Upcoming Events: Silicon Valley

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.

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
Our political roundtable plus social hour is returning to Silicon Valley!

Carson Bruno, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Specializing in California's Political and Policy Landscape; Twitter @CarsonJFBruno
Larry Gerston, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, San Jose State University; Political Analyst, NBC Bay Area; Author, Reviving Civic Engagement; Twitter @lgerston
Barbara Marshman, Editor, Editorial Pages, San Jose Mercury News; Twitter @barbmarshman 

Week to Week is headed back to Silicon Valley, and it's just in time for a preview of the next night's GOP debate on CNN! 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.

Thu 9/24

Dialogos: Perspectives on Cuba and the U.S. Through the Lens of Ballet and the Arts

Date: Thu, September 24, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
The significance of the arts at this unique moment

José Manuel Carreño, Artistic Director, Silicon Valley Ballet
Additional Speakers TBA

Cuba and the United States have reached a dramatic new place in their relationship—a transition which has shaped political discourse openly on the East Coast and within homes here in California. Our panel will look at the cross-cultural significance of the arts at this unique moment in time and discuss how this change will affect our community.

Sat 10/3

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Richard Dawkins: My Life in Science

Date: Sat, October 03, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins, Evolutionary Biologist; Author, The Selfish Gene, The God Delusion, and Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science

Dawkins has been central to kick-starting new conversations and debates surrounding creationism and intelligent design. His gene-centric view of evolution helped popularize the radical new understanding of Darwinism.

In the sequel to his bestselling memoir, Dawkins offers a candid look at the remarkable events and ideas that encouraged him to shift his attention to the intersection of culture, religion and science.

Tue 10/6

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Celebrating the San Jose Sharks 25th Anniversary Season

Date: Tue, October 06, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
A quarter century of NHL's Bay Area team

Doug Wilson, General Manager, San Jose Sharks
Randy Hahn, TV Commentator
Matt Levine, President, SourceUSA — Moderator

Twenty-five years ago, the Bay Area was taken by storm with the arrival of the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks. During that span, the team has been one of the most innovative and successful professional sports franchises on and off the ice.

On the eve of its 25th anniversary season, here is your opportunity to relive the history of the San Jose Sharks and hear about what lies ahead for Silicon Valley’s team with original team captain and General Manager Doug Wilson and long-time TV play-by-play commentator Randy Hahn, who was an integral member of the grass-roots movement to bring an NHL team to the Bay Area. The discussion will be moderated by original Sharks employee #2 and Bay Area sports marketing professional Matt Levine.

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

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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 recommend 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 its 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 he examines how a land that is made of 60 percent desert has become 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.

Wed 10/28

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Diana Nyad: Never Give Up

Date: Wed, October 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM

Diana Nyad, Long Distance Swimmer; Author, Find a Way; Twitter @diananyad
Alison van Diggelen, Host, “Fresh Dialogues”; Contributor, BBC – Moderator

Good Lit event underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation

Never, ever give up. You’re never too old to chase your dreams. It takes a team. That became Nyad’s mantra after four failed attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida. Nyad finally accomplished her life-long dream in 2013, at the age of 64, welcomed by hundreds of people lining the beach at her destination in Key West.

How can repeated failures contribute to success? Nyad shares some of the important physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological lessons she learned when facing her fears and striving to live life with no regrets. Hear more about her inspiring story and record-breaking 110-mile swim. 

Tue 11/3

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Simon Winchester: The Pacific

Date: Tue, November 03, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
Our relationship with largest ocean of the planet

Simon Winchester, Historian & Author, A Crack in the Edge of the World and Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers

It is said that we have more knowledge of our solar system than of our oceans, though people navigate, fish and swim along the shores of the Pacific every day. Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world. He explores our relationship with largest ocean of the planet and discusses how the unmapped depths will define our future.

Winchester traces our geological history and describes his personal journey down the Alaskan highway, Yangtze River, Panama Canal, Philippines, northern Queensland and his time jailed in Tierra del Fugo, the land at the end of the world. He will share what he has learned and what we can look forward to.

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Ted Koppel

Date: Tue, November 03, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Former ABC News Anchor Ted Koppel

Ted Koppel, Former Anchor, ABC News; Author, Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people left in the dark without running water or access to grocery stores, banks, or medical facilities. How will we survive?

According to veteran journalist Koppel, this isn’t just a story line from a movie but a realistic scenario. A well-designed attack on just one of our nation’s three electric power grids could cripple much of our existing infrastructure. And while our federal government is well prepared for natural disasters, there is no plan for the aftermath of an attack on our power system.

Koppel examines this potential threat and advises on the best ways to avoid a cyberattack catastrophe.

Mon 11/9

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12 Mind-Blowing Success Secrets for Small Businesses

Date: Mon, November 09, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM

Rick Gilbert, Founder, PowerSpeaking, Inc; Author, Speaking Up: Surviving Executive Presentations

After starting his business from scratch – literally, a rolodex and telephone in the bedroom – Rick Gilbert and his partner, Mary McGlynn, built PowerSpeaking, Inc., into a Silicon Valley legend with 30 employees and a worldwide footprint. Along the way, he found that the standard motivational slogans like "winners never quit" and "have a positive mental attitude" were not helpful. These success tips were learned by screwing up a lot. Be forewarned, this is not advice you will read in The Harvard Business Review.

Working for or running a small business? Come and learn the uncommon wisdom of why being a quitter and a pessimist is good for business, why "work/life balance" is nonsense; why you should be more like a jazz musician than a classical musician. And why you should fire the consultants.