Our Mission

BreakLine is an education and employment company that builds an affordable path to compelling careers. Our programs combine skills-based training with professional networking and connect participants directly with hiring managers. BreakLine participants find employment opportunities commensurate with their experience and potential, and our corporate sponsors access a new pipeline of exceptional applicants.

You can read about our work in the SF Chronicle and the Wall Street Journal.


BreakLine Team | Bethany Coates

Bethany Coates

CEO & Founder

Prior to founding BreakLine, Bethany was an Assistant Dean at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), where she led global and social impact education. Her work included establishing Stanford business education throughout the world, including China, Europe, India, Mexico, and South America. Bethany co-led the creation of a GSB program that provides entrepreneurship education to Post-9/11 Veterans. She also developed case studies and curricular content used by Stanford GSB today.

Prior to her time at Stanford, Bethany was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. a leading global management consulting firm. She earned her BA from Princeton University, and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She serves or has served on the advisory boards of a number of nonprofits and social ventures, including Brilliant.org, PROMOTE, and Samaschool.

BreakLine Team | Ranee Bhutani

Ranee Bhutani

Director of Business Operations

Before joining Bethany at BreakLine, Ranee was an Associate Director on the Global Innovation Programs team at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She was responsible for managing the marketing and operations for Stanford Ignite, the school’s flagship program in innovation and entrepreneurship, and led the expansion of the program in the United States, India, France, and England. Ranee received her MA(Hons) from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Kristen Rudella

Director of Admissions and Outreach

Before joining BreakLine, Kristen was the Director of Veteran Outreach at the COMMIT Foundation, a nonprofit focused on military transitions. At COMMIT, she was responsible for managing mentor workshops and one-on-one transition assistance provided to Post-9/11 Veterans. Kristen received her BA in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside and her MA in Public Administration from San Diego State University.

Casey Deeds

Associate

Casey joined BreakLine shortly after graduating from Stanford University where she majored in Product Design. She competed as a striker on the Stanford Varsity Field Hockey team all four years, claiming a conference champion title her senior season. Casey has coached a number of field hockey camps and has also been an Assistant Coach for USA Field Hockey’s U-19 Futures program. While at Stanford, Casey worked for Stanford Academic Computing Services as a Lead Tech and managed a team of students responsible for campus technical support.

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