Upcoming Events: Silicon Valley

Tue 9/9

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Kat Taylor and Tom Steyer

Date: Tue, September 09, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Championing good money, good food and good energy systems.

Kat Taylor, CEO, Beneficial State Bank; Founding Director, TomKat Ranch Education Foundation

Tom Steyer, Founder and President, NextGen Climate; Twitter: @TomSteyer

In conversation with Dr. Gloria C. Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club

Taylor and Steyer are committed to supporting causes that champion good money, good food and good energy systems. Their efforts include ventures such as Beneficial State Bank, a sustainable community development bank that provides fair and transparent banking products to communities in California, Oregon and Washington. They are also engaged in promoting sustainable animal agriculture and healthy food initiatives, as well as supporting organizations that are working to prevent climate disaster and preserve American prosperity. Join us for a conversation with Taylor and Steyer.

Wed 9/10

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Khaled Hosseini: Best-Selling Author of The Kite Runner

Date: Wed, September 10, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
The best-selling author receives the John Steinbeck Award.

Khaled Hosseini, Author, The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed
In Conversation with Pat Thurston, Talk Show Host, KGO Radio

As a young Afghan immigrant, Hosseini had a profound life-changing experience when his Independence High School English teacher, Jan Sanchez, introduced him to John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Join us as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Steinbeck classic with Dr. Hosseini, who will be honored with the John Steinbeck Award for his literary contributions and humanitarian efforts. Hear more about Hosseini’s extraordinary journey as an author, philanthropist and citizen of the world.

Tue 9/16

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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social 9/16/14

Date: Tue, September 16, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Informative and engaging commentary!
Larry Gerston, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, San Jose State University; Political Analyst, NBC Bay Area; Author, Not So Golden After All: The Rise and Fall of California; Twitter @lgerston
Josh Richman, State and National Politics Reporter, Bay Area News Group, San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times; Twitter @josh_richman
Carla Marinucci, Senior Political Writer, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter @cmarinucci
John Zipperer, Vice President of Media & Editorial, The Commonwealth Club – Host
 
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

 

Thu 9/18

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Benedict Carey: How We Learn

Date: Thu, September 18, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
What if everything we know about learning is wrong?

Benedict Carey, Science Reporter, The New York Times; Author, How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens; Twitter: @bencareynyt

Jenny Dearborn, Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer, SAP – Moderator

What if almost everything we know about learning was wrong? With our brain sensitive to mood, timing, location and environment, how do we absorb and retain information? Find out more about whether repetition is necessary, why sleeping and daydreaming can be important to the learning process, and hear Carey’s tips for the best techniques to remember more. Carey has been with The New York Times for 10 years and writes about neuroscience, psychiatry, neurology and everyday psychology.

Tue 9/23

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Creating the New Work Paradigm: Employee Loyalty and Retention

Date: Tue, September 23, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM

Naomi Chavez Peters, Global Executive Talent, Salesforce
Divyasmita Ghatak, Chief People Officer, GoodData
Dan Finnigan, CEO, Jobvite
Dan Grosh, Managing Partner, Calibre One - Moderator

To attract and retain employees, some companies are now offering unconventional perks like luxury transportation, free meals, onsite massages, babysitting, and even dry cleaning services. Is this the new standard for companies? Are these additional perks meeting employee expectations and keeping them engaged and happy? How cost-effective is this practice? Hear the latest retention strategies from the talent development leaders at Salesforce, GoodData and Jobvite.

Fri 9/26

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Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson: Gratitude and Trust

Date: Fri, September 26, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Insights on the benefits of the recovery process.

 Paul Williams, Author, Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life; Twitter: @IMPaulWilliams

Tracey Jackson, Author, Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life; Twitter: @traceyjackson4

Celebrating the theme "recovery is not just for addicts," Williams and Jackson discuss their insights on the benefits of the recovery process. Paul Williams is a talented Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning Hall of Fame songwriter and president of the American Society of Composers, Authors and publishers (ASCAP). He is a major force in the recovery movement and a graduate of UCLA¹s Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certification Program. His recent work also includes Latino creative projects with Guillermo del Toro. Tracey Jackson is a successful screenwriter, author and blogger who wrote the films Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Guru, and The Other End of the Line, among others.

