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For Immediate Release                                                         

Monday, May 5, 2014

Media Contact
Sheri Costa-Batis
Public Communication and Engagement Manager
650.780.7305
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Inaugural Stanford in Redwood City Speaker Series Event Thursday, May 8th
Approximately 800 anticipated attendees to experience the first of the educational benefits contained in Stanford’s development agreement with Redwood City

Redwood City, Calif. – The City of Redwood City and the Stanford Graduate School of Business partner for the first of the Stanford in Redwood City Speaker Series events scheduled for Thursday May 8, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:00pm at the Fox Theatre located at 2215 Broadway Street in Downtown Redwood City. Approximately 800 attendees are anticipated to attend the first speaker series event – one of many benefits contained in the City’s development agreement with Stanford, a world-class educational institution expanding its campus to Redwood City and for the first time beyond Palo Alto. This event will be followed by a reception featuring the Stanford University Marching Band in Redwood City’s Courthouse Square.

The themes of the May 8th event are leadership, education and innovation. The inaugural event speakers are Tara VanDerveer, Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball for Stanford University; James Tynan of the Community and Partnerships team of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education to all youth throughout the world; and JB Straubel, Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer of Tesla Motors. 

Doors will open at 5pm and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. People are encouraged to RSVP at StanfordRedwoodCity.com

The Speaker Series is part of the entrepreneurship education program, which is one part of Stanford’s $15 million investment in benefits to Redwood City negotiated as part of the University’s plan to develop a new campus on 35 acres of land at the previous Mid-Technology Park on Broadway. As part of their investment, Stanford will also provide infrastructure improvements like upgraded storm water and street systems in nearby neighborhoods, a new joint-use senior center at Red Morton Park, and contributions to community art and music programs.

“The Stanford-Redwood City agreement is unlike typical agreements of this kind, because it is not just an investment of money. The benefits go beyond the tangible,” explains Mayor Jeffrey Gee. “We are getting a strong and committed partner who cares about our community. The Speaker Series, just one of many programs that will benefit Redwood City residents and businesses, is getting off to a great start with what promises to be a thought-provoking and inspirational evening for all who attend.”

Stanford University shares in the City’s excitement in the school’s decision to expand and be a part of Redwood City. “Redwood City is a very special community, and Stanford is thrilled to be partnering with the City as the university takes its first steps beyond the main campus,” states Lucy Wicks, Associate Director of Community Relations at Stanford.  “We are very grateful to City leaders for welcoming Stanford to Redwood City and we are proud to be a part of the greater Redwood City community. Our Graduate School of Business speaker series is the first in what we hope will be many such steps, and we are delighted to be offering it.”

The entrepreneurial education component of the agreement includes two speaker events per year for five years, in addition to an Entrepreneurship Boot Camp to provide executive education opportunities to help support the success of Redwood City businesses.

“Stanford University will provide executive education and entrepreneur training programs for Redwood City residents, businesses and City staff through the Graduate School of Business (GSB),” comments Faculty Co-Director, Steven Callander. “The GSB’s world-renowned faculty will create customized programs to deliver research-based frameworks designed to evaluate the practical issues facing today’s businesses and civic leaders.”

Faculty Co-Director, Kenneth W. Shotts, also feels strongly of the value of GSB’s offerings. “The speaker series and other Graduate School of Business offerings are designed to appeal to a broad range of people in the community,” states Kenneth W. Shotts, Faculty Co-Director. “Our goal is to engage businesses and residents of Redwood City through inspirational talks on topics such as leadership, innovation, education, and entrepreneurship.”

To learn more about the event click here. To learn more about the unique Stanford development agreement, click here.

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