Keynote-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Keynote-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Keynote: Prepare Silicon Valley, Empowering People to Become Resilient


Focused on the human side of resiliency, the community-based Prepare Silicon Valley initiative addresses the dual challenges  of sheltering those affected by a catastrophic disaster and of preparing everyone else to be self-sufficient. The speakers will describe the current level of preparedness in the bay area, ways the initiative incorporates behavioral change techniques and newly available technology solutions, and harnesses the power of community partnerships among corporations, schools, governmental agencies and other nonprofits to help reach and empower individuals.


larkin image Barbara Larkin is the CEO of the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter.  In 2007, Barb was appointed the CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter and led the merger with the neighboring Palo Alto Area Chapter which created the Silicon Valley Chapter in 2009. Previously, Barb served as Director of Donor Services, Director of Development, and manager of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund at Community Foundation Silicon Valley,  Barb has been an American Red Cross volunteer for over 16 years and is a trained Disaster Fundraising Officer. She is a member of American Red Cross Disaster Services Human Resources system having worked on several National disaster assignments including Hurricane Katrina, the San Bernardino wildfires, and Hurricane Georges.  Barb serves on the board of directors for the Hispanic Foundation Silicon Valley and is a member of San Jose Rotary.
fry image Patti Fry is the volunteer Chair of Prepare Silicon Valley, a community initiative spearheaded by the American Red Cross Silicon Valley chapter. She is the immediate past Chair of the chapter’s Board of Directors. Her nearly 30 years of business experience includes: various consulting and sales management with IBM (including as Principal/Partner with the information systems/data centeroutsourcing; systems integration, and business innovation service lines of IBM Global Services), strategic planning as senior management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton; and health care with Kaiser Permanente and others. Patti is a leader of Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Consulting Team (ACT) projects with nonprofit organizations, and serves on the Boards of several local nonprofits. She holds BS and MBA degrees from Stanford University.