June 2009

Personal Finance with Sharon Kedar

Mon, Jun 8 2009 - 6:30pm

A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance

Sharon Kedar, Financial Consultant; Author, A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance

Cathy Curtis, Owner, Curtis Financial Planning – Moderator

We may dress in designer jeans and carry the latest handbag, but do we really have it all together? Read more »

Greg Farrington: The Evolution of the new California Academy of Sciences

Mon, Jun 8 2009 - 6:00pm

The Evolution of the New California Academy of Sciences

Greg Farrington, Executive Director, California Academy of Sciences

In conversation with Moira Gunn, Host, NPR Talk’s  “Tech Nation” and “BioTech Nation”

Join us for an insider’s look at the story behind the phenomenal success of the new Academy of Sciences, with a revealing discussion of its role as a model for the “institution of the future” in restoring scientific literacy, inspiring sustainability and promoting biodiversity. Read more »

Madeleine K. Albright's Memo to the President

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Fri, Jun 5 2009 - 12:00pm

Madeleine K. Albright's Memo to the President

Madeleine K. Albright, 64th U.S. Secretary of State; Author, Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership

Dr. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO of The Commonwealth Club - Moderator

Albright set a precedent as the first woman secretary of state when she served under President Clinton. Read more »

Dambisa Moyo: Dead Aid

Fri, Jun 5 2009 - 12:00pm

Dead Aid

Dambisa Moyo, Head of Economic Research for Africa, Goldman Sachs; Author, Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working, and How There is a Better Way for Africa

Smita Singh, Program Director for the Global Development Program, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation - Moderator

The current system of aiding Africa is not working, says Moyo, citing the fact that more than $1 trillion in aid has been given in the past 50 years, with no improvement in most Africans’ lives. Read more »

78th Annual California Book Awards

Thu, Jun 4 2009 - 6:00pm

The 78th Annual California Book Awards

Since 1931, The California Book Awards have been honoring literary excellence among authors in the Golden State. At this special awards ceremony, we will award gold and silver medals in several categories, including Fiction, Nonfiction, First Fiction, Poetry, Young Adult, Juvenile, Californiana and Contribution to Publishing. Winners were announced in mid-April. This is your opportunity to hear from some literary giants and amazing writers. See you at the ceremony! Read more »

Raymond Francis: Never Be Sick Again

Tue, Jun 2 2009 - 6:00pm

Never Be Sick Again

Raymond Francis, Director, Beyond Health; Author

Francis is an MIT-trained scientist and an internationally recognized leader in optimal health maintenance. He will discuss how to stay or become healthy in the modern world with all its temptations – particularly junk food. Francis’ insights –based on curing himself from a life-threatening illness 25 years ago – make this program a must-see. 

MLF: Health & Medicine
Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. Read more »

Why Fashion Still Matters: Vogue Features Director Sally Singer

Tue, Jun 2 2009 - 6:30pm

Why Fashion Still Matters: Vogue Features Director Sally Singer

Sally Singer, Fashion and Features Director, Vogue

Vogue is considered the world’s most influential fashion magazine, but what role does this publication play during this time of upheaval? When “recessionista” has replaced “fashionista” as the model to emulate, how can fashion magazines, designers and retailers stay relevant? Read more »

The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

Mon, Jun 1 2009 - 6:30pm

The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

Leonard Mlodinow, Author, The Drunkard’s Walk

From economic disaster to Supreme Court rulings, pure randomness may explain life’s outcomes more than we realize. Mlodinow proposes that we tend to overestimate the control we have over our destinies. The best-selling author will explain how a better understanding of statistics might bring hope to a nation facing an onslaught of misfortune. Read more »

Cleve Jones: Founder - The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt

Mon, Jun 1 2009 - 6:00pm

Cleve Jones

Founder, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt; Human Rights Activist; Author

Meet one of the real-life stars of Milk. Jones’ career as an activist began in the 1970s when he was befriended by Harvey Milk. He also worked for Leo McCarthy and Willie Brown. He co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and he created the first panel of the NAMES Project, which today has more than 100,000 panels. Read more »