Monday, May 17, 2010

Frank Abagnale Review

Based on the feedback from our patron survey, it is safe to say that the 2009-2010 season ended with a high-noted BANG!! Mr. Abagnale three headed discussion resonated strongly with patrons and left almost all who responded with very positive feelings.

The story of his life, which became the movie hit, Catch Me If You Can was the basis of his lecture and created a strong foundation for the evening. While many patrons knew about this part of his life, Abagnale's delivery seemed to captivate patrons from the beginning. His message of morality and teaching ethics and in the school and at home were well received although somewhat surprising considering his past. Abagnale's Q&A seemed to be the highlight of the evening as he took almost twenty minutes to answer the evening's last question, "How can consumers protect themselves from identity theft?".

The last program of our 2009-2010 season received the highest overall scores of the entire season which will hopefully leave patrons with good thoughts about the overall season. The Abagnale program scores were as follows:


The Overall Engagement = 4.8

The Lecture Portion = 4.7

The Q+A Portion = 4.9

Lighting = 4.5

Acoustics = 4.5

A few quotes from patrons about the program:

"His talk was fascinating and he is a captivating speaker!
We were very impressed with how he has used his childhood experiences to do good in the world and how he became such a wonderful family man as well. One of our favorite lectures to date!"

"Wasn't sure about lionizing a guy who after all was a crook. But learned he's paid his dues and has more than made up for any "youthful indiscretions". The info about fraud was the best part of the evening."

"At no other engagement have the lecture and Q&A been so different but each extremely interesting. The evening would not have been complete without both. Was this coincidence or by design? If by design, then you guys are getting very good at this. I thought the range of questions was outstanding."

"Mr. Abagnale was one of the most memorable speakers I have seen in all the years of I have been a member - extremely knowledgeable, a wonderful speaker, refreshingly humble and admirably committed to family, country and an ethical life. Absolutely wonderful - his presentation should be filmed and distributed."

Not surprisingly, 98% of patrons who responded labeled the evening "money well spent".

For those that missed the event and still would like some tips on protecting themselves against fraud and identity theft, I did find the a short interview featuring Mr. Abagnale.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Extra...Extra... Read All About It!

The Sacramento Bee has found the Sacramento Speakers Series newsworthy enough to feature our upcoming season in is newspaper and at

The paper used Mrs. Laura Bush as our headliner and detailed all of the pertinent information about next year's series. If interested, take a read.

Great to see the local newspaper covering the local happenings in Sacramento!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

First and foremost, Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers among our patron group in the Sacramento area!!

Thought I'd celebrate the day with a quote from one of our 2008-2009 speakers, Ms. Cokie Roberts who wrote the book We Are Our Mothers Daughters. The book, by the way, was revised and expanded a couple years ago and can be found at Amazon by clicking here.

If you'd like to relive the night of the Cokie Roberts lecture, visit our past speakers page and take a look at the picture from Cokie's lecture.

Additionally, I found an interesting interview with Roberts on NPR that is worth a listen as we celebrate Mother's Day. Take a listen if you have a few minutes

I will leave you with the quote by Roberts which I firmly agree with. "No matter what else they're doing, women are also always nurturing."

Hope you all enjoy the day and celebrate with the women in your lives.

Monday, May 3, 2010

It's an April to Remember!!!

Extremely excited to report that this last April has been the best renewal sales month in the history of our organization; really no fooling!

While the improving economy and early announcement date surely have helped, I firmly believe this year's line-up might be our most recognizable, interesting, and timely from top to bottom.

We've received scores of calls from patrons from the past who are interested in rejoining and 64% of our current subscribers have already renewed their subscriptions making our outlook on the 2010-2011 season a very bright one!

Please keep in mind that all remaining seats will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, May 14th. Thus, if you are a current season subscriber and are interested in renewing your subscription we strongly suggestion doing so over the next few days.

As always, you can reach us directly by calling 1-866-773-2535 or by visiting us on the web at