Team City National Bank

Team City National Bank

From Team City National Bank

Help us raise funds for "passes" to stay in the game and support more Reading Partners students!

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About The Team

City National Bank is one of Reading Partners proud state-wide partners supporting programs across California. City National is honored to be hosting a team for the first annual Silicon Valley Celebrity Spelling Bee. 

Help our team become the Reading Partners Spelling Bee champion by donating now!

Team City National Bank Celebrity Spellers

This year Team City National is excited to be represented by:

Tim Draper, Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson.  His original suggestion to use "viral marketing" in web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and YahooMail, and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique by hundreds of businesses.  On behalf of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tim currently serves on the boards of DoAtGlam,  Prosper, and Miartech.  DFJ's previous successes include: Skype (EBAY), (YHOO), Baidu (BIDU), Parametric Technology (PMTC), Hotmail (MSFT), PLX Technologies (PLXT), Preview Travel (TVLY), Digidesign (AVID), and hundreds of others. 

Dave Goldberg, CEO of Survey Monkey. Dave joined SurveyMonkey in April 2009. He has been a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and technology and music industry executive. He has run, and successfully grown, several online consumer businesses. Dave founded LAUNCH Media Inc. in 1994, which delivered music and music-related content online, and he led the company through its acquisition by Yahoo! in 2001. Following the sale, Dave served as Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo! Music, where he led the company's global music operations and built it into the Internet's most-visited music destination. In 2006, Dave was named one of Billboard Magazine's top power players in digital music. From 2007 until he joined SurveyMonkey in 2009, Dave served as an Entrepreneur in Residence with Benchmark Capital.

Brian Lewis, Vice President and Relationship Manager with City National’s Technology and Venture Capital Banking group. He is part of a team of professionals who serve clients nationwide. Mr. Lewis joined City National in 2013. Previously, he served as an assistant vice president and relationship manager with Bridge Bank, as a member of the Technology Banking group. He earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis and an MBA, with a concentration in finance, from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.

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Our Teams need your help!

Four brave teams have come together to support Reading Partners' students by competing in a celebrity Spelling Bee! The Teams will be up on stage trying to spell words like: ichthyophthirius and if they make a mistake, they will be eliminated from the game.... 

So, they need your help to purchase a "pass" to skip the worst of the words and stay in the game to become our students' spelling bee champions! Click on the team pages above to support one of your favorite celebrities and donate to a good cause. 


About the Spelling Bee

Date: June 3, 2013

Time: 6:30-8:30pm   

Location: Draper University, 44 E. 3rd Avenue, San Mateo CA, 94401


Presented By: Kilroy Realty

Team Sponsors:

  • Kilroy Realty
  • City National Bank
  • The Sobrato Organization
  • Katherine Morris 

Celebrity Spellers:

  • Harris Barton, San Francisco 49er
  • Tim Draper, Founder, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Dave Goldberg, CEO, Survey Monkey
  • Carl Guardino, CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Lisa Kim, former NBC anchor
  • Sam Liccardo, San Jose City Council Member
  • Lisa Sobrato Sonsini, Sobrato Family Foundation Board President
  • Steve Sordello, CFO, LinkedIn
  • Mark Stevens, Managing Partner, S-Cubed Capital

Event Concept: The Reading Partners “Celebrity Spelling Bee” annual event is designed to be a fun, lighthearted engagement that brings together local luminaries and Team Sponsors to publicly celebrate Reading Partners’ students, volunteers, and community partners. Organized in a “game-show” fashion, the event pits teams against each other to compete on stage to be named the Reading Partners Spelling Bee Champion. 

Support our Students

I became familiar with Reading Partners 8 years ago when I became a tutor with the program. I was so impressed with how the program is run and the results they achieve that I joined their Silicon Valley regional board 4 years ago.  

The literacy challenge:  According to the U.S. Department of Education, 87% of 4th graders from low-income communities are reading below grade level. And yet, reading proficiency is the most critical skill for success later in life. Research has found that 3rd grade reading skills can predict high school graduation rates with 70% accuracy.  

Reading Partners:  Reading Partners recruits community members to tutor students one-on-one using an individualized reading plan and a structured curriculum. The program has amazing results: On average, students gain 1.6 months of reading skills for every month enrolled. Prior to enrollment, they were gaining skills at .6 months per month - meaning students more than double their rate of learning in the program. We are serving over 5,000 students across the US this year, and there is no other similar program that is achieving these results.  

Please make a gift and help me support our students!

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