How to Fall in Love with Anyone with Mandy Len Catron
Jul
11
6:30 pm18:30

How to Fall in Love with Anyone with Mandy Len Catron

  • Commonwealth Club

Mandy Len Catron, Author, How to Fall In Love with Anyone; Professor,  English and Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia; Editor, The Love Story Project
Moira Weigel, Author, Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating; Editor, Logic Magazine, PhD candidate, Yale University - Moderator

Remember Mandy Len Catron’s viral The New York Times Modern Love Column  “To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This”? In the essay, she and an acquaintance followed a less-than-scientific version of a psychology study comprised of answering 36 increasingly personal questions, ending by staring silently into the other’s eyes for four whole minutes. Mandy and her experiment partner went on to actually fall in love, with millions of people invested in the future of her brand-new relationship after reading the column. Now, in her new book How to Fall in Love with Anyone, Catron explores the romantic myths we create and talks frankly how they limit our ability to achieve and sustain intimacy.

Whether you’re dating and dubious about love or deep in a relationship, Mandy’s mix of history, science, theory, and personal experience will make you question the unwritten scripts we follow in love and relationships. Mandy Len will be in conversation with Moira Weigel, author of Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating, a fellow academic and writer entranced by the complexity of love.

Originally from Appalachian Virginia, Mandy Len Catron is a writer living and working in Vancouver, BC. She’s writing about love and love stories at The Love Story Project. She teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

For-Profit Punishment? The Private Prison Question
Jul
18
6:30 pm18:30

For-Profit Punishment? The Private Prison Question

  • Commonwealth Club

Shane Bauer, Senior Reporter, Mother Jones; Co-Author, A Sliver of Light
Alysia Santo, Staff Reporter, the Marshall Project
Jeanne Woodford, Former Warden, San Quentin State Prison; Former Undersecretary of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Mina Kim, News Anchor and Friday's "Forum" Host, KQED — Moderator

2016, the Obama administration declared that the federal government would begin to phase out the use of private, for-profit prisons in the justice system, following a Justice Department report with data that private prisons did not save money and were less safe than public facilities. In early 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the decision. Today, the debate continues: should the American criminal justice system include private, for-profit entities? Or should the prison system at the state and federal levels be run by the government? Join journalists and advocates focused on criminal justice reform, including Shane Bauer, a senior reporter at Mother Jones, where he recently reported on his four month stint as a private prison guard, and a representative from The Marshall Project, a non-profit journalism outlet featuring journalism about criminal justice, for a conversation about the state of the American criminal justice system and private prisons.

Protect the Vote with Jason Kander
Aug
3
6:30 pm18:30

Protect the Vote with Jason Kander

  • Commonwealth Club

Jason Kander, President, Let America Vote; Contributor, CNN; Former Missouri Secretary of State; Former U.S. Senate Candidate; Former U.S. Army Intelligence Officer

Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State, Former California State Senator—Moderator

Voting in America has never been easy, and Jason Kander has made it his personal and political mission to change that. 

Recently, Kander launched Let America Vote, a political organization dedicated to leading the fight for voting rights. Specifically, Let America Vote focuses on combating state and national laws that it believes are intended to disproportionately disenfranchise people based on their race, ethnicity, gender, age or income. The organization ensures that there are political consequences for elected officials who defend prohibitive voting laws.

Kander was elected Missouri secretary of state in 2012 at the age of 31, making him the first millennial in the nation to be elected to statewide office. He became interested in public service after he returned from a tour of duty as an Army intelligence officer in Afghanistan and recognized the need for more resources for America’s veterans and their families. After serving in the Missouri House and narrowly losing his 2016 bid for U.S. Senate in Missouri in the state’s most expensive Senate race in history, he gained traction on the national political stage as a promising up-and-comer for the Democratic Party.

Kander will be in conversation with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a rising star in California’s political scene, who previously served in the California State Senate and who was the youngest person and the first Latino elected president of Los Angeles City Council. During his tenure as secretary of state, Padilla has expanded access to voter registration for California’s teens aged 16 and 17 and is currently working to improve California’s voter tools and technology.

