For all of the things that divide us, food and story connect us.

This summer, in partnership with General Assembly SF, we're weaving together stories of empowerment. Each of our storytellers is empowering individuals and communities to dream, to act, and to thrive.

On July 11, we'll gather for bites, drinks + a story with Maria Garcia Brennan. In 2016, her daughters asked their father "Is mommy going to be sent back to Mexico?". This was the moment that inspired Maria to start a food brand to help bridge cultural and health divides. Meet Soñar, a Latina-owned organic food company on a mission to empower and nourish a nation of dreamers.

Join us to hear Maria's story! We promise you’ll leave nourished and inspired.

Doors open at 6p

6:00p - 6:45p Appetizers* 
6:45p - 7:45p Storytelling and Q+A with Maria
7:45p - 8:00p Dessert and Extended Conversation

*Vegan and GF options are always available at our gatherings

Photo by Joe Magnani

Date And Time

Thu, July 11, 2019

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT


General Assembly

225 Bush Street

5th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94104


Maria immigrated to the US from Mexico with her family when she was only five years old – they came in pursuit of the “American Dream”, and she worked hard to achieve it. Maria was the first in her family to go to college, and she had a successful career and happy, healthy family. She was living the dream until one evening in November 2016, when her daughters who were then age seven and nine years old asked her husband a heart-breaking question, “Daddy, are they going to send Mommy back to Mexico?” This question spurred Maria and her husband to take action, and use their twenty plus years of Consumer Packaged Goods industry experience to launch an organic food brand that could bridge cultural and health divides. Their brand, Soñar!™ means “To Dream”, and they are on a mission to empower and nourish a nation of dreamers. Soñar! offers a nutrient-dense USDA Organic certified Grain-Free tortilla chip and supports the Latino Community Foundation with 1% of annual sales to help them advance their mission.


General Assembly is a pioneer in education and career transformation, changing lives through courses in coding, design, marketing, data, and more. With 20 campuses worldwide, 35,000+ alumni, and 2500+ hiring partners, GA offers dynamic training in high-demand fields with innovative courses, workshops, and events. Our expert instructors, mentors, career coaches, and alumni foster a thriving global community of individuals pursuing careers they love.

Please note that we photograph, video and audio-record throughout the gathering, and by entering the space and joining us you are granting us permission to record you.