Tue 9/30

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Peter Thiel

Date: Tue, September 30, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Unlocking the startup philosophy for success.

Peter Thiel, Co-founder, PayPal; Author, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Quentin Hardy,  Deputy Tech Editor, The New York Times – Moderator

Who will create the next big idea? It could be you. Thiel is a Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur who invested in hundreds of startups, including Facebook, Space X, and Spotify. Hear Thiel discuss what’s behind the Zero to One philosophy and becoming successful and unique in today’s business world.

Mon 10/6

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Joshua Wolf Shenk: The Power of Two

Date: Mon, October 06, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM

Joshua Wolf Shenk, Curator, The Moth; Author, Lincoln’s Melancholy and Powers of Two: Seeking the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs; Twitter: @joshuawolfshenk

What drives creative success? According to Shenk, the magic number is two. Even when we’re alone, we are “collaborating” with the voice inside our head. Shenk examines dynamic duos in all fields of business, entertainment, social activism, etc., and unveils the “electrified space” of a partnership. He also identifies some of the core qualities of creativity and reveals six essential states in which he sees it unfold. Hear more about the genesis of creative innovation and the collaborative process.

Wed 10/8

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Steven Pinker

Date: Wed, October 08, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; Author, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century; Twitter: @sapinker

LOL and CU L8R – is technology corrupting the English language? With our daily lives bombarded by texts and tweets, are etiquette, writing, and grammar going out of style? Noted linguist and cognitive scientist Pinker will discuss the science of language as well as the challenges of crafting clear, coherent and stylish prose.

Fri 10/17

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Rita Moreno

Date: Fri, October 17, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Actress, singer, author and Hollywood survivor

Rita Moreno, Actress; Singer; Author, Rita Moreno: A Memoir
In conversation with Jan Yanehiro, Director, School of Multimedia Communications, Academy of Art University

An extraordinarily talented star of stage and screen, Moreno is a force of nature. The Puerto Rican-born entertainer is one of the few artists to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony as well as the National Medal of Honor.

Now, Moreno shares her story. From her Oscar-winning turn as Anita in West Side Story to her challenging role as a prostitute in Carnal Knowledge; from her stint on the children’s television classic “Electric Company” to her late-career triumph in HBO’s controversial series “Oz,” she will share tales of being a Hollywood survivor.
Learn about her tumultuous childhood, her career rise from “utility ethnic” to award-winning star, her explosive romance with Marlon Brando (and less-than-explosive romance with Elvis Presley), the ups and downs of her relationships and career, and finally finding peace with her choices and her life.

Sun 10/19

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Mark Bittman: How to Cook Everything Fast

Date: Sun, October 19, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM
Author and Food Columnist 

Mark Bittman, Author, How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food; Food Columnist, The New York Times; Twitter: @bittman

For Bittman, the secret to cooking fast is cooking smart. With the belief that time management is essential to cooking efficiently, Bittman offers tips for quick homemade meals. His newest collection of dishes incorporates clever and unorthodox techniques, and his flexible, commonsense advice provides cooks with plenty of choices and variation.

Bittman is passionate about food and eating healthy, and his regular columns on food policy and cooking appear weekly in The New York Times. Bittman is also the author of more than a dozen cookbooks with one million copies in print.

Mon 11/17

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John Cleese - Monty Python Actor and Comedian

Date: Mon, November 17, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
A grand tour of his ascent in the entertainment world.

John Cleese, Actor; Writer; Producer; Author, So, Anyway…

Join Cleese as he takes us on a grand tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town to the pinnacle of comedy and worldwide success.

With his signature characters – the Minister of Silly Walks and the owner (and would-be returner) of a dead parrot – Cleese's work with Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers has become legendary. His hit films Monty Python and the Holy GrailLife of Brian and A Fish Called Wanda, and his memorable roles in James Bond and Shrek have put him in a class of his own. From his hilarious tweets and new memoir, hear more from this towering comedic genius.