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 partners access a new pipeline of exceptional applicants.

You can see more about our work in the SF Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, and on ABC News.


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. In 2018, she was honored to receive the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service on behalf of the BreakLine team.

Ranee Bhutani

Director of 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.

Kristen Rudella

Director of Program Operations

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. She is also the proud wife of a Navy veteran.

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.

Lauren Faul

Director of Outreach

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

Associate

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.

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