Upcoming events

    • October 16, 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 4:10 PM
    • Zoom
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    To register, we prefer you do so online via the black "REGISTER" button.

    Key Connections - 2022 :  “Let’s Chat About Your Career Journey”, October 16th, 2022.

    Join us to network with experienced PBKNCA professionals! 

    Calling all Young Professionals,

    This year, Phi Beta Kappa National will hold the annual virtual Key Connections event in September to serve as a kick-off for many regional Key Connections events.

    Following National's event, PBKNCA YP, will host our annual virtual Key Connections event, "Let's Chat About Your Career Journey", on October 16th, 3 p.m. PDT. The theme of this event will be NETWORKING! 

    The virtual event will be held over Zoom and the duration of the event will be 1 hour and 10 minutes. There will be two guest speakers, Ka-Tye Koo and Dr. Tina Etcheverry. 

    They will speak for the first 40 minutes of the event to share their personal and professional stories, as well as their career advice. During the last 20 minutes of the event, each attendee will be assigned to a breakout room based on their specified professional interests.

    Meet our speakers! 

    Ka-Tye Koo

    Ka-Tye is the Director of Operations and Advisor Development at Team Hewins - an independent financial advisor firm headquartered in Redwood City, CA. He is also a Principal of Team Hewins and a member of the Client Experience Team. In his role, he oversees the teams responsible for investment operations and client servicing functions. He is also responsible for supporting the growth and development of the firm’s next generation financial advisors. In his downtime, Ka-Tye likes to bake sourdough bread, play golf, or enjoy a book over coffee.

    Ka-Tye earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Davis with a minor in Communications. 

    Dr. Tina Etcheverry

    Tina Etcheverry works as a consultant with Biotech companies, providing consulting services for product development strategies. Her projects range from working with the University of Botswana to develop cattle vaccines, to a virtual start-up company involved in designing a new oncology drug. As part of her work as a scientist, she led the international efforts to launch 3 biotech drugs, working closely with Health Authorities both in the U.S. and Europe and providing tech transfer expertise to international partners. She retired from Genentech after 25 years.

    Dr. Etcheverry earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University.

    Date: October 16th, 2022

    Time: 3 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.

    Location: We will send the Zoom link in October

    Maximum: 100

    Registration Deadline: October 1st, 2022

    Fee: Free to all PBKNCA YP members

    To maximize your experience, please specify your industry preference when you register for the event. If your industry preference is neither Biotech nor Finance, there will be break out rooms for additional industries, as well.

    • October 22, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • 111 “I” Street, Sacramento
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    To register, we prefer you pay online via the black "REGISTER" button. But you may mail the coupon and a check by snail mail.  Vaccination, booster and mask required, but may be changed  later. 

    The California State Railroad Museum displays beautifully restored locomotives and railroad cars from every era of California history beginning with the Transcontinental Railroad. You can walk through 1940s vintage Pullman passenger and dining cars and see one of the largest locomotives ever built — the Southern Pacific 4294 — a 123-long behemoth designed to haul freight trains over the Sierra Nevada.  

    Please arrive a few minutes early, and gather near the front desk in the lobby. Please identify yourself to PBK Tour leader Rebecca Beach 

    Getting there: From the Bay Area, take I-80 east toward Sacramento. At the I-80/Business 80 split follow Business 80 to downtown Sacramento and take I-5 North. Exit at J Street, go two blocks to Fifth Street. Turn left, then left again at “I” Street. Follow signs to “Old Sacramento/Railroad Museum.” 

    The Railroad Museum is located in Old Sacramento along the waterfront. There is a city parking garage one block to the east of the museum. 

    • November 12, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company, 2625 Mankas Corner Road, Fairfield, CA 94534
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    To register, we prefer you pay online via the black "REGISTER" button. But you may mail the coupon and a check by snail mail.  Vaccination, booster and mask required, but may be changed  later. 

    Covid Risk:  The tasting session will be set in an outdoor venue by our request. The  farm tour is mostly outdoors.

    Il Fiorello is a family-owned company dedicated to growing and milling the finest quality artisan olive oil from certified organic groves.  

    The tour of the farm starts at 10AM and is about one hour.  During the tour there is a discussion of the history of olive oil, the significance of the term extra virgin, and you will learn how the farm’s international award winning olive oils are made. We will learn about the different olive varieties and how the trees are cared for.  The farm tour ends with a visit to the state-of-the-art Pieralisi Gold olive mill, capable of milling 3 tons of olives an hour.

