Join a ‘Great Conversation’ at Upcoming LAPS Foundation Fundraiser: Part Two


Great Conversations is an afternoon of delicious appetizers and desserts and conversations led by 12 interesting and knowledgeable leaders. All of the conversation leaders are locally or regionally known. 

The event raises funds for the projects of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and is 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

This is the second in a series of four about the planned conversations.

“The LAPS Foundation is pleased these fascinating speakers will join us this year to provide some lively conversations,” LAPSF Director Joanna Gillespie said. “Your conversation leader won’t be giving a speech; rather, they will help direct the conversation on an interesting topic with several table guests. The table leader will answer questions, and facilitate the discussion, whatever direction it may go.”

Guests choose a topic ahead of time. The registration form and additional information about all of the speakers and their conversations can be found at Reservations will be taken through April 28. 

Kurt Steinhaus. Courtesy photo

Feeding Strangers Parking Meters: Lessons and Values in Education with Kurt Steinhaus

Kurt Steinhaus, a Los Alamos native and director of Community Programs at LANS, focuses on adCvancing math, science, engineering and technology education and assisting small businesses in his daily work, but his strong commitment to education extends beyond classroom learning. Join this conversation and together, you’ll delve into the “teachable moments” in everyday life, both those that might have a future application in the classroom and those that shape a person’s character. He has looked at education from many angles and will share his life-long perspective on how students both young and old can cultivate their interests and translate them into areas of study. You’ll take a look at some life experiences that will expand a young person’s perspective to help them select a path towards the future.

Amy Regan. Courtesy photo

Tri, Try Again: Voice of an Ironman with Amy Regan

You might find Amy Regan at the soccer field, a cross country meet or the pool encouraging her children’s athletic efforts, but she is not the average mother of three living in White Rock.  While working as an electrical engineer and raising a family, she and her husband began racing triathlons in 2001. Regan is a 12 time Ironman racer, including four times in the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. She’ll share how she tailors her training regimen to fit a busy lifestyle. How could you plan ahead to fit a year’s race season in your own life to accommodate family and work priorities? Hear some of Regan’s race tales and what she tells herself that keeps her going – mental athletics. It’s a unique family vacation when there is an Ironman race involved, how does she make sure everyone is happy?

Sylvan Argo. Courtesy photo

Teens: Cultivate Creativity, Resiliency and Self-Worth with Sylvan Argo

Born in Botswana and raised in multiple countries spanning southern/eastern Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, Sylvan Argo has an avid personal interest in community development. Join her to discuss teens as visionaries! A creatively volatile force, how can we help them find their voice in an ever growing world? What teenslack is an asset to them and to our community? Together with Argo, you will brainstorm how to cultivate creativity and empower them to explore. What would youth look like if they could find their voice in an ever-growing world conversation? Argo is experienced in researching, creating, implementing and evaluating youth and teen programs. She currently serves Los Alamos as the director of the Teen Center. 


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