2015 Annual Gala

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2015 Annual Gala
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Join CIR Citizen Diplomats for the Annual CIR Benefit Banquet 2015 featuring a cocktail reception, elegant dinner and timely discussion with distinguished guest speaker:

Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California and former Secretary of Homeland Security

Topic:  The Education Challenge: Fostering a Competitive, Engaging and Secure Generation

Location: The Eldorado Hotel, 309 W San Francisco Street

Cost: $125 CIR Members and $150 Nonmembers and Guests

(includes a complimentary one-year membership to CIR)

Full tables are available for a discounted price.

Reservations must be made by Friday, October 16

Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations Citizen Diplomats for this special evening.  It is the gala celebration for CIR’s 50th anniversary year of hosting international visitors and bringing greater knowledge of world affairs to the community of Santa Fe. Our festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by dinner in the Grand Ballroom.  The evening will feature a timely talk by Janet Napolitano entitled, “The Education Challenge: Fostering a Competitive, Engaging and Secure Generation.

Janet Napolitano was named the 20th president of the University of California on July 18, 2013, and took office on September 30, 2013. She leads a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program.

Janet Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels. She served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-13, as Governor of Arizona from 2003-09, as Attorney General of Arizona from 1998-2003, and as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993-97. Before that, she practiced at the law firm of Lewis & Roca in Phoenix, where she became a partner in 1989. She began her career in 1983 as a clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. As Governor of Arizona, Napolitano focused on education, from pre-kindergarten through public higher education. She was the first woman to chair the National Governors Association, and was named one of the nation’s top five governors by Time magazine.

Napolitano earned a B.S. degree (summa cum laude in Political Science) in 1979 from Santa Clara University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, a Truman Scholar and the university’s first female valedictorian. She received her law degree in 1983 from the University of Virginia School of Law. Napolitano holds honorary degrees from several universities and colleges, including Emory University. Pomona College, and Northeastern University. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal (Law), the University of Virginia’s highest external honor.

Please note your entree selection in the Comments section at the end of the online checkout process:

Entree Choices:

1.) Salmon Filet with Pink Peppercorn and Grainy Mustard Crema

2.) New York Strip with Roasted Pappers and Onions

3.) Wild Mushroom Spinach Cannelloni

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