Upcoming Events: Business & Leadership

Thu 8/21

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The Big Book of In-Your-Face Gay Etiquette

Date: Thu, August 21, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
A mix of hilarious and informative guidelines.

Daniel Curzon, Author; Teacher; Social, Cultural and Political Commentator

Curzon has been on the cutting edge of major social and political issues for years in San Francisco. He is the author of fiction, poems and plays, including the landmark gay protest novel, Something You Do in the Dark, about which Christopher Isherwood wrote, “I greatly admire Daniel Curzon for writing this book,” and Joyce Carol Oates wrote, “Engrossing, powerful and disturbing.”

In 1999 Curzon, an early champion of stopping Internet hate crimes against gays, brought a lawsuit against a website that allowed cyber-bullying of gay teachers. He lost the lawsuit to a rights group that claimed free speech. Curzon appeared on “The Today Show,” “Fox News”, BBC radio, KQED radio and in People Magazine and USA Today

Take Curzon’s tales of Halfway to the Stars: Cable Car Tales of a Grumpy Gripman, in which the gripman says what you secretly agree with but are afraid to say out loud. Add in a mix of hilarious and informative guidelines for “proper gay behavior” in The Big Book of In-Your-Face Gay Etiquette. Bring your ideas and interpretations about what is really happening here and now in San Francisco and the world. Toss in fun, etiquette and cable car secrets you really agree with – all together an evening that you and your friends will not forget.                                                     

Thu 8/28

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Harnessing the Power of the LGBT Marketplace and Social Capital to Drive Positive Social Change

Date: Thu, August 28, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Explore a new movement in Chicago's African American LGBT community.

Kevin Jones, Founder, Good Capital; Co-founder and Convener, SOCAP
Danielle Kinzaire-Sutton, M.D., Community Organizer; Principal Consultant, Notus-S.G.
Marc J. Lane, JD, Author, Social Enterprise: Empowering Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs; Chairman, Illinois Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
Charles Sutton, CEO, Bronzeville Urban Development
Marc Loveless, Executive Director, Coalition for Justice and Respect
Kevin O’Malley, President, TechTalk | Studio – Moderator

Social capital, alternative funding and concern for the triple bottom line are now moving beyond generalities and into specific targeted areas and communities. A new movement is harnessing the power and resources of Chicago’s African American LGBT community. They are aiming to create change through cutting-edge social enterprise initiatives – including sustainable city farms and medical marijuana – and relying on innovative legal and financial structures, including for-profit and non-profit stakeholders, investors and governments.

Thu 9/11

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Politics, Environment and National Security

Date: Thu, September 11, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Louis Schubert, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Social Sciences Department, City College of San Francisco.

Politics, environment and national security may seem like an odd combination of opposing narratives, theories and topics. Yet all three are closely related. Healthy or unhealthy environments are part of every nation's security and politics. And all three — politics, environment and national security — are interactive and intertwined in the outcomes of worldwide environmental health, security and violence. Join us in an exploration of these three seemingly opposite narratives: politics, environment and national security and how an understanding of these narratives interacting as a whole will give us a more inclusive picture of the impacts of environmental health and security on local peoples, communities, nations and the world.

Fri 10/3

Go to China Today, China Tomorrow
This event is Postponed

China Today, China Tomorrow

Date: Fri, October 03, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
China's impact on a growing global economy.

Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Natural Resources Defense Council, China Program Director

In 1996, following her work with the United Nations on China's first sustainability plan, Barbara Finamore undertook the challenge of establishing the Natural Resources Defense Council's first international office in Beijing. Barbara and her colleagues will discuss where China is today and what they see for China tomorrow. There are challenges ahead that must be faced – not only for China, but also for the future environmental, economic, conservation and sustainable impact that China has on the world. China’s decisions will have an effect on international health, safety and survival as we become more globally interconnected and interdependent.

