A 2-day event is being organized to build this community and create opportunities for networking, friendship, and celebration.
VISION: BeCuZ is connecting mentors with kids who have limited resources so access to industry experts, techies, scientists, and talent becomes possible for a two way learning street. With a semblance of a buddy system, mentors become a network and a resource for each other while these street kids, orphans, and young individuals with limited resources will get access to the intellectual resources they wouldn't have had access by way of this mentorship. The goal is to create a program and connections between mentors, orphans, and street kids. We do this by bridging gaps, building meaningful relationships, awareness, and trust.
EVENT SPEAKERS & BACKGROUND
Allen Saakyan "Emotional Intelligence"
Growth mindset, Empathy, Perspective taking, Neuro-linguistic programming. Allen makes science relatable and entertaining by producing and hosting Eureka! science comedy show and 2030 Podcast. With 10 years of sales and business development experience, Allen loves teaching about emotional intelligence and neuro-linguistic programming to build enduring relationships. He believes that networking is an art that can accelerate execution of business strategy and that a major key to self-growth is shattering uncomfortability by taking well-calculated risks.
Minoo Gupta "Bridging the Gap with Education"
How a non-profit organization enabled over 16,000+ intelligent but underprivileged students to complete higher education in Engineering or Medicine since 1994. Minoo Gupta is Sr. director of engineering and customer experience at Citrix. She leads the customer experience for all NetScaler brand products for Cloud and Networking Division. NetScaler is one of leading brands for networking products in industry powering over 75% of the internet traffic for highly successful brand name customers. She is highly seasoned, tech savvy executive working in the valley since 1987. Minoo Gupta serves as an elected President for the non-profit organization, Foundation for Excellence (www.ffe.org), which has supported over 16,000+ students since 1994. Minoo is an advisory board member of USD Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering college to help shape the curriculum for future engineers, with a focus towards customer experience and design simplicity. Minoo Gupta lives in santa cruz mountains with husband Vikram Joshi and daughter Anika Joshi. She enjoys hiking, gardening and pottery making in her leisure time.
Eric Waisman "What is Social Intelligence and how can it help you attract anything you want ?"
Can you take your social skills to the next level? Perhaps you've thrived for years, been told you're gifted, won the awards, built something great. You're on your game. But when the huge moment comes, will you be ready? Social Intelligence comprise of advanced skills that push you further, cultivating a genuine, natural confidence, preparing you for that next big moment; things that will serve you well in a boardroom, investor pitch, or after-party. Taking a close look at the science of attraction, learning social intelligence will give you the nuanced skills of attracting and engaging with new people through body language, relationship management, magnetism and much more. Mastering social intelligence will help you make those connections with a confidence and style that is uniquely (and attractively) yours. Small changes and tweaks in the way we act can have massive ripple effects in the way we attract ANYONE AND ANYTHING we want in our lives. Which probably includes success In any way you want to define it.
Eric Waisman traded his corporate career with MetLife, Merril Lynch, American Express to become the CEO and Founder of Jaunty, a school for human life and interaction. He has spent the past ten years studying human behavior and the science of attraction. A former punk rock musician, in his spare time Eric enjoys traveling, playing his guitar, exercising and of course...socializing.
Emna Ghariani "How to connect with the less fortunate?"
Emna will share her story in co-founding "Un sourire pour tous' (A smile for everyone) and how to connect with orphans, with people who are excluded from society, who have less resources, who grew up in a developing country. How can people truly help? What are the assumptions and what is the reality.Emma Ghariani about herself: I know the ins and outs of the start up business on first name basis and I believe that unicorns are my calling in life. Closely working with startups in the Silicon Valley and globally helping them through all the steps of establishing a business. As a director at the Founder Institute, I get startups to start from almost nothing to graduate with a validated market, a great pitch and a plan to further scale their companies, accelerating their growth. Startup Consultant and Advisor with a deep knowledge and expertise in lean management, pitch and go to market strategies. Founder and CEO of Poindevster, We build mobile products for non tech founders and walk them through the whole process while providing them complimentary support on pitch and go to market. Mentor at the alchemist, WeWork labs, Runway Incubator and Startup Chile.
Sergio Smirnoff "Branding for Startups"
He will discuss the process of developing the institutional image of several innovative ventures. From idea to execution, where the most important thing is to create a concept, the spirit of the startup. Concrete cases where communication, marketing, and design play a fundamental role in a new company trying to achieve success breaking paradigms.
He began exploring his entrepreneur side at the age of 17, coordinating students trips and participating in YMCA programs. Since that he has helped to build different startups, taking risks from their ideas, keeping goals always on top. From all these experiences he was begun specialized in branding for startups combining both aspects, in his new location in Silicon Valley, USA.
Sweta Patel "How to Jumpstart Your Business Growth in 30 days?"
Where do you start with business growth? It is easy to follow your passion but how to you get others to help proliferate your customer base? With over 8 years of Director Marketing experience for Silicon Valley startups, Sweta will show you how to grow your business without spending millions of dollars. Learn everything you need to know to make your customers fall in love with your brand.
Sweta Patel is a young, leading entrepreneur and expert in mass marketing. She is the founder of Global Marketing Tactics and published author. Sweta has worked with a vast number of international companies and national brands. In the future, Sweta sees herself inspiring others to become leaders in their field of expertise.
OTHER EXCITING PEOPLE TO MEET AND GREET YOU ON THE LINE-UP
Shawn Flynn, Business Development Manager, Tech Code
Mark Santamaria, Founding Attorney, Silicon Valley Startup Visa
Daniel Engle, Senior Director of Development & Corporate Finance, Carlton Senior Living
Karim Nurani, COO of Bouxtie, Executive Director of Bay Angels
Ron Galatolo, Chancellor, San Mateo County Community College District
...and check this out, intellectual artists (or artistic intellectuals ;) performing to cap the evening
Guillermo Garcia, Tango Artist and Engineer
Henni Zommer, Belly dancer and Scientist