Join us in celebrating MWBEzone’s Man Crush Monday! This week’s business leader is Carl Guardino, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), a public policy business trade association. SVLG represents more than “400 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment” (svlg.org).
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group was originally founded by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard in 1978 and generates over $3 trillion in revenue every year. Guardino served as Vice President of the company from 1991 to 1995 and became the CEO of the group in 1997. As the association’s Chief Executive Officer and a member on the California Transportation Commission, Carl Guardino is fully committed to fulfilling SVLG’s mission: “to engage CEOs and Senior Officers, who compete in a global economy – in proactive, positive efforts that strengthen Silicon Valley and America’s competitiveness for the Innovation Economy and benefit the employees, families and communities in which our Member Company employees live and work” (Kimberly Ellis, Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing).
In addition to improving the quality of life, Guardino and SLVG are dedicated to educating business leaders of tomorrow through their 13 Women and Girls Leadership Summits held at 13 underserved middle schools throughout California, interacting with over 3,000 young women. This fall, the association will provide its first Young Men’s Leadership Summit in East San Jose.
The point is simple yet stunning – it is hard to overcome adversity. Too many low-income kids go to school hungry, have language barriers, are raised by single parents, are confronted by crime and may have inadequate or over-crowded housing.
Kids need – and deserve – to meet successful adults with shared experiences that they can emulate. They need you, and me, as role models and mentors. (Carl Guardino, President and CEO of SLVG)
A shout out to you, Carl Guardino, for improving the quality of life for youth and societies in everything you have done and will continue to do:
- Co-creating the Housing Trust Silicon Valley, helping 25,000 people afford housing
- Founding the annual Thanksgiving Day Applied Materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot," raising almost $7 million for local charities
- Establishing "Heart and Soles 5K," placing salad bars in Silicon Valley public schools
Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of GrantWatch and MWBEzone, is also committed to empowering business leaders of tomorrow and improving the quality of life in underserved neighborhoods. Check out our ever-expanding inventory of current funding opportunities for grants that will help children and communities meet their full potential.
Grants of up to $500 to USA youth (up to age 19) for youth-initiated and youth-led activities addressing issues in the areas of environment, democracy and equality, health, and community.
In-kind equipment grants to local USA organizations to support youth baseball and softball programming. Applications will be considered from organizations that are starting new programs or expanding existing programs. Grantees will receive free baseball and softball equipment, primarily balls, bats, helmets, tee ball sets, catcher’s gear, and basis.
Grants to USA youth track and field and running clubs to enhance programs and experiences for youth in sports programs. Priority will be given to applicants who are located in low-income areas.
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies to improve community health and well-being by addressing risks associated with low-income housing. Primary emphasis is placed on improving health equity for individuals residing in low-income neighborhoods, and enhancing health for whole communities.
Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits for programs that encourage healthy and sustainable communities. Programs may fall in the areas of community recycling, water stewardship, education, and healthy living. Funding is intended to improve the quality of life in the communities where the funding source does business.
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies to improve community health and well-being by addressing risks associated with low-income housing.
About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is a Copy Editor for MWBEzone.