagley, Director of Environmental Impact at Gap, Inc., Christina Nicholson, Global Sustainability Strategy and Operations at Google, Laura Franceschini, and Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, Debbie Raphael. Throughout the discussion, guests learned what they can do to champion sustainability in their own companies and organizations. They also had the chance to marvel at the natural wonders of Argentina, the Galápagos, and the Congo by exploring The Academy’s BigPicture Natural World Photography exhibit. Get a full recap of the Corporate Greening event here.
Future of Food 2.0
The Future of Food 2.0: Plant-Based Investing - July 10, 2019sf.citi partnered with Facebook and WeWork to host The Future of Food 2.0: Plant-Based Investing. A continuation of our premier Future of Food event in 2018, this year’s edition honed in on the business side of plant-based food tech. With 300 attendees and over a hundred people on the waitlist, the Future of Food has become one of sf.citi’s most popular events. sf.citi Executive Director Jennifer Stojkovic sat down for a fireside chat with Founder and CEO of KBW Ventures, HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, and author and environmental advocate, Suzy Amis Cameron. Founder and Executive Director of The Good Food Institute, Bruce Friedrich, then moderated a panel with the Prince and two other venture capitalists specializing in plant-based food tech: Dan Altschuler Malek of New Crop Capital and Johnny Ream of Stray Dog Capital. Throughout the evening, attendees sampled plant-based products from more than twenty vendors in our two-floor Meatless Marketplace. Get a full recap of the Future of Food 2.0 event here.
Breaking Into Tech
Breaking Into Tech - March 28, 2019To kick off our One City Forum event series of 2019, sf.citi partnered with LinkedIn, HireClub, and Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) for the second iteration of Breaking Into Tech. Hosted at LinkedIn’s office in downtown San Francisco, Breaking Into Tech brought tech newcomers and experts together for a fast-paced evening of speed networking. Our 150+ attendees had the unique opportunity to speak with employees from the city’s most prominent tech companies, including sf.citi members AdRoll, Airbnb, Cruise Automation, Facebook, Lyft, Okta, Postmates, Zoox, and many more. As an added bonus, job seekers received lightning resume reviews from career coaching platform HireClub all night long. Get a full recap of the Breaking into Tech event here.
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 tech 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 tech 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 tech 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.