Upcoming Events

Thu 3/30

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What Do Millennials Want in Their Portfolios, 401(k)s and Workplaces?

Date: Thu, March 30, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Millennials and investing

R. Paul Herman, CEO, HIP Investor Ratings + Portfolios; Author, The HIP Investor, Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World
Timothy Yee, President, Green Retirement, Inc.
In conversation with Chinwe Onyeagoro, President, Great Place to Work Institute

With 70 million Millennials now the largest segment of the U.S. workforce, how do they stay satisfied in the workplace while companies build their bottom lines? With a trust-based workplace, Millennials thrive in their jobs, while companies can also outperform financially, according to Chinwe Onyeagoro of Great Place to Work. With a sustainable, fossil-free 401(k), Millennials are more engaged, innovative and can build a better world while saving for their future, according to Timothy Yee of Green Retirement, Inc. An HIP Investors' R. Paul Herman says that by going beyond traditional investing, Millennials can use their forthcoming $40 trillion of inherited wealth to improve the health, wealth, earth, equality and trust of our world via their investing. 

Learn how to unleash the excitement of Millennials in your workplace. 

About the Speakers 
R. Paul Herman is a globally recognized leader in impact investing, impact ratings and impact-themed portfolios. Herman founded HIP Investor 10 years ago to show that investments in companies that solve human, social and environmental problems can be more profitable and less risky than those that are extractive of people, natural resources and trust. HIP Investor rates more than 32,000 global issuers of stocks and bonds, and it also enables ratings of thousands of mutual funds and 401(k) plan fund choices. Herman is an alumni of Wharton, McKinsey, CSC Index, Ashoka and Omidyar Network. Herman is an advisor to SASB, Net Impact and Sustainable Brands. Herman authored The HIP Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World, which is part of the curricula for 26 global MBA, MPA and university programs in finance, capital markets and innovation.

Chinwe Onyeagoro serves as president of Great Place to Work. She works with executives to successfully execute business strategy through developing high-trust, high-performance cultures. Her executive advisory work with Great Place to Work includes multi-billion dollar technology, telecom, financial services, and bio-pharma companies. She has worked for two top management consultancies (McKinsey & Company and The Monitor Group). She serves on the boards of private equity firms and lending institutions that have invested more than $1 billion in small and medium enterprises. She holds an A.B. in economics and East Asian studies from Harvard University and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Timothy R. Yee, AIF CPFA C(k)P, is the president of Green Retirement, Inc., a 100-percent minority-owned and 50-percent woman-owned 401(k)-focused financial advisory firm with a nationwide presence, and a deep focus on fossil free and socially screened investment options. The firm is a founding B Corp member and a California Benefit Corporation. Green Retirement has been recognized as one of the Best for World B Corps since 2014. Yee has led groups at Bank of America, NationsBank, T. Rowe Price, and AIG. He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary, a certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor, a Certified 401k professional, and holds numerous FINRA registrations. Yee graduated with honors (cum laude) from the University of California Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

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Sharing the Nordic Experience: Creativity, Innovation and Equality

Date: Thu, March 30, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Learning from the Nordic region

Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the U.S.
András Simonyi, Managing Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Hilde Janne Skorpen, Consul General, Royal Norwegian Consulate
Sedge Dienst, Partner and Co-founder, KCA Partners—Moderator

The Nordic countries are leaders when it comes to health care, environmental stewardship and education. In terms of gender equality, the World Economic Forum’s 2016 Global Gender Gap Report ranked Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden the top four countries. The European Commission report shows that 94 percent of Finns, 90 percent of Swedes and 87 percent of Danes say they are satisfied with their health care. The Global Innovation Index ranked Sweden second last year, with all the Nordics solidly and consistently in the top 25. What explains these impressive figures?

