A new talent strategy for the bay

In 2014, Braven launched its founding site in the Bay Area with partners across the region to ensure that all local talent thrives.

An Engine of Economic Opportunity

Silicon Valley is is the world’s number one startup ecosystem. Job growth in the Bay is predicted to be 69% higher than job growth across the state, yet local talent is often not filling these open roles.

The tech sector continues to be one of the biggest job markets in the region, but while 26.5% of Silicon Valley identifies as Latinx, only 6% of employees at the top 75% tech firms identify as such.

Braven is proud to be joining partners across the Bay Area who are working to build a strong, local, diverse workforce to power the local economy.

Founding University Partnership

With shared desire to innovate for student success, San José State University (SJSU) became Braven’s founding university partner in 2014. Together Braven and SJSU have successfully empowered 600+ SJSU students toward graduation and career success, and in 2017 we signed a 5-year partnership agreement to ensure the work continues. We plan to serve 250 new Fellows during the 2017-2018 school year.

“Many of our students have spent their time here trying to hide their story because they see it as a liability. After Braven, they realize that their stories — instead of being a detriment — can be an asset. They realize they belong.” – Elaine Collins, Associate Dean, College of Science

Employers fueling a new generation of local leaders

The Bay Area is home to the second highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies, many of which are looking for ways to impact their community, build their employees’ leadership skills, and create more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Braven offers these local companies opportunities to do all three while also gaining access to rising talent. To date, partnerships in various capacities with LinkedIn, Teach For America, Google, Facebook, Schwab, Yahoo!, and Salesforce have empowered talent of all levels towards strong careers and lives of impact. To learn more about our various partnership opportunities click here.

The Bay Area Braven Community

Our Fellows, volunteers, employer partners and university partners work together to make this startup hub a region of opportunity for all. In 2016-2017, 92% of our Fellows identified as people of color and 70% as first generation college students.

85%

of Braven 2016 graduates at SJSU secured a strong first job or entered graduate school within 12 months

76%

of SJSU Braven Fellows completed at least one internship during college compared with 49% of peers nationally

96%

of Braven Fellows are persisting in or have graduated from college

Bay Area Employer Partners

Our employer partners encourage their employees to participate in Braven’s professional development and engagement opportunities, sponsor events and learning experiences, provide access to externship, internship and full-time opportunities, and offer critical financial support.

Innovation Partners:

Charles Schwab provided Braven with pro-bono consulting.

Charles Schwab

LinkedIn opened up their API to Braven enabling us to track our Fellows’ job success over time. They also sponsored our Bay Area Design-Thinking Hackathon and provide Leadership Coaches.

LinkedInForGood

Ripcord sponsored several SJSU Fellow graduates at the 2018 Live Your Legacy event.

Ripcord

Since 2014, Teach For America-Bay Area has exclusively hired it’s summer interns from Braven. TFA has also provided Leadership Coaches and sponsored several events. Our first Braven Fellow joined the teaching corps in summer 2017.

Teach For America

 

Impact Partners:

Access Partners:

City of San Jose’s Vice Mayor’s office

 
 
 

Bay Area Supporters

We are incredibly thankful for the generosity of our Bay Area supporters, who sustain and grow the Braven Accelerator in our region. For a complete list of Braven supporters, please go to our national supporters page.

$1M+

$250,000 – $999,999

 

$150,000 – $249,999

 

$100,000 – $149,000

Arthur Rock

 

$50,000 – $99,999

$20,000 – $49,999

LinkedIn opened up their API to Braven enabling us to track our Fellows’ job success over time. They also sponsored our Bay Area Design-Thinking Hackathon and provide Leadership Coaches.

LinkedInForGood

 

$5,000 – $19,999

Charles Schwab provided Braven with pro-bono consulting.

Charles Schwab

James Slavet

Since 2014, Teach For America-Bay Area has exclusively hired it’s summer interns from Braven. TFA has also provided Leadership Coaches and sponsored several events. Our first Braven Fellow joined the teaching corps in summer 2017.

Teach For America

TheDream.us

$1-$4,900

Brian Federico

Gale Mondry

Jen Holleran

Ripcord sponsored several SJSU Fellow graduates at the 2018 Live Your Legacy event.

Ripcord

Shannon Birk Jibaja

Sue Kalman

 
 
 

Our Bay Team

Andrea Schwartz Boone

Andrea Schwartz Boone

Andrea ensures the success and sustainability of the Bay Area region including program outcomes, fundraising, employer partnerships, and expansion efforts. She is also responsible for people and operations at Braven, which includes hiring/onboarding, strategic planning and operations, culture, and performance management.

