Silicon Valley Internship Summit Thursday, November 6, 2014

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Dr. Lynda Thor

Chancellor of Foothill-De Anza C.C.D

Welcome Remarks

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  Dr. Linda M. Thor is chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, serving more than 45,000 students each year in Silicon Valley. 

She currently serves on the board of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network; the University Associates-Silicon Valley Board of Governors; the NOVA Workforce Board of Silicon Valley; and nationally she serves on boards such as the League for Innovation in the Community College and the executive council of the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies. Additionally, the U.S. Secretary of Education has appointed her to serve on the Committee on Measures of Student Success.

Prior to her current role, she has over 20 years of experience as a community college president and has been nationally recognized as an innovator in education, and was recently honored with the lifetime achievement awards from the Council for Experiential Learning.

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Bill Symonds

Director of Global Pathways Institute and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University

Keynote Speaker & Workshop Presenter

Bill Symonds is Director of the Global Pathways Institute and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University. The institute helps advance a national movement to provide high-quality multiple pathways to economic independence for all young people.

Symonds helped launch the Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and was the primary author of Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century - speaking about it in 40 states, as well as New Zealand and Canada.

Prior to this, he spent nearly 25 years as a bureau chief and senior correspondent for Business Week Magazine and wrote extensively about education and the role of U.S. business in school reform. He is the father of three children, each of whom is passionately pursuing a distinct pathway.

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Patrick Ainsworth

Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Ainsworth and Associates, Inc.

Workshop Presenter

Patrick Ainsworth is an education consultant, whose clients include school districts, businesses, professional associations, higher education, and researchers. His work focuses on education policy, leadership development, career and college readiness, developing organizational capacity, and facilitating business - education partnerships. He also serves as adjunct professor and dissertation chair with the Brandman University Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership and Management.

Prior to his current work, Dr. Ainsworth served for 16 years as the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education within the California Department of Education, most recently directing the Career & College Transition Division.

Dr. Ainsworth earned his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership and Management from University of La Verne. Patrick is also the past-president of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education consortium NASDCTEc.

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Daniel Newell

Program Manager of Workforce & Economic Development at San Jose State University Career Center

Workshop Presenter

Daniel is a Millennial professional and specializes in workforce and economic development for the Career Center at San Jose State University. He has been in the employment industry for approximately 15 years, where he worked in the private, non-profit and government/higher education sectors. Daniel serves as a commissioner to the City of San Jose where he contributes to library and early education. He is the former Chair of the Disability Advisory Commission. He is the founder of the Workforce Development Summit and one of the creators of the new university sponsored staffing service, Spartan Staffing. Daniel is a contributing member to the Workforce Action team to the reputable California Economic Summit.

FOX News announced Daniel as a "Latino on the Rise," ABC News called him "Amazing!" Daniel has also been featured in USA Today, NPR, KQED, LA Weekly, San Jose Mercury News, KLIV 1590 AM, and many more media outlets.

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John Salangsang

Internship Specialist at San Jose State University Career Center

Workshop Presenter

John is the Internship Specialist for the Career Center at San Jose State University where he serves on the Job & Internship Initiative. He is part of the mission to increase job/internship opportunities for students, increase student placements, and improve campus coordination on internship opportunities. 

John provides career advising to hundreds of students, and supports programs such as industry panels and the Nonprofit & Public Service Forum. He has been recognized by the University with the "Stepping Beyond" Award for his impact on students. Having earned his Masters in Counseling Education, he is driven to inspire students towards professional and personal development.

