Barbara Steele

 The late Barbara Haley-Steele, founder of the business networking events entitled "First Fridays", formerly entitled "BayNet". She along with Melinda Harris and Ed Freeman began the group that was the premiere networking vehicle for 10 years.  Applicants came from all over the bay area to meet and greet, share skills, and seek employment in the high tech companies that were forming and would later become the center of Silicon Valley. 

Meet the producer/director Kathy Cotton

When you see yourself in the past you are assured of a future.

Mrs. Cotton is working to bring the history of African Americans in Technology past and present. Mrs Cotton began her career as a human resources professional working first for several startup companies and ending her career at Hewlett Packard. She left HP and created her own consulting firm. While working as a consultant she created video and powerpoint presentations  for training. She enhanced her skills in the field of videography by attending classes at the Digital Media Academy held on the Stanford University Campus. She created many vanity films for friends and family which led her to her first documentary of the cover band the Cheeseballs. She completed a documentary for the Delta Sigma Theta of Portland Oregon and the headstart programs 50th anniversary celebration in Portland Oregon. A Place at The Table is the first film produced for the Silicon Valley Project Black Project. It is Mrs. Cotton intent to bring the history of Silicon Valley to the world through digital storytelling at its’ best.

Mrs. Cotton is working to bring the history of African Americans in Technology past and present. Mrs Cotton began her career as a human resources professional working first for several startup companies and ending her career at Hewlett Packard. She left HP and created her own consulting firm. While working as a consultant she created video and powerpoint presentations for training. She enhanced her skills in the field of videography by attending classes at the Digital Media Academy held on the Stanford University Campus. She created many vanity films for friends and family which led her to her first documentary of the cover band the Cheeseballs. She completed a documentary for the Delta Sigma Theta of Portland Oregon and the headstart programs 50th anniversary celebration in Portland Oregon. A Place at The Table is the first film produced for the Silicon Valley Project Black Project. It is Mrs. Cotton intent to bring the history of Silicon Valley to the world through digital storytelling at its’ best.