SF Global Shapers hosted best-selling author Haben Girma at a ShaperTalk on Wednesday, 12/11, and we wanted to share key takeaways from the event:

  • Haben said she had a great undergraduate experience at Lewis & Clark College, but she did have a significant issue with the accessibility of the college’s cafeteria. It didn’t have Braille signs, so she never knew what she was eating until it was in her mouth.
  • Haben described feeling guilty when she found herself complaining that her college’s cafeteria didn’t have Braille signs because she knew her parents had it much harder growing up in Africa…

From Mexico, India, Canada, Sweden to Lithuania and the United States, these Global Shapers are forging a path in the realm of AI.

This year a handful of us in the San Francisco hub kicked off a new project, AI: Re-coding our Future, to survey the field of AI in diversity, education, and policy and bridge the gap between experts and those new to the field. As part of the project, we are focusing on the phenomenal work being done by Shapers from around the globe.

More often than not, many people look to Silicon Valley as the epicenter of technology and innovation. Yet, what many fail to realize is that there’s also groundbreaking work and research being done outside of Silicon Valley…


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Corporates, startups, universities, and AI practitioners of diverse backgrounds must continue working together to close the talent gap.

The growing use of data in recent years has spawned a huge need for quantitative backgrounds in the workforce. Within the next decade, AI is estimated to contribute nearly $15.7 trillion to the global economy. By 2022, the World Economic Forum expects 133 million new jobs to emerge as a result of the new division of labor between humans, machines, and algorithms. Multinational corporations continue investing vast amounts of capital into automation, and today nearly 37 percent of enterprises already using AI…


SF Global Shapers hosted Empower Finance Co-Founder & CEO and Former Sequoia Capital Partner Warren Hogarth at a ShaperTalk on Tuesday, 6/25, and we wanted to share key takeaways from the event:

  • Warren compared working for a VC firm and running a startup while explaining why he decided to start a company. He said that working for a VC firm is similar to being on a swim team — you and your teammates are part of the same team and can cheer each other on, but ultimately the work you do is pretty independent. …

We’re welcoming an amazing new class of Global Shapers to the San Francisco Hub. Learn more about them below!

Lingerr Marie Senghor

What brought you to San Francisco? I hadn’t planned to move here, and flew out here to get a free trip and see my best friend in Berkeley. But I spent the day at the school that flew me out and knew I had to teach there.

What are you working on? Nothing yet! Ideally something to do with the positive representation of marginalized groups.

What’s your passion/what matters to you? I am passionate about social justice and equity. I think…


SF Global Shapers hosted Breakthrough Ocean Ventures founder Nishan Degnarain at a ShaperTalk on Monday, 4/22, and we wanted to share key takeaways from the event:

  • Daniela Fernandez, the moderator and an SF Shaper, shared a quote from David Attenborough that clearly expressed the urgency of addressing climate change: the next 10 years will shape the fate of the planet.
  • Anyone can take action on issues related to climate change. Nishan shared the story of Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old activist who traveled 3 days to Davos by train and confronted CEOs of large corporations on their role in climate change.

SF Global Shapers hosted Author & Refugee Rights Activist Sandra Uwiringiyimana at a ShaperTalk on Saturday, 3/9, and we wanted to share key takeaways from the event:

  • Although Sandra had experienced brutal hardship at such young age, she started the discussion by saying how much she loved and loves Congo and that she would not trade her childhood experience there with anything else. Being able to make peace with her past was very inspiring and allowed most attendees to ask more courageous questions!
  • Sandra discussed the struggle of a war refugee having to adapt to new life in foreign countries…

SF Global Shapers hosted several people who’ve been to the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos on Tuesday, 3/12, and we wanted to share key takeaways from the event:

  • Shapers were struck by how human the people at Davos were. Despite their status and wealth, people at Davos still dealt with a lot of the same challenges as everyone else, like difficulty parenting teenagers.
  • Shapers went through a 3-day bootcamp before Davos where they were instructed to focus on their personal story and not try to be the expert. …

SF Global Shapers hosted several White House Presidential Innovation Fellows at a ShaperTalk on Sunday, 3/3, and we wanted to share key takeaways from the event:

  • The White House Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) program gives high-performing professionals with an entrepreneurial background an opportunity work in a senior position on technology-related issues in the executive branch of the government.
  • Agencies with tough problems submit requests for the kinds of experts they need to solve a problem, and the program tries to match its applicants with those projects.
  • Although they’re all working on different projects, the fellows meet together regularly and become…

At our ShaperTalk on Tuesday, 2/19, SF Global Shapers hosted several people who attended the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos last month, and we wanted to share key takeaways from the event:

  • Davos was founded on the idea of multi-stakeholder theory, which is the idea that everyone impacted by a decision should have an impact on the decision. Since the first conference in the early 1970s, Davos has become the most significant gathering of leaders across sectors, industries, disciplines, and fields in the world.
  • Private sessions give leaders a chance to ask leading experts the ‘dumb’ questions they…

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