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Diana Hernandez

Diana Hernandez

Martha Mendoza

Martha Mendoza

Martha works closely with our Bay Area Executive Director, Bay Area Site Director, and Braven External Affairs team to manage projects in support of multiple functional areas including partnership building, development, marketing, and team operations.

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Bay Board of Directors

Braven-Bay Area is working to launch a founding local board – more coming soon!

Bay Area Stories

My values and strengths are paving the way for my future

I not only have learned from my family, but I have also learned the importance of leadership and networking, and team building through my involvement in student organizations, student government, and the Braven Brand Ambassador role. I believe these qualities in addition to hard-work and creativity my mother instilled in me, will continue to assist me further in my career aspirations in library services and education.

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Braven recognized as an Inaugural McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund recipient

The McNulty Foundation announced the inaugural recipients of the McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund, a new fund at the Aspen Institute to support innovative social ventures at vital inflection points. A total of $110,000 will be granted to six organizations around the world that have proven results and show great potential for further impact. Each is led by an Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) Fellow using their entrepreneurial spirit and expertise to address critical global problems.

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Life is Always #InProgress

By: Melanie Shaver, Braven Leadership Coach and LinkedIn Program Manager

The future generation consists of those who will change the future, so I am truly passionate about unleashing the leadership and potential within students. The fire within me to help guide the younger generation to use their power and intelligence in a positive way is the reason I have remained in the University Recruiting realm for almost five years, and why I continue to volunteer with numerous nonprofits focusing on youth. Over the course of two semesters of being a Braven Leadership Coach, I’ve coached a total of 14 San Jose State University students.

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Contact the Bay Team

Braven
c/o WeWork
75 E Santa Clara St
San José, CA 95113

 

Braven Accelerator: Fall 2018

San José State University

Eligibility

  • Sophomore, juniors, and first-year transfer students are preferred
  • In good academic standing and able to register for ‘Sci 75’ (3 unit lower division elective) or ‘Sci 125’ (3 unit upper division elective)
  • Able to meet once a week on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm
  • Able to commit an average of 4-5 hours a week to this course
  • Able to attend our signature ‘Storytelling as Leadership’ event on Saturday, September 8th from 10am-4pm

Course Description

This course prepares students for the increasingly competitive, globalized job marketplace. Through online and peer learning, interactive experiences, and reflection, students will build meaningful networks, discover their innate leadership, and cultivate the “hard” and “soft” skills and habits of mind needed to thrive in twenty-first century workplaces. This course will require your commitment. Nothing good comes easy, but this course will be equally rewarding as it is challenging.

Course Section

The Braven Accelerator is a 3 unit elective credit course that meets Tuesday or Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at SJSU or off-campus at employer partner offices.There are two sections available during registration and students must add either SCI 75 or SCI 125 to their MySJSU.

  • SCI 75 Leadership and Career Accelerator
  • SCI 125 Leadership and Career Accelerator

Additional Events

In addition to the weekly class, the following activities are a part of the Accelerator:

Fall 2018:

  • Saturday, September 8th, 2018: Storytelling As Leadership Workshop
  • December TBD: Live Your Legacy Celebration, 5:15- 8:00 pm

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Exercise habits to persist through and thrive beyond college
  • Know and demonstrate the skills and mindsets employers hire for
  • Navigate the workplace
  • Build a record of achievement and apply skills to land a career-accelerating internship or research opportunity
  • Expand personal and professional networks
  • Lead with their assets and values

Location

Fellows will have an opportunity to preference their location after the first week of classes:

  • SJSU’s campus, or
  • One of our employer partner sites: This spring, the Accelerator was hosted at LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Volunteer in the Bay Area

If you are interested in becoming a leadership coach, please visit our leadership coach page and apply here.

Become a Professional Mentor (PM):

The PM role is part of the Post-Accelerator experience for our Fellows. As a PM, you will be matched with one soon-to-be college graduate (Braven Post- Accelerator Fellow) who is interested in your career. For 15 weeks, for 1hr/week, you will provide industry-specific career advice as well as overall professional polish development (including on competencies like communication, time management, project management, self-driven leading, and others).

 

This is a great opportunity to pay it forward and build a strong bond with a leader of the future. The commitment is ~2 hours per week for 15 weeks, including meeting preparation and follow-up. Meetings with your mentee can be virtual and at a mutually convenient time with at least 1 in-person meeting.

 

The industries/roles that we are looking for mentors in are listed in the application. Contact Martha Mendoza at martha@bebraven.org with questions or apply via the link below.

 

 Volunteer as a Mock Interviewer: Fall 2018 Sign Ups open at the link below!