Speakers

Speaker Date Topic
Phil Ackerly, Ackerly Entertainment Oct 26, 2017
A THEATRICAL BLEND OF COMEDY, MAGIC AND FUN WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH.
 
What does one do when they get their lay off notice in the Silicon Valley semiconductor company?  Become an entertainer, of course!  “It’s was a lateral move”, says, Phil Ackerly, a Bay Area native born in Palo Alto and now making his home in Santa Clara, where “the homes were more affordable”.  And a good move it was.  Since 1992, Phil has been following his passion performing his theatrical magic shows at company events and private parties for all ages from the young to the young at heart.  “When I perform it’s really magic.  I walk in a room as a stranger to everyone and after my performance, I’m part of the family.”
 
Phil’s act has taken him across the country to off Broadway at Monday Night Magic, Atlantic City, New Orleans, Las Vegas and the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.
 
Phil’s combines his experience from the theater with sleight-of-hand magic, along with good clean humor and a few stories that tug at your heartstrings.  And for that special occasion, Phil personalize his performances for a special event or to celebrate that special someone.
 
Give Phil a call today and see how he can make your party memorable and personable. Book Phil and you’ll receive high fives for outstanding event and you’ll become the star.  Now that’s magic.
Lissa Kreisler Nov 02, 2017
“Decades of Sunny Mornings”
 “Decades of Sunny Mornings”

Raised in the Silicon Valley, Lissa went to San Jose State University and majored in Radio-TV Journalism. Upon graduation, she worked at KLOK 1170 for ten years, doing mornings and then spent the following 29 years at 94.5 KBAY, also spending mornings with listeners. She raised two daughters, spending countless hours as School PTA President. She has also spent countless hours in the community, serving on Boards, Committees and Emceeing many non profit events and galas. Her talk is called “Decades of Sunny Mornings” as that is what her and her listeners had for nearly 40 years. It’s her story of landing a radio job in her hometown, the laughs, the tears and the tale of starting over! She has watched this Valley go from prune orchards to high tech and loves the place she calls home!

Lee Klinger Lesser Nov 09, 2017
Veterans
Veterans

Lee Klinger Lesser, MS, has developed and led retreats for Veterans since 2008, integrating her experience of mindfulness and meditation into accessible programming for Veterans. She has taught the mindfulness practice of Sensory Awareness for over 45 years both nationally and internationally. She also led national trainings in emotional intelligence, family support, and diversity and equity for early childhood educators. (www.returntooursenses.com)

Honorable John Chiang Nov 16, 2017
33rd Treasurer of california
33rd Treasurer of california

As a child of immigrant parents, John and his siblings grew up in a much different time. His parents arrived in this country, each dreaming of a better future. While their determination and relentlessness led to a middle class neighborhood with better schools, they still experienced bigotry, as the first Asian American family on the block. But John’s parents never gave up on a better life for his family and that’s why he will never give up on the same for you.

In 2008, when California faced the direst recession since the great depression, John went to work for us as State Controller. As our economy was collapsing, John’s strong leadership and money management pulled us back from the brink of disaster his fiscal responsibility was instrumental in keeping the State’s credit rating from plunging into junk status, and saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

While California has recovered from the great recession, there are millions of Californians who are still economically dislocated and not within reach of the opportunities enjoyed by past generations of Californians. John knows there is more work to do to ensure more people have access to affordable housing, college affordability and a dignified retirement and as California’s next Governor, will continue to fight for the security of Californians for generations to come. 

Jon Ball Jan 11, 2018
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Chris Shay Feb 15, 2018
VP for Finance and Administration
VP for Finance and Administration

As Vice President for Finance and Administration, Chris Shay provides financial and administrative leadership to support the core activities and mission of the University. Chris oversees financial management, administrative services, housing and dining services, construction and facilities maintenance, investment management, real estate, campus safety, internal audit, and risk management.

Carol Preston, Education Coordinator Feb 22, 2018
NOAA Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

Carol leads and manages the Sanctuary's Education, Outreach and Interpretive initiatives. She sets the educational and programmatic vision for the Sanctuary and leads a team of program managers in : Exhibits and Interpretation; Communications and Media; Citizen Science; School, Public and Volunteer programs. She also teaches workshops for NOAA's International Marine Protected Area's Capacity Building Program. She has taught workshops in Vietnam, Cambodia, Turkey, and Indonesia.