During this program, Kirsti Kauppi, current Finnish ambassador to the U.S.; Ambassador András Simonyi of the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Transatlantic Relations; and Ambassador Hilde Janne Skorpen, Norway’s consul general, will take us on a journey through the Nordic region. They will share insights about their successes (where many other members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development have struggled) as well as their challenges. We will also discuss current transatlantic relations from a northern European perspective.

Mon 4/3

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Reading Californians Book Discussion Group: Waiting for the Electricity by Christina Nichol

Date: Mon, April 03, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Book discussion group

Waiting for the Electricity by Christina Nichol begins in the republic of Georgia. The novel is about a humble maritime lawyer, Slims Achmed Makahvili. The Communists are long gone, but there are no jobs in the cities—and when there are jobs, employees aren’t compensated. When they are compensated, it’s because the jobs are . . . not strictly scrupulous.

Makahvili discovers an application for a small internship program sponsored by Hillary Clinton. His letters to her describe his eagerness to bring efficiency and opportunity to his homeland, replacing his friends’ and relatives’ decadence, lethargy and unsavory business practices. After Makahvili is chosen for the internship and finally arrives in America—in a utopian San Francisco—he decides his loud, bickering family and his anguished, joyful country no longer seem so grim.

The book has been described by author Norman Rush as a “triumphant, sustained, comic performance.” He adds: “I can’t recall a contemporary American novel anywhere near as funny.” The Wall Street Journal describes the book as “endearing and dryly hilarious.”

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Jane Goodall in Conversation with Jeff Horowitz and Greg Dalton

Date: Mon, April 03, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Protecting animals and their habitats

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute; U.N. Messenger of Peace
Jeff Horowitz, Co-producer, "Years of Living Dangerously"
Greg Dalton, Founder and Host, Climate One

Perhaps the world’s most well-known advocate for the environment, Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and U.N. Messenger of Peace, has for much of her nearly six-decade-long career worked to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our planet. The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global, community conservation organization operating in more than 30 countries worldwide with a strong presence in Africa’s chimpanzee range. JGI’s approach to species conservation improves the lives of people, animals and the environment by honoring their interconnectedness. Goodall spends her time traveling around the world nearly 300 days a year, inspiring and mobilizing people with her twin messages of hope and action. 

Jeff Horowitz is founder of Avoided Deforestation Partners, a global nonprofit network dedicated to healing the climate by protecting forests, which absorb carbon pollution. He is also a co-executive producer of "Years of Living Dangerously," a National Geographic television series focused on the risks and opportunities of global climate change. In 2014, Horowitz accepted an Emmy for season one of "Years of Living Dangerously." The series was founded by legendary producers James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the late Jerry Weintraub. 

Join us for a conversation about reasons for hope, thoughts about the connection between deforestation and climate change, and the threat to environmental protection coming from Washington, D.C. 

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Sniffing, Swirling and Sipping: Decoding Wine with Bianca Bosker

Date: Mon, April 03, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
From tech journalist to wine expert

Bianca Bosker, Former Tech Journalist; Author, Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste

Learn to taste wine like a pro. Bianca Bosker shares her wit, wisdom and experiences navigating the world of wine. Bosker caught the wine bug while working as a reporter and executive tech editor for The Huffington Post. Trading her reporter’s pen for a spittoon, she embarked on a vinous quest to understand what drives wine obsessives. Going from neophyte to connoisseur over the course of a year, Bosker’s deep dive into the wine world featured tastings with top sommeliers, visits to winemakers in Napa and Sonoma, and intensive training for the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Certified Sommelier Examination. Along the way, there were adventures (and misadventures) in restaurant wine cellars and a visit to New York City’s annual homage to Burgundy, the La Paulée Festival.

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What Does It Mean to Be Muslim?

Date: Mon, April 03, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Being Muslim in America

Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Author, The Muslim Next Door
Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director, Islamic Networks Group
Jihad Turk, President, Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School
Joe Simitian, Supervisor, Santa Clara County—Moderator

What does it mean to be a Muslim? Join us for this special community forum to learn more about misconceptions as well as Islam as a religion and an identity in modern American and abroad.

