Penn Club of Silicon Valley

Welcome to the Penn Club of Silicon Valley!

Thank you for visiting the Penn Club of Silicon Valley's website! We are a newly formed club that continues to evolve and diversify to meet the needs of Penn alumni in Silicon Valley. Our focus is principally on San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. We will offer a broad range of activities to new and long-established alumni. To stay up-to-date on club activities, please join our listserv by clicking the link below.

Interested in meeting other alumni from the Penn community? Join us as we launch Spark, a networking tool that connects alumni, fosters mentorship and creates new connections. Once a month, users will be randomly matched with another member of the Penn alumni community and will have the option to meet up for coffee or schedule a phone conversation. This is a great way to meet new alumni from different backgrounds and different industries. We will be kicking off our initial launch on August 1st so please sign up here to join our community!

Penn Club of Silicon Valley

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Upcoming Events

Penn Club of Silicon Valley:  August Happy Hour
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM77 Social Club

August Happy Hour 

Bayclub Redwood Shores

Come join us for Penn Club of Silicon Valley's monthly Happy Hour. We will be meeting at the 77 Social Club at the Bay Club in Redwood Shores. Come toast Penn and mingle with other local alumni. We've reserved the bocce court and an adjacent table this time, so walk through the restaurant to the back. Look for the Penn sign!

Penn Club of Silicon Valley:  Beer Friday/Off the Grid
6:00 PM to 11:00 PMDevil’s Canyon Brewing Co
It's about time for some craft beer, live music, food trucks, MORE bands, and MORE time to drink and have fun! So let's plan on getting together for brews and booze along with Off-the-Grid food trucks with some live music on Friday, August 25th. Kids and pets are welcome, admission is free, and be 21+ plus with ID fro drink beer.
Penn Club of Silicon Valley:  Hike at Russian Ridge
10:00 AM to 12:00 PMRidge Trail, Redwood City, CA
Saturday, August 26: Hike @ Russian Ridge
10 am -12 pm, ~ 3.5 mile moderate hike
Guide: Jessie Myers-Schecter, CAS 95

Ridge Trail, Redwood City, CA 94062

From Interstate 280 in Santa Clara County, exit #20 Page Mill Road, and head west. Drive about 9 miles, to the junction with Skyline Boulevard, cross Skyline and continue straight onto Alpine Road, then make the first right into the parking lot.

Please bring water, sunscreen and a packed lunch!
Penn Club of Silicon Valley:  Wine Tasting at Testarossa Winery
1:45 PM Testarossa Winery
Wine Tasting At Testarossa Winery
September 23 at 2:00 pm (arrive by 1:45 pm)
$25 per person

Come sample pinot noir and chardonnay amid the old stone cellars and dramatic grounds of Testarossa's historic Novitiate, home to California's oldest continuously operating winery.  Space is limited, pre-registration is required.

Testarossa Winery
300 College Ave
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Winery Phone: 408-354-6150
Penn Club of Silicon Valley:  Bioethics Professor Jonathan Moreno
7:00 PM to 9:00 PMAtherton, CA
Save the Date for the inaugural Penn Club of Silicon Valley reception on October 3rd, 2017

We look forward to welcoming Penn alumni and current students to our signature Penn Club of Silicon Valley reception. Penn Bioethics Professor Jonathan Moreno will present. Dr. Moreno has served as a senior staff member for three presidential advisory commissions, most recently with President Obama. This is a great opportunity to network with the Penn community in Silicon Valley.

Thursday, October 3 rd
7pm − 9pm
* 7:30pm - Dr. Moreno presentation
Home of Laura and Gary (W 84) Lauder, Atherton

Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.
Space is limited, pre-registration is required.

Past Events

Beach Habitat Restoration
9:00 AM to 12:00 PMFrancis Beach in Half Moon Bay
Come pitch in at Francis Beach in Half Moon Bay! Enjoy fresh air, good exercise, and a spectacular setting including scenic views of the bay, beach, dunes, and mountains.

Projects focus on removing invasive, non-native plants. Nonnative species are the second largest threat to biodiversity next to direct habitat destruction. In San Mateo County, the coastal scrub plant community has been significantly reduced by agriculture and development. Restoration creates habitat for the native plant species that are at the base of the food chain for coastal wildlife.

Invasive plants are removed by hand or with the use of short-and long-handled gardening tools such as hoes or shovels. Volunteers must be prepared for the following physical activities:
* Bending and squatting at least once a minute for project duration
* Lifting and carrying bundles of vegetation up to 20 lbs

BRING: Long-sleeve shirt and long pants that can get dirty, warm layers, closed toed shoes, refillable water bottle, sunscreen and a hat.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to join!
Hike of Wunderlich Park
10:00 AM Wunderlich County Park

Come join us for a guided hike at the scenic Wunderlich Park, led by our very own Penn alum Amanda Carson! Enjoy walking amongst the redwoods, open meadows, and beautiful oaks and madrones.

Bring your spouses and kids and come prepared for a fun time with other Penn alumni!
This will be a 3 mile moderate hike, so please bring water, a hat, sunscreen and a packed lunch.
Meet at the Carriage House at 10 am.

Park info:
4040 Woodside Road
Redwood City, CA 94062-2545

July Happy Hour
6:00 PM to 8:00 PMBritish Bankers Club
Roof-top Bar, British Bankers Club
555 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025

June Happy Hour
6:00 PM to 8:00 PMThe Blacksmith
June Happy Hour

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: The Blacksmith (2048 Broadway, Redwood City)

Come out for a fun night as we kick off the summer! Grab drinks, catch up with friends and meet new alumni at the Blacksmith, a modern bar and lounge with great cocktails. Don't miss out on an unforgettable night!
May Happy Hour
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM77 Social Club

May Happy Hour

Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: 77 Social Club, Bay Club (200 Redwood Shores Pkwy, Redwood City)

Come join us for Penn Club of Silicon Valley's monthly Happy Hour. We will be meeting at the 77 Social Club at the Bay Club in Redwood Shores. Come toast Penn and mingle with other local alumni. There's even a bocce court!

6:00 PM to 10:00 PMThe San Francisco Jazz Center
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Alumni in the News 

FLG Partners today announced the election of Mrs. Andrea G. Persily, WG’94 as the 28th Partner in the firm. Formerly, Ms. Persily was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Spafinder Wellness, where she led the sale of Spafinder to BlackHawk Network. Ms. Persily also held senior financial leadership roles at Primedia Inc. and Penton Media, both backed by private equity firms. She started her career in the investment banking division of Smith Barney (now Citigroup). Ms. Persily holds an AB in Economics from Cornell University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Guardian Analytics, the market leader in real-time behavioral analytics and machine learning solutions for preventing banking and enterprise portal fraud, today announced Mr. Prashanth Shetty, WG’02, as Vice President of Marketing. He will lead all Marketing and Product Marketing initiatives. Mr. Shetty comes to Guardian Analytics from CA Technologies, where he was Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for the Security & API Management divisions. Mr. Shetty graduated with an MS in Engineering and Operations Research from Stanford University and earned an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Summit Partners, a leading alternative investment firm, today announced the promotion of Mr. Jay Douglas Pauley, WG’08, to Managing Director. Mr. Pauley joined Summit’s Boston office as a Vice President in 2010, moved to the Menlo Park office in 2013, and has served as a Principal since 2014. He is a member of Summit’s Growth Products & Services team, where he focuses primarily on the technology-enabled business services, industrial technology, distribution and consumer sectors. His board and investment experience includes Central Security Group, FineLine Technologies, Grand Design RV, Parts Town, Vivint, and Vivint Solar. Mr. Pauley holds a BS from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.