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2019 Words to the Wise Sponsor and Legal Advisory Committee Member, Bryson Santaguida

Bryson Santaguida, Product Counsel at Google and SVUDL Legal Advisory Committee member, reveals how debate lit a competitive fire in him at school that changed his life. “I wasn’t a super serious student, perhaps slightly above average. [My teacher] He told me that if I could find a debate partner, then I would earn extra credit and get an A in the class. I agreed to do it and found a friend who was in a similar situation. We went and lost every single round. But the experience lit a spark where we were instantly hooked on the competitive aspect of it.”

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2019 Words to the Wise Interview with Sponsor and Board Member, Leslie M. Spencer

2019 Words to the Wise Interview with Sponsor and Board Member, Leslie M. Spencer

Leslie M. Spencer, SVUDL Board member, Partner Ropes & Gray and 2019 Words to the Wise sponsor, talks about the importance of diversity in debate and having professional champions. “As a woman of color, I am fully aware of the challenges that our students may face in terms of access to resources and opportunities for personal agency and professional success. Without question, having personal and professional champions is the biggest factor in achieving such successes. The mission of SVUDL is to empower Silicon Valley students, regardless of their race or socioeconomic status, to reach their full potential to become professional and community leaders.”

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