San Francisco Architecture Walking TourDate: Thu, October 23, 2014
Time: 1:45 PM
Hidden gems you can only find on foot!
Explore San Francisco’s Financial District with historian Rick Evans and learn the history and stories behind some of our city’s remarkable structures, streets, and public squares. Hear about the famous architects that influenced the building of San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake. Discover hard-to-find rooftop gardens, Art Deco lobbies, unique open spaces, and historic landmarks. This is a tour for locals, with hidden gems you can only find on foot!
The Return of George WashingtonDate: Thu, October 23, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Edward Larson, Author, The Return of George Washington; Professor of History, Pepperdine University
Did George Washington retire to Mount Vernon after winning the Revolutionary War? Did he stay out of politics until he was drafted to become the first president? Edward Larson argues that, during his so-called "lost period," George Washington remained the indispensable person behind the movement toward a stronger union based on a constitution. Come hear how this founding father quietly worked behind the scenes to lay a secure foundation for our long-lived democracy.
Linda Rottenberg in Conversation with Reid Hoffman: Think BigDate: Thu, October 23, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
“If people aren’t calling you crazy, you aren’t thinking big enough.”
Linda Rottenberg, CEO and Cofounder, Endeavor; Author, Crazy Is a Compliment
In conversation with Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
“If people aren’t calling you crazy, you aren’t thinking big enough.” – Linda Rottenberg
Linda Rottenberg has spent her career helping innovators think big. Nowadays, no matter the industry, the startup mindset is king: take risks, adapt, do it quickly. Having cofounded the leading organization devoted to mentoring fast-growing businesses, Endeavor, Rottenberg has seen this movement take shape and is chronicling the steps to success in her latest book, Crazy Is a Compliment. Endeavor entrepreneurs generated $6 billion in revenue and provided 225,000 jobs in a single year. Join us for a blend of inspiring stories and practical tools for getting started and doing it big.
Rottenberg will be joined in conversation by Reid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn. Join us to learn how to “derisk” your risk.
California’s Contributions to Culinary PublishingDate: Fri, October 24, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
An explosion of culinary publishing and speculation about cookbook publishing's future.
Bill LeBlond, Former Editorial Director of Food and Wine, Chronicle Books
Michael Carabetta, Creative Director, Chronicle Books
Margo True, Food Editor, Sunset Magazine
Jenny Wapner, Senior Cookbook Editor, Ten Speed Press
Joyce Goldstein, Author, California Food Revolution – Moderator
Our expert panel discusses California’s contributions to culinary publishing and distinct impact on cookbook writing and design in the United States. Early in the 20th century, Sunset magazine began publishing articles about California food and continues to focus on ingredients and local flavors of the West. In the 1970s, Ten Speed Press published The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen, introducing meatless eating to multiple generations of Americans. Major developments in cookbook design also were pioneered at Chronicle Books, where food editor LeBlond began working with cookbook author James McNair. They launched a series of cookbooks that would redefine categories and become known for photography across multiple subjects, offering a feast for the eyes as well as the table. The panel will review factors influencing an explosion of culinary publishing, evolving cookbook design, and speculation about cookbook publishing's future.
Middle East Discussion GroupDate: Mon, October 27, 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.
TechWomen: Advancing Women’s Leadership in Africa and the Middle EastDate: Mon, October 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
A panel discussion with leaders in STEM fields.
Join us for a panel discussion with four emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields from Africa and the Middle East who are in the Bay Area as participants of TechWomen. TechWomen is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, launched under the leadership of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2010. TechWomen empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in STEM from Africa and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams and inspire women and girls in their communities. This is achieved through a five-week professional mentorship and exchange program for 78 participants hosted at leading companies in the Bay Area. This panel will share their experiences on the program and their goals and dreams for their returns to their home countries.
Changing the Way We DieDate: Mon, October 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Fran Smith, Author, Changing the Way We Die; Blogger, Psychology Today
Sheila Himmel, Author, Changing the Way We Die; Blogger, Psychology Today
Smith and Himmel are back by popular demand! Is there really such a thing as a good death? How can people facing death live fully in the time they have left? Smith and Himmel are prize-winning journalists and former colleagues at The San Jose Mercury News whose fathers’ deaths propelled them to explore these questions and the nation’s $17 billion hospice industry. More than 1.5 million Americans a year die in hospice care – 44 percent of all deaths – yet most patients come in too late to get the full benefits. As 76 million baby boomers turn 65, commercialization by for-profit hospices threatens to undermine the hospice philosophy of compassionate, comprehensive, patient-driven care. Smith and Himmel examine the shifting attitudes and practices around death and dying, through the stories of patients, families, doctors and the corporate giants that increasingly own this “market.” What choices can each of us make now to get the best care possible when the time comes? How can we prepare to help those we love to die on their own terms? Join an eye-opening conversation about what you need to know before you need to know it.
