Upcoming Events: Silicon Valley

Thu 10/15

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

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

Image - Seth Siegel: Let There Be Water

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.

Tue 10/20

Image - Roberta Kaplan

Roberta Kaplan

Date: Tue, October 20, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM

Roberta Kaplan, Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Author, Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA
In conversation with Kara Swisher, Executive Editor, Re/code

How did one of the nation’s top legal strategists convince the Supreme Court to support marriage equality?? Called a “true American hero” by President Bill Clinton, Kaplan details her experiences and struggles on the front lines of this historic civil rights victory, both inside and outside of the courtroom. Kaplan will also touch on how this victory paved the way to legalizing same sex marriage nationwide.

Mon 10/26

Image - Andrew Fraknoi: The Revenge of the Dwarf Planet

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

Image - Diana Nyad: Never Give Up

Diana Nyad: Never Give Up

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

Diana Nyad, Long Distance Swimmer; Author, Find a Way; Twitter
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

Image - Simon Winchester

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 Fuego, the land at the end of the world. He will share what he has learned and what we can look forward to.

Image - Ted Koppel

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

Image - 12 Mind-Blowing Success Secrets for Small Businesses

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.

Wed 11/11

Image - Robert Reich: Saving Capitalism

Robert Reich: Saving Capitalism

Date: Wed, November 11, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
A broad indictment of the economic status quo and a call to civic action

Robert Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor; Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley; Author, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, not the Few; Twitter
Judge LaDoris Cordell (ret) — Moderator

Reich argues that power and influence have created a new American oligarchy, a shrinking middle class, and the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity in 80 years. He says the veneration of the “free market” has masked the power of moneyed interests to tilt the market to their benefit.

Reich exposes what he calls the false myths that have been bolstered by huge corporations and the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street: that all workers are paid what they’re “worth,” that a higher minimum wage equals fewer jobs, and that corporations must serve shareholders before employees. To him, the critical choices ahead are about who government is for: that we must choose between a market organized for broad-based prosperity and one designed to deliver the most gains to the top. Reich presents a broad indictment of the economic status quo and a call to civic action.