Co-presented by the office of Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian

Tue 4/4

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Nob Hill Walking Tour

Date: Tue, April 04, 2017
Time: 1:45 PM
Walking tour

Explore one of San Francisco’s 44 hills, and one of its original “Seven Hills.” Because of great views and its central position, Nob Hill became an exclusive enclave of the rich and famous on the West Coast who built large mansions in the neighborhood. This included prominent tycoons, such as Leland Stanford, and other members of the Big Four. Highlights include the history of four landmark hotels: The Fairmont, Mark Hopkins, Stanford Court, and Huntington Hotel. Visit the city’s largest house of worship, Grace Cathedral, and discover architectural tidbits and anecdotes about the railroad barons and silver kings. A true San Francisco experience of elegance, urbanity, scandals and fabulous views.

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Journalist Annie Jacobsen: ESP and the U.S. Government

Date: Tue, April 04, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
The 40-year secret project to use psychics

Annie Jacobsen, Former Contributing Editor, Los Angeles Times Magazine; Author, Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis; Twitter
Barry Eisler, Novelist, Blogger, Former CIA Operative, Twitter —Moderator

Annie Jacobsen is an investigative journalist and best-selling author who writes about war, weapons, U.S. national security and government secrecy. Her Area 51 was an international best seller and The Pentagon’s Brain was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Now, she has written what she says is the definitive history of the military's decades-long investigation into mental powers and phenomena. Jacobsen says that for more than 40 years, the U.S. government has researched extrasensory perception, using it in attempts to locate hostages, fugitives, secret bases and downed fighter jets; to divine other nations' secrets; and even to predict future threats to national security. The agencies involved include the CIA, DIA, NSA, DEA, Navy, Air Force, Army and even the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Now, for the first time, Jacobsen tells the story of these radical, controversial programs, using never-before-seen declassified documents as well as exclusive interviews with more than 50 former CIA and Defense Department scientists, analysts and program managers, as well as the government psychics themselves. Come hear this unusual program that may challenge your own perceptions of reality.

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Jane Mayer: Behind Dark Money

Date: Tue, April 04, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
An examination of conservative political financial power

Jane Mayer, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Author, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right; Twitter

Who are the people bankrolling our political system?

Mayer takes us behind the scenes and exposes the powerful group of individuals who are shaping our country. She traces the billions of dollars spent by the Kochs, the Scaifes, the Olins, and the Bradleys and uncovers their influences on policies related to climate change, the economy and more.

Mayer also discusses the results of the 2016 election and what the future might entail if these elite billionaires continue to drive decisions at the state and federal levels.

Wed 4/5

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Love Letters: Not a Lost Art At All

Date: Wed, April 05, 2017
Time: 5:15 PM
Love letters as art

Janet Gallin, Host, Love Letters Live; Columnist, Examiner.com

In this two-thumb era of texting, we often gain the joy of immediacy, and sometimes the passion embedded in urgency. But we also lose something—from answering machines to a whole other world of snags.

The speaker will touch on the gripping history of letter writing and talk about why handwritten letters have unmatched power for the short term and for generations to come (as part of your history and legacy to your descendants). She will also discuss what counts as a love letter and how it feels to write and receive one.

Remember: What comes from the heart, enters the heart. Every love letter changes a life in some way. Dive in and let Gallin show you how to use the power lurking within.

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Alyssa Mastromonaco: Running the Obama White House

Date: Wed, April 05, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Mastromonaco's life in politics

Alyssa Mastromonaco, Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Operations for President Barack Obama; Author, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House; President of Global Communications Strategy and Talent, A+E Networks; Contributing Editor, Marie Claire; Former Chief Operating Officer, Vice Media
Dan Pfeiffer, Vice President of Communications and Policy, GoFundMe; Former Senior Advisor for Strategy and Communications for President Barack Obama; Current Contributor, CNN; Co-host, "Pod Save America"Moderator

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

Join INFORUM for a candid discussion with Alyssa Mastromonaco—and learn what it’s like to be an insider in the competitive world of politics and media. Mastromonaco will answer questions about Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House, her memoir documenting her career to date as a national political operative and communications expert.

