Upcoming Events: Silicon Valley

Tue 8/4

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The Neuroscience of Love

Date: Tue, August 04, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
With Dr. Thomas Lewis from UCSF

Thomas Lewis, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF; Co-Author, A General Theory of Love

Love is defined as an intense feeling of deep affection for someone or something, but why does it mean so much more to us? Why does who we are and who we become depend on whom we love? Lewis will answer this and many other questions as he explores our human development, the nature of togetherness and the multifaceted bonds that connect us. Join us as we learn how the human race evolved from solitary predators into the intensely social creatures we are today.

Tue 8/18

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Counting from Infinity: A Special Film Screening with Keith Devlin

Date: Tue, August 18, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
With mathematician Keith Devlin

Keith Devlin, Mathematician, Stanford University

In April 2013, a little-known lecturer — working in isolation — proved something that rocked the mathematical world. Yitang Zhang’s insight into one of the great challenges of number theory, the Twin Prime Conjecture, is beautifully portrayed in the new film Counting From Infinity.

Join us as we view a special screening of the film with NPR’s “Math Guy” and Stanford mathematician Keith Devlin alongside for expert commentary.

Tue 9/1

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This event is Postponed

Bill McDermott: CEO of SAP

Date: Tue, September 01, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM

Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP; Twitter @BillRMCDermott

This program is underwritten by Accenture.

SAP is the world’s market leader in business software, with more than 291,000 customers in 190 different countries. Bill McDermott, as the CEO, leads millions in executing SAP’s vision and strategy to make the world run better and improve people’s lives. Learn helpful tips from McDermott about leading with purpose as he discusses his unique start as a young entrepreneur. Also, hear his thoughts on leadership and innovation in today’s competitive global market. Accenture Logo

Thu 9/10

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Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of Theranos, in Conversation with Sal Khan

Date: Thu, September 10, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Importance of STEM education

Elizabeth Holmes, Founder & CEO, Theranos
In conversation with Sal Khan, Founder, Khan Academy

As a business leader and entrepreneur, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is a powerful advocate for STEM education. She was just 19 when she started Theranos, the revolutionary blood testing company valued at more than $9 billion.

Holmes and Khan will discuss their thoughts on innovation and ongoing commitment to improving STEM education opportunities for young women and girls.

Location: Mayer Theatre, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
Time: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program
Pricing: $25 non-members, $15 members, $5 students (with valid I.D.)

Tue 9/15

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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social Silicon Valley

Date: Tue, September 15, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM

Larry Gerston, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, San Jose State University; Political Analyst, NBC Bay Area; Author, Reviving Civic Engagement; Twitter @lgerston
John Zipperer, Vice President of Media & Editorial, The Commonwealth Club – Host
Additional panelists TBA

Week to Week is headed back to Silicon Valley! Join our panelists for informative and engaging commentary on political and other major news, audience discussion of the week’s events, and our news quiz!

Join us early before the program to meet other smart and engaged individuals, and discuss the news over snacks and wine at our member social (open to all attendees). Bring a friend — or come and make new ones.

Wed 10/7

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Ruth Reichl

Date: Wed, October 07, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM

Ruth Reichl, Former Editor-in-Chief, Gourmet; Author, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life; Twitter: @ruthreichl

A Food Lit event underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Reichl was stunned when Gourmet magazine, for which she was then editor-in-chief, was abruptly closed in 2009. Filled with uncertainty about her professional future, she turned to the one place that had always comforted her: the kitchen. Reichl reflects on that difficult emotional period and describes how cooking helped her heal and once more find joy in everyday pleasures. She shares her newest collection of recipes that follows her journey and embraces her passion for food. 

Thu 10/15

Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer: When to Cooperate, When to Compete

Date: Thu, October 15, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
How to get the most out of any relationship

Adam Galinsky, Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Business, Columbia University School of Business; Co-Author, Friend and Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both
Maurice Schweitzer, Cecilia Yen Koo Professor of Operations and Information Management, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business; Co-Author, Friend and Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both

What does it take to be successful? Galinsky and Schweitzer, two of the most respected scholars on success, highlight how to get the most out of any relationship through the science of cooperation and competition.

Drawing on original research from their labs and across the social sciences, they examine how to strike the right balance to maximize professional and personal happiness and improve relationships with family, friends and co-workers.

Galinsky and Schweitzer reccomend ways to negotiate the best outcomes by learning when to cooperate as a friend and when to compete as a foe – and more important how to be better at both.

Mon 10/19

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Seth Siegel: Let There Be Water

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Possible solutions to overcome water scarcity

Seth Siegel, Author, Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World
Lisa Krieger, Science and Medicine Reporter, San Jose Mercury News – Moderator

California faces one of the most severe droughts on record, as water scarcity is also continuing to worsen in the rest of the world. Siegel looks at some of the policies and cutting edge water technology that have been embraced specifically in Israel and examines how a land that is made of 60 percent desert has grown to be a leading world power in water technology.

As the imbalance between water supply and demand rapidly increases, the world could soon face a global crisis in energy shortages, surging food prices and economic instability. Siegel offers possible solutions for conservation development to overcome the problem of water scarcity.

Mon 10/26

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Andrew Fraknoi: The Revenge of the Dwarf Planet

Date: Mon, October 26, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM

Andrew Fraknoi, Chair of the Astronomy Department, Foothill College

“The Revenge of the Dwarf Planet: What Really Happened to Pluto and What We Are Now Learning about this Intriguing World”

Bay Area astronomer Fraknoi takes us behind the scenes of how Pluto got demoted and why its story might still turn out OK. In July, the New Horizons spacecraft flew by the double planet Pluto-Charon and gave us close-up views of both worlds (plus the smaller moons) for the first time. Though New Horizons data will keep coming to us for a whole year, Fraknoi will give an update on what we now know about these icy worlds at the outskirts of our solar system.