There will be a 5-Star Event on Monday, November 13th entitled “Gems with Erica Williams Simon” at 7:00pm in the University Center 202A. Prior to her work in media, Erica spent years in Washington building Millennial engagement and demographically focused policy programs at the Center for American Progress under John Podesta’s leadership – the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Citizen Engagement Lab. For that work, she was named one of Politicos Top 50 to Watch, NAACP’s 40 Under 40, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and an Aspen Institute Ideas Fellow. She has been a regular on-camera presence everywhere from CNN to MSNBC to HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, MTV and BET. Today, Erica resides in Los Angeles with her husband and her beloved Apple products. Her first book, GEMS, will be published by Simon & Schuster in January 2019.