Upcoming Events: Inforum

Wed 8/31

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Tristan Walker and John Maeda: Redefining Design

Date: Wed, August 31, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Redefining product design and success

Tristan Walker, Founder & CEO, Walker & Company Brands, Inc.
John Maeda, Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion, Automattic—Moderator

This program is generously supported by

After recognizing the need for better-designed personal care products for people of color, Tristan Walker, a former entrepreneur-in-residence at Andreessen Horowitz and director of business development at Foursquare, struck out on his own and launched Walker & Company Brands, Inc.

Now, Walker & Company is an emerging leader in the field of product design, and his company's wares are being met with both critical acclaim from health and beauty industry heavyweights and financial backing from celebrities like John Legend and Magic Johnson.

Join INFORUM, Tristan Walker and design industry guru John Maeda for an insightful discussion about how companies like Walker & Company Brands are finding success and redefining product design by making products that are both visually appealing and highly effective available to the masses.

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Thu 9/15

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True or False? A Field Guide to Lies in the Information Age

Date: Thu, September 15, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM

Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D., Author, A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age; Dean of Arts and Humanities, Minerva Schools at KGI.

“All I know is what’s on the Internet”
—Donald Trump to “Meet the Press” as justification for his invalid claim that a protester at a recent Trump campaign event was associated with ISIS

From 24-hour news coverage of the 2016 election to Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds, we’re all on information overload. Distortions, errors, lies, misinformation—how do we decide what to believe and act on? Award-winning neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Daniel J. Levitin offers strategies and tools to decipher the flood of (mis)information in his newest book A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age.

Join INFORUM to learn how to navigate the web of lies, determine just how valid your politically vocal friends are on Facebook, and find out if the creators of all those pretty pie charts and graphs are “lying weasels,” in the words of Dr. Levitin—just for starters.

INFORUM is pleased to partner with Minerva Schools, a new undergraduate institution where Dr. Levitin is currently the dean of social sciences. Students from Minerva will be leading interactive components during and after the talk, so come prepared to get involved!

Wed 9/21

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Feminist Fight Club with Jessica Bennett

Date: Wed, September 21, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Field guide for women at work

Jessica Bennett, Contributing Writer, The New York Times; Author, Feminist Fight Club 
Peggy Orenstein, Author and Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine—Moderator

The first rule of the Feminist Fight Club is you must talk about the Feminist Fight Club—and we invite you to San Francisco's first public meeting.

Jessica's career as an award-winning writer took her from Newsweek to Tumblr and beyond, and she’s spent years traversing the rocky terrain of the modern workplace. She’s been in the trenches, along with the rest of her real-life Feminist Fight Club, navigating the pay gap, sexism, microaggressions, self-sabotage and more.

Now, Jessica and Feminist Fight Club—her hard-hitting and hilarious compilation of strategies, insights, hacks, and vocabulary—are ready to arm women with everything they need to survive on the career battlefield.

Your ticket grants you lifelong membership to the Feminist Fight Club. Your only duty is to recruit your friends to join you.

Jessica is an award-winning writer and speaks regularly on women's issues and journalism. She also edits special projects for Sheryl Sandberg's nonprofit, Lean In.

Thu 9/22

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Spend the Night with Alan Cumming

Date: Thu, September 22, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Star of stage, screen, and TV

Alan Cumming, Actor; Activist; Author, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams
Cleve Jones, Founder, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt; Human Rights Activist; Author—Moderator

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

We’re thrilled to welcome Alan Cumming to the INFORUM stage for the very first time!

Alan Cumming has made movies with everyone from Stanley Kubrick to the Spice Girls. He’s mastered Snapchat. He was named an Officer of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth. You may recognize him as wily Eli Gold from the CBS drama "The Good Wife," or from his Tony-winning turn in Cabaret on Broadway. He’s played roles including the devil, the pope and God—we can’t wait to see what he manages to pull off next. Stage, silver screen, books, behind the camera: Alan Cumming can do it all.

When he’s not onstage, in front of the camera or writing away, Alan’s a vocal advocate for causes, including LGBT rights and AIDS charities. He has received both the Vito Russo Award at the Annual GLAAD Media Awards and Human Rights Campaign’s Humanitarian Award in recognition of his many efforts.

Alan’s latest book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams, shows off many of his personal photographs and shares insider stories from his long, shiny career in show business as well as his fascinating life away from the limelight. So put on your Broadway best and join us at the Castro Theatre for a fun-filled evening with this quirky, talented and charming quadruple threat.

Mon 10/10

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#Girlboss Sophia Amoruso

Date: Mon, October 10, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
San Francisco entrepreneurial success and misfit heroine

Sophia Amoruso, Author, Nasty Galaxy and New York Times best-seller #Girlboss; Founder and CEO, Nasty Gal; Founder, #Girlboss Foundation; Host, #Girlboss Radio 
Alison Pincus, Co-Founder, One Kings Lane; Co-Founder, HelloMazel—Moderator

Come get nasty with Nasty Gal’s #Girlboss Sophia Amoruso, at INFORUM!

An entrepreneur and style-setter, Sophia’s life has been one wild ride, and we know it’s just the beginning! In the 2000s, she was a security monitor at the San Francisco Academy of Art, dumpster diving for food and selling stolen books on eBay before founding Nasty Gal in 2006. Just a decade later, in 2016, Forbes named Sophia one of the youngest and richest self-made women in America—surpassing fellow #Girlboss Beyonce.

Sophia launched her company, Nasty Gal, on eBay, reselling vintage clothes she scavenged from thrift stores. Nasty Gal quickly grew, growing from a makeshift store in Sophia’s living room to a fashion powerhouse, both online and brick-and-mortar, in less than a decade. Women around the world snap up Nasty Gal’s cutting-edge fashions with a vintage touch, and Sophia’s influence is evident on magazine covers, Pinterest, the runway and beyond.

Sophia’s success isn’t just limited to fashion—she’s creating an empire. Sophia champions aspiring female entrepreneurs through her #Girlboss Foundation, and shares stories of other creative, successful women on her popular podcast #Girlboss Radio, with guests like Charlize Theron. Her first book, #Girlboss, dubbed “Lean In for misfits,” is a New York Times bestseller and is currently being turned into a Netflix original series (taping in San Francisco this fall!).

Sophia will take INFORUM on a trip into her latest book, Nasty Galaxy, giving us the inside scoop about her unconventional approach to style, music, philosophy and advice.

Thu 10/20

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Election Education: An Evening with Rep. Eric Swalwell

Date: Thu, October 20, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM

Eric Swalwell, U.S. Representative (D, CA-15)
Nellie Bowles, Silicon Valley Correspondent, HBO'S "Vice News Tonight"—Moderator

Congressman Eric Swalwell has quickly made a name for himself as the voice of the millennial generation in Congress. The first person in his family to go to college, Rep. Swalwell is fighting for student loan reform and advocating for affordable housing and paid family leave.

An avid user of social media platforms like Snapchat and Twitter, Swalwell has even inspired the popular hashtag #Swalwelling. He’s also believed to be the first member of Congress to Vine on the House floor and he has used Facebook Live to stream from the House chamber.

Last year Swalwell created the bipartisan Sharing Economy Caucus with Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, which focuses on the opportunities and challenges related to the rise of companies like Uber and Airbnb. Rep. Swalwell is also a member of the United Solutions Caucus, created in 2012 by a group of incoming freshman lawmakers who are working across political party lines to address important policy matters.

Join INFORUM to hear more from this political up-and-comer and to share your thoughts with him about the issues that matter most to you as we look toward the 2016 elections.