Join INFORUM, Kander and Secretary Padilla for a conversation about the vital role of civic engagement in our democracy and the need to ensure that all eligible citizens are able to exercise their constitutional right to cast their ballot.

Back to School: What is the Purpose of Public Education?
Aug
24
6:30 pm18:30

Back to School: What is the Purpose of Public Education?

  • Commonwealth Club

Nikole Hannah-Jones, Investigative Reporter, The New York Times Magazine

Kristina Rizga, Senior Reporter, Mother Jones; Author, Mission High - Moderator

Across the country, the challenges of growing extremism, xenophobia, violence, and filter bubbles plague communities and the country at large, alongside a lack of mutual understanding and collective responsibility. Can public education be a part of the solution or will it crumble in today’s political climate?

Over the last 30 years, education reform has drastically changed American schools: The slashing of public dollars, backlash against racial integration, test-and-punish policies, and other shifts have increased inequities and other divisions within our public school system. In just the past decade, the per-student funding gap between rich and poor schools has grown 44 percent, and public schools are more segregated by race and class today than they were shortly after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. The Trump administration heralds school choice and vouchers as the best solution to issues facing education, but access and quality of these systems are hotly debated.

This leaves the American public with lots of questions. Can the promise of public education stand up to the current state of the country? Are there ways to uphold public schools as a bastion of democracy, civic engagement, and inclusion? How can parents and citizens help revive the promise of public education? How can choice policies improve to serve students with disabilities, black children, and English learners more equitably?

Join journalists Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine and Kristina Rizga of Mother Jones and author of Mission High as they reflect on their extensive reporting in schools—as well as personal experiences—and highlight key, largely invisible forces that are slowly eroding the promise of public education, the intentions and money that drives some of them, and look ahead to the future of schools in America.

 

 


Take a Wild Uber Ride with Adam Lashinsky
Jun
14
6:30 pm18:30

Take a Wild Uber Ride with Adam Lashinsky

  • Commonwealt Club

Adam Lashinsky, Fortune journalist and author of the best seller "Inside Apple"
Kara Swisher, Executive Editor of Recode - Moderator

Uber makes headlines every day--both complimentary and controversial--and since its launch in 2009, it’s been one of the top companies on the minds and phones of millions worldwide. But what do we really know about Uber, and more importantly, what lies ahead?

Uber’s last eight years as a leader in the on-demand economy has found the company battling lawmakers and competitors in emerging markets, facing protests and riots in cities from Paris to Mumbai, hustling to build the first self-driving car, and responding to major employee allegations, to name just a few challenges. CEO Travis Kalanick is known as a ruthless businessman, appearing in the news almost as often as the Silicon Valley giant he runs. There’s talk of an IPO, with the company valued at billions, and competition from the likes of Google and Lyft. Uber continues to rise in value and global impact even while questions around finances, leadership, valuation, and the future arise, so the question remains--what else should the public know?

Join Adam Lashinsky, Fortune journalist and author of the best seller Inside Apple, for a conversation about his new book Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination, diving deep into the Uber universe and what’s on the horizon for the company the world can’t seem to stop using or talking about every day.

Tartine All Day Every Day
May
25
6:30 pm18:30

Tartine All Day Every Day

  • Commonwealth Club

Elizabeth Prueitt, Co-Founder, Tartine Bakery; Co-Founder, Tartine Manufactury; Co-Founder, Coffee Manufactury; James Beard Award Winner for Best Pastry Chef; Author "Tartine All Day"
Gabriela Camera, Owner and Executive Chef, Cala Restaurant
Kate Sofis, CEO, SFMade.org - Moderator

We all love food, but Elizabeth Prueitt LOVES food. From baking some of Bay Area’s favorite bread at Tartine to launching her new venture Tartine Manufactory (we hear she’s most excited about the soft-serve ice cream machines) the James Beard Award winning pastry chef always brings the best to the table. 

