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Distinguished Speaker Series

Under the leadership of the SPC Foundation         Steve Wozniak
Board of Directors, the Foundation launched
its Distinguished Speaker Series in 2015. The        Steve Wozniak (Right)
event was developed to enhance the visibility        and Geoff Simon
of the College while increasing scholarship
support for students. An impressive number         Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak launched the Foundation’s
of corporate and private donors have stepped       Distinguished Speaker Series in November 2015. A Silicon Valley
forward as event sponsors.                         icon and philanthropist for more than 30 years, Wozniak helped
                                                   shape the computing industry with his design of the Apple I and
David Brooks                                       Apple II computers which revolutionized the way we communicate
                                                   and conduct business.
Nationally acclaimed political and social analyst  Wozniak told the audience that he attended community college
David Brooks drew two standing ovations from       in his youth because it provided an affordable option and helped
a crowd of almost 800 at the Second Annual         lay the foundation for his future. Following his remarks and Q & A,
Distinguished Speaker event in September.          Wozniak greeted fans in the lobby, signing autographs and posing
                                                   for photos for close to an hour.
Within moments of taking the stage, Mr.
Brooks captivated guests with his humor and
poignant observations. His comments focused
on the development of character and creating
a balance between the “resume virtues” and
“eulogy virtues” described in his best-selling
book The Road to Character. His comments
were illuminated with references to some of
the world’s greatest thinkers and leaders. Mr.
Brooks concluded his presentation with a Q & A
session which was followed by a book signing.

David Brooks

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