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CEO Forums and Socials

CEO forums are held on the first Tuesday of each month, from October through May (with a break in January), in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building on the Central Berkeley Campus [map]. Attendees may bring their brown-bag lunches. CEO also hosts occasional social events—check this page for details. Events are open to all and generally do not require an RSVP, except when indicated in the event description.

Events are ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at




Tuesday, Oct 1, 12-1:30 pm. Inclusion by design: practical tips for improving STEM equity. This moderated panel discussion features staff, faculty, and students sharing what they have learned over the years and tactics that can be used to foster a greater sense of belonging among women and minorities, which is applicable across STEM majors, and is especially important in tech fields. Each will share a story and their top three tips, followed by questions and discussion. The panel will be moderated by Jill Finlayson, Director of the Women in Technology Initiative (WITI) at UC. Panelists: Rebekah Tang, WITI student employee and data science rising senior; Phillip Denny, Director, Big Ideas; Nicole Cotton, Ph.D. student, Organizing Committee for Haas Othering & Belonging Conference, new DeCal Course on Inclusive Pathways into Tech; Chris Noble, Assistant Director, CalNERDS. 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, UC Berkeley [map].



Tuesday, Nov 5, 12-1:30 pm. Family engagement: the secret sauce for empowering kids in STEM. Panelists: Linda Kekelis, Advisor for the Family Engagement Project at STEM Next Opportunity Fund; Michelle Rodriguez, Visitor and Community Experiences Director at the Lawrence Hall of Science; Courtenay Carr Heuer, Co-founder and Executive Director of Scientific Adventures for Girls. 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, UC Berkeley [map].


Tuesday, Dec 3, 12-1:30 pm. Effective techniques for communicating science. Featured speaker: Vicki Hammarstedt, Director of the Berkeley Advanced Media Institute. 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, UC Berkeley [map].



Tuesday, February 4-Topic and speakers TBA.

Tuesday, March 3-Topic and speakers TBA.

Tuesday, April 7-Topic and speakers TBA.

Tuesday, May 5-Topic and speakers TBA.


Forums are conceived, planned, and organized by and for CEO members. We welcome ideas for topics and speakers who would be of interest to our members. Contact CEO co-chairs Kate Spohr or Dan Zevin.


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