Join Prueitt in conversation with others blazing trails in the Bay Area culinary world, including Gabriela Cámara, owner and executive chef of ten restaurants including the local Cala, as they discuss effecting social change through food, creativity, entrepreneurship and more. 

Prueitt’s latest cookbook, Tartine All Day makes her popular food and recipes accessible to the broader community, with a hands-on approach not always seen in a gadget-driven world. Come be inspired to cook, eat, and do better with Elisabeth Prueitt and friends!


This is a Good Lit Program, underwritten by the Osher Foundation.

One Nation Under Stress: How Social Connection Can Heal Us
May
16
6:30 pm18:30

One Nation Under Stress: How Social Connection Can Heal Us

  • Commonwealth Club

Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., United States Surgeon General; Co-Founder, VISIONS; Co-Founder, Doctors for America

“America’s Doctor”, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A. was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013 as the 19th United States Surgeon General, and he continues to serve under the current administration. Dr. Murthy is the first Surgeon General of Indian descent and the youngest Surgeon General of modern times.

As Surgeon General, Dr. Murthy is responsible for communicating the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal and public health. Dr. Murthy is focused on tackling our country's most urgent public health issues. During his tenure, he has created initiatives to end our country's opioid crisis, reduce tobacco-related diseases, and create a culture of prevention in America grounded in physical sctivity, nutrition, and emotional well-being. In 2017, Dr. Murthy will continue his efforts to build a culture of prevention, tackling one of the root causes of illness - chronic stress - while promoting efforts to improve emotional well-being.

Dr. Murthy's commitment to medicine and health began early in life. The son of immigrants from India, he discovered he discovered the art of healing in his father's medical clinic in Miami, Florida. A believer in the power of community, he co-founded VISIONS, a peer-to-peer HIV/AIDS education program in India, and the Swasthya project ("health and well-being" in Sanskrit), a community health partnership that trained women to defy the odds in their patriarchal villages and become health care providers and educators. As a healthcare entrepreneur, Dr. Murthy co-founded a technology company to improve research collaboration in clinical trials that is powering research studies around the world. He also co-founded Doctors for America, a non-profit with more than 16,000 physician and medical student members from all 50 states dedicated to creating a high-quality, affordable health care system for all.

Join INFORUM for a conversation with Dr. Murthy on the urgent need to cultivate emotional well-being as a pillar of personal and public health, and how emotional well-being might be the best prescription not only for ourselves and our communities, but for the future of our country.

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant: Option B
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant: Option B

  • Castro Theatre

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook; Author, Option B
Adam Grant, Wharton Professor; Author, Option B

Join Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, authors of Option B, as they talk about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. After the sudden death of her husband, Sandberg felt certain she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are steps people can take to recover and even rebound. Option B combines Sandberg’s emotional insights and Grant’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. The authors will share what they’ve learned about helping others in crisis; developing compassion for ourselves; raising strong children; and creating resilient families, communities and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to ordinary struggles, allowing people to build resilience for whatever lies ahead. Sandberg and Grant will discuss the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy.

Ben Shapiro: Rules for Debating the Left
Apr
24
6:30 pm18:30

Ben Shapiro: Rules for Debating the Left

  • Commonwealth Club

Ben Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief of Daily Wire, Host of "The Ben Shapiro Show", New York Times best-selling Author and Attorney

Ben Shapiro has made a name for himself as a prominent young conservative voice in our nation’s political dialogue. At the age of 17, Ben became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in America as a part of the Creators Syndicate. He was the Editor-At-Large for Breitbart, co-founded the media watchdog website Truth Revolt, has written several successful books and also started his own law practice. Today, he's the Editor-in-Chief of Daily Wire, Host of the number one conservative podcast on iTunes "The Ben Shapiro Show", and has almost half a million Twitter followers who engage in discussion and debate with him every day. Ben is a California native, and is a graduate of both UCLA and Harvard Law School.

Ben is frequently called upon to offer his opinion on controversial political and social issues, including everything from the role of the media in our society to the rise of Black Lives Matter to Jews in the United States. He’s known for his confrontational approach and is never one to back down during a heated exchange.

