Develop Your Speaking Skills

Dennis Dawson & Brendan Murphy

11 a.m., October 6, 2019

Toastmasters International is an organization that provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. There are 16,800 Toastmasters clubs serving 357,000 members in 143 countries around the world.

Dennis Dawson is a Distinguished Toastmaster, Past District Governor, and Brand Ambassador for Toastmasters. He will present an overview of the Toastmasters educational program, demonstrate some of the activities typical of a Toastmasters meeting, and answer any questions afterward. He will be joined by Brendan Murphy, DTM, a member of Toastmasters for over two decades who is a prize-winning speaker, trainer, and mentor within and beyond Toastmasters.

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A Conversation About Sex in 2019

Liz Figueroa & Courtney Macavinta

11 a.m., September 29, 2019

Think you know everything there is to know about sex ed and sexual health in 2019? Come hear about the most recent “facts of life” with two leaders from Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM), former California State Senator Liz Figueroa, and the CEO and Co-Founder of The Respect Institute, Courtney Macavinta.

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Sen. Liz Figueroa (ret.) was an award-winning California legislator for 12 years before becoming Vice President for External Affairs of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM), the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the country, headquartered in San Jose, California.

Since Ms. Figueroa began her tenure with PPMM in 2011, she has been instrumental in advocating for legislation that has significantly improved access to essential reproductive health care for tens of thousands of women, men and teens in the affiliate’s mid-California and Northern Nevada service region.

Most recently, Ms. Figueroa supervised the PPMM advocacy team in both California and Nevada that sponsored landmark bills to increase state funding for family planning services. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed this legislation in 2018.

Among the dozens of awards and honors Ms. Figueroa has received throughout her career, she is particularly proud to have been named one of the Top Ten Latinas in the United States by numerous health and Hispanic publications.

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Courtney Macavinta is the visionary who started The Respect Institute’s mission more than a decade ago. She is a domestic violence survivor whose multi-racial family struggled for respect amid issues like substance abuse, incarceration, high-school dropout and teen pregnancy. As a young adult, her mission became to create a world where “respect for all” is the status quo. A nationally recognized youth development expert and award-winning journalist, Courtney is co-author of the best-selling book, RESPECT, and led the creation of groundbreaking self-respect building tools, such as The Respect Basics, used by more than 50,000 youth and their influencers in schools, jails, and prevention/intervention programs around the globe for the past decade. She’s been featured by CNN, ABC, National Public Radio, USA Today, Teen Vogue and tapped as a resource by the White House and the Clinton Global Initiative. In 2015, she was appointed to the Juvenile Justice Commission for Santa Clara County, California. Courtney has a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University and is a certified professional co-active coach (CPCC).

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Sub-Saharan Humanist Entrepreneur Fund

Hank Pellissier

11 a.m., September 22, 2019

The Brighter Brains Institute, a SF Bay nonprofit (https://Humanists.Global) has promoted humanism in Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Cameroon, and Tanzania for 5 years. It built 4 schools and 2 orphanages, but it eventually decided the best way to provide help is offering $300 startup grants to humanist entrepreneurs – mostly in Nigeria. It has delivered funds for 81 of these small projects, in both rural and small industry enterprises.

Hank Pellissier’s talk will discuss the failures of our other philanthropic methods, the hazards of our present strategy, and our future goals.

Hank Pellissier is founder/program director/CFO of the Brighter Brains Institute. This is his third presentation to Silicon Valley Humanists. He’s very happy to be coming back.

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Are Two Heads Better Than One?

Arthur Jackson

11 a.m., September 15, 2019

Arthur Jackson will focus this talk on Chapter 19 of his book “How to Live the Good Life: A Users Guide for Modern Humans”. Chapter 19 is entitled “Organizing for an Enlightened Community Made up of Enlightened Persons.”

His talk will focus on “Wisdom Groups.” These groups would bring together interested people to share their dreams, hopes, joys, and enthusiasms to live in and create a better world. These groups would gather together persons to discuss and learn to live lives that are based on new forms of ethics.

These new ethics would be derived from the wisdom of past times that are validated by the use of the Scientific Method, and not blind obedience to ancient texts and writings. They would also discuss current, and potential future circumstances that might require the revision of society’s, and their own, personal, collective ethical stances.

This presentation will allow plenty of time do discuss how such groups might be implemented in various communities such as the Humanist Community, and in others.

Arthur Jackson is the author of the book “How to Live the Good Life: A Users Guide for Modern Humans” (https://www.iuniverse.com/BookStore/BookDetails/793049-how-to-live-the-good-life). He is also a long-time leader in the Humanist Community in Silicon
Valley, serving as is President for many terms over the last more than 40 years, and otherwise actively involved. He has long thought of how to create communities that cause all members to thrive and achieve the best of what they can be.

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Energy & the Environment

Dr. Alexander Cannara

11 a.m., September 8, 2019

Dr. Alexander Cannara will explain why energy from fire must go and what sensible replacements can be. Everyone who has lived in an urban environment has experienced smog-related bad air days. Have you ever wondered why an “intelligent” species like ours has stayed with fossil fuels long after we had the technical knowledge to move on?

The forum will start with a short video and allow time to discuss the video and have your related questions answered. After that, additional facts will be presented and more questions taken.

You can prepare ahead of time if you wish: http://tinyurl.com/y65belox

Dr. Cannara is an Electrical Engineer and educator with expertise in a wide variety of topics related to energy production, computer systems, climate/ocean change and the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of actions we need to take to restore and preserve our environment. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Mathematical Methods in Educational Research and MS degrees in both EE and Statistics. He is married with three children and resides in Menlo Park, CA. His contact information is 650-400-3071 & cannara@sbcglobal.net

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