Upcoming Events: Silicon Valley

Thu 3/12

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Like Moths to A Flame: Technology Innovators

Date: Thu, March 12, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
The diverse landscape of Silicon Valley

Privahini Bradoo, CEO and Co-Founder, BlueOak
Miro Salem, CEO and Founder, 3TEN8
Alex Torrenegra, CEO and Co-Founder, Bunny Inc.
Geetha Vallabhaneni, CEO, Luminix
Barbara Marshman, Editorial Page Editor, The San Jose Mercury News – Moderator

Santa Clara County – home to Silicon Valley’s flourishing tech scene – is made up of a multitude of different ethnicities, with more than one-third of its residents born outside of the United States. This diversity is reflected in the backgrounds of many of its tech industry leaders, who, while hailing from countries as diverse as India and Colombia, all flocked to the innovation mecca of Northern California. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and an uncompromising creativity, many have found success in building up their own brands from scratch, but often not without trials along the way. Join our panel of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, all born outside of the United State, as they discuss why technology innovators leave their homelands to start businesses here in the Bay Area.

Tue 3/24

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Chef Tyler Florence

Date: Tue, March 24, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Author of Inside the Test Kitchen

Tyler Florence, Chef; Author, Inside the Test Kitchen; Twitter @TylerFlorence
Paolo Lucchesi, Inside Scoop Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle — Moderator

Ever wonder how certain recipes go from good to great to exquisite? Perfecting a recipe is an art that admittedly takes time, experience, boldness – and a little bit of talent doesn’t hurt, either. No matter what kind of cook you are, this is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best. Tyler Florence, a Food Network star and the chef-owner of Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco and El Paseo in Mill Valley, offers the hows, whys and why-nots to cooking delicious dishes. Whether it’s a sublimely tender roast turkey or a perfectly prepared lasagna, Florence will clue us in to how he’s put new spins on classic meals. Join us and be inspired to try some of the 120 perfected recipes in his newest cookbook, Inside the Test Kitchen.

Thu 3/26

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Gretchen Rubin: Happiness and Habits

Date: Thu, March 26, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
With author Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin, Author, The Happiness Project and Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives; Twitter: @gretchenrubin
Angie Coiro, Talk Show Host, KGO Radio - Moderator

Humans are creatures of pattern – we repeat our standard behaviors over and over again every day. Rubin, a bestselling author, columnist and blogger, believes that when we change our habits, whether good or bad, we change our lives. But how do we effect this change? Through research and experimentation, Rubin offers a framework of different strategies to fit our individual personalities. Whether you are an “upholder,” “questioner,” “obliger” or “rebel,” come experience how every individual can lead a happier and more productive life.

Tue 4/21

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Steve Jurvetson: From Hotshots to Moon Shots - The World of Silicon Valley Innovation

Date: Tue, April 21, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM

Steve Jurvetson, Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Twitter @dfjsteve
Alison van Diggelen, Host, “Fresh Dialogues”; Contributor, BBC – Moderator

Steve Jurvetson believes in moon shots and puts his money where his mouth is, quite literally. As Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, he has invested in SpaceX and Planet Labs, and proved to have an uncanny knack for backing successful startups, including Tesla Motors, Hotmail and Skype. He will share his perspective on disruptive innovation, how he chooses which startups to fund, as well as his unique insights on the future of artificial intelligence, biotech and Silicon Valley.

Tue 4/28

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David Brooks

Date: Tue, April 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
The Road to Character

David Brooks, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times; Author, The Road to Character; Twitter: @nytdavidbrooks
Judge LaDoris H. Cordell (ret), Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose — Moderator

How is character developed? In a society that emphasizes success and achievement, Brooks illustrates what humility, inner worth and moral depth really mean.

Brooks is a popular political commentator, and his New York Times column reaches over 800,000 readers around the world.

 

Wed 4/29

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Joseph Stiglitz: The Great Divide

Date: Wed, April 29, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Former Senior Vice President of the World Bank

Joseph Stiglitz, Professor, Columbia University; Author, The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them; Twitter @JosephEStiglitz
Michael Moritz, Managing Member, Sequoia Capital — Moderator

We are living in an era defined by economic uncertainty and bitter politics: The gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow, an emboldened Wall Street has shrugged off attempts at regulation, and important political policies have become the playthings of financial interests. Still, economist Joseph Stiglitz believes that a healthy economy and a fair democracy are within our grasp. By taking what he sees as practical political steps, such as making those at the top pay their fair share, spending more in areas that we all value – education, health, and infrastructure – and eliminating the corrosive advantages built into our markets, Stiglitz argues that we can once again create the opportunities that have for so long defined America, and get the country back on track.

Stiglitz is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

Wed 5/13

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Leonard Mlodinow: The Evolution of Science

Date: Wed, May 13, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Theoretical physicist and author

Leonard Mlodinow, Theoretical Physicist; Author, The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos; Twitter: @lmlodinow

As humans, we have a natural inclination to question how the world around us works. Whether it’s wondering how we stay firmly planted on the ground, or how we came to develop our own intellectual capabilities, this thirst for understanding has been the driving force behind scientific breakthroughs from antiquity through modernity. Mlodinow, himself a ground-breaking physicist, celebrates the curious nature that forms the cornerstone of scientific inquiry, and offers an in-depth look at the history of science from the birth of reasoning to the formation of the defined fields of physics, chemistry and biology. Hear about the great philosophers, scientists and thinkers who have shaped human thought and played integral roles in the evolution of science.

Thu 5/21

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Kelly McGonigal: The Upside of Stress

Date: Thu, May 21, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM

Kelly McGonigal, Health Psychologist; Lecturer, Stanford University; Author, The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It

We’ve all heard stress can make us sick, but can it be a good thing? McGonigal debunks stress myths and shares how it can make us stronger, smarter and happier.

So stop losing sleep – you don’t need to get rid of stress, she says, just learn how to embrace it.