*Update: Discounted Admission for Non-Profit Professionals* Running a social enterprise like a company results in strong growth, a nimble organization and amplified impact. Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez, CEO of Goodwill Industries San Francisco, San Mateo & Marin Counties and former Vice President of Silicon Valley’s Omidyar Foundation, has spent the better part of her life as an advocate... [read more]
*Update: Discounted Admission for Non-Profit Professionals* Running a social enterprise like a company results in strong growth, a nimble organization and amplified impact. Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez, CEO of Goodwill Industries San Francisco, San Mateo & Marin Counties and former Vice President of Silicon Valley’s Omidyar Foundation, has spent the better part of her life as an advocate for social justice. Born in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants, she was educated at Harvard-Radcliffe College (Class of 1983) for which she worked tirelessly to recruit and retain talented students of color from this nation’s poorest communities. An award winning CEO, she is best known for her dynamic and inclusive leadership style. The San Francisco Business Times refers to Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez as the “Most Admired CEO.” She received the Leadership Award from Independent Sector and the Maestro Award for Philanthropy by Latino Leaders Magazine. She is well known for catalyzing change within organizations that leads them toward greater innovation, accountability and impact. She has always sought to use collaboration as an instrument for social change. As the Director of San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF) she helped to build a powerful coalition that resulted in one of the most comprehensive early childhood education and care systems in the nation and launched one of California’s most wide-ranging working wage and workforce development initiatives for childcare workers. A committed citizen of California, Deborah serves on several boards including: the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University, the East Bay Community Foundation and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. The mission of Goodwill is a deeply personal one for Deborah; as the daughter of immigrant parents, Deborah’s mother Aurelia defied the odds and became a successful small business owner. Like many immigrants, she taught her children the value of an education, to show up with enthusiasm, and to live a life of community service. For Deborah, as the proud mother of a beautiful 8 year-old, that legacy continues. Deborah and the Goodwill team have a vision of transformation and are unafraid to challenge the status quo. Together with the communities of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin - they are determined to make California the land of opportunity for all. Moderating the panel will be Neil G. Giuliano, currently serving as the CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundationtow whicg he brings over three decades of executive leadership experience. Before joining the foundation, Giuliano served as president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and executive producer of GLAAD Media Awards. In 1994, Giuliano became the youngest person ever elected mayor of Tempe, Arizona, a post he held for a decade. For six of those years, Tempe (pop 175,000) was the largest city in America with an openly gay mayor. He served on the board of directors of the National League of Cities, and in 2003 Tempe earned the “All-American City” award, a coveted honor bestowed on local governments demonstrating exceptional success in problem solving. Concurrent to his work as a public official, he held numerous senior roles at Arizona State University, including director of federal relations and co-chair of the final presidential debate of the 2004 election. Giuliano received a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s in higher education administration from Arizona State University.