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School District Launches New Speaker Series For Career-Minded High School Students

During this free four-part series, local professionals will offer advice on topics such as leadership and job hunting for students and parents.

If you’re a high school student or a parent looking for career advice, consider registering for one of ’s 2011 Speaker Series.

“The Skills and Ethics Needed for Success in the 21st Century” will be held at the district’s four high schools on March 2, 9, 16 and 23.

The four-part series includes presentations by local officials and business leaders. The district chose to launch the series after parents and community members showed support for the idea at several district-hosted forums in 2010, said district spokesman Terry Koehne.

“This speaker series is our first attempt at providing opportunities for high school students and their parents to connect with ‘difference makers’ in our community in ways that can hopefully benefit them now and in the future,” he said.

The first speaker, Patrick Lencioni, is a best-selling author and the founder and president of The Table Group. Lencioni will present “Your Thinking Today Shapes Your Reality Tomorrow” March 2 at the San Ramon Valley High School Performing Arts Center.

On March 9 at the , Safeway NorCal Division District Manager Kevin Lovell will offer career advice in “The Skills Companies Require of Today’s (and Tomorrow’s) Workers.”

On March 16, Town of Danville Council Member Newell Arnerich will offer leadership insight in a presentation called “Am I a Leader? You bet! You just may not know it yet!” at the Monte Vista High School Theater.

The series concludes with a panel discussion designed to help students learn how to land their dream positions. “The Next Generation Work Force – What Does it Take to Get a Great Job?” will be held March 23 in the theater and include a panel of eight as yet unnamed business people and high school students.

Discussion topics will include the gaps between employers’ expectations and students’ realities, what it takes to be a great employee, and collaboration between education and local businesses.

The events run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are free but donations benefiting the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation are accepted.

Registration is required through EventBrite. For more information or to register for individual events, click here.

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