Passion Talks 2021 – Call for Submitions

A Two Day Virtual Conference

Friday, August 13, 2021 – Saturday, August 14, 2021

As we explore the role of hopeful dialogue, we will provide space to reflect, inspire and activate a lifestyle of lived out faith in a world that has much to overcome. Call for submissions is now open and we invite you to share your stories,  lessons,  strategies, passions, and works of  faith that are fueling your hope for the better world we all know is possible.



đź—“ Passion Talks 101 Workshop on May 22nd at 10 am Pacific.

This information session, given by Passion Talks Founder Dr. Sherol Chen, will define and explain what Passion Talks are. It’s open to all people who are interested in learning about cultivating and communicating their passions. We will summarize lessons learned from a decade of presenting our passions at Passion Talks. This workshop is open to the entire Passion Talks community, especially to those considering submitting a talk.

Sherol Chen has studied and built Artificial Intelligence for over a decade. Currently, she is part of Google Research working on building and understanding large Machine Learning models. At Google, Sherol advocated for Cloud enterprises, worked at Google Brain for Machine Learning in Music and Creativity for project Magenta, and built algorithmic search results for YouTube. She’s taught Artificial Intelligence for Stanford University Pre-Collegiate and around the world in Kazakhstan, China, India, Chile, and Peru. Her PhD work is in Computer Science, researching storytelling and Artificial Intelligence at the Expressive Intelligence Studio. Sherol is also a founding member of the Google Inter-Belief Network and served as an inaugural steering committee member for the Google Christian Fellowship.

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đź—“ Wholeness and Activation Workshop: Inverted Church

All submission will be invited to a workshop with Dave Chae, Executive Director of ConnectSV (Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast).

While this talk is wholly within Christian principles, it will be open and accessible to people of all faiths. We tend to think of church as a place we attend. What if church is anywhere and everywhere? In today’s workshop, I’d like to look at church as a byproduct of great discipleship. Someone once said, “Plant a church and you may or may not get disciples”, “Make disciples and you’ll always get the church.”

Dave is the Executive Director at Connect Silicon Valley and Chief Executive Advisor at Ai-Blockchain, a global tech company in Hoboken, NJ. A former Lead Pastor (18 years) of several churches and CEO of his own non-profit, Dave is passionate and committed to expanding God’s Kingdom in the Bay Area and beyond.

Register by submitting a talk.

đź—“ Speaker Training Workshop

All accepted talks will be invited to join Carter Morgan, Standup Comedian and Public Speaking Coach

The key to great storytelling is understanding what you want to say, how you want to say it, and who you want to say it to. By learning these principles, you’ll be able to unleash the millions of stories you already have inside of yourself.

Carter Morgan is an international standup comedian, a developer advocate for Google Cloud, one of his mother’s 3 favorite sons (allegedly), and a public speaking coach. His training methodology comes from his experiences creating online courses like the Udacity’s “Scalable Microservices with Kubernetes”, presenting at conferences like Google I/O, and performing comedy at festivals like Edinburgh Fringe and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Steve Hoke says:

    I’d love to get involved with you all and possible submit a talk for next year’s conference! I am a close friend and supporter of Richard Coleman, whom I’ve known for almost 20 years!

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