• College and Career Summit

  • This past spring, Mayor Tom Bates spearheaded the Berkeley College & Career GradNation Summit for students of Berkeley public schools. The Chamber’s Director of Membership, Cynthia Duran, was a vital part of the week long planning committee for the Summit.

    From March 7 to 11th, students gathered to listen to inspirational individuals and workshops, encouraging them to pursue college and professional careers. Noteworthy officials Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, Berkeley School’s Superintendent Donald Evans, and Mayor Tom Bates welcomed the participants on 3/7. Keynote speakers included author of Poster Child Kemba Smith, NFL footballer Tarik Glenn, and Quirkley executive Siciliana Trevino. Siciliana’s presentation focused on careers in virtual and augmented reality. She demonstrated to dozens of Berkeley Technology Academy students how she overcame boundaries and succeeded in her business. Also, Trevino highlighted the new technological advancements, including the Oculus Rift, which recently sold to Facebook for two billion dollars.

    This educational and fun summit is one of the many events the Berkeley Chamber sponsors to inspire young individuals to become entrepreneurs and pursue an education.