Chasing WaterDate: Tue, October 28, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Brian Richter, Chief Water Scientist, The Nature Conservancy; Author, Chasing Water: A Guide for Moving from Scarcity to Sustainability
Peter Gleick, President, Co-Founder, The Pacific Institute; Author, Bottled and Sold
Call it water whiplash. Climate change has contributed to droughts in Iraq and Syria, while at the same time caused flooding in countries like England, India and Australia. In the U.S., carbon pollution has amplified flooding in the Midwest and Atlantic coast, and exacerbated the drought here.
How can countries and communities make sense of having too little water and then suddenly too much? What can be done to preserve water security for those who have it and provide it for those who don’t? Join us for a conversation with two experts about the future of water at home and abroad.
Stanley B. Prusiner: Madness and MemoryDate: Tue, October 28, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Nobel laureate's odyssey to cure the toughest diseases of the brain.
Stanley B. Prusiner, MD, Director, Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases; Professor, Department of Neurology, UCSF; Winner, Nobel Prize for Medicine
In his book, Prusiner tells the remarkable story of his discovery of prions – infectious proteins that replicate and cause disease but surprisingly contain no genetic material – and reveals how superb and meticulous science is actually practiced with talented teams of researchers who persevere. He recounts the frustrations and rewards of years of research and offers fascinating portraits of his peers as they raced to discover the causes of fatal brain diseases. Prusiner's hypothesis, once considered heresy, now stands as accepted science and the basis for developing diagnoses and eventual cures. He closes with a meditation on the legacy of his discovery: What will it take to cure Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Lou Gehrig's and other devastating diseases of the brain?
The Business Case for Gender DiversityDate: Wed, October 29, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
Joe Keefe, CEO, Pax World Funds
Joe Keefe, CEO, Pax World Funds, Pax Ellevate Management, LLC
Research suggests that when women are at the table or in leadership positions, companies perform better. Where gender diversity reaches a critical mass of three or more women on a board, governance improves and so does financial performance. Yet, despite the powerful business case for women, gender inequality stubbornly persists. Joe Keefe will be discussing the business-side of gender diversity in the workplace. Keefe has written and spoken widely on the subject of women’s empowerment.
Eric Metaxas: Do you Believe in Miracles?Date: Wed, October 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Why do some people dismiss miracles out of hand?
Eric Metaxas, Lecturer, King’s College; Author, Bonhoeffer and Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life
What are miracles and why do we believe in them? Is it for comfort, to explain the inexplicable, or do we simply long for a connection with something larger than ourselves? And why do some people dismiss them out of hand, as if they can never happen?
What Heaven Is for Real did for near-death experiences, Miracles does for the miraculous. It provides food for thought that there’s something real to be reckoned with, whatever one has thought of this topic before. It provides a wide range of compelling stories of the miraculous and will engage the reader in the serious discussion that this fascinating and rich subject deserves. Miracles is in some ways a more personal, anecdotal and updated version of C. S. Lewis’s 1947 book on the subject. Metaxas’s Miracles is an exploration and an exhortation to view miracles as not only possible but as far more widespread than most of us have ever imagined.
The World We Create: A Message of Hope for a Planet in PerilDate: 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.
San Francisco’s Prop E: Pros and Cons of the Soda TaxDate: Thu, October 30, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
To tax or not to tax? That is the question posed to San Francisco residents this November as Proposition E, also known as the Soda Tax, appears on ballots.
Proposition E seeks to impose a 2-cents-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages with revenue directed to the city’s public health, recreation and parks departments, and the school district. Proponents of the proposition believe it could reduce the consumption of sugary drinks by 30 to 40 percent, while opponents dispute that prediction and believe it unfairly burdens low-income communities.
Come with your questions for advocates on both sides of this contentious issue.
Cognitive Dimensions of Healthy Lifestyle HabitsDate: Thu, October 30, 2014
Time: 5:15 PM
Richard T. Houston, Ed.D., Founder, People Assets and Health Alliance Partners
Learn how a significant portion of cardiovascular diseases and Alzheimer's disease can be delayed or avoided completely when adults pursue active lifestyle habits throughout their adult years. Survey responses from 1,600 Bay Area residents reveal important differences in the cognitive experience of fitness buffs vs. people who are rarely active. Psychological research provides insights into specific methodologies that create opportunities for shaping new active lifestyle behaviors and improving outcomes for physical and behavioral health.
Keystone and BeyondDate: Thu, October 30, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
A conversation on powering this country’s future.
David Baker, Energy Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
John Cushman, Author, Keystone & Beyond; Former Reporter, The New York Times
Additional panelist TBA
With American oil production increasing and domestic demand in decline, does it make sense to build the Keystone XL pipeline? The Keystone battle is one of the biggest political fights over energy in decades and could shape President Obama’s legacy. Supporters say it will provide reliable energy from a friendly neighbor, adding that if the oil doesn’t come here, it will go to Asia. Opponents say that building it will commit the U.S. to some of the dirtiest fuel on Earth and send a message that the country is not serious about stabilizing the climate.
