Business & Economics

Past event

Income Inequality and the Future of the American Dream: Differing Perspectives

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Wed, Apr 6 2016 - 7:00pm

Alan Auerbach, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Law, and Director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, University of California, Berkeley
Yaron Brook, Ph.D., Executive Director, Ayn Rand Institute; Co-author, Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality 
Mary Cranston, Past Chair, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; Retired Senior Partner and Past Chair, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Law Firm—Moderator
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Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Digital Economy

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Wed, Mar 30 2016 - 12:00pm

Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
George Scalise, Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; Former President, Semiconductor Industry Association; Former Chief Administrative Officer, Apple—Moderator Read more »

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A Conversation About Atul Gawande's Being Mortal

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Mon, Mar 28 2016 - 6:00pm

Patrick Arbore, M.A., Ed.D, Director, CESP

Being Mortal, Atul Gawande's book and "Frontline" documentary, tells the story of a physician learning how to think about death and dying in the context of being a healer and a doctor. Join Dr. Arbore in a community discussion of Dr. Gawande's Being Mortal. Explore concerns about life, death, loss, grief and the context and meaning of the recently passed California legislation legalizing physician assisted suicide in California. 

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Breakthrough: Driving Public Value Through Private Sector Innovation

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Tue, Mar 22 2016 - 6:30pm

John Cabeca, Director, Patent and Trademark Office, Silicon Valley
Mike Olson, Founder, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Cloudera
Simi Gandhi, Head of Business Development and Strategy, Plaid
Raj Sharma, Co-founder, Public Spend Forum—Moderator

Join INFORUM at The Commonwealth Club of California for a panel discussion on how private sector innovation and solutions are helping solve complex social and public policy challenges. Read more »

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The Unlikely Governor: From the Caves to the Federal Reserve

Image - Robert Heller
Wed, Mar 2 2016 - 6:00pm

Robert Heller, Former Governor of the Federal Reserve Board; Former President, VISA U.S.A.; Author, The Unlikely Governor

This event is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Michael Finney and Adam Levin: Tips for Protecting Ourselves in the Cyber World

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Tue, Mar 1 2016 - 6:30pm

Adam Levin, Chairman and Founder, IDT911; Chairman and Co-founder,; Author, Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves
In conversation with Michael Finney, Consumer Reporter, “7 On Your Side”, KGO San Francisco Read more »

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The Future of Solar Power

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Tue, Mar 1 2016 - 6:00pm

Dan Shugar, CEO, NextTracker Corporation

Come hear about the future of the burgeoning solar energy industry from a leader in the field. NextTracker CEO and long-time senior executive in the solar power industry Dan Shugar has spent 28 years advancing renewable energy. As founder and CEO, Shugar has served NexTracker from inception to one of the fastest-growing clean technology companies. Read more »

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Lessons from a Silicon Valley Pioneer

Image - William Ryan
Tue, Feb 23 2016 - 6:00pm

William Ryan, Co-founder/Chairman, Niehaus/Ryan/Wong; Chairman Emeritus, Craigslist Foundation
In conversation with Christie Dames, CEO TechTalk/Studio; Former Director, Speakers Bureau, Niehaus Ryan Group—Moderator Read more »

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Dominic Casserley: Digital Risks and Solutions Beyond More Technology

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Wed, Feb 17 2016 - 12:00pm

Dominic Casserley, President and Deputy CEO, Willis Towers Watson; Former Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times—Moderator Read more »

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Fair Trade and Corporate Responsibility: From Niche to Norm

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Mon, Feb 1 2016 - 6:30pm

Edouard Rollet, Co-founder, Alter Eco
Brooke McDonnell, Co-founder, Equator Coffee
Maya Spaull, Director of New and Emerging Categories, Fair Trade USA
Tierra Del Forte, Director of Product and Merchandising, PACT Apparel
Haven Bourque, Principal, HavenBMedia - Moderator

This program is underwritten by Wells Fargo Bank. Read more »

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