Mon 10/6

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The Business Solution to Poverty

Date: Mon, October 06, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Mal Warwick, Co-author, The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers

More than 60 years after the rich nations of the world began acting to end poverty, and after the expenditure of more than $2.5 trillion, more people today are living on $2 a day or less than the total population of the planet in 1950. Despite continuing optimism from the World Bank and the United Nations that they’re on track to eradicate poverty, Mal Warwick argues that traditional methods have failed and that only the private sector possesses the resources and the incentives to do the job. This lively presentation will explain how entrepreneurs and existing businesses can design, produce and market income-generating products that will enable 2.7 billion $2-a-day customers to lift themselves out of poverty.

Tue 10/14

Go to How to Work a Room and Enjoy Networking in Our Digital Age

How to Work a Room and Enjoy Networking in Our Digital Age

Date: Tue, October 14, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Become better at meeting people and deepening relationships.

Susan RoAne, Author, How to Work a Room: The Ultimate Guide to Making Lasting Connections  in Person and Online and Face to Face: How to Reclaim the Personal Touch in a Digital World

How do you introduce yourself to someone? What do you say next? In a world that seems isolated behind emoticons and quick transactions, how can you create and nurture warm, engaged relationships? One way is to join us for a session with best-selling author and keynote speaker Susan RoAne.

Susan's warm and practical style can help us all become better at meeting people and deepening relationships. Accept this invitation and discover how surprisingly easy it is to become comfortable and effective at networking. You'll have a great time, and most likely you'll leave the session with three new contacts and a few new tools that really work. Your future self will thank you for coming to the Club!

Tue 10/21

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Latino/a Culture, Heritage and Conservation for the Environment

Date: Tue, October 21, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Explore this community's history of conservation.

Adrianna Quintero, Senior Attorney; Director, Latino Outreach, Natural Resources Defense Council
Gary Segura, Professor of American Politics and Chair of Chicano/a Studies, Stanford University
Anita Martinez, Retired College Educator; Environmentalist; Community Health and Safety Activist

Most people don't automatically label Latinos and Latinas as environmentalists. A deeper look at family, home and community values reveals a long-standing generational commitment to conservation and the wise use of everyday resources in daily life. California's changing demographics all point to a tremendous potential for local, national and worldwide political environmental progress as we listen and learn about the conservation practices of our Latino and Latina families and communities.

Wed 10/29

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The World We Create: A Message of Hope for a Planet in Peril

Date: Wed, October 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Frances Beinecke, President, NRDC

Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council; Author, The World We Create
Bob Deans, Director of Editorial Content, Natural Resources Defense Council; Former President, White House Correspondents' Association

Please join us for a tour d’horizon of the emerging solutions to the central environmental challenges of our time by Beinecke, one of the preeminent environmental leaders of her generation. In a conversation with the NRDC's editorial content director, Bob Deans, Beinecke delivers her message of hope in a spirit of optimism built on a foundation of progress and change.

By naming the problem while focusing on the fix, Beinecke has led the charge in the modern environmental movement, winning the Rachel Carson Award in 2007. Beinecke and Deans will introduce her new book, The World We Create: A Message of Hope for a Planet in Peril.

Thu 11/20

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A Toast to the 2014 Wine Harvest, Sustainable Practices and Pairings in California Wine

Date: Thu, November 20, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
A discussion with California vintners.

Steve Lohr, Chairman & CEO, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Karl Wente, Winemaker, Wente Vineyards
Allison Jordan, Executive Director, California Sustainable Wine Growing Alliance
Janet Fletcher, Journalist; Author, Down to Earth, A Seasonable Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California – Moderator

California vintners and growers have broadly embraced sustainable and other green wine-growing practices to protect and preserve our signature Golden State industry. Plans and decisions made throughout the wine-growing year reflect a deep commitment to environmental stewardship, social responsibility and the desire to pass land businesses on to future generations.

Join Janet Fletcher and a distinguished panel of vintners and experts as they discuss sustainable wine growing and examine the stories of California vintners and growers across the state. After the program, join the panel to enjoy wine tasting and conversation featuring wines discussed by the panel and in Down to Earth.