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Spiritual Life

Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast creates connections that count

The 20th annual Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast, “Creating Connections That Count,” is scheduled 7-8:30 a.m. March 28 at the Hyatt Regency, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara.

The event, launched as the Los Altos Prayer Breakfast by a group of Los Altos couples in 1995, features Christian leaders who offer their testimonies on the power of faith and prayer in their lives and as vital elements of a meaningful and vibrant life.

The Los Altos Prayer Breakfast grew into the Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast. Los Altos resident Skip Vaccarello, who hosted the event and served as master of ceremonies, is chairman of the Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast Leadership Team.

“We are delighted to have two inspiring speakers from diverse backgrounds who share a commitment to making a difference both in their communities and in the world,” Vaccarello said. “This year’s breakfast promises to follow the tradition of the prior 19 annual breakfasts by offering encouragement, inspiration and networking opportunities for those who attend.”

Speakers from diverse backgrounds

Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, and Reggie Littlejohn, founder of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, are slated to headline this year’s event.

Gelsinger’s career began in 1979 when Intel Corp. recruited the 18-year-old from a two-year technical school in Pennsylvania. He joined the company as a technician in quality assurance and quickly advanced.

While working full time, he used Intel’s college tuition reimbursement program to complete his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Santa Clara University, then earned a master’s in electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University. He was appointed the company’s youngest vice president at 31 and, a few years later, its first chief technology officer. Gelsinger worked at Intel for 30 years.

EMC, located in the Boston area, recruited him in 2010 as its chief operating officer. In the fall of 2012, he returned to Silicon Valley to become CEO of VMware, a $4.6 billion technology company headquartered in Palo Alto.

Gelsinger is married and the father of four children. He has written two books, including “The Juggling Act: Bringing Balance to Your Faith, Family, and Work” (David C. Cook, 2008).

Littlejohn’s spiritual journey has taken her from atheist to follower of Christ. A Yale Law School graduate, she founded and leads Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an international coalition dedicated to exposing and opposing forced abortion, gendercide and sexual slavery in China.

An international expert on China’s One Child Policy, Littlejohn has testified six times before the U.S. Congress and three times before the European Parliament, and has presented at the British, Irish and Canadian parliaments. She has briefed officials at the White House, the U.S. State Department, the United Nations and the Vatican.

Littlejohn led the international effort to free blind activist Chen Guangcheng from China. She is a frequent guest on radio and TV programs and has issued reports included in the Congressional Record. Littlejohn has spoken at leading universities and institutions and appears frequently on Voice of America, the official U.S. broadcast into China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast is not a fundraiser, nor is it associated with a particular church or denomination.

Tickets are $40 per person, $400 for a table of 10.

For tickets and more information, visit svpb.net.

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