Mastromonaco spent nine years working for President Barack Obama, where she oversaw the planning and setup of presidential events, the hiring of presidential personnel and all Oval Office operations. Early in President Obama’s political rise, Mastromonaco established herself as an integral member of President Obama’s inner circle, helping Obama with key decisions (such as selecting Joe Biden as his running mate)—with lots of lessons learned along the way.

After leaving the White House, Mastromonaco shifted her focus to the global media landscape as COO of Vice Media, helping the company grow its powerhouse brand. Mastromonaco’s book includes stories about her ascension to Washington, D.C.’s political power list and also provides insightful advice for young women who are looking to make their mark on the world.

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Ben Franklin Circles

Date: Wed, April 05, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Ongoing Ben Franklin forum

Join us monthly, every first Wednesday, for a 21st-century version of Ben Franklin’s mutual improvement club. One evening a week, for more than 40 years, the founding father discussed and debated with his friends the 13 virtues that he felt formed the basis for personal and civic improvement, a list he created when he was 20 years old. The virtues to which he aspired included justice, resolution and humility (but don't misunderstand Ben on that one—his explanation of humility was "imitate Jesus and Socrates").

Ben Franklin Circles bring people together to discuss the most pressing philosophical and ethical issues of our time with the goal of improving ourselves and our world. 

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Made in Marin: Cowgirl Creamery and Rustic Bakery

Date: Wed, April 05, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Savor the tasty story of Marin foodie success

Sue Conley, Co-founder, Cowgirl Creamery
Carol Levalley, Co-founder and Co-owner, Rustic Bakery
Patricia Unterman, Owner, Hayes Street Grill; Food Writer; Founding Board Member, Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market—Moderator

This program is sponsored by Relevant Wealth Advisors and an anonymous donor.

Having built a robust local following, Cowgirl Creamery and Rustic Bakery exemplify what Marin foodies seek: socially and environmentally responsible, organic, artisanal, locally sourced food.

Join us as we hear the backstories of why Marin became home to these food craftswomen, how they built their businesses, and what they see coming for their industry. What are some of their favorite Marin purveyors? What’s the potential for food-focused growth in the county and beyond?

Tastings of Cowgirl Creamery cheese and Rustic Bakery breads, crackers and baked goods will precede the conversation from 7:00-7:45pm. Conversation begins at 7:45 p.m. and ends promptly at 9 p.m.

Thu 4/6

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The Other One Percent: Indians in America

Date: Thu, April 06, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
How Indian immigrants thrive in America

Nirvikar Singh, Co-author, The Other One Percent: Indians in America; Professor of Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Americans of Indian origin often epitomize how waves of immigrants have renewed and enriched the United States. This group now makes up about one percent of our population, and it is said that no immigrant group has been more successful. In The Other One Percent: Indians in America, Singh and his co-authors provide the first comprehensive, data-based study of the Indian immigrant experience, presenting valuable information for rethinking immigration policies. Singh will shed light on the Indian-Americans’ rapid rise as well as social and economic challenges for this multigenerational, diverse group.

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Trump's First 100 Days: Part Three

Date: Thu, April 06, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Evaluating the crucial first few months of the new administration

Harmeet Dhillon, Republican National Committee National Committeewoman for California
Jane Kim, San Francisco Supervisor, District 6
Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Brian Watt, Morning News Anchor, KQED—Moderator
Additional Panelists TBA

How will President Trump’s 100-day action plan impact our domestic and foreign affairs, health care, education, environment, immigration, economic and trade policies? Who are the new people leading the country and how will they impact public policy? What role will all forms of media play as they cover the new administration? Join The Commonwealth Club and KQED for part three of a four-part series of programs that address the first 100 days of the Trump administration and how this period will shape America over the next four years and beyond. 

