Our Mission

BreakLine is an education for employment company that builds an affordable path to compelling careers. Our hands-on approach prepares BreakLiners to take their next step in the tech industry. BreakLine participants find opportunities commensurate with their experience and potential and our partners access a new pipeline of exceptional talent. In the process, we are creating a world-class community of emerging leaders.

Our BreakLiners are outstanding. You can read their stories in our BreakLine Profiles in Service series. You can also see more about our work in the SF Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, and on ABC News.

BreakLine Values

We are resilient problem-solvers. We are creating a new form of education and access. We expect obstacles, challenges, friction, and failures as part of our journey toward changing lives. Taking risks is celebrated. The responsibility to invent, implement, and improve belongs to each one of us, not to someone else. The bigger the issue, the greater our potential for progress once we solve it. And so, we face obstacles with ingenuity, resourcefulness, resilience, and a can-do mindset. This is a team of strivers. When we demonstrate and expand what is possible, others show up to help us build. Bring it.

We are honest. We understand honesty is proactive, and we believe that being direct is being kind. We speak up in difficult situations when we have something relevant and valuable to add, even if it feels risky or uncomfortable. We are upfront with one another when we are killing it and when we can do better. We listen with the intent to understand, not respond and with the willingness to be adaptable. We expect one another to give and receive feedback because that is how we realize our potential as a team and a company. Everything that is special about BreakLine starts with trust. Therefore, we do not tolerate gossip or other forms of corrosive behavior, and we take responsibility for the impact of our words.

We share energy. We are bold and courageous. We are here to have a great time while we win. The dynamic we bring to our team and community is contagious. Therefore, we spread positivity far and wide. We actively look for opportunities to acknowledge and appreciate each other in specific and meaningful ways, and we allow ourselves to receive acknowledgment and appreciation. When there are chances to laugh and cheer, to feel proud, grateful and happy, we seize them and pass them on.

We support our tribe. We celebrate each other’s success and help each other realize greatness. We come to the table when our community needs us, roll up our sleeves and get it done together. We face imposter-syndrome, fear of failure, and self-criticism head-on and tell them to fuck off.

We believe margin delivers mission. We are building a business instead of a non-profit because this is the most efficient and powerful way to create sustainable access to opportunity. We delight our participants and partners by relentlessly pursuing concrete employment outcomes for our community. Knowing our strength lies in focus, we prioritize our highest-value objectives and decline, delegate, or delay all else. We make tough trade-offs when necessary, and believe in expanding our company through hustle, scrappy experimentation, and real results (not spin). We can build wealth and opportunity for ourselves and our families by creating economic opportunities for others.

BreakLine Team | Bethany Coates

Bethany Coates

CEO & Founder

Before founding BreakLine, Bethany was an Assistant Dean at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), where she led social impact education. 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 Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has served on the advisory boards of a number of nonprofits and social ventures, including Brilliant.org, PROMOTE, and Samaschool. In 2018, she was honored to receive the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service on behalf of the BreakLine team.

Ranee Bhutani

Business Operations

Before joining BreakLine, Ranee was an Associate Director on the Global Innovation Programs team at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She was responsible for managing the operations of Stanford Ignite, the school’s flagship program in innovation and entrepreneurship, and she 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.

Casey Deeds

Brand Experience

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. 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. She’s the proud daughter of a former Naval Aviator.

Lauren Faul


Lauren joins the BreakLine team after having worked largely in the Department of Defense arena for more than a decade. Covering ground on Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, non-profit sector, and as a government contractor, she consistently acted as a liaison between various and multiple entities to develop engagement plans that created partnerships and preserve missions. Lauren is a certified Life Coach and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Texas A&M University. She is a proud military brat and grateful wife of a BreakLine alum and Marine attack pilot.

Caroline Beaudoin

Customer Success & Sales

Caroline was a scholar athlete at Stanford University, majoring in Science, Technology, and Society. She captained the Varsity Women’s Field Hockey team to the program’s first ever conference championship in her senior year. While at Stanford, Caroline served as the Director of Technology and Communications for Stanford’s pre-professional club, Stanford Marketing. She is also the proud sister of an Army veteran.

Molly Peterson | BreakLine

Molly Peterson


Molly is an Air Force veteran and BreakLine alum (Summer 2017 cohort). She served 12 years on Active Duty as a C-17 and KC-10 pilot and, through the BreakLine Tech program, successfully transitioned to a role as a Business Integrity Team Lead at Facebook Austin. Her journey led her back to BreakLine, where she pursues her passion of helping talented veterans find meaningful employment after service. Molly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University, and in her spare time she flies for the airlines.

Haley Elliott

Talent Recruiting

Haley joined BreakLine shortly after graduating from Texas A&M University where she majored in Psychology. While at A&M, Haley worked for the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts as a writing intern. She is also the proud wife of an Army Officer.

Millie Stefanowicz

Customer Success

Millie has been involved with BreakLine since her sophomore year in college. She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Architectural Design. While at Stanford, Millie captained the field hockey team to the second of consecutive conference championships. Prior to joining the BreakLine team full-time, she continued her outreach while working as a construction project manager in Philadelphia. Millie is also the proud cousin of a Marine.

Alexandra Downey


Alexandra joins BreakLine with a diverse background, including working at startups, the UN, on Wall Street, and for social enterprises. The work she is most proud of focused on improving the lives of women and children through global health initiatives across the world. Alexandra is also passionate about storytelling and marketing, which she brings to her role helping our veterans craft their personal stories. She earned an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business and a BA in English and History from Loyola College in Baltimore.

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