Upcoming Events: Business & Leadership

Mon 5/9

Image - Caroline Webb

How Behavioral Science Can Help Us Have a Good Day

Date: Mon, May 09, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM

Caroline Webb, CEO, Sevenshift; Former Partner and Advisor, McKinsey; Author, How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life

Whether we have a good day or not depends partly on things we can’t control—perhaps there’s a crisis unfolding or our colleagues are cranky today. But behavioral science shows us that many things that seem “fixed” or “random” can be surprisingly strongly influenced by our own actions, once we understand just a little about how the brain works. Caroline Webb demonstrates how tiny tweaks to our daily routines can transform our experience of what happens around us, the number of hours in the day, our level of intelligence and even other people’s moods. With this kind of powerful insight in your back pocket, you can change your “luck” and put many more good days within reach.

Thu 5/12

Image - Clair Brown

Creating Quality of Life in a Sustainable Global Economy

Date: Thu, May 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM

Maximilian Auffhammer, Ph.D., George Pardee Jr. Professor in Sustainable Development, Associate Dean of Social Sciences, University of California Berkeley
Clair Brown, Ph.D., Professor of the Graduate School, Economics; Director, Center for Work, Technology, and Society, University of California Berkeley
Maria Kei Oldiges, Candidate, Master of Development Practice, College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley; Formerly Development Associate and Executive Assistant, Presidio Graduate School

Following the successful Paris climate talks, nations are crafting policies to mitigate global warming. Building sustainable economics that provide a high quality of life for everyone is a challenge that must be accomplished in a few decades. Join our distinguished panel from the University of California Berkeley in a discussion of how to live meaningfully in a healthy, sustainable, and equitable global economy.

Fri 6/3

Image - Robert Heller

The Unlikely Governor: From the Caves to the Federal Reserve

Date: Fri, June 03, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM

Robert Heller, Former Governor of the Federal Reserve Board; Former President, VISA U.S.A.; Author, The Unlikely Governor

This event is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Robert Heller chronicles his journey from the caves and cellars of war-ravaged Germany to the United States and his eventual rise to be a governor of the Federal Reserve Board and president and CEO of VISA USA. Accompanied by never-ending disasters, his career takes him through academia, business and government service as he witnesses the collapse of the international monetary system, the near failure of Bank of America and the most monumental banking crisis in U.S. history. 

Thu 6/30

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The End of Business As Usual

Date: Thu, June 30, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM

David Burkus, Professor, Oral Roberts University; Founder and Host, "Radio Free Leader"; Author, Under New Management: How Leading Organizations Are Upending Business As Usual

Should employees know each others’ salaries? Can companies win by putting their employees’ welfare first, and their clients second? Are annual performance reviews necessary? Burkus challenges the traditional and widely accepted principles of business management—proving that they're outdated, outmoded and simply don’t work—and presents winning strategies using case studies and in-depth research. You'll learn how the nature of work is changing—and what that means for business, society and your own career.

Wed 9/28

Image - Adam Browning

Solar for All: Energy for All the Planet and All the People

Date: Wed, September 28, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM

Adam Browning, Executive Director, Vote Solar
Vien Truong, Director, Green for All
Erica Mackie, Co-Founder and CEO, Grid Alternatives

The clean energy revolution has the power to transform our planet and our communities. Current massive solar cost reductions mean that solar energy will be able to deliver health and economic benefits to everyone, including low-income and impoverished areas. Solar has the power to lower utility bills for every American, including 22 million low-income families, enabling them to invest dollars in their living and in their futures rather than in ever-rising energy bills. Advocates say that harnessing local sunshine will create good jobs and a pathway for everyone, including poor communities and families. Join our distinguished panel in a discussion of promise, progress and challenges to build a new solar economy available for all our planet and all our people.