BUILDING CONNECTIONS AT BREAKING INTO TECH
On June 21st, over 200 coding school graduates, nonprofit employees, seasoned tech workers, and everyone in between gathered at LinkedIn for the latest sf.citi One City Forum event: Breaking Into Tech Speed Networking. Job seekers came armed with resumes and elevator pitches, while advisors from tech companies throughout the city brought their finest gems of career advice.
After a brief introduction by LinkedIn Director of Community Affairs Katie Ferrick and sf.citi Executive Director Jennifer Stojkovic, attendees divided into small groups. Over the next hour, job seekers moved from table to table, exchanging questions and insight with at least five employees from sf.citi member companies. They also had the chance to receive lightening resume reviews from representatives with HireClub, a job career coaching platform.
Closing the event, Executive Director of Larkin Street Youth Services and One City Forum co-chair Sherilyn Adams applauded the spirit of collaboration that made the evening a success for both tech advisors and attendees looking to learn more about San Francisco’s tech industry.
LinkedIn Director of Community Affairs Katie Ferrick advises job seekers at Breaking Into Tech.
What motivated our advisors to participate in Breaking Into Tech?
“We’re committed to contributing to the communities in which we live and work, and keeping that core value at the forefront as we continue to evolve as a company and team. San Francisco has been our headquarters since day one, and we’ve been fortunate to grow and thrive here over the last decade. Opportunities like this allow us to work together with community and business partners to find ways to continue to meaningfully and positively support the city that we call home – engaging the diverse workforce already here to share insights and find new paths to grow together.” – Erin Baudo Felter, Executive Director, Okta for Good
INTRODUCING THE SF.CITI BLOG
sf.citi is thrilled to announce the launch of an official sf.citi blog to serve as your one-stop-shop for the latest sf.citi insights on tech stories, news, and policy in San Francisco. To inaugurate this special moment in sf.citi history, we have two exciting pieces that provide a closer look at how sf.citi started and where we’re heading in the future.
Below is a sampling of our first two blog posts by Steve Sarner, Head of Sales and Advertising Solutions at Goodreads and sf.citi Board Member, and Jennifer Stojkovic, sf.citi Executive Director:
Looking at San Francisco’s changing skyline, I encourage you to see both the city’s enduring foundation and the promise of new horizons. Let us not forget that San Francisco’s history is deeply rooted in pushing the cusp of innovation for the rest of the United States and even the world. At sf.citi, we hope to honor this tradition by embracing the many positive changes technology can bring, all while helping our members meaningfully engage with the community we love and in which they operate: our beloved San Francisco. – “Seven Years Supporting Tech & Honoring San Francisco Tradition,” Steve Sarner
MEET GENERATION Z OF SF.CITI FUTURE GRADS
The Managed by Q team discusses internship opportunities with this year’s Future Grads.
sf.citi and the San Francisco Police Foundation welcomed a new cohort of summer interns at the seventh annual Future Grads kick-off on June 18th. For the next two months, our Future Grads participants from high schools throughout the city will intern at sf.citi member companies like AdRoll, Meadow, and Managed by Q, as well as our non-profit partners such as Techtonica, the Job Forum, and the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco.
During the kick-off, sf.citi sat down with SFPD Chief of Police Bill Scott, who shared his thoughts on the value of Future Grads: “This, for a lot of these kids, is really an opportunity that will get them where they want to be and help prepare them for that.” Commander David Lazar also weighed in, saying, “This is a perfect example of somebody brainstorming seven years ago how the police can facilitate bringing youth to the table and employment for the summer.”
Future Grads always proves to be an enriching experience for both our interns and the employees at our member companies who work with them. This year, to give you a better idea of what our Future Grads learn from their experience, sf.citi will be featuring student-authored blogs over the course of the program – stay tuned!
DID YOU KNOW?
- It looks like Mayor-elect Breed has made her pick for chief of staff in former District 7 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd – read more here
- SF political factions joined forces by unanimously electing District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen as President of the Board of Supervisors – read more here
- Many tech companies (and sf.citi members) showed their support for SF’s LGBTQ community both at the Pride parade and throughout the month of June – read more here
BUZZ | #MEMBERNEWS
- WeWork is hiring, mentoring, and training 1,500 refugees – Fast Company
- This Google exec is helping ‘Gayglers’ be themselves – San Francisco Business Times
- Tech leaders condemn policy leading to family separations at the border – TechCrunch