    The tasting starts at 11 AM and is a comparative tasting of Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Co-Milled Oils, and Balsamic vinegar Reductions. Led by experienced staff, you will learn how to appreciate olive oils and enjoy a chef-crafted food pairing to expand your palate. 

    A farm restaurant is available after the tasting if you wish to continue with a light lunch. See a sample seasonal menu.

    An up to date menu will be sent to registrants closer to the date and pre-orders can be estimated for the restaurant to prepare. 

    Date:  November 12, 2022, 10AM-12Noon.

    Place:  Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company, 

        2625 Mankas Corner Road,

                Fairfield, CA 94534

    Group Max:  30

    PBKNCA lead:  O’Neil Dillon

    Covid Risk:  The tasting session will be set in an outdoor venue by our request. The  

                         farm tour is mostly outdoors.


    • February 17, 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • February 20, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Asilomar, 800 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove, CA

    Register now for 2023

    To register, pay online via the black "REGISTER" button, or mail the coupon  by snail mail 

    Vaccination, booster and mask required, but may be changed as needed later.

    See our Policy for Attendee safety at PBKNCA events.

    36th Annual Asilomar Conference - February 17 – 20, 2023

    “A faithful study of liberal arts humanizes character, and allows it not to be cruel.”  -- Ovid

    If the news of the day is getting you down, take heart – it’s once again time to reserve your weekend of learning, inspiration and fellowship on the magnificent Monterey coast!

    Past participants describe the weekend as “the best aspects of college, without the exams” and “the greatest high of the year – without drugs!”

    If you have questions on this year’s program, please contact  dfrontczak@scu.edu. For registration or logistics matters, please contact Barry Haskell at bghaskell@comcast.net. Registration is $125, which goes mainly to scholarships. Cost will be similar to last year, about $550 per person, double occupancy, and includes all nine meals and parking. All registered participants will receive forms to reserve their Asilomar accommodations, including meals; please check your email. (Remember, to be part of the PBKNCA package, do not reserve directly with the facility.)

    If you have questions on this year's plans, please contact dfrontczak@scu.edu. For logistics matters, please contact Barry Haskell at bghaskell@comcast.net

    Please join us once again for the annual Asilomar Conference, where we gather to learn, engage in discussions, and to listen to one another in new ways.

    Deirdre Frontczak, Asilomar Chair

    A preview of the 2023 event: 

    Friday night – Speaker, TBD 

    Saturday morning –
    Kerry Driscoll, Ph.D., Associate Editor of the Mark Twain Papers and Project, U.C. Berkeley: “Mr. Clemens and the Saturday Morning Club of Hartford.”

    Saturday afternoon – Nico Orlandi, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, U.C. Santa Cruz. Concepts and Conceptual Engineering: The Concept of a Woman” 

    Everyone has an idea of what a woman is. But what is occurring in our heads when we think of a woman -- or a man, or a white man, or any other social concept? Philosophers and psychologists hold ideas as concepts; in this standard view, having the concept or idea of a woman consists of having a general description of what "being a woman" really means.   

    This talk explores a view that many of our ideas are simple labels in thought. Our labels act as a sort of headline, an umbrella under which a variety of information about that idea is catalogued  -- for example, the notion that women are adult human females, or that they play a particular role in human reproduction. I suggest that the ideas we associate with the label do not, in fact, constitute that thing;  i.e., that it is not a conceptual truth that “women” are adult human females.  This insight has direct implications for current public debates on trans inclusion – or on other womanly roles -- since the concept of “woman” does not imply a certain reproductive role by nature. This position also allows us to make sense of “conceptual engineering” – an idea we will explore in this talk.   

    Nico Orlandi is a philosopher of mind and cognitive science, whose work draws on research in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and computer science. A central theme is understanding what kind of capacity perception is, and what kind of relationship it affords with the environment.  Their* current projects concern predictive coding models of perception; and the significance of fMRI research for understanding cognition. They are also affiliated with the Feminist Studies department at UCSC.  A first-generation student, Dr. Orlandi completed undergraduate studies in Florence, a doctorate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill ,and has taught at both Rice University and Stanford.  

    (*Note:  Orlandi's pronouns are "they / them." It was not a syntactical error.)

    Saturday night – Tom Greene, Ph.D. Astrophysics, NASA Ames Laboratory: 

    Mysteries of the Webb:”