Image - Morra Aarons-Mele and Jose Antonio Vargas

San Francisco

Morra Aarons-Mele with Jose Antonio Vargas: How to Thrive as an Anxious Achiever

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Anxiety disorders are among the most common forms of mental illness in the world, and anxiety can have debilitating effects in our work and in our lives.

Podcast host and self-proclaimed "anxious achiever" Morra Aarons-Mele has made it her mission to normalize anxiety and leadership. She argues that anxiety is built into the very nature of leadership and should be harnessed into a force for good.  

Hear more on figuring out your own anxiety profile and how to turn stress and worries into a source of strength for yourself and those around you.


This event was rescheduled from April 13, 2023.

This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. For online viewing, pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

Safety Protocols for in-person attendance:

  • We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
  • We strongly recommend vaccination for guests, staff, and volunteers.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged while indoors (if you do not have one and would like one, inquire at our front desk for a complimentary mask).
  • We reserve the right to require different rules for specific events as necessary.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

Copies of The Anxious Achiever are available for purchase during checkout (for U.S. domestic shipping only).

The Commonwealth Club of California is a nonprofit public forum; we welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our online programming.

Photos courtesy the speakers.

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Wed, Apr 12 / 6:00 pm PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Image - Morra Aarons-Mele

Morra Aarons-Mele

Host, "The Anxious Achiever" Podcast; Author, The Anxious Achiever: Turn Your Biggest Fears into Your Leadership Superpower; Twitter @morraam

Image - Jose Antonio Vargas

In Conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas

Founder, Define American; Twitter @joseiswriting


5:30 p.m. doors open & check-in
6 p.m. program
7 p.m. book signing
(all times PDT)


$15 members
$25 nonmembers
$45 members with a book
$55 nonmembers with a book
Free for students (with valid I.D.) and Leadership Circle members with no book
Free for members
$10 nonmembers
$30 members with a book
$40 nonmembers with a book
Free for students (with valid I.D.) and Leadership Circle members with no book