Thursday, December 12, 2013

Share the Vision has its own blog!

Check it out through the link below: 
And if you are not familiar with our Share the Vision program information is listed below.

The Sacramento Speakers Series is a community lecture series that provides an open forum for a free discussion of timely and important issues by nationally acclaimed speakers and patrons of the Series.  It has been described as “an extraordinary community experience that gives our patrons an opportunity to hear about and question renowned and influential people from a wide variety of backgrounds on an even wider variety of topics.” The speakers are chosen on the basis of their career achievements, unique expertise in their particular field of endeavor, and ability to communicate their particular passion to the audience.   

            Through its “Share the Vision” program, the Sacramento Speakers Series provides high school students with an opportunity to learn about interesting and successful public figures, and to meet in a small group with the speaker before the event, followed by complimentary admission to the evening’s event at the Community Center.

            Three amazing speakers will meet and talk with students in Share the Vision:  

·         MICHAEL MULLEN, Tuesday , 1/7/14: chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Bush and Obama     
·         ANDREW WEIL, Tuesday,  1/21/14: pioneer in health, wellness and integrative medicine
·         JUDY SMITH, Tuesday, 2/13/14: crisis management expert, inspiration for the TV show Scandal

Pre-event reception: In a special reception before each event at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, a small select group of students will gather for light refreshments and meet students from other participating schools and the Speakers Series moderator, then be joined by the evening’s speaker, where they will be able to ask their prepared questions and interact with interesting and successful public figures.  The speaker will spend 15-20 minutes talking to the students and answering questions. The dialog between the students and speaker is unscripted. 

            Main event: At the conclusion of the reception, attendees will proceed next door to the Sacramento Community Theater for the evening’s event featuring the speaker. Students should dress business casual for this event.

 To participate in this program please contact 916-388-1100 or

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sac High students meet Steve Wozniak

Left to Right: Aryanna Lewis, Eli Nolasco, Steve Wozniak, Derrick Ingraham, Alicia Alves, Ashley Benitez, Tiara Stewart
Left to Right: Aryanna Lewis, Eli Nolasco, Steve Wozniak, Derrick Ingraham,
Alicia Alves, Ashley Benitez, Tiara Stewart

On October 1st, five fortunate Sac High students and I were given the opportunity of a lifetime. We had a chance to meet Steve Wozniak at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Sacramento . Steve Wozniak gained his fame as the co-founder of Apple Computers along with Steve Jobs. He was the engineer behind the very first Apple personal computers ever created and many computers today still make use of the the techniques and architecture he invented.
Listening to Mr. Wozniak speak about his younger years made me realize that I could relate to his story. Since an early age, I have been interested in electronics and engineering.
Thanks to the Share the Vision program, we met with him at the Hyatt Hotel in a small gathering area with students from other high schools. Mr Wozniak took our questions and he spoke briefly about being a young inventor and being a founder of a company that eventually became so important. After that small gathering, we all walked to the Sacramento Communiy Center Theater where he spoke in front of hundreds of people.
Going to see Steve Wozniak talk about Apple and how everything started was an amazing opportunity for me. Learning about all the things he experienced and how many times he failed, felt intimidated, or how many times he was rejected, made me realize that no one just shoots to the top. It takes perseverance and hard work to get there. He discussed how he and Steve Jobs started, how they met, how their first meetings went, and all the struggles they went through. Listening to Mr. Wozniak speak about his younger years made me realize that I could relate to his story. Since an early age, I have been interested in electronics and engineering. Just like Steve Wozniak I want to be able to get to a point where I can also look back and talk about how I’ve changed technology forever, and how hard I worked to get there. He was definitely an inspiration.
- Ashley Benitez
Sac High Junior


Friday, October 25, 2013

Gore Freebie

Freebie Friday! 

 Enter to win a copy of Al Gore’s The Future Six Drivers of Global Change. 

We are excited to announce the first giveaway of our 2013-2014 season! Former Vice President, Al Gore, will be coming to Sacramento Tuesday, November 12th 2013, to share his insights on big issues, big ideas and big solutions. This one is for those passionate about global change… or even those interested in worldwide technological revolutions. 

Almost a decade ago, Al Gore was presented with a question, "what are the drivers of global change?" Unable to immediately answer the question in full, he has continued to revisit the query, and over the last two years has researched, analyzed and produced a complex and comprehensive map of the forces that are shaping our world. The result is "The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change." While mapping the future is a risky undertaking, perhaps the only thing riskier is doing nothing.

Hear Gore discuss his book here: 

When: One lucky patron will win a week from today, Friday, November 1st 2013.   Drawing is random and will be announced at the end of the comments submitted. Check back after 5 pm to see if you’re a winner!

How to Enter: Post a comment on our blog below answering Gore's question:  
What do you think about when you hear the phrase the future?

Thanks to the Sacramento Speakers Series for this week’s freebie!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Steve Wozniak at the Podium

Last week we welcomed Steve Wozniak to open the Sacramento Speakers Series 2013-2014 season. Not being a computer geek myself I didn’t know quite what to expect, but the evening exceeded my expectations, and apparently most of you agreed.   

Before the event I was able to sit in with high school students invited to Share the Vision in a small group reception with Mr. Wozniak. Being a bit more computer savvy than me, the students had good questions for Woz, and his love for kids and teaching came through in that intimate setting.

Then, I got to spend time with Wozniak in the green room before he took the stage. He is very down to earth and does not take himself too seriously. When he signed my book he misspelled the name, crossed it out, then wrote it correctly with ‘syntax error’ above the message!

As for the lecture itself, the words that come to my mind and that we heard over and over again in patron feedback are passionate, enthusiastic, engaging, dynamic- even for those of us who couldn’t follow the technical talk. Many patrons would’ve like to let Wozniak go on for hours, as it seemed he was just getting into the good stuff when time ran out.   

As for patron feedback:

80% felt the night met their expectations.

98% would recommend the Sacramento Speakers Series to a friend.

Comments from our patrons:

“Spellbinding speaker with a rich inventory of tales of Silicon Valley. He comes across as REAL!”

"He was great because he was unpolished"

"Wished he could've gone on longer"

"Smart and funny"

“Enthusiastic speaker! It was great to see someone who so truly loved his "inventive" life!

“He was like a kid, telling everyone what he had discovered, for the first time. Great!”

“I admit I didn't understand some of his technical talk, but his enthusiasm and energy were contagious, and I could have listened even longer. We are not all old, and do not have to be vertical by 10!”

"Technical part was over my head but I didn't care"

"A celebration of one's inner geek"

"His enthusiasm and energy were contagious"

"Fascinating to hear the details behind the invention of the personal computer and his role in it"

Monday, April 29, 2013

Recent Press Coverage of the Sacramento Speakers Series

Recently, the Sacramento Speakers Series has been featured in a number of articles.  The following links are 2 of the most recent articles. Enjoy!

Current Patrons:  Do not forget to renew your subscriptions between now and May 10 to guarantee your seats for next season.