Hub Berkeley Weekly Roll-Up: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

First of all, I have two quick announcements:

1.  Tuesday’s Hub Lab on Tax Time Ease has been RESCHEDULED to August 26 at noon.

2.  County Line Harvest is coming to Hub Berkeley every Tuesday from 4-6pm starting next Tuesday, August 17.  Email to reserve a box for $25 or just show up to take one home.  This produce, tried and enthusiastically approved by the Hub’s Sexy Salad over the last two weeks, is beautiful, and this is a convenient way to support local farming that’s good for the planet and good for you.

And now, lovely members, I’m hoping you’ll indulge me for a moment on a serious but sincere topic.  If you read your emails from the Hub as quickly and thoroughly as I’m convinced you do, you’ve heard by now that I’m moving on from my position at the Hub at the end of this month.   A few months back, I decided to become certified as a life and professional coach through a program that starts in early October.  After much soul searching and internal debate, I also decided that in order to have the space, support, and energy I need to move in this new direction, I need to leave my position at the Hub.

I want you to know that you did not make this decision easy for me.  Though I’m very excited about this next step in my life, I’m also sad that I won’t be working with most of you on a daily basis anymore.  Y’all have inspired me, energized me, moved me, made me laugh, and convinced me that despite the enormity of the world’s problems, there is much reason to be hopeful, since our best and brightest people are working to solve them. Y’all are without a doubt some of the best and brightest–and funniest and warmest–people I have ever known.

My coaching program is in San Francisco, and I plan to come by the Hub as much as I can.  So even though I won’t be working for the Hub anymore, I may still be able to work at the Hub, and regardless I hope to stay in touch and perhaps even collaborate in the future.

If you’d like to come and officially say good-bye, the Hub is throwing a farewell bash on August 20 (I swear I had nothing to do with the picture on the invitation).

Thank you for your optimism, courage, love, and commitment.  It took all of these things for you to join the Hub and turn it into such a vibrant and powerful community, one that I’m truly sad to step away from.

Upcoming Events*

*Hub produced events in Red; Member produced events in Gray.

The Hub Berkeley Short List
Sexy Salad, August 11
Wine Down, August 13
County Line Harvest: Buy a Box of Veggies!, August 17
Sexy Salad, August 18
(Hub Lab) Guerilla PR for Start-ups , August 19
Meredith’s Farewell Party, August 20

This Week

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, August 11, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  Sexy Salad is officially a Hub tradition every Wednesday!  Join us this Wednesday to relax, eat, chat, and get to know other amazing Hub members–entrepreneurs, freelancers, academics, funders, leaders, movers and shakers working for good.   We’re now inviting potential members to join us for some salad and check out what the Hub community is all about.

Participation is easy: just show up, bring an ingredient, and learn how tasty collaboration can be.  Need ideas?  How about spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, almonds, apples, or your favorite salad dressing.  Bring bread or spread or pasta or potato salad.  Bring something you cooked and prepped or bought at the market on the way to work.  Most importantly, bring yourself!  Your mission: to prove that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  And best of all, no need to RSVP!

Wine Down

Friday, August 13, 4:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only) Wine down is back!  Come work out of the Hub on Fridays then join us for an informal social hour (or however much you can spare) to decompress after a productive week, chat with other members, and transition to the weekend.  We’ll provide a bottle of wine, but feel free to bring more if you’re so moved.

Next Week:

County Line Harvest: Buy a Box of Veggies!

Tuesday, August 17, 4pm-6pm, Hub Berkeley

Order your box by email at or just come on in to Hub Berkeley to pick up a beautiful box of fresh veggies. Bring $25 cash to the Hub between 4pm – 6pm, meet the folks from County Line Harvest who grow your food and bring home a box of fresh organic vegetables, herbs and flowers.  Yummy!

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, August 18, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  See description above.

(Hub Lab) Guerilla PR for Start-ups

Thursday, August 19, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only) A practical guide for start-up companies on how to use PR to generate credible “buzz” in the short-term, while building a solid brand for the long-term.    An overview of PR activities for start-ups, identifying the most important tasks and those which can be done in-house.  Handouts to include: PR checklist, press release template, and list of newsworthy ideas.

About Priss Benbow: Ms. Benbow increases companies’ visibility and credibility by securing news coverage for CEOs in the U.S.  Her clients have had articles published in Business Week, Forbes, International Herald Tribune, Newsweek International, Reuters, Time, and The Wall Street Journal.  She worked previously in The White House press office, and also as a consultant at Bain and Company.

Meredith’s Farewell Party

Friday, August 20, 6:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only)  Click here for more information.

Hub SoMa Events
[Hub SoMa] Waffle Bash!, August 9
[Hub SoMa] County Line Harvest: Buy a Box of Veggies for only $25!, August 19

[Hub SoMa] Kiva Social Enterprise Lab (+ Sexy Salad), August 11
[HubSoMa] Hub Labs: Guerilla PR with Priss Benbow, August 12

[Hub SoMa] The Hoop Launch, August 12
[Hub SoMa] Wine Down, August 13
[Hub SoMa] Waffle Bash!, August 16
[Hub SoMa] County Line Harvest: Buy a Box of Veggies for only $25!, August 16

[HubSoMa] The Go Game, August 16
[Hub SoMa] Hub Fast Pitch, August 17
[Hub SoMa] Sexy Salad, August 18

[Hub SoMa] Zindagi Grapes of Life Mixer and Organic Wine Tasting, August 19
[Hub SoMa] Wine Down, August 20

For details on other Hub SoMa events, click here.

Hub News

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Chris Camp, Restart Democracy / Restart California
Carolina Miranda, Cultivating Capital
Christopher Poseley, allthis
Elizabeth McKenna, New Sector Alliance
Joshua Stern, Envaya

Member News and Events

Free Consulting for Non Profits

The Berkeley Group (TBG) is currently recruiting clients for this upcoming Fall term.  TBG was founded in 2003 with the goal of using innovative ideas and passionate people to help SF Bay Area nonprofits.  Each semester, they work with six non-profits for 12 weeks, helping with a wide range of projects, including: strategic planning, marketing, financial planning, brand management, and more.  They provide all of their services pro bono.

If you interested (and TBG does occasionally work with non-registered entities), you can fill out the application here.   They do not expect you to have a formal project proposal outlined in the application—they would simply like to know the key issues currently facing your organization and how you think our services can help address them.

Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp

Saturday, August 14, 7:30am-5:30pm, UC Berkeley campus

Hub Bay Area is excited to participate in Craigslist Foundation’s 7th annual Boot Camp.   This one-day, high-energy conference brings together and showcases effective community leaders.  Through a series of inspiring panels, interactive workshops, collaborative programs and networking opportunities, Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp cultivates conversation and empowers people to affect a positive impact in their neighborhoods and communities.

Hub Bay Area will appear on a panel at the event on fostering collaboration among social entrepreneurs.

All Hub members are eligible to register at the lowest (Level 1) rate, regardless of their size.  For more information or to register, click here.

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