20th Anniversary BUILD Gala Honoring Katrina Lake

BUILD 20th Anniversary Gala

Honoring Katrina Lake, Founder & CEO of Stitch Fix

Thank You for Making BUILD’s 20 Year Anniversary Gala a Huge Success!

We are thrilled to announce the incredible success of our 20th Anniversary Gala.  Over 40 sponsors and nearly 600 guests contributed $1.4 million to support our young entrepreneurs on this special evening. 

We also surprised our founder, Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, with the announcement of a $500K Scholarship and Tribute Fund being established to honor her twenty years of leadership. Half of this fund has already been raised by friends of BUILD including Pitch Johnson and former members of the board. If you would like to contribute to the Fund, which will provide an annual Suzanne McKechnie Klahr Scholarship to a worthy BUILD senior heading off to college, you can donate here.

Some more highlights from this inspiring evening include:

  • We honored Katrina Lake, Founder and CEO of Stitch Fix, with the Pitch Prize in recognition of her entrepreneurial spirit and her personal involvement as a former BUILD Mentor.
  • BUILD’s new CEO Ayele Shakur shared her vision for BUILD, “I’m excited to build on our solid foundation, and to also bring some fresh ideas. We’re launching a new licensed partnership program that will help BUILD scale to new cities, and exploring ways to move BUILD into a digital age using technology.”
  • Class of 2003 BUILD alum Theron Jones described the impact BUILD has had on his life: “BUILD plants the idea that we are more than sufficient, that our talents can have both intangible and realized value, and, most important of all – that we can be each other’s own positive feedback loops.”
  • Two BUILD student teams pitched their businesses to a panel of VIP judgesand over 20 BUILD student businesses showcased and sold their products at the Student Marketplace.
  • Emcee and BUILD Board Member Baratunde Thurston kept the energy high all night! The work we do is serious but we can have a tremendous amount of fun celebrating our students!

Event Photos

Host Committee Co-Chairs

Brandee Barker
Shanti & Doug Brien
Emily Chang & Jonathan Stull
Jack Dorsey

Joelle Emerson & Aaron Levie
Bill Gurley
Cathie & Pitch Johnson
Katrina Lake & John Clifford


Presenting Sponsors

Cruise Automation + General Motors
Jack Dorsey

Dream Makers

Joelle Emerson & Aaron Levie
Cathie & Pitch Johnson
Katrina Lake & John Clifford
Seven Post – Private Investment Office

Angel Investors

Brandee Barker
Steve & Roberta Denning
Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP
Trevor Kempner & Meghan Murphy
Jan McAdoo
Oakland Athletics
Qatalyst Partners
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP


Nicole & Michael Farb
First Republic Bank
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
Smita and Justin Topolski

Student Marketplace Sponsor


After Party Sponsor

Cooley LLP

Bag Sponsors

Seven Post – Private Investment Office
Veritas Investments

Presenting Finalist Team Sponsor

T3 Advisors

Photobooth Sponsor

Gueco Real Estate Group

Cookie Boss Treat Sponsor

The Raiders

Student Selling Team Sponsors

California Bank & Trust

Friends of BUILD

Byron Deeter
William Henry Draper III

In Kind Sponsors

Brandee Barker
Costa Palmas Beach & Yacht Club, Four Seasons Los Cabos
Donnelley Financial Solutions
Effie’s Homemade
Hint Water
Jones Family Vineyards
Kelechi Osemele
Kikori Whiskey
Olivia Decker
PMI Printing and Marketing
Rosewood Mayakoba
San Francisco 49ers
Smizer Design
Stitch Fix
Studio Instrument Rentals
Surf Ranch
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
TNT Pictures
Trumner Pils
Liz & Andy Torelli
The Westin St. Francis Hotel

Watch the highlights from our last Gala and save the date to support BUILD on March 23, 2019.

For more information about the BUILD Gala, email BUILDgala@build.org.