Mon 4/10

Longevity Explorers Discussion Group: Better Aging. You. Your Parents.

Date: Mon, April 10, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Discussion group

Dr. Richard G. Caro, Facilitator

This regular discussion group explores new and emerging solutions to the challenges of growing older. Not only do we uncover interesting new products at the intersection of aging and technology, we also conduct a series of ongoing deep-dive discussions into topics such as brain health, apps for seniors, hearing and wearables for seniors. The results of our discussions will be shared with a larger community of older adults interested in improving their quality of life through our partner in this initiative, Tech-enhanced Life, PBC. The discussions are facilitated by Dr. Richard Caro, whom many of you have heard speak at prior Grownups forum events.

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A Vision of the Eco-Village as the Future of Self-Sustaining Neighborhoods

Date: Mon, April 10, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Eco-living for the future

James Ehrlich, Founder, ReGen Villages; Senior Technologist, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Opus Novum; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Stanford H-STAR Institute; DesignX Resiliency Team Member, Stanford Center for Design Research

After over 12 years of case study research on organic and biodynamic family farms, intentional communities, and resilient and regenerative design thinking, James Ehrlich founded ReGen Villages. At the forefront of automating thriving abundance for healthy families, ReGen is a Stanford University spin-off company which develops technology-integrated residential areas. Starting with pilot communities—one in Almere, Netherlands and the other at Summit Powder Mountain in Eden, Utah—ReGen Villages intends to reduce burdens on municipal and national governments, creating self-reliant neighborhoods that can power, feed, hydrate and digest their own organic waste. Ehrlich will discuss his inspirational research on farm-to-table communities, detailing his greater vision and plans to realize solutions for the next 2–3 billion people who will live on Earth by 2050.

As a serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for 25 years, primarily in the video game and entertainment technology area, Ehrlich designed worlds that made sense. Recently appointed to the U.S. State Department’s joint task force on the nexus of food, water, energy and waste, the genesis of Ehrlich’s personal research came from over a decade of case studies on organic and biodynamic family farms and their connection to the strongest communities around the world.

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Week to Week Politics Roundtable and Social Hour 4/10/17

Date: Mon, April 10, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Insight into political issues, delivered with expertise and wit

Bob Butler, Reporter, KCBS; Executive Director, Butler Media; Twitter  
Joe Garofoli, Senior Political Writer, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter  
Barbara Marshman, Editorial Pages Editor, Mercury News; Twitter

It's an important year for all things political, so join us as we explore the biggest, most controversial and sometimes the surprising political issues with expert commentary by panelists who are smart, are civil, and have a good sense of humor. Join our panelists for informative and engaging commentary on political and other major news, audience discussion of the week’s events, and our live news quiz!

And come 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).

SFDebate

Date: Mon, April 10, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Biweekly debate

The SFDebate is an open forum for discussion on the events of our time. It is a place where you will not only be exposed to opposing points of view, but a safe place where you will be encouraged to find and speak up for yours. SFDebate is also a meeting of minds, and we follow every meeting with continued debate and conversation at a nearby bar/restaurant.

 

Tue 4/11

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Trump Advisor Roger Stone: The Making of the President

Date: Tue, April 11, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM

Roger Stone, Former Advisor to Donald Trump; Author, The Making of the President 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated a Revolution

On November 8, one of the most contentious and polarizing presidential elections in American history came to an abrupt end when heavily favored presidential candidate Hillary Clinton conceded to Donald J. Trump. Many Americans were left asking: “How did this happen?”

Roger Stone, a veteran Republican strategist and former Trump advisor, gives us an insider look on how the Trump campaign appealed to “forgotten Americans” and performed the greatest upset in American political history. Join us for an intriguing conversation on how a grassroots guerrilla campaign competed against the Clinton political machine and won.