Upcoming Events

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.

Wed 9/24

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Tavis Smiley

Date: Wed, September 24, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
The real story of Martin Luther King Jr's final year

Tavis Smiley, TV Host, Public Broadcasting Service; Radio Host, Public Radio International; Author, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Final Year
Judge LaDoris H. Cordell (ret), Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose - Moderator

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations in U.S. history, but little is remembered about the trials and tribulations he faced in his final year. Award-winning television and radio broadcast host Smiley chronicles the final 365 days of Dr. King’s life. Despite assaults on his character and ideology, Dr. King remained committed to ending racial inequality and segregation in our country. Hear more about his story of leadership and perseverance.

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Personal Data, Big Business, and the End of Privacy

Date: Wed, September 24, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
The Wild West of data capture.
Adam Tanner, Fellow, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University; Author, What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data – Lifeblood of Big Business – and the End of Privacy as We Know It
 
In an age in which personal information is relentlessly harvested and aggregated, we’re eager to reap the benefits – but we lose sight of the fact that Internet giants, leading retailers and others are gathering data often with little oversight from anyone. And it’s growing ever more difficult for those businesses that choose not to engage in more intrusive data-gathering to compete with those that do. Tanner explores the Wild West of data capture and all the ways our personal information is driving commerce, whether we know it – or like it – or not.

Thu 9/25

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Daring: My Passages

Date: Thu, September 25, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
An iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all.
Gail Sheehy, Literary Journalist; Author, Daring: My Passages
 
Hear Gail Sheehy, author of the classic New York Times bestseller Passages, discuss her unguarded memoir, a thrilling tour of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking “girl” journalist starting in the 1960s, her growth into an iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all and one of the premier political profilers of modern times.
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Heather Burnett Gold: Empowering Communities with Gigabits to the Home

Date: Thu, September 25, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
President, Fiber to the Home Council North America

Heather Burnett Gold, President, Fiber to the Home Council North America

Certain communities around the United States have recently coalesced around an idea: America needs a critical mass of communities with exceptional bandwidth so we can foster human capital that knows how to design, build, operate and, above all, innovate using the best networks in the world. The movement is nascent, but early examples are proving successful, such as the bond rating increase Kansas City received thanks in part to Google Fiber, and Tom Friedman reporting how Chattanooga has changed from “a slowly declining and deflating urban balloon, to one of the fastest-growing cities in Tennessee.” Heather Burnett Gold will discuss the process of becoming a “gigabit city.” She claims it’s not a matter of economics or engineering; it’s about organization.

Fri 9/26

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The Sea & Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

Date: Fri, September 26, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM

Lincoln Paine, Author, The Sea & Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea with our ancestors' first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He looks at world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream; how goods, languages, religions and entire cultures spread across the world's waterways, bringing together civilizations; and how civilizations and humans have changed and continue to change world-wide environments and planet earth.

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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.

Mon 9/29

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Charles Blow - New York Times Visual Op-Ed Columnist

Date: Mon, September 29, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
A powerfully redemptive memoir.

Charles Blow, Visual Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times; Author, Fire Shut Up in My Bones; Twitter @CharlesMBlow
Ian F. Haney-López, Professor, UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law; Author, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class - Moderator

Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African-American Louisiana town where he grew up – a place where slavery's legacy felt astonishingly close, reverberating in the elders' stories and in the near-constant wash of violence. Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a powerfully redemptive memoir that both fits the tradition of African-American storytelling from the South and gives it an indelible new slant.

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Middle East Discussion Group

Date: Mon, September 29, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines. After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. 

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Human Trafficking of Foreign-Born Individuals into the Bay Area: Stories of Hope and Survival

Date: Mon, September 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Discover trends, patterns and stories about survivors.

Jadma Noronha, Human Trafficking Program Manager, SAGE Project
Hediana Utarti, Ph.D., Community Project Coordinator, Asian Women's Shelter

The SAGE Project and The Asian Women Shelter are two of the leading Bay Area agencies responding to human trafficking. Founded on the principles of peer (survivor) leadership, for 20 years SAGE has provided trauma-focused healing services to survivors of all forms of human trafficking. Asian Women's Shelter (AWS) was founded in 1988 to address the needs of women, children and transgender survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, especially those who are immigrants and refugees. Utarti and Noronha are the coordinators of the human trafficking component in their agencies, and their presentation, focusing on international citizens who have been trafficked into the Bay Area, will highlight trends, patterns and stories of overcoming violence and adversity.

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Necessary Wisdom

Date: Mon, September 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
An introspective discussion on spirituality and wisdom.

Jacob Needleman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy, SFSU; Author, Necessary Wisdom
Stephanie Kriebel, Board Certified Health Coach; Educator; Chair, Personal Growth Member-Led Forum - Moderator

The Personal Growth Forum presents an introspective discussion on spirituality and wisdom with philosopher Dr. Jacob Needleman, who has studied at Harvard, Yale and the University of Freiburg. He has spoken and written about these topics for over 50 years. The discussion will cover a diverse range of subjects, including making sense of mysticism, the secrets of time and love, the meaning of money, and, of course, the great questions of life. Please join us for a fascinating and enlightening evening that is sure to leave you feeling hopeful and inspired.

Tue 9/30

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Andrej Kiska, President, Slovak Republic

Date: Tue, September 30, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
Slovakia at the Core of European Integration

Slovakia at the Core of European Integration

The European Integration is an initiative to foster the internal support of all countries of the European Union. Slovakia joined the EU 10 years ago in what was dubbed as a "big bang enlargement” to Central and Eastern European countries. Considering on-going events in the Ukraine, this integration is seen as critical in fulfilling the concept of Europe as "whole and free.”