Ben welcomes agreement and argument alike, so we hope that you’ll join us for an in-depth conversation. Bring your questions!

Sam Altman: Social Change and Startups
Apr
13
6:30 pm18:30

Sam Altman: Social Change and Startups

  • Marines Memorial Theatre

Sam Altman, at 31, has been one of Silicon Valley’s brightest stars for years as a founder, an investor and President of Y Combinator. But more recently, Sam and Y Combinator have both made headlines for their involvement in some of today’s most contentious political and social issues.

Y Combinator’s new Basic Income Project based in Oakland, CA will give 100 families a minimum wage with the goal of exploring alternatives to the existing social safety net. Sam has also been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration and has backed Track Trump, an online tool that monitors the promises President Trump delivers on and those on which he comes up short. Y Combinator also recently welcomed the ACLU into their Winter 2017 class and will help the ACLU to turn its recent $24 million donation haul into concrete actions and organizational growth. Sam is also in the beginning stages of a new project focused on finding a way to reduce housing costs through the creation of a smart city prototype.

Sam was named President of Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s largest startup incubator, in 2014. Y Combinator’s portfolio includes heavyweights like Airbnb, Dropbox and Stripe. Sam began his tech career as CEO of Loopt, which was acquired in 2012 and was included in Y Combinator’s first round of funded companies in 2005. Sam is also a personal investor in several of today’s most successful startups including Airbnb, Stripe, Reddit, Asana and Pinterest.

Join INFORUM, Sam and moderator Nellie Bowles of VICE for an insightful and timely conversation about tech, politics and everything in between.

 

Alyssa Mastromonaco: Running the Obama White House
Apr
5
6:30 pm18:30

Alyssa Mastromonaco: Running the Obama White House

  • Commonwealth Club

Alyssa Mastromonaco,  Author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House; A+ E Networks President of Global Communications Strategy and Talent; Marie Claire Contributing Editor; Former Chief Operating Officer at VICE Media and Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Operations for President Barack Obama

Alyssa Mastromonaco, former Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Operations to President Barack Obama, is coming to INFORUM to offer up answers from 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, most notably as his Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations, where she oversaw the planning and setup of presidential events, the hiring of presidential personnel and all Oval Office operations. Mastromonaco established herself as an integral member of President Obama’s inner circle early on in his political rise and helped him to make key decisions like selecting Joe Biden as his presidential running mate, with lots of lessons learned along the way.

After leaving the White House, Mastromonaco shifted her focus from the West Wing to the global media landscape as COO of VICE Media where she helped the company to grow its powerhouse brand. She is currently President of Global Communications Strategy and Talent at A+E Networks, and still works closely with VICE on projects like VICELAND.

Alyssa’s book Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House is full of stories about her ascension to Washington, D.C.’s political power list as one of President Obama’s most trusted White House confidants and also provides insightful advice for young women who are looking to make their own marks on the world.

Join INFORUM for a candid discussion with Alyssa and learn what it’s like to be an insider in the competitive worlds of politics and media (and learn a few tricks yourself!)

This is a Good Lit event – Underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

LGBTQ Rights and Religious Freedom: What's At Stake?
Mar
29
6:30 pm18:30

LGBTQ Rights and Religious Freedom: What's At Stake?

  • Commonwealth Club

Mia Satya, Community Organizer, Social Justice Advocate and 2016 San Francisco Pride Grand Marshall
Judge LaDoris Cordell, (Ret.); Chair, Santa Clara County Jail Comission — Moderator
Additional panelists TBA

What are the implications of potential executive orders and religious freedom legislation on the LGBTQ community and beyond? Hear from a diverse panel of leaders.

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Nancy Pfund on Impact Investing
Mar
21
6:30 pm18:30

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Nancy Pfund on Impact Investing

  • Commonwealth Club

Nancy Pfund, Founder, DBL Partners, Twitter: @nancydbl

David Bank, Editor, ImpactAlpha — moderator, Twitter: @impactalpha

Whether you’re an investor, an entrepreneur, or a consumer, we all make decisions about how to spend our money every day. How do you decide where to spend, and how to make the biggest impact through what products, companies, efforts, and issues you support?

