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CEO Forums and Socials

CEO is working to bring together educators, practitioners, and researchers who share a common interest in STEM education and outreach. Stay updated with our upcoming events – listed below.

CEO lunchtime forums are held on the first Tuesday of each month, from October through May (with a break in January). Events are open to all and no RSVP is required (unless indicated in the event description). Bring your questions and your brown bag lunch. We also host occasional social events at local venues—check this page for details.

All 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, Nov 5, 12-1:30 pm. Family engagement: the secret sauce for empowering kids in STEM. How do we help close, rather than increase, the opportunity gap in STEM with family engagement? How do we make sure that every parent feels confident and has the resources to support their child in STEM? How do we reimagine family engagement as more than a one-time, end-of-program event? Panelists will share their lessons learned, bright spots, and challenges in supporting families 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. Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, UC Berkeley [map].

Tuesday, Dec 3, 12-1:30 pm. How to produce a podcast. Podcasts provide a low-cost, engaging way to communicate your science to diverse audiences. All you need to get started is a good science story and motivation. In this mini-workshop, you will learn the basics of audio podcast production, including best practices for interviewing, narration, adding music and editing with We’ll also discuss equipment, software, and resources to get you up and running. Presenter Vicki Hammarstedt is the architect and director for Berkeley Advanced Media Institute, having launched the program in 2011. An entrepreneur with a passion for all things digital, Vicki has had an eclectic career as a technology teacher, the developer of a charter school, co-founder of an e-commerce company, and as the business director in the telecom industry. She currently designs and produces multimedia training programs bringing the latest technologies and innovations in storytelling to career professionals throughout the world. Location: Room 106, Upper News Room, North Gate Hall [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. If you have an idea for a topic or speaker, please let us know. Contact CEO co-chairs Kate Spohr or Dan Zevin.

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