NPower's 15th Annual Gala was a tremendous success! Because of our support we raised a record 1.2 million. This funding will allow NPower to launch more successful tech careers for veterans and young adults than ever.
Gala 2016 Photo Gallery
Over 800 guests attended, including various leaders of the tech industry, such as this year's Honoree Meg Whitman, President and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She spoke with Kristen Bellstrom, Senior Editor of Fortune Magazine for a fireside chat, during which she listed the qualities she looks for in potential employees.
"We look for self-starters and we look for people with a lot of ability to adapt and be flexible. If nothing else, our industry requires flexibility. [...] Be a learning person: someone, who, at 50 years old, is still learning." - Meg Whitman
Whitman was honored for her global philanthropic impact and outstanding leadership in the technology community.
Watch NPower CEO Bertina Ceccarelli's Opening Speech:
"For us, problem solving is about changing the trajectory of a young person's life." - Bertina Ceccarelli
We also heard from two Student Speakers, Alfonso Rodriquez and Zanea Loving, who spoke about their struggles and how NPower provided the tools they needed to change.
"There may be someone out there listening to me today wondering if they should start this program. There may be companies out there wondering if they should get involved and partner with Npower.
If it wasn’t for the partnerships, the mentoring, and the attention to detail the program encompass, I wouldn’t be where I am. My family and I will be forever grateful." - Alfonso Rodriguez
"It took a lot of falling and getting back up to fight for my future, but what motivates me—what gives me that push to keep striving for the highest heights—is that I am a woman in the technology field.
Like Ms. Whitman, I too can blaze a trail and show my male colleagues that I can be just as driven—just as motivated—as anyone else with the strength and grace a woman possesses." - Zanea Loving
Thank You 2016 Gala Sponsors!