Join Nancy Pfund, founder of DBL Partners (Double Bottom Line), in conversation with David Bank of Impact Alpha, as they demystify the world of impact investing. For starters, what IS impact investing? It turns out that financial success can and does go hand in hand with social change, and DBL Partners is part of a growing movement demonstrating this possibility every day. DBL Partners approach to venture capital is two-pronged: they achieve high venture capital returns, and also incorporate a second bottom line by requiring companies they invest in to define how they will create economic, social, and environmental improvements through their efforts. Two birds with one stone: profit and positive impact.

Nancy and her team are innovators who are setting the standard for other investors and companies to consider success beyond the single profit bottom line. Today, organizations like SolarCity, Pandora, and Patagonia build social impact into their business plans from the very beginning because of leadership by impact investors and the ripple effect is real. Who says your dollars can’t count for double? Come learn how impact investing is changing the game when it comes to making money matter.

Join us afterwards for a reception--enjoy a glass of wine or a snack while recapping what you just learned and meeting new people!

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is a series of conversations supported by Bank of the West.

 

 

Designing Your Life with Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Mar
15
7:00 pm19:00

Designing Your Life with Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

  • Commonwealth Club

Are you ready to design the life you’ve always envisioned in your head? Let Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show you the way! The Stanford professors and New York Times #1 best-selling authors of Designing Your Life have spent years teaching Life Design to Stanford students, and are excited to share their experiences with INFORUM.

Design thinking principles aren’t just for products and space! Bill and Dave will discuss the "many versions of 'you' that exist", teach us all how to think like designers, and help us prototype our way to a more joyful life. Their approach is applicable and fun, much like great design. Be ready to reframe and revamp your creative thinking.

VIP Opportunity! Prior to the conversation, from 5:45-6:45 pm, Bill and Dave will lead an intimate VIP experience: the Life Design Energy Workshop. The workshop will include an energy exercise and mini-Designing Your Life workshop focused on energy, for those who want the opportunity to try out some of Bill and Dave’s techniques for life design firsthand. Tickets are first-come, first-served, very limited and are non-refundable.

Featuring:

Bill Burnett, Executive Director, Design Program at Stanford University and Co-Author of Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

Dave Evans, Adjunct Lecturer, Product Design Program at Stanford University; Management Consultant; co-founder of Electronic Arts and Co-Author of Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

Suzanne Gibbs Howard, Founder, Partner and Dean, IDEO U, IDEO San Francisco -- Moderator

For the Love of Beer
Feb
14
6:30 pm18:30

For the Love of Beer

  • Commonwealth Club

Justin Catalana, Founder and Managing Partner, Fort Point Beer Company
Dave McLean, Founder/Brewmaster, Magnolia Brewing Company
Kate Sofis, CEO, SFMade--Moderator
Additional panelists TBA

Whether you’re single, attached, or “complicated” this Valentine’s Day, beer and INFORUM will always love you back, so spend the evening with us! Join leaders from top San Francisco breweries including Fort Point Beer Company and Magnolia Brewing Company (more to be announced) for a conversation about beer and why it’s great to brew in San Francisco, moderated by Kate Sofis of SFMade. Plus, we’re talking the talk AND pouring the pour—participating breweries will have beer flowing after the conversation, and we’ll provide the snacks. Come to learn and sip, sample standards or decide on a new standby, and meet someone new or bring a favorite!

Sallie Krawcheck: The Power of Women, Work and Wallet
Feb
2
6:30 pm18:30

Sallie Krawcheck: The Power of Women, Work and Wallet

  • Commonwealth Club

Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and Co-founder of Ellevest and Author of Own It: The Power of Women at Work

Are you ready to take charge of your career and financial destiny? Let Sallie Krawcheck show you the way. Sallie Krawcheck has been called the most powerful woman on Wall Street, and she’s opening up her years of experience to create a playbook for women’s professional success in Own It: The Power of Women at Work”—one that incorporates women’s strengths, allows for non-traditional career paths, and shapes women’s power to advance themselves creatively and courageously.

