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Awake Conference

San Jose, CA

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Join us for a catalytic 1-day event for young professionals in Saratoga, California. Our hope is that God would awaken us to a deeper relationship with Jesus, a vision for our part to play in the world, and a passion for generosity.

Life is so busy and full. It can be hard to slow down. But on this one day we want to create space in a beautiful environment to be refreshed through time with God and one another.

Think of this like a 1-day vacation, but instead of sitting on a beach, you'll be at a beautiful California villa with a fun group of twenty and thirtysomethings

We'll sit under great teaching, enjoy catered meals, premiere a short film, and end our day in an amazing outdoor ampitheater, worshiping our glorious God.

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

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Welcome & Connection
Session 1 - A Mountaintop Experience


Session 2 - A Holy Ambition
Reflection & Conversation

Session 3 - A Life of Giving


Film Premiere & Worship Night



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Henry Kaestner

Managing Principal at Sovereign's Capital

Henry moved to Silicon Valley a year and a half ago because of his passion to serve faith-driven entrepreneurs. Previously, he was the CEO of, a company known for living out their values: Faith, Family, Work and Fitness (in that order). Together with his partners at Sovereign’s, Henry now focuses on investing in leaders whose faith and values create a workplace culture that is about business excellence and community citizenship.


Chi-Hua Chien

Co-Founder of Goodwater Capital

Chi-Hua has a passion to serve, love, and minister to entrepreneurs. He first fell in love with startups at Stanford University and then became an early employee of four startups. As a venture investor he has been fortunate to invest in companies including Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Chegg, Zumper, and Stash. Prior to co- founding Goodwater Capital, Chi-Hua was a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

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Nancy Ortberg

CEO of Transforming the Bay with Christ

Nancy Ortberg served as a teaching pastor for eight years at Willow Creek Community Church, while also leading ministries aimed at helping people identify their spiritual gifts and serving eighteen to twentysomethings. She is a founding partner of Teamworx2, a business and leadership consulting firm, the author of three books, and now the CEO of Transforming the Bay with Christ, a non-profit organization working to catalyze a holistic gospel movement in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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John Rinehart

Founder of

John earned a business degree from Biola University, worked in technology sales for a few years, and then went back to school for a Master’s of Divinity degree. Afterwards, he and his wife Renée traveled the world for nearly 5 months on a trip that led them to discover the stories that became the book Gospel Patrons. Now he leads the team at Gospel Patrons, as they aim to inspire and equip a new generation of Gospel Patrons to change the world.

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The Montalvo Arts Center was originally the private villa of the mayor of San Francisco, but now is a quiet retreat for artists, creatives and a whole lot of weddings. It's a short 20-minute drive from San Jose and will be our venue for the day.

15400 Montalvo Rd.
Saratoga, CA 95071

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Doxa Theo is a collection of artists and worship leaders from around the country. Their name means "Glory to God" and their sound blends ancient and modern into a passionate mix of praise to God.

They will lead us in worship all day and cap off our event with an extended evening concert.


Individual Tickets $125 (1-5 tickets)
Group Discount $100 (6+ tickets)

If you have any questions about the 2016 Awake Conference reach out to with an email.