There are a lot of extraordinary people we get to teach at Cal Berkeley, and some of the most extraordinary came to college through twists, turns, and crazy detours. One dropped out as a sophomore and returned at 50, when he was a senior communications VP at a global tech firm; he was like a second teacher in my course. Andre also had a long gap; he would refer to it as “my retreat,” or my time at the “law” firm. How would you explain to your teachers and colleagues that you’d been in prison for 13 years, 6 months, and 18 days? And when you graduated 4 years after your release, how would you explain your recent graduation and resume-gap to potential employers? Andre’s story and his character have been building my own resilience for 7 years now. Every conversation, a revelation. Join us in conversation to honor Andre’s resilience, and build your own.
Resiliency: Stories, Wisdom and Practices, is a 3-part series that features amazing human beings for whom resilience was not a nice option, but rather an unavoidable necessity. We welcome you to this opportunity to foster connection, inspiration, and a lasting impression of your own capacity for perseverance.