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Victor Cheng: Prospering in a Recession

Mon, Aug 17 2009 - 6:00pm

Prospering in a Recession

Victor Cheng, Former McKinsey Consultant; Marketing/Executive Coach; Author, The Recession-Proof Business

Based on proprietary research of recessions from the past 136 years, Cheng highlights examples of companies that grew from nothing into huge successes during the downturns. Read more »

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John Thomas: Does America Have a Future?

Tue, Aug 11 2009 - 6:00pm

Does America Have a Future?

John Thomas, Former Financial Industry Executive; Hedge Fund Manager; Publisher, Diary of a Mad Hedge Fund Trader

As one of the founders of the hedge fund industry, Thomas provides an unvarnished recap of the causes and consequences of the global financial crisis. In easily understood terms, he reviews the end of the golden age of leverage and the associated implications. Read more »

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James Forcier: Groundhog Day Economics

Mon, Aug 10 2009 - 12:00pm

Groundhog Day Economics: Why Do We Keep Making the Same Mistakes?

James Forcier, Assistant Professor and Director, Applied Economics Program, USF; Managing Director, Bay Analytics

Are we getting a clear picture of what caused the current economic situation and who is responsible? Forcier contends that blame is not being allocated according to responsibility. Read more »

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Patrick Arbore: How to Manage the Fear, Grief and Loss that Accompanies Hard Economic Times

Mon, Aug 10 2009 - 5:15pm

How to Manage the Fear, Grief and Loss that Accompany Hard Economic Times

Patrick Arbore, Director, Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention

You did everything you could to create a safe financial future for yourself and/or your family. Unfortunately, the downturn may have undermined all your hard work, and while the losses may be financial, the impact is personal. Now, learn how to adjust and move forward in this tough economic climate.

MLF: Grownups
SF Club Office
Time: 4:45 p.m. Read more »

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Jon Fisher: Entrepreneurism, Begin With The End In Mind

Wed, Aug 5 2009 - 6:00pm

Entrepreneurism: Begin with the End in Mind

Jon Fisher, Ernst & Young 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year; Author, Strategic Entrepreneurism

With private-sector jobs declining, would-be entrepreneurs may grow in number. But what are the secrets to success for startups and business builders in today's world? Fisher will explain the benefits of an approach that emphasizes potential acquirers and a powerful economic predictor. Read more »

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Morten T. Hansen: Collaboration - Working Smarter in a Recession

Tue, Aug 4 2009 - 6:00pm

Collaboration: Working Smarter in a Recession

Morten T. Hansen, Professor, UC Berkeley and Insead; Author, Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Results

In today’s recession, you need to work smarter, but how? Collaboration is a powerful way to get more results by working with others. Yet bad collaboration can be worse than none at all. Read more »

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Obama's Agenda for the Arts and Humanities: Stimulating the Cultural Economy

Mon, Aug 3 2009 - 6:00pm

Obama's Agenda for the Arts and Humanities: Stimulating the Cultural Economy

Matthew Tiews, Associate Director, Stanford Humanities Center
Ralph Lewin, Executive Director, California Council for the Humanities
Josie Talamantez, Director of Grants, California Arts Council
Kary Schulman, Director, Grants for the Arts, City of San Francisco
Representative of the National Endowment for the Arts TBA

Will this recession leave the arts and the humanities poorer, or p Read more »

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Reem Al-Alusi: Re-Orienting Occidental Art: Eastern Influences in the West

Wed, Jul 29 2009 - 6:00pm

Re-Orienting Occidental Art: Eastern Influences in the West

Reem Al-Alusi, Art Historian

Many centuries of contact between East and West in art and architecture have shaped the Western aesthetic. The images and mythologies of cities, dynasties and even the Roman Catholic papacy itself drew on Eastern artistic philosophies and formal elements for meaningful inspiration. Read more »

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David Helvarg: The U.S. Coast Guard Today

Mon, Jul 27 2009 - 6:00pm

The U.S. Coast Guard Today: Risks and Challenges

David Helvarg, Author, Rescue Warriors: The US Coast Guard, America’s Forgotten Heroes

The U.S. Coast Guard will soon celebrate its 220th year of stewardship of our nation’s seas. Today’s 50,000 “Coasties” save dozens of lives on any given day in daring sea rescues and oil spill cleanups, immigration detail and protecting our shores from terrorist attacks. Helvarg spent two years riding on Coast Guard boats and aircraft from Hawaii to the North Arabian Gulf. Read more »

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China's Stimulus Plan

Thu, Jul 23 2009 - 6:00pm

China's Stimulus Plan

Amy L. Sommers, Attorney

It’s smaller than the American plan, but still huge: China has adopted a US$586 billion stimulus package. How is it structured? What do we know about where China's funds are flowing? Are there any opportunities for foreign investors? Sommers, an American attorney who works in Shanghai, will discuss these and other compelling issues.

MLF: Asia-Pacific Affairs/Humanities
Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. Read more »

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