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  • Forever Young: The annual Ignatian Guild fashion show, Forever Young, breathed new life into the SI Scholarship Fund thanks to a spirited show of student models capped by an auction that raised more than $60,000 by itself, a record for the Guild.
  • Wildcats at Twitter: From left Cheryl Palarca ’97, Ryan Brown ’07, Gina Balestrieri ’05, Dan McGarry ’95, Stephen Saribalis ’06, Peter Morelli ’93, and Liam McInerney ’03 are among the 1,500 Twitter employees in the city who are helping to make social media a force for social change. 
  • Since 2011, Roland Abad ’87 has worked as a recruiter for Tesla, which he says resembles a Silicon Valley high tech company more than a carmaker. 
  • SI’s classroom space is larger than you think thanks to three exchange programs, ones that take Ignatians to Italy, Paraguay and Spain and that give families here a chance to host students from those countries.
  • Jim Nappi feeds a greater one-horned rhino. He has worked at the San Francisco Zoo since he was 17 and now holds one of the top jobs there.
  • The SI Alumni Association presented the Christ the King Award, SI’s highest honor for a graduate of the school, on Nov. 24 to Robert Enright ’76 (pictured above, with medal and his family) in honor of his contributions both to SI and to the Bay Area. Below is the citation that was read at the Mass by its author, SI Alumni Director John Ring ’86.
Cover Story

Over the summer, I received a call from Rose Dawydiak-Rapagnani ’05 (above, center) who pitched a story to me. She wanted me to interview her and three of her classmates, all of whom work at Homejoy in the Financial District. I balked at first. That wasn’t enough to hook me. You’ll find dozens of companies that employ clusters of SI grads all over the Bay Area.

She was persistent, though, and the more she spoke, the more she convinced me that this was no ordinary story. She and her classmates represented something new on the labor landscape. These young Ignatians, who hit the job market at the height of the recession, had to reinvent themselves for newborn companies that were learning how to provide services in innovative ways.

They weren’t alone. SI grads at Twitter and Tesla echoed these stories at their companies – ones that in a few short years have become as iconic as Coca Cola and Chrysler.

These grads are helping to redefine the way we work. So, too, are more established grads in older companies. Few people have had as a big an impact on the workplace as Paul Otellini ’68, who stepped down as Intel’s CEO last May. Come to the Feb. 19 Downtown Business Lunch to hear him speak and read the interview in this issue to get a glimpse of how his chips have changed our lives.… (read more)

First Words
  • These days, work is on my mind – not my own work, of which I have plenty, but the nature of work in general. Perhaps it’s because my brother Bob ’76 just retired as an SFPD sergeant, where he spent the past six years in charge of the Mounted Unit, or because my own children are getting ready to apply for careers in a country where jobs are hard to find. (read more)

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