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Runway Lecture

Runway is designed to bring the energy and dialogue around social justice, equity, and inclusion that’s happening on our campus directly to alumni and parents, providing you with the runway to be change-makers at work, as volunteers, and at home with friends and family.

The Runway Lecture and luncheon is sponsored by the University High School Alumni Association. All members of our community are welcome: alumnx, current/past parents, current/past faculty and staff, and friends. Tickets are free for guests who work in social justice professionally, $50 general admission. Our honorary host committee members look forward to seeing you at Runway! To get involved, contact Marianna Stark '89, director of alumni engagement and giving. 

The next Runway Lecture and Luncheon will take place November 1, 2019
Tickets go on sale September 1.

This year, our theme will be "promoting an inclusive work environment." We want to raise awareness on the subject of implicit bias in the workplace, and share best practices you can use to overcome bias in recruiting, hiring, retention, and collaboration, no matter what your role.

Our speaker will be Lareina Yee '92, P '21. Lareina is the chief diversity and inclusion officer for McKinsey and a member of the global partnership service team, the firm’s 16-person leadership team. She is also the global leader of McKinsey’s technology hardware and services work. An expert on digital sales transformations, sales excellence, go-to-market strategies, and culture change, Lareina brings 20 years of experience to companies across the value chain. As a thought leader at McKinsey, she is a sought-after speaker and frequent author on digital disruption, sales growth, and technological transformations.

Determined to win the war for talent and gender parity, Lareina leads Women in the Workplace, a research partnership with LeanIn.org and the Wall Street Journal. She also frequently speaks about women in business, including at Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit, the Makers Conference, Techonomy, the Professional Business Women of California Conference, and the Women’s Forum in France.

Outside of McKinsey, Lareina is on the board of Safe & Sound, a not for profit focused on child-abuse prevention.

Past Honored Speakers

2019 Louise (Davis) Langheier '99, Co-Founder and CEO of Peer Health Exchange, established in 2003. PHE’s mission is to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions. They do this by training college students to teach a skills-based health curriculum in under-resourced high schools across the country.

2018 Ian Haney López, Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at UC Berkeley Law, and author of Dog Whistle Politics