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"We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak." - Epictetus, Greek philosopher


Listen Up!


Listening is one of the most important skills we can have and it has a major impact on our relationships with others. Given all this listening we do, you would think we'd be good at it! Not really, we generally remember fifty percent or less. Personal and professional success develops from becoming a great listener, improving retention, ability to influence, persuade and negotiate.

PRIDE Museum’s Listen Up! is a captivating Learning Program comprised of a pool of talented volunteer educators and accomplished industry professionals from within the region. They are success models who devote time and talent to deliver messages that promote the value of higher education, self-motivation, technical insights and awareness of modern inventions, history, culture and opportunities in Silicon Valley.








Tech out...WHO?

Listen Up! to the videos of industry professionals. All of their names may not be well known, but their work molds the way we live our lives today. Locate their inspiring bios in PRIDE SPOTLIGHT.

*Connection to Silicon Valley

DAVID ADJAYE – World Famous Architect
RODNEY ADKINS – Senior VP Systems & Technology, IBM
STEPHON ALEXANDER – Theoretical Physicist
*SHELLYE ARCHAMBEAU – CEO, MetricStream
EARL S. BELL – Inventor & Hip Hop Architect
*ANGELA BENTON – Entrepreneur & Founder, Black Web 2.0
CHARLES F. BOLDEN – Administrator, Nat'l Aeronautics and Space
*BOUGH, BONIN – Global Director, Digital and Social Media at Pepsico
URSULA BURNS – CEO, Xerox
DR. BEN CARSON – Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital
MAJORA CARTER – Urban Planning Founder, The Majora Carter Group
TEVYN COLE – Founder, School Me Clothing
JOHARI COLE-KWELI – Owner, Iyabo Organic Farms
DR. LISA A. COOPER – Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical
DE'JAUN CORREIA – Fighting Capital Punishment
DORIAN DARGAN – Empowering Communities
NAOMI DAVIS – Founder, Blacks in Green
*MARK DEAN, Ph.D. – VP Strategy & Operations and Fellow, IBM
*STEPHEN DeBERRY – CIO, Kapor Enterprises
MICHAEL DRAKE – Chancellor, UC Irvine
JOCELYN ELDERS – Former U.S. Surgeon General
*HAJJ FLEMINGS – Founder, Gokit
DARRELL FREEMAN – CEO, Zycron
DR. SYLVESTER J. GATES – Professor, Physics and Mathematics
DR. JUAN E. GILBERT – Chair, Human Centered Computing, Clemson University
RALPH GILLES – CEO, Chrysler Design
DR. MARGARET HAMBURG – Director, FDA
*MC HAMMER – Social Media Advocate
TONY HANSBERRY II – Invented Surgical Procedure
JOAN HIGGINBOTHAM – Former NASA Astronaut
JORDAN HOWARD – Green Education
DR. FREEMAN A. HRABROWSKI III – President, Univ. of Maryland Baltimore
LARRY IRVING, Vice President, HP Global Government Affairs
DR. SHIRLEY JACKSON – President, Renassalaer Polytechnic Institute
LISA P. JACKSON – EPA Administrator
*DR. MAE JEMISON – Former NASA Astronaut
LONNIE JOHNSON – Scientist & Inventor, Super Soaker
*VAN JONES – Environmentalist & Co-Founder, Green for All
*ROBERT E. KNOWLING, JR. – Chairman, Eagles Landing Partners
*LISA LAMBERT – Investment Manager, Intel Capital
EARL LUCAS – Design Manager, Ford
RON MALLETT – Scientist, The World's First Time Machine
DYCI MANNS – Founder, Bookbags with the Basics
RICHARD PARSONS – CEO, Citigroup
*DR. MARCUS PENN – Physician & Biologist
DR. TYRONE PORTER – Professor, Boston University
NIA MARTIN ROBINSON – Environmentalist
MICHAEL SEIBEL – CEO, Justin.TV
*TIMOTHY ALAN SIMON – Commissioner, California Public Utilities
MARY SPIO – Founder, One2OneDates.com
*WAYNE SUTTON – Entrepreneur, NewME Accelerator
EPHREN W. TAYLOR – Youngest Black CEO of Public Traded Company
*BRYANT TERRY – Eco Chef
*DR. DEBI THOMAS – Orthopedic Surgeon
*JOHN W. THOMPSON – Former Chairman, Symantec
NEIL deGRASSE TYSON – Director, Hayden Planetarium
*TRISTAN WALKER – Director Business Dev., Foursquare
DR. JAMES E. WEST – Acoustic Scientist
NAVARROW WRIGHT – CTO, Interactive One
*AL ZOLLAR – Gen. Mgr., IBM Tivoli Software