HALE TO THE CHIEF!
Alex Hopkins is a real EXECUTIVE....he doesn't just dream up ideas, he EXECUTES them. This is one of the most prized skillsets in volunteer organizations. Volunteers always have ideas, but few are willing to actually take charge and EXECUTE one all the way through to completion. Alex does just that.
In his career he has had both sales and leadership experience as national manager. Come Thursday to see how he applies these experiences to his work at Rotary!
Sean M. Watts has worked for two decades at the intersection of science, policy and society to create environmental solutions that yield the greatest human and ecological benefits. He is currently Director of Community Partnerships for the Seattle Parks Foundation, where he acts as a policy liaison and advocate for resident-led groups enhancing open space in Seattle.
SANTA CLARA ...Throughout his career, he has sought to lower barriers for communities to influence in the science and policy that affects them. As faculty at Santa Clara University, Sean taught ecology and environmental policy, where he challenged students to find pragmatic approaches to conservation in human-altered landscapes.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION...As an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow assigned to the National Science Foundation, he developed programs to broaden participation in the sciences, coordinated interagency and international partnerships, and conducted internal assessments of the benefits of NSF-funded research on society.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON...Returning to the academic sector, Sean launched the University of Washington, Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program which aims to diversify conservation across academic disciplines, as well as ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Following the launch of the Scholars Program, Sean consulted with Seattle-based environmental organizations on strategic planning for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Sean is a native of Alexandria, VA; received his BA in Biology from the University of Virginia; and PhD in Ecology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Jim Thomson, Rotarian and Real Estate Agent with John L Scott, will explain the Rotary program titled "CHOICE". CHOICE puts professionals in 8th grade classrooms to inspire kids to stay in school. Jim's background includes Journalism and an English degree, as well as 16 years with Time-Warner books.
Adolescense is a trying time, and many kids do not have the family support needed to get through it. A young person may feel trapped, and not see a way through besides just dropping out. CHOICE helps kids understand there are many paths to take one through and on to write their life story. Why not choose a more exciting path?