Keystone is just one hunk of metal in a web of energy infrastructure. There are 2.5 million miles of pipeline that carry energy around the United States. As a recent accident in Lynchburg, Virginia, demonstrated, transporting the oil by rail is dangerous. Furthermore, other pipelines are in the works to get the oil to ports and global markets.
John Cushman’s book on Keystone tells the story of the country’s most discussed piece of pipe. He will tell that story and be joined by two other reporters for a discussion of how the U.S. can maintain its economy while getting off fossil fuels before frying the planet. Will divestment from fossil fuels have any impact on capital and energy markets? Is attacking supply an effective strategy for decarbonizing the economy? Join a conversation with leading energy journalists on powering this country’s future.
Marissa Mayer in conversation with Marc Benioff - A Visionary Award EventDate: Thu, October 30, 2014
Time: 7:15 PM
Her boldness has made her a household name.
Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo
In conversation with Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, salesforce.com
Marissa Mayer is the CEO of Yahoo and is one of very few women to have run a Fortune 500 company. In 2013, Mayer earned the number one spot on Fortune Magazine’s 2013 “40 Under 40” list. Fifteen years before she became the tech powerhouse she is today, Mayer was hired as the 20th employee at a small tech company. This company, Google, enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence under Mayer’s tenure and launched successful and groundbreaking products such as Google Maps, Google News, Gmail and Chrome. In 2012, Mayer claimed a bigger stage with her appointment as CEO of Yahoo In two years, Mayer has reinvigorated Yahoo's brand, reimagined all of its core products including Yahoo Mail, Flickr and more, and introduced new mobile products such as Yahoo Weather and Yahoo News Digest which have both won design awards. In addition, Mayer has acquired more than 40 companies, including Tumblr. Her boldness has made her a household name, and we’re pleased to award Marissa Mayer INFORUM’s 21st Century Visionary Award.
Join INFORUM at The Castro Theatre, where Mayer will be featured in conversation with Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of salesforce.com.
French Friday with Dorie GreenspanDate: Fri, October 31, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
Bringing together a mix of contemporary and traditional French recipes.
Dorie Greenspan, Author, Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere and Around My French Table; James Beard Award Winner
In Conversation with Joel Riddell, Executive Producer and Host, “Dining Around,” KKSF Talk 910
With her groundbreaking bestseller Around My French Table, Greenspan changed the way people view French food. Come hear her, in conversation with Riddell, talk about her career in the culinary world, co-authoring cookbooks with Pierre Herme and Julia Child; her fan club, French Fridays with Dorie; and her newest cookbook. Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere brings together a mix of contemporary and traditional recipes drawing on seasonal ingredients, market visits and travels throughout France.
Mario Batali in Conversation with Tyler FlorenceDate: Sat, November 01, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Join a discussion of Batali's latest book.
Mario Batali, Chef; Co-Host, “The Chew”; Author, America – Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers
In conversation with Tyler Florence, Chef and Owner, Wayfare Tavern, El Paseo; Chef and Host, Food Network
Beef cheek ravioli with fresh squab livers and black truffles, bucatini all’Amatriciana with house-cured guanciale, farfalle with sun-dried tomatoes and arugula; these are just a few of Batali’s signature dishes. He’s a connoisseur of Italian cuisine who has made an indelible mark on America. Batali has traveled from Spain to London to the small northern Italian village of Borgo Capanne to master the art of Italian cooking. He now co-owns more than 25 restaurants, and has written nine cookbooks. As the star, host and resident chef of shows such as “The Chew” and previously “Iron Chef America,” Mario brings celebrities, chefs and food together to explore and delight in life through food.
INFORUM presents Batali in conversation with Tyler Florence, Bay Area resident, host of numerous Food Network shows, and chef of SF’s own Wayfare Tavern. They’ll discuss Batali’s latest book, America – Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers.
Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social 11/3/14Date: Mon, November 03, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
Informative and engaging commentary on political and other major news.
Debra J. Saunders, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle; "Token Conservative" Blogger, SFGate.com; Twitter @debrajsaunders
Additional Panelists TBA
At Week to Week, we explore the biggest, most controversial, and sometimes the oddest 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 news quiz!
And stay after 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).
Book Discussion: Mao II by Don DeLilloDate: Mon, November 03, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM
Don DeLillo presents a novel about words and images, novelists and terrorists, the arch-individualist and the mass mind. The novel centers on Bill Gray, a famous reclusive writer who abandons the novel he has been writing for many years and enters a world of political violence, Semtex explosives and hostages locked in basement rooms. Mao II is Don DeLillo's 10th novel. It won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1992.