About

DSC_5643Brian Rashid is a professional speaker, writer, and trainer with a deep understanding of the convergence of accelerating technology and how it will impact, disrupt, and create the future of work over the next 5-10 years around the world. As an international keynote speaker and trainer, Brian focuses on how we identify and utilize innovation and technology to create sustainable professional opportunities and businesses we enjoy. Utilizing his access to the top thought leaders, economists, and policymakers, his talks identify current and future trends in employment and entrepreneurship for millennials.

 

Brian is a weekly writer in the leadership column at Forbes Magazine and the Huffington Post. He also served as the Chief Correspondent for the Innovation for Jobs (i4j), a think tank founded by Vint Cerf, ‘Father of the Internet,’ and David Nordfors, founder of the Center for Innovative Journalism and Communication at Stanford University.

 

Brian is proud to have delivered his message and training to executives, managers, teams, and employees at companies like Linkedin, Salesforce, KPMG, Credit Suisse, Citigroup, Intel, Novartis, and more. He has also spoken at universities, bar associations, and non profits in both the United States and Latin America.

 

Brian is also the founder of the international training company, Silicon Valley International, which helps entrepreneurs, executives, and companies refine their message, pitch investors, and become master storytellers. His work has helped his teams raise $300 million of investments across the US, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe.

 

He is fluent in Spanish and holds a Law Degree from the City University of New York. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Brian worked on Mayor Bloomberg’s re-election campaign where he led volunteer training and recruitment in Washington Heights and West Harlem. He subsequently remained in Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration as a speechwriter and special assistant to Commissioner Jonathan Mintz at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs.

 

Brian is a TEDx speaker and author of the book, “It’s Your Hour: Mastering Public Speaking in 60 Minutes”.

Brian is honored to have worked and crafted stories for the following projects and individuals:

 

City University of New York School of Law Graduation Pitch Prep

CUNYCommissioned by the City University of New York School of Law, Brian led a multi-week intensive workshop training the graduating class on perfecting their pitch, preparing them for upcoming interviews, and crafting their stories for fellowships and other post-graduation projects.

 

Intel Global Challenge

IntelPastProjectCommissioned by Intel, Brian was responsible for crafting the story of Intel’s Global Challenge, that brought 28 entrepreneurial teams from all over the world to Silicon Valley. Through a combination of text, images, video, and stories, Brian told the story of the Intel Global Challenge to the world through social media.

 

National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps

NSFPastProjectPartnering with the National Science Foundation and the UCB Haas School of Business, Brian was responsible for capturing a highlight reel and promotional video for the first ever I-Corps program, bring tech entrepreneurs in the health and science fields together in Silicon Valley.

 

One Couch at a Time

one-couch-at-timeAs a storyteller and documentary film enthusiast, Brian was thrilled to be hired as lead story director for “One Couch at a Time.” In this role, he was responsible for condensing dozens of hours of footage into a compelling 90-minute narrative. The film, created and shot by the talented Alexandra Liss, is being screened all over the world.

 

Bloomberg for Mayor

bloomberg1Brian was hired by Bloomberg for Mayor to run the volunteer and outreach campaign in Washington Heights and Harlem. The sense of community that was formed as an office, in the matter of a few months, was remarkable. By election day, Brian had 600 volunteers that he recruited, trained, and organized to deliver the key political issues central to getting Mayor Bloomberg reelected.

 

Dominican Republic

DRBrian was commissioned by the City University of New York’s school law to create and implement a project to close down a toxic trash dump seriously affecting the health of the neighborhood. He worked and lived in an orphanage where the smoke was affecting the kids daily. Through extensive organizing efforts with local judges lawyers politicians in the communities, they were able to successfully ban the burning of the massive trash dump behind the orphanage so the children no longer had to brief the toxic air.

 

Argentina

Buenos-AiresBrian was commissioned by a private-public partnership, where he worked in Argentina to research a free public healthcare system. His research showed that a large portion of the health issues suffered by the local community was directly related to diet. Therefore, in addition to creating know-your-rights trainings around access to free medical care, he partnered with a local fresh produce market to educate the public on the advantages of healthy eating and its direct correlation to your health.

 

Hawai’i

KauaiSometimes city life can wear on you, especially when you have a major project deadlines approaching.  Brian was commissioned by a wellness center in San Francisco to organize, lead and implement a retreat on the Hawaii’s garden island, Kauai. His role was to collaborate with a well-respected clinical nutritionist in the creation of curriculum and educational exercises to be delivered to children and senior citizens globally via video technology.