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Khashayar "Cash" Alaee

Senior Management Analyst at City of Palo Alto & Silicon Valley Local Government

Workshop Presenter

Khashayar “Cash” Alaee is presently a Sr. Management Analyst with the City of Palo Alto. He began working for the City at age 16 as a seasonal lifeguard and swim instructor. Then just out of university at the age of 23, he became a full time employee with the City, and since then, has served in the Community Services, Planning, Development Services, People Strategy & Operations and now the City Manager’s Office. He is characterized as a local government intrapreneur who specializes in redesigning business unit and leading community based change efforts. He holds a degree in Global Economic Relations from University of the Pacific and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. Cash has also served on a variety of nonprofit boards including the American Red Cross and Palo Alto Rotary Club. In his spare time, he enjoys running, watching movies and reading articles through his Tweeter newsfeed.

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 David M. Steele, Ph. D.

Dean of the College of Business & Lucas Graduate School of Business at San Jose State University


Dr. Steele joined San Jose State University in 2008 as Dean, Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, responsible for about 5,500 business students. He has over 25 years of richly varied executive experience. He rose through the ranks of Chevron Corporation to become President of Chevron Latin America and chaired the operating committee of an international consortium.

After leaving Chevron, Dr. Steele was an Executive Consultant to the founders of 4 international early-stage ventures. In addition, he was Interim CEO of a non-profit educational foundation based in The Netherlands.

Dr. Steele attended Birmingham University in England, receiving BS and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering. He later completed graduate business training at UC Berkeley and at the Wharton School. He has achieved distinction as an industry leader and was awarded the prestigious Rafael Urdaneta Medal for outstanding public service.

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Allison Meezan

GIS Instructor at Foothill College


Allison majored in Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University then earned her graduate study in Geography in the University of Cambridge, England. She heads the Geography department at Foothill College since the Fall of 2000. While on sabbatical in Fall 2011, she built a virtual field trip of California Geomorphology. She recently finished working on an NSF funded collaboration with the GIS program at San Jose State University. The project uses a web-based GIS to teach problem-based Science in High School and College. When she's not teaching, she spends most of her time with family and hiking in the eastern Sierras near Mono Lake.

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Marianne Cartan

Director of Silicon Valley Career Technical Education


Marianne Cartan is the Director of Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE), previously known as “CCOC”, in the Metropolitan Education District (MetroED). She is a strong advocate of Career Technical Education, and SVCTE educates and trains primarily high school juniors and seniors from six local school districts around the south bay area.

This is Marianne’s 36th year in public education. She has served as a teacher of English as a Second Language, a high school guidance counselor and site administrator, a County Office of Education director, and most recently served as the Nevada Joint Union High School District Superintendent in Grass Valley, California.

Marianne attended UC Davis for her undergraduate studies, and UCLA and CSU Sacramento for graduate studies. She is currently finishing her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne.

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John Hiester

Silicon Valley Site Director at Year Up

Panel Moderator

John holds a BA in Spanish from Kenyon College, an MBA from Boston University, and brings experience from the government and nonprofit sectors. John launched his career as a Community Organizer in Boston. His pursuit of a career with social impact has led to opportunities to teach abroad, open a community-based office for recipients of public benefits, and direct a WIA program. John consulted for nonprofit and for-profit clients, served as interim Director of Finance and Operations at the Trinity Boston Foundation, and successfully launched an MBA Nonprofit Board Fellows program.

In 2011, John lead the launch of Year Up Bay Area’s Silicon Valley campus where he has served as Director since March 2013 and has contributed to broader work focusing on strategic growth and developing scaleable models.

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Tierney Siler

College Recruiting Manager at Blach Construction Company

Workshop Presenter

Tierney graduated Magna Cum Laude from Santa Clara University with a degree in Psychology and Communication. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). Tierney is a Human Resources generalist at Blach Construction, mainly focused on recruiting and hiring. She manages the college recruiting program at Blach, hiring 20-30 interns each year.  Blach Construction’s internship program was recognized in 2013 by the San Jose Business Journal as one of the best internship programs in the Silicon Valley.  Tierney has served on the planning committee for and presented at the Silicon Valley Internship Summit for the past two years. She also volunteers with the Peninsula College Fund and the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.

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John Shupe

Workshop Presenter


(Bio coming soon)



 (Large Panelists TBD)