Sallie once held senior positions at Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Citigroup. Now, she runs Ellevest, a new digital platform focused on redefining investment tools, resources, and strategies for women. “[Ellevest] isn’t ‘for women,’ ‘pink it and shrink it,’ ‘make it smaller,'” Sallie shared in a recent interview, reminding us that women often have different salary arcs, live longer on average, and often make decisions including taking a few years off from career to raise children—all key components in investment strategies. 

Sallie’s wide range of experiences—from reaching the top rung in the “boys’ club” of Wall Street to launching Ellevest—mean there are myriad stories, skills, and sage pieces of advice, and we can’t wait to hear from her. Spend an evening walking in Sallie’s high-powered heels with INFORUM, and get inspired to own your future.

Tim Ferriss: Tools of Titans
Jan
31
7:00 pm19:00

Tim Ferriss: Tools of Titans

  • Castro Theatre

Tim Ferriss, Entrepreneur; Public Speaker; Author, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

Whether you’re a millionaire-in-the-making or just trying to check off your to-do list every single day, Tim Ferriss wants to help you be your best self. Tim’s the master of efficiency, productivity, and self-improvement (and the Four-Hour everything), and his latest book Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performersis here to make us all our best selves. Tim picked the brains of 200+ of the most creative, successful leaders from around the world to help YOU do better every day, including Brene Brown, Malcolm Gladwell, Jamie Foxx, Reid Hoffman, and dozens of others. He asked them actionable questions--what does the first hour of your day look like? What does your workout routine look like and why? What are the biggest time wastes you avoid?--so that you can apply their philosophies to your own life. To quote Tim, who has tried many of these tactics himself, “The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.”  Come hear from Tim at INFORUM and who knows—maybe you’ll end up featured in his next book!

Many thanks to our premium reception beer and wine sponsors Fort Point Beer Company and Dry Farm Wines!

The Future of Choice with Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood
Dec
5
7:00 pm19:00

The Future of Choice with Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood

  • Herbst Theatre

Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund

This year, Planned Parenthood marks its one hundredth year of providing vital healthcare services, education, and information to women, men and families across America.

While 2.5 million men and women visit Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers annually, the organization faces major opposition and during this historic election year, Planned Parenthood and its supporters have been under scrutiny by politicians and others who want to eliminate the organization’s state and federal funding and shut down its clinics. One side argues that Planned Parenthood’s initiatives should not be bolstered by the government and often have a negative impact, while Planned Parenthood’s supporters assert that without the organization’s services, public health and safety are potentially endangered.

Join INFORUM at The Commonwealth Club in welcoming Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards for a powerful and timely discussion about Planned Parenthood’s history, its role in our political and cultural dialogues and what the future holds for the organization as it looks toward its next one hundred years.

Andy Cohen and Anna Sale: Taboo Topics
Nov
30
7:00 pm19:00

Andy Cohen and Anna Sale: Taboo Topics

  • Castro Theatre

Andy Cohen, Host, Watch What Happens: Live, Executive Producer, The Real Housewives franchise; Author, Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries

Anna Sale, Host and Managing Editor, Death, Sex & Money—Moderator

Andy Cohen's back on the INFORUM stage with his latest book, Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries, and Anna Sale of the cult-favorite podcast Death, Sex and Money will be wringing all the salacious details out of him live onstage with INFORUM. 

Since we last saw him, Andy has continued to leave his footprints all over the media world, from touring with Anderson Cooper to creating his own Sirius station, Radio Andy, Andy’s new book will satiate your appetite with juicy stories about his personal and professional adventures, and everything in between. This time, Andy’s not holding anything back (especially his opinions!) and you won’t want to miss your chance to hear the scandalous scoop straight from the source.

Joel McHale Live
Oct
28
7:00 pm19:00

Joel McHale Live

  • Nourse Theater

Joel McHale is one of America’s favorite funny men from Community and The Soup to sold out stand-up comedy shows, and he’s ready to let INFORUM behind the scenes of the comedic life. His brand-new memoir Thanks for the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be, is part memoir, part “self-help” book, and all hilarious.

Thanks for the Money covers Joel’s ascent to fame, insider celeb secrets, tongue-in-cheek tips for becoming Joel, and more, plus graphics and charts to give you an truly illustrated perspective on it all.

Whether you want to know if there’s an upcoming Community movie starring Joel as Jeff Winger, or are dying to know what pop culture gossip never made it on to The Soup, get your tickets now!

Election Education: An Evening with Rep. Eric Swalwell
Oct
20
6:30 pm18:30

Election Education: An Evening with Rep. Eric Swalwell

  • Commonwealth Club

Eric Swalwell, U.S. Representative (D, CA-15)
Nellie Bowles, Silicon Valley Correspondent, Vice Nightly—Moderator

Rep. 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 Rep. 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.

An Evening with Luvvie Ajayi
Oct
12
6:30 pm18:30

An Evening with Luvvie Ajayi

  • Commonwealth Club

Luvvie Ajayi, writer and humorist, is that friend who brings up all the “touchy” topics you’re not supposed to talk about at dinner, like love, sex, money and politics.

In her new book I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual, Luvvie deftly dissects everything from feminism to friendship to social media to sex tapes, all the while encouraging readers to take a hard look at why they think and act the way they do in today’s crazy-connected, digital world.

Luvvie can and does school her readers on everything from proper Facebook etiquette to race relations; she tells you to “do better,” and people will want to listen. 

Recently named a member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, Luvvie’s award-winning blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com reaches more than 500,000 readers. She’s a highly coveted speaker all over the world, and she’s the executive director of The Red Pump Project, a national non-profit that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS.

#Girlboss Sophia Amoruso
Oct
10
6:30 pm18:30

#Girlboss Sophia Amoruso

  • Marines' Memorial Theatre

Sophia Amoruso, Author, Nasty Galaxy and New York Times-bestseller #Girlboss; Founder and CEO, Nasty Gal; Founder, #Girlboss Foundation; Host, #Girlboss Radio

Alison Pincus, Co-Founder, One Kings Lane; 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.

Spend the Night with Alan Cumming
Sep
22
7:00 pm19:00

Spend the Night with Alan Cumming

  • Castro Theatre

Alan Cumming, Actor; Activist; Author, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams

Cleve Jones, Founder, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt; Human Rights Activist; Author—Moderator

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. His new book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams, is a glimpse into his amazing life. 

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 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, published by Rizzoli Ex Libris, 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.

With special thanks to premium reception sponsor Campari America.

Feminist Fight Club with Jessica Bennett
Sep
21
6:30 pm18:30

Feminist Fight Club with Jessica Bennett

  • 1446 Market

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 Newsweekto 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.

With special thanks to premium reception sponsor Fort Point Beer Company.

True or False? A Field Guide to Lies in the Information Age
Sep
15
6:30 pm18:30

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

  • Commonwealth Club

Dr. Daniel Levitin, Author, “A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age” 

Sarah Frier, Tech Reporter, Bloomberg—Moderator

“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 Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, 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!

Tristan Walker and John Maeda: Redefining Design
Aug
31
6:30 pm18:30

Tristan Walker and John Maeda: Redefining Design

  • Commonwealth Club

Tristan Walker, Founder and CEO, Walker & Company Brands, Inc.

John Maeda, Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion, Automattic--Moderator

After recognizing the need for better-made personal care products for people of color, Tristan Walker,a former Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Andressen Horowitz and Director of Business Development at Foursquare, struck out on his own and launched Walker & Company Brands, Inc.

Now, Walker & Company Brands is an emerging leader in the field of product design and the 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, Inc. are finding success and redefining product design by making products that are both visually appealing and highly effective available to the masses.

Sponsored by Carbon Five, a collaborative software design and development firm that helps startups, non-profit organizations and enterprise companies create amazing products and build effective teams.

Above the