Meet One-on-One with Coaches and Mentors.

At NI Local San Francisco, you'll have a unique opportunity to get one-on-one sessions with a coach or mentor that specializes in impact careers. We've invited several life coaches, business coaches, career specialists, and impact investors to give you quality, personalized advice and motivation you need to achieve your most important goals. 

Best of all, Coaches Corner is free to attendees, with purchase of an NI Local San Francisco event ticket. 

There are limited meeting times available for each coach. In order to participate in Coaches Corner, you must purchase a NI Local San Francisco ticket before April 7. You must indicate that you are interested in this opportunity in the Eventbrite registration. After April 7, we'll send you a more comprehensive survey to understand your needs. Then, we will match you with one of our talented coaches. You'll receive an email with your coach and meeting time and location prior to NI Local San Francisco. 


The Coaches and Mentors.

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Deborah Charlip Briant
Certified Professional Career Coach and Global Educator

As an international Career Educator and Coach for the past 15 years, and with over 10 years as a marketing professional in global business, Deborah has worked with hundreds of career seekers (including social entrepreneurs), from over 70 countries, guiding them into finding meaningful work. Deborah’s experience includes managing her private coaching practice, consulting with UC Berkeley’s Career Center and School of Environmental Design, and implementing career programs at the University of Bordeaux.  A career catalyst, she guides people in identifying goals and defining strategies to achieve them, with the added value of facilitating connections to the employment eco-system. As Career Development Advisor with Hult International Business School, she helps students explore their passions and define their dreams, then create strategies with them to find meaningful work, not just a job.

Areas of expertise: Career development and coaching, international business, impact and sustainability.  With expertise in impact career advising I have partnered with social businesses to help candidates land internships and jobs to create positive social impact and fulfill a sense of purpose.

Learn more about Deborah at

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Rani Croager
Co-Founder, Uptima Business Bootcamp

Rani Langer-Croager founded Uptima Business Bootcamp to address the challenges of traditional entrepreneurship programs and business accelerators in providing accessible education and mentorship to a diverse group of entrepreneurs. Rani has drawn on more than 15 years of experience advising organizations on strategic and financial planning, capital raising, and mergers and acquisitions to develop the model for Uptima. Rani began her career as a successful investment banker for leading technology companies, and has extensive experience supporting very early stage entrepreneurs as an organizer, coach, and judge for numerous hackathons and startup challenges. 

Areas of expertise: Entrepreneurship, strategy, product development and testing, marketing, raising capital, industries and business models that seek to make a positive social or environmental impact

Learn more about Rani at

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Shawnrey Notto
Success Performance and Presentation Coach

Women founders and upper-level management are in the public eye, and must lead, speak, present, and/or pitch. For some, this can be terrifying; imposture syndrome takes over, and they are not seeing results and business they want. Sawnrey helps women captivate the room with their aliveness and their realness, so that they joyfully and quickly generate leads, create more yes, and convert their audience into investors or paying clients, and become the bad ass leaders they are meant to be!

Areas of expertise: Presentation, performance, presence, confidence, joyful and realness-based leadership, image, and style

Learn more about Shawnrey at

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Kiki Federico
Leadership Coach & Consultant

Kiki Federico works with emerging women leaders, entrepreneurs and forward-thinking companies.  She guides her clients reconnect with themselves to find clarity on their path, purpose and the confidence to lead authentically.  Her consulting work focuses on helping companies create sustainable models to elevate the culture and expand leadership/mentorship opportunities for women in the workplace. 

Areas of expertise: Authentic / feminine / conscious leadership, personal growth/empowerment, wellness/stress-reduction, mindfulness/meditation, presence/embodiment, voice/speaking, company culture 

Learn more about Kiki at

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Aiko Yeh
Professional Life Coach

Aiko Yeh believes that everyone has the potential to live the life they desire. She helps young adults create a lifestyle that leads to their ultimate goal as well as a happier life. With her playful and inquisitive coaching style, the process of achieving the goal is fun and interesting. Aiko coaches and motivated clients in their achievement of personal goals and objectives for making decisions, improving relationships, setting goals and determining priorities.

Area of expertise: Self help, personal growth/development, goal setting, women empowerment, culture assimilation, fitness, student life

Learn more about Aiko at

Emanuel Pleitez
Technology Growth Equity Investor, Sunstone Partners

Emanuel Pleitez is an investor at Sunstone Partners, a technology investment firm, and the Chairman of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation under which he created the LOFT Network and numerous initiatives including LOFT Code as a Second Language.  Prior to Sunstone Partners, he served as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions and Head of Strategy and Business Development for Qlovi, an education technology startup. Emanuel has served on nine non-profit boards of directors and worked in or advised over a dozen other non-profit organizations and startups.   

Areas of expertise: Fundraising, venture capital, business and nonprofit strategy, diversity in tech

Learn more about Emanuel at

Oscar Garcia
Chief Engagement Officer, Aspira

Oscar Garcia has a unique background with over 10 years of technology and nonprofit management experience.  Oscar is the Founder & Chief Engagement Officer of Aspira, a consulting group assisting in community relations, workforce development, LinkedIn training and business development.  Oscar's career journey includes business development roles at five startups, co-founding a nonprofit, Chamber President & CEO, TV host of Silicon Valley Business and Community Relations Manager at LinkedIn.  He has received various prestigious awards recognizing his leadership and community work, including the La Familia Award from the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, the NFL Hispanic Heritage Award from the San Francisco 49ers, and was nominated for Chamber Executive of the Year for the Western Association of Chamber Executives, recognizing his successful and innovative efforts to strengthen the bonds between businesses, community, nonprofits and education in Silicon Valley. As Chief Engagement Officer, his goal is to help empower and engage others so they perform at their peak, which results in the organization performing at its peak.

Areas of expertise: Community relations, workforce development, LinkedIn training, social entrepreneurship, relationship building, business development, collaboration, strategic partnerships

Learn more about Oscar at

Sean Rico Fisher
Associate, Corporate Responsibility, SVCF

Sean Rico Fisher serves on the corporate responsibility team at Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SCVF), the largest community foundation in the world. He manages a portfolio of corporate clients, helping them design and execute charitable giving programs on local, national, and global levels.

Currently serving on the executive committee of the Association of Certified Nonprofit Professionals (ACNP), Sean Rico leads portions of the association’s marketing efforts. His previous internships and volunteer work include community research and relations for arts organizations, churches, food shelters, and even Nike – where he performed ethnographic research to design concepts for sustainable products. This community engagement background largely informs the approach he takes to grantmaking and CSR.  

Areas of expertise: Personal branding, career mapping, leadership development, presentation and training skills. 

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