Renee Berry is currently focused on the development of an innovation program at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as a part of the Amazon Web Services, World Wide Public Sector team. Cal Poly's Digital Transformation Hub (DXHub) is designed to improve digital experiences for students and citizens globally with government, education and non-profit organizations.
Formerly, the Manager of Brand Strategy at Kenandy, a B2B SAAS startup backed by KPCB, Salesforce and Lightspeed Ventures, she directed all elements of the company’s brand development including website design and engagement, product marketing campaigns, public relations, social media audience development and search engine optimization. She also spearheaded the startup’s most recent brand transformation.
Renee often advises startups on strategy and operations. Her presentations on digital media include engagements at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, Harvard Medical School, UCSF, Rock Health, and Plug and Play Ventures.
Before Kenandy Renee was the global marketing and communications lead for mobile and connected solutions at SanDisk, a $2 billion dollar business unit for the Fortune 500 company which is best known for their USB retail product line but also a market leader in providing the embedded storage in smartphones, IoT products and the data storage centers that power the cloud. Specifically, Renee managed go-to-market communications strategies for the SanDisk’s automotive, connected home and mobile product lines, created the company’s first corporate social media communications policy, and produced a global communications training for SanDisk that struck a balance between protecting the conservative nature of the manufacturer with over 5,000 patents while also building an infrastructure for modern digital communications to drive business development, growth and increased brand visibility.
Before moving into the technology sector, Renee worked in healthcare as one of the first team members for a service excellence program in Stanford Hospital’s Emergency Department. She later worked as a lead for Stanford’s Aging Adult Services’ Philips Lifeline program where she managed operations and advocated for older adults to live independently at home with the support of wearable technology.
Renee is widely known online for her leadership and expertise in the field of hospice and palliative care. She is currently an advisor to Pallimed, on the board of the Partnership for Children and on the Executive Committee for National Healthcare Decisions Day. Renee has also served on the board of directors for the Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation. Her foray into digital media resulted from her dedication to advocating for broader awareness for early palliative care and access to quality information online. In 2010 she co-founded the #hpm tweetchat, a online public discussion of important issues in the field which is still active today, has garnered thousands of participants and generated over 500 million impressions online. Renee has also been a legislative advocate for both national and California state policies related to hospice and palliative medicine since 2009.
Renee owns a public engagement communications firm, BeMoRe which has served both national healthcare organizations and Silicon Valley startups. With experience training hundreds of people on digital media communications, Renee is passionate about empowering people to build a voice online whether they are an entrepreneur, an executive, an individual looking to expand their career options or marketers that are looking to establish their brand’s online presence.
A proud Cal Poly, SLO alumni, Renee recently re-located to San Luis Obispo from Mountain View, California with her husband and children where you'll occasionally find her teaching people to swim on the pool deck.