The Surge Alumni Social Committee once again knocked it out of the park, this time bringing together Surge staff, alumni, fellows and supporters for the first annual cocktail party! The party represented a hopeful look to the future, celebrating our largest cohort of fellows, the growing families of our alumni and the exciting upcoming advancements at Surge.
The 2016 Surge Fellowship concluded the weekend of September 20th. Wrapping up their 10-month Fellowship, the 2016 Surge Fellows—aka The Vanguards—presented their final capstone projects. On Saturday, September 20th, Surge welcomed the Vanguards into the alumni family with a graduation luncheon at McDonald’s Hamburger University. The Vanguards enjoyed a private ceremony with their families, their coaches, and the Surge staff in attendance. The ceremony included a speech by 2016 Fellow Marilyn Rhames, who shared moving reflections about the Fellowship experience, and community leader Juan Salgado‘s address left attendees inspired for change. It was a lovely afternoon!
On June 7th, 2016 at Nellcôte, over 120 guests and 50 prospective Surge Fellows showed up to support a new pipeline of diverse Chicago education leaders. Over $10,000 was raised for Surge Fellows, and #LeadTheSurge 6.7.16 kicked off the application period for the 2017 Surge Fellowship. Speakers included former Chancellor of DC Public Schools Kaya Henderson, 2016 Surge Fellows Nicole Beechum and Michael Johns, Surge Fellowship Alum Ana Martinez, and Surge founder Carmita Semaan, all of whom moved the crowd.
On September 26th, 2015, Surge hosted the Graduation Luncheon and Capstone Project Showcase at the Regency O’Hare, to celebrate the 2015 Surge Fellows’ (aka Inaugural Insurgents) transition to Surge Fellowship Alumni. The private ceremony for the Fellows and their families featured a touching photo montage, remarks by DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, and reflections by 2015 Fellow Melissa Connelly.
Chicago education leaders celebrated the kickoff of the 2016 Surge Fellowship application process with an evening of energy and inspiration at #LeadTheSurge 7.14.15. The event was a refuge from a season of turmoil in local education; attendees left with an understanding of how the Surge Fellowship cultivates leaders in order to transform education in Chicago.
On May 29th, 2015, Surge Fellows convened at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen, for their second session of leadership programming. A feedback-laden ‘Shark Tank’-style pitch was included, with Surge’s extraordinary ‘Shark’ panel of seasoned leaders: Jose Rico, Kim Foxx, Angelique Power, and Sarah Duncan. The cohort also enjoyed high-impact primers on how to tell compelling stories, and how to create a powerfully authentic personal branding.
Former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan shares an inspiring message with the 2015 Surge Fellows.