Joint innovation initiatives, negotiation of the transatlantic trade and investment partnerships provide a great opportunity to boost both the U.S. and European economies. Join Slovakia’s newly elected president in a discussion of a unified future.

In 2012, Andrej Kiska decided to run for president as an independent candidate. He assumed the presidency of the Slovak Republic in June 2014. Previously, he held various management positions and conducted business activities for 15 years, founding several profitable companies. In 2006 he founded Good Angel, a non-profit company, to which he donated one million Euros. Good Angel helps families in financial distress due to a life-threatening illness of a child. Good Angel has become the most successful charitable organization in Slovakia today.

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Timothy Garton Ash

Date: Tue, September 30, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, Oxford; Columnist, The Guardian; Twitter @fromTGA

Bill Clinton said that China trying to control the internet was like trying to nail jello to the wall. But the Chinese Communist Party has been trying to prove him wrong; all over the world sovereign states are attempting to reassert their control over the internet. American private powers such as Google and Facebook are coming under sustained criticism, not least in Europe. Is the internet losing its original libertarian promise? Has the United States — and Silicon Valley — mishandled this over the last 20 years? What can still be done about it? Timothy Garton Ash is leading a major, 13-language research project in free speech at Oxford University, (which can be viewed at http://wwwfreespeechdebate.com/en). He is also writing a major book on global free speech in the age of mass migration and the internet. He will discuss one of the major challenges of our time.

Timothy Garton Ash is professor of European studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Anthony's College, Oxford, and a senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. He is the author of nine books of political writings or "history of the present," including The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin & Prague, The File: A Personal History, In Europe's Name and, most recently, Facts are Subversive. He writes a widely syndicated column on international affairs in The Guardian and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, among other journals. Awards he has received for his writing include the George Orwell Prize.

Here's a chance to hear him identify the current threats to free speech.

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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.

Wed 10/1

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This event is Rescheduled

Humanities West Book Discussion - Livy's The Dawn of the Roman Empire, Books 31-40

Date: Wed, October 01, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM
Rome's emergence as an imperial nation and tempestuous involvement with Greece.

The Roman commander T.Q. Flamininus proclaimed the freedom of Greece at the Isthmian games near Corinth in 196 BC. Half a century later, Greece was annexed as a province by the Romans, who burned the ancient city of Corinth to the ground. Join us to discuss Books 31 to 40 of Livy's history, which charts Rome's emergence as an imperial nation and the Romans' tempestuous involvement with Greece, Macedonia and the near East. Lynn Harris will lead the discussion.

Thu 10/2

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Chinatown Walking Tour

Date: Thu, October 02, 2014
Time: 1:45 PM
Discover the history and mysteries!

Enjoy a Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure. Join Rick Evans for a memorable midday walk and discover the history and mysteries of Chinatown. Explore colorful alleys and side streets. Visit a Taoist temple, an herbal store, the site of the first public school in the state, and the famous Fortune Cookie Factory. 

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An Evening with Jacques Pépin

Date: Thu, October 02, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
A culinary genius shares his lifetime of secrets.

Jacques Pépin, Chef; Author, Essential Pépin
Emily Luchetti, Chef - Moderator

World-renowned chef Jacques Pépin is a gifted culinary artist. He has hosted 13 popular cooking series on public television and written dozens of cookbooks. Pépin was born in Bourg-en-Bresse, near Lyon. His first exposure to cooking was as a child in his parents’ restaurant, Le Pelican. From 1956 to 1958, Pépin was the personal chef to three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle. After moving to the United States in 1959, Pépin served for ten years as director of research and new development for the Howard Johnson Company, a position that taught him about mass production, marketing, food chemistry and American food tastes.

Enjoy an evening with internationally renowned French chef, author, and television personality Jacques Pépin, as he discusses his upcoming 14th cooking series, “Jacques Pépin: Heart and Soul.”

After the interview, a small number of lucky guests can join us for an intimate meal with the speakers. Dinner tickets include priority seating tickets to the interview and the pre-program cocktail reception, as well as a deluxe meal with wine pairings. Tickets are limited and will sell out soon, so be sure to get your Early Bird Dinner Package quickly!

Go to Technological Unemployment: Software Revolution or Job Extinction?

Technological Unemployment: Software Revolution or Job Extinction?

Date: Thu, October 02, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
An expert panel discussion.

Jim Clark, Founder and CEO, World Technology Network and World Technology Awards; Author, Manifesto for a New Civilization; Former Faculty Member, Harvard; Former Bill Clinton Presidential Campaign Director for Non-Profit Sector and National Service
Vivek Wadhwa, Research Director, Singularity University; Professor, Stanford; Author, The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent; Time Magazine 40 Most Influential Minds in Tech

Is a looming crisis of technological unemployment one of the greatest challenges facing humanity? Our newest technologies could have clear potential to eliminate many more jobs than they create. Critics fear that robotics, disintermediation, 3D printing, A.I. – to name just a few – may eliminate billions of jobs just when we need to find work for billions more people. What, if anything, can or should be done – from a “guaranteed basic income” to new strategies of job creation?

Fri 10/3

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Oil on Rails

Date: Fri, October 03, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
How will more oil transported on railcars impact the Bay Area economy and environment?

John Avalos, Member, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Jess Dervin-Ackerman, Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter


In the next two years the number of rail cars carrying oil into the Bay Area is forecast to increase 20-fold to 200,000. Five refineries in the East Bay process heavy crude oil and some are planning to bring in Canadian tar sands oil. Refiners and oil companies are also trying to be excluded from the California’s primary climate law known as AB 32.


How will more oil transported on railcars impact the Bay Area economy and environment? Can California be a climate leader while getting more involved with tar sands and exempting transportation fuels from reductions in carbon pollution? Is it hypocritical of Bay Area residents to use fossil fuels but not want them transported or processed in their backyards? 

 

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.