Restarting Our Impulse to Build in Silicon Valley

Nine years after tech investor Marc Andreesen celebrated the market dominance of Silicon Valley “software eating the world,” he laments that now, amid COVID-19, we couldn’t make cotton swabs and respirators to save our lives. As a result, this mecca of innovation has lost lives and jobs. The cause? Inertia. He points to a lost will to build.

Join us in a discussion about our journey back to the prosperity of the American dream with with Hong Nguyen-Phuong,  best-selling author, instructor and advisory board member in the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Project Management certificate program.

The journey back requires the adoption of best practices—some that Silicon Valley has widely adopted in recent years and other trusty practices that few remember. There’s plenty that’s new, unexpected, and yet unknown in the work that humans must do. That work needs to be started, and done enthusiastically and well.

In this presentation we’ll explore how we can be part of the solution.


  • Know and practice best practices.
  • Is impossible really?
  • Trust and collaboration are not empty words.
  • Intelligence is not only AI.
  • People still quit because of their boss.
  • Nurture internal resilience.


Hong Nguyen-Phuong, an Amazon International best-selling author, teaches enterprise agility at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension. As an organizational performance consultant and member of the Silicon Valley Alliances, he has been actively experimenting, learning, and mastering the richness of virtual engagement in the time of COVID-19. In recent months, Hong and friends founded TraceBear, a health tech startup created specifically to empower employers to bring employees back to the workplace and enable them to be productive, profitable, and above all, SAFE. Hong studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, and the Harvard Business School. He teaches Achieving Organizational Agility using the Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe©.

Registration & PDUs

$5 (Veterans free with veteran code.)
2 PMI Professional Development Units

The Silicon Valley Project

Thought leadership for project management professionals

The Silicon Valley Project provides monthly virtual forums to expand our understanding of the evolving field of project management. A supportive network of seasoned practitioners and aspiring professionals, we share best practices and new ideas. We are a collaboration between PMI Silicon Valley Chapter and UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, organizations that provide exceptional opportunities for professional instruction, professional development units, and, in some cases accredited University of California credits.


Tuesday, August 4 at 6:00pm to 8:30pm

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