Join us on November 16-18, 2018 (the weekend before Thanksgiving) for our annual Brilliance by the Bay Regional Gathering where we’ll be bringing you 3 days of programs, games, tournaments, crafts and hospitality at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel.

Registration includes our Friday welcoming wine reception and a delicious Saturday luncheon.

Please consider volunteering

Our gathering is put on by volunteers, and your help is needed to make this truly exceptional!  Sign-up to volunteer when you register.

The Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel
2500 Mason Street
San Francisco, California, 94133
415-362-5500

Group rate is $129 per night before tax and fees, with an October 25 deadline. The group rate is available 3 days before and after the RG. Parking is $20 overnight or $16 for day trippers, plus tax. Attendees can book hotel rooms online at https://bit.ly/2GUyGwq or by calling 888-627-7024 and mentioning San Francisco Regional Mensa.

Saturday Dinner Keynote Speaker: Audrey Cooper, Editor in Chief of the San Francisco Chronicle
Audrey Cooper Profile Picture

Audrey Cooper
Editor in Chief, San Francisco Chronicle

“The Future of the News Industry and the State of Civic Discourse.”

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Audrey Cooper is the editor in chief of the San Francisco Chronicle, the first woman to fill the role in the company’s 153-year history. She is also the youngest woman ever named as the top editor of a major U.S newspaper-based company.

San Francisco magazine has declared her one of the city’s most powerful women. Editor and Publisher magazine named her one of the world’s “Top 10 Women to Watch” and Advertising Age named her one of their “Top 40 under 40.” She’s been featured in Cosmopolitan magazine “50 Fearless Women” issue and is a regular speaker and interviewer.

Learn more about Audrey

More to come. Interested in speaking? Fill out our speaker form.

Photo from Aquarium of the Bay

Friday Behind the Scenes Aquarium Tour

We’ll take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Aquarium of the Bay, a fascinating look at the inner workings of the aquarium that features flora and fauna endemic to the San Francisco Bay. It’s located right next door to Pier 39, the entertainment center of the wharf with restaurants, shops, a hand-crafted Italian carousel, and, of course, the famous sea lions! General admission to Aquarium of the Bay is for a self-guided tour available any time they’re open, and is normally required before taking the behind-the-scenes tour. They have graciously waived that requirement for us, but we recommend that you take it first anyway, if you haven’t already (so you know what you’re seeing the back side of). They are giving us a 20% discount on all classes of admission, and you can buy your tickets for the regular tour and get the 20% discount by using code MENSA in the box on the “Cart” page.

We will have four groups of eight people starting the 45-minute behind-the-scenes tour at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, and 2:30pm on Friday, November 16. It costs $17/person regardless of age, with a minimum age of 5.

To register for the behind-the-scenes tour, select that item on our RG Registration page. You can add it as part of your registration, or if you have already registered for the RG, you can just buy the tour. But you must be registered for the RG (including Friday) to participate in our behind-the-scenes tour groups. Indicate your preferred start time; we need to fill all the slots in each group, so not everyone will get their first choice, and we’ll go by order of purchase.

Friday Walking Tour of Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach

The walking tour, at 2:00pm Friday, November 16, will be led by veteran tour guide Susan Driscoll and will be a mostly level walk with two slight gradients, and should take about 1.5 to 2 hours. Come along as we take a stroll back through time, hear stories of San Francisco’s 100 year old fishing fleets, the historic Hyde Street Pier, Del Monte Cannery, Aquatic Park, Ghirardelli Square & National Maritime Museum. We’ll wander up Columbus Ave. past the famous Lombard crooked street and up into the heart of North Beach, Washington Square, and back to the Sheraton. The cost is $23 per person. Don’t miss this one!

To register for the walking tour, select that item on our RG Registration page. You can add it as part of your registration, or if you have already registered for the RG, you can just buy the tourBut you must be registered for the RG (including Friday) to participate in our walking tour.

Saturday Lunch - Included w/ Registration

Chicken
Seasonal vegetables
Herb roasted rose potatoes
Spring mix salad, two dressings
Rolls/butter
Chef’s choice dessert
Iced tea and coffee

Saturday Keynote Speaker Dinner

* Additional Charge (pay when you register)

Marinated grilled flank steak with mushroom demi-glace
Seasonal vegetables
Herb garlic smashed potatoes
Spring mix salad, two dressings
Rolls/butter
Chef’s choice dessert
Coffee

Sunday Keynote Speaker Brunch

* Additional Charge (pay when you register)

Scrambled Eggs
Bacon
Sausage
Chicken and mushroom crepes with a savory beurre blanc sauce
Breakfast potatoes
Oatmeal
Sliced fruit
Pastries
Two juices and coffee

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All online registration payments will be through PayPal. If you prefer another method of payment, please download the PDF registration form.