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Networking Extravaganza

  • Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Redwood Shores, Shoreway Conference Room 350 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City, CA, 94065 United States (map)

Networking Extravaganza

Join Thrive's annual Networking Extravaganza to build more meaningful relationships with your peers and explore creative ways to close the network gap.

Although the skills gap gets more attention, network gaps create significant barriers in workforce opportunities and beyond. Come prepared to learn and explore how you can build your cross-functional and cross-sector networks to help close this network gap - for yourself, for your employees, for your organization, and for your community.

Why Attend

Be Inspired by LinkedIn

Our special guest speaker, Jordan Medina, Social Impact Partnerships Manager of LinkedIn, will talk about effective strategies and useful tools that can help close the network gap.

Bonus: you will also learn how to connect and build relationships with LinkedIn.

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Close the Network Gap through Networking

Ei Ei Samai of Samai Group will facilitate fun networking group activities. Through interactive exercises, we will connect professionals and volunteers from the nonprofit, government, corporate, philanthropic sectors within and across five different areas of expertise:

  • Leadership & Management

  • Fundraising & Development

  • Marketing & Communications

  • Finance & Operations

  • Program Managers & Direct Service Providers

Reconnect with Other Thrive Members

You'll have an opportunity to be in conversation with a range of our cross-sector members, including representatives from: Boston Private, CORA, Family Connections, LinkedIn, Magnify Community, Presidio Bank, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, and many more. Build your organization's power by closing the network gap at this event!

Featured Speaker


Jordan Medina
Social Impact Partnerships Manager, LinkedIn

Closing the Network Gap: Strategies and Tools

Jordan Medina works at LinkedIn, where he oversees the company’s social impact partnerships in the US & Canada. His portfolio includes partnerships with organizations like Year Up, Braven, and Beyond 12. A first generation college graduate, Jordan feels deeply connected to LinkedIn’s vision of creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. Prior to LinkedIn, Jordan led Uber’s community affairs in the Bay Area. He is an alumnus of the University of Michigan, where he studied sociology and black studies. Originally from Michigan, Jordan currently resides in Oakland, CA


8:30 - 9:00 am: Light Breakfast & Networking
9:00 - 9:15 am: Thrive Welcome
9:15 - 10:00 am: Jordan Medina, Social Impact Partnerships Manager, LinkedIn
Closing the Network Gap: Strategies and Tools
10:00 - 10:15 am: Q&A
10:15 - 11:00 am: Networking Group Activities & Resource Sharing, facilitated by Ei Ei Samai, Samai Group
11:00 - 11:15 am: How to Connect with LinkedIn
11:15 - 11:30 am: Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Registration Fees

This event is free for Thrive Members.
$40 - Non-members

About Thrive Membership  

Thrive is a robust, trusted network of 200+ nonprofit organizations, government entities, foundations, businesses, and community leaders with a shared commitment to strengthening the nonprofit sector, thereby improving the quality of life in San Mateo County. Whether you're an individual, a nonprofit organization, a local corporation, or a public sector partner, you can make a difference in our network. Learn more about the member benefits and become a member or renew your Thrive membership today.