Events

Breaking Barriers for Breakthrough
14th Annual Reception & Luncheon

Tuesday, October 3

11:30 – 1:00 pm

Merchants Exchange Club

75 Leidesdorff Street

San Francisco, CA 94104

(Also accessible via 465 California Street)

Join us for the 14th annual Breaking Barriers for Breakthrough luncheon on Tuesday, October 3rd at the Merchants Exchange Club in downtown San Francisco.
We are delighted to welcome this year’s distinguished keynote speaker, Angela Duckworth, and master of ceremonies, Don Shalvey.

Angela Duckworth is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development.

Angela studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ yet powerfully predict success and well-being. Previously, Angela founded a summer school for low-income children that was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study and, in 2012, celebrated its twentieth anniversary. She has also been a McKinsey management consultant and a math and science teacher. Angela completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Studies Neurobiology at Harvard, and MSc in Neuroscience from Oxford University, and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Angela’s first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, debuted May 3, 2016 as an immediate New York Times bestseller.

Don Shalvey is a Deputy Director for K-12 Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, Don was the founder and CEO of Aspire Public Schools, and has spent the past 40 years in public education where he is widely recognized as a leader in public school reform and the charter school movement.

In 1992, Don served as the Superintendent of San Carlos School District, where he sponsored the first charter school in California. The San Carlos Charter Learning Center became a California Distinguished School and has since served as a model for many other charter schools. In 1998, Don and entrepreneur Reed Hastings co-founded Californians for Public School Excellence, a grassroots organization that led to the passage of the Charter Schools Act of 1998, which lifted the cap on the number of charter schools in the state. Dr. Shalvey is a frequent advisor to policy makers, practitioners and authorizers of charter schools across the nation. In 2002, the prestigious Ashoka Foundation recognized Don as a Fellow  for  his  outstanding  work as a social entrepreneur. More recently, Don was given the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for advancing the quality of life for Californians, and in June 2009, he was elected to the Charter School Hall of Fame.

Don earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership/Administration from the University of Southern California, a Masters of Education in Counseling and Guidance from Gonzaga University, and a B.A. from LaSalle College.

Sponsorships and benefits

 

Individual ticket – $175

  • A single ticket for lunch

Fellow – $5,000

  • Table for 10
  • Acknowledgement in the event program

Coach – $7,500

  • Table for 10
  • Acknowledgement in the event program
  • Signage at the event

Leader – $10,000

  • Table for 10
  • Acknowledgement in the event program
  • Signage at the event
  • Acknowledgement on website with your company’s logo

 Visionary – $15,000

  • Table for 10
  • Acknowledgement in the event program
  • Signage at the event
  • Acknowledgement on website with your company’s logo
  • Acknowledgement from the podium