weover.me #2:: Speakers Announced, Format Formalized, Venue Confirmed!

17 May

When: Thursday May 24th, 7pm, UC Berkeley Faculty Club

We’re set for another thought provoking weover.me event next week at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club.

Register here.  Space is limited so sign up soon if you’d like to attend.

To read the topic of this event, read the opening blog post here.

For this weover.me we’re changing up the format a bit. Rather than another Oxford style debate we’re going to have a set of short talks followed by a structured discussion.  We want to celebrate some amazing ideas and then create a platform to hear from the community.

Bring a bottle of wine or other bev.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Bart & Ezra.

Here’s the format :

  • Start 7:00PM
  • 7:00 to 7:15: Socialize, fill your glass
  • 7:15 to 7:30: Ezra and Bart introduce weover.me and topic for discussion
  • 7:30 to 7:45: Speaker 1: Crystal Brown, President of Educate our State
  • 7:45 to 8:00: Speaker 2: Rich Heaps, Chair/leader of numerous efforts in Alameda School District
  • 8:00 to 8:15: Break, socialize, glass refill
  • 8:15 to 8:45: From into small groups – agree on top two priorities for improving our system of education
  • 8:45 to 9:00: Round of up each group’s top two points (each group has one presenter give a 1 minute synopsis)
  • 9:00 to 9:30: Discussion, Q and A with speakers, last glass, wrap up.

The event will be at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club, Heyns Room.  Directions to the Faculty Club are at this link.

The outcome of the group discussions and a summary of the event will be posted to the weover.me blog – be on the record!

Speaker Bios:

Crystal Brown

Crystal, one of the “Sherman Six,” is a founding member and the President of the Board of Directors of Educate Our State.  A parent of three daughters attending public schools in San Francisco, she has been the Fundraising Chair for the PTA and an active ambassador for Parents for Public Schools.  She has worked on civic engagement projects including development for the Friends of the SF Public Library and founding the Marina Community Association. Crystal is a recipient of the 2011 Women Making History award.  She has a BA from Lafayette College and more than 10 years of experience in technology and management consulting.

Rich Heaps

Rich’s career has been as a corporate CEO, CFO and General Counsel.  He holds both a MBA and JD from Stanford as well as a degree in mathematics and economics from Yale.  He’s also been an extremely active member of the Alameda public school and political landscape.  Here are some highlights of his contributions:

  • 2004-2008 a member of the citizen oversight committee for the various parcel taxes (job to certify to the School Board that the money was being spent as proposed in the tax measure)
  • Co-chair for the campaign for Measure C (2004) — school facilities bond issues
  • Co-chair Campaign for Measure  A (2005), Alameda’s second parcel tax
  • PTA Co-President at Franklin elementary school (2002-2004)
  • President of the Alameda PTA Council 2004-2006
  • Member of the Board of Directors of CLCS (holding company for ACLC and NEA) 2007-2009
  • Advisory Board to ASPIRE (current)


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