April 2011

Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher: Farewell to the District (5/28/09)

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Representative Ellen Tauscher, Congresswoman, 10th District of California
Dr. Gloria C. Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club - Moderator Read more »

JoAnne Keatley: Discrepancies in Health Care Access Experienced by Transgender People (5/28/09)

JoAnne Keatley, MSW, Director, Center of Excellence for Transgender HIV Prevention and Minority Programs Manager, Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center at UCSF

Keatley states that transgender people have been systematically excluded from the health-care system. She will outline the societal, emotional and financial costs associated with these inequities. She will discuss her December meeting with the Obama transition team on access to health care for LGBT people and strategies to achieve better outcomes. Read more »

Brien A. Seeley: Green Aviation Challenge: NASAs $1 Million Prize for Ultra-Safe 100-MPG Personal Commuter Aircraft (5/27/09)

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Brien A. Seeley, M.D.; President, Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency, Inc.

In the second century of flight, small, two-seat aircrafts that achieve 100 mpg on renewable energy and are immune to gridlock will offer trip speeds of over 100 mph. Seeley will explain how these NASA-inspired PAVs (personal air vehicles) can be a safe, planet-friendly solution to our transportation needs.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club of California on May 27, 2009.

Aubrey de Grey: Prospects for Defeating Aging Altogether (5/26/09)

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Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Science Officer, The Methuselah Foundation

Aging is an undeniable fact of life. But what if we could turn back the clock – or at least put aging on hold? De Grey will explain how future therapies may add decades of healthy years to our lives, and why our aging population will probably continue to benefit from progressively improved therapies and avoid debilitation or death from age-related causes at any age. Read more »

Vincent Warren: Neutralizing the Bush Legacy (5/21/09)

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Vincent Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights Read more »

Nick Hayes: Marketing is Broken, but Influencers Can Fix It (5/20/09)

Nick Hayes, President, Influencer50 Inc; Author, Influencer Marketing: Who Really Influences Your Customers?

Purchasing decisions made within organizations have changed over the past decade, but marketing hasn’t. Today, networks or “ecosystems” of influencers shape enterprise purchase decisions. Hayes draws from work with clients IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and Orange to show how to identify the diverse individuals who influence decision-makers in a market, how they influence, and how to engage them. Read more »

The Changing Role of the Older Adult in Culture and the Marketplace (5/18/09)

Mary Furlong, Ed.D., President and CEO, Mary Furlong & Associates

The role of the older adult in society has changed dramatically since World War II. Furlong is a leading authority on the baby boom generation. She will speak about how socially and consumer-conscious companies understand the real needs of this growing and changing market. Furlong has appeared on CBS, PBS, NPR and NBC and has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Fortune, People and Fast Company, among other publications. Read more »