November 2017

Chapter Newsletter

November 2017 

President's Message

Jay Sholl, Chapter President

Jay Sholl 
Senior Vice President

As your president, I am so proud of the community we have created within our dynamic Chapter. We have attracted a diverse membership base comprised of people from all over the world who are at various stages in their careers and play a wide range of interesting and important roles within some of the world’s most prominent companies. Together, we have forged a fellowship of professionals sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.  My pride is deepened by the fact that members share generously with each other, that we have created a culture that welcomes new members warmly, and that we offer something for everyone with our diverse array of special interest groups such as the Women of CoreNet and the Young Leaders.

Recently, we have seen the unthinkable devastation wrought upon communities within California,  in the U.S., and around the globe by wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, as well as the tragedy in Las Vegas.  I have been moved by the countless stories of caring people jumping in without hesitation to help.  Those indelible images of brave women and men risking their own safety to rescue and support the most vulnerable illustrate the power of community and reinforce our human bonds. The affected communities have a long way to go to heal; however, ultimately they will indeed persevere.  

As I processed these events, I immediately felt a strong sense of gratitude to be part of our exceptional CoreNet community.  It has been built through the contributions of our amazing volunteers, who help build our community by getting involved.  While I hope that events such as these never happen in our area, I can’t help but believe that we, as a Chapter, would rise to such a challenge.  For many, the Chapter represents one of the most effective ways to extend their professional lives into the meaningful human bonds that result in a strong community.  As Chapter leaders, we are as committed as ever to creating opportunities to further strengthen the bonds between us.

In addition to highlighting the value of strong communities, these destructive natural disasters also underscored the importance of leveraging communications tools to keep communities informed and engage. For example, it was fascinating to see the role that social media played in distributing critical information to citizens during these emergencies. Twitter played an essential role in executing the emergency preparedness plans of many government agencies and disaster relief organizations.

Naturally, hearing these stories further solidified my commitment to our goal of raising the bar on our chapter communications.  Thanks to the hard work of our Communications Committee, we will launch our new chapter website soon and we are implementing a well-crafted social media strategy, which is already resulting in expanding our follower base, driving member engagement and increasing awareness of CoreNet Northern California on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Additionally, we are focused on increasing membership overall and have a special emphasis on growing our end-user base to ensure a healthy balance within our community going forward.  I am thrilled to announce the recent appointment of our fantastic new Membership Committee co-chairs who are leading this new initiative, Pierce Neinken, global portfolio manager at Airbnb and Cyndi Innecken, global accounts executive at Haworth. We are so lucky to have them as part of the chapter leadership.

Finally, I would like to encourage all of you to strengthen your connections to our outstanding community. We invite you to join a committee, invite your friends and colleagues to an upcoming event or simply reach out to CoreNet members you do not know and introduce yourself.  We are all so fortunate to be connected with each other, and I am so honored to be your leader as we work to strengthen the bonds of our community even further.

- Jay


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Featured Podcast: Tips For Success

09.25.17 // The CoreNet Northern California Chapter is pleased to bring you the Chapter with the latest podcast addition: Tips for Success from Two Accomplished Young Leaders. This episode features two exceptional young corporate real estate professionals, Michelle Lagos, member of the Client Solutions team at CBRE and Maja Henderson, former Director of Global Facilities at Square, who is now a consultant.  Both have been recognized within the industry for contributing at impressively high levels relatively early in their careers and for taking their respective worlds by storm.  

Podcast host, Melissa Pesci, Principal at HGA Architects and Engineers and member of the Chapter Leadership Council interviewed these two dynamic young leaders and asked them to share some of the secrets of their success.  The resulting conversation is chalk full of inspiring insights from their paths and also offers a unique look at some of today’s most pressing issues through the lens of young professionals.


CoreNet Apprentice Program (CAP) Update

The CoreNet Apprentice Program (CAP) just completed another successful summer internship season!

The CAP committee paired five talented undergraduates from the University of California, Berkeley with five impressive companies based on their skills and interests and the sponsor's unique needs. The chapter extends special thanks to all the sponsors as well as the CAP committee who contributed their time and energy to create enriching experiences for our amazing students. We will be following up with these bright young stars and reporting to you on their career progress in upcoming newsletters.

2017 CAP Apprentices and their Sponsors

  • Wilton Qiu interned with Robert Teed at ServiceNow 
  • Gabriel Grossman interned with Jeff Gagnon at Cresa 
  • Tyler Zhou interned with David Nelson, Jessica Hanks, and Jeanne Ho at Wells Fargo
  • Luis Valadez interned with Barry Toner and Vishal Shah at CBRE
  • Cassandra Clay interned with Don Davis at VISA 


Young Leaders Update

The Young Leaders had a successful kickoff to the mentorship program at Juniper Networks. There was a record number of participants and the group looks forward to a great program!  In our mid-year event, mentors and protégés will meet again to get and give feedback on the program.

CoreNet Norcal’s Young Leaders had a successful kickoff to the mentorship program at Juniper Networks. We had a record number of participants and look forward to a great program!  In our mid-year event, mentors and protégés will meet again to get and give feedback on the program.

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