Continuing The Conversation (CTC)

Continuing the Conversation meets weekly at 8:10am-9:10am on Thursday mornings at All Saints, usually in the Youth Room (26/27).  CTC's goal is to help people and our society cope with the rapid deterioration in our economic and social environments and manage the efforts to stimulate a recovery toward a healthier community.  

In times of uncertainty and confusion, we should evaluate and clarify our current situation, clarify our goals and develop a strategic plan with the tactics to support our strategies.   To help coordinate and streamline our efforts, “Continuing the Conversation” is hosting strategic conversations between concerned individuals from Nonprofit, For-profit and academic organizations where we can:
  • Learn from each other,
  • Track current events,
  • Examine different projects, their strategies and related tactics,
  • Clarify goals,
  • See linkages and synergies to other efforts,
  • Identify gaps,
  • Ask for help, and
  • Increase the range of participation, diversity, and breadth of our efforts. 

“Continuing the Conversation” began as a series of meetings in second half of 2008 between Linda Alepin (Global Women’s Leadership Network), Doug Carmichael (Stanford), Jeff Chow (Morgan Stanley), and Anne Firth Murray (Stanford, formerly Global Fund for Women). It was clear that the impact of the economic crisis of 2008 was going to be dramatic and that we should take action.

CTC  invites you to participate in our conversations.

Here are some conversations/agendas from Summer 2010:


  • August 12th - "Local Business" strategy session
  • July 29th – Jim Caldwell – Eco City development in China and Korea and how it may impact us locally
  • July 22nd - All Saints Episcopal Church Strategy Session
  • July 15th - Diana Garcia and Lorrie Williams, Women's Initiative: Women's Initiative is a 22 year old Nonprofit that enables women start or expand their businesses
  • July 8th - No meeting - 4th of July week
  • July 1st - Almaz Negash and Greg Kepferle, CEO of Catholic Charities to speak about Step Up Silicon Valley
  • June 24th - Dan Brunello, President of Le Boulanger and President of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce: How to foster shop local in the communities and how giving back to the community plays an important role in that.
  • June 17th – Mike Alverado, Going Evergreen on vocational and career training (follow up to our May 6th session)
  • June 10th – Dr. Cheemin Bo-Linn, CEO of Pertius Partners on  "Maximizing the Value of Your Products and Services"
  • June 3rd – Curtis Chang, Consulting within Reach on resources mapping for homeless (follow up from Matt Osment’s discussion)
  • May 27th –  Kathleen Redmond, Founder/President, Magnolia  Lane in South San Francisco
  • May 20th – Oscar Garcia, President/CEO, Chamber of Commerce in Mt. View
  • May 13th –   Ciro Giammona, General Manager, Harrell Remodeling
  • May 6th – “Buy Local” Strategy Session
  • April 22nd – Lois Steiner, Principal/CEO, FACILITIES FIRST in Mt. View
  • April 15th - Gary Entwistle, General Manager, Roger Reynolds Nursery  in Menlo Park
  • April 8th - Clark Kepler, President/CEO Kepler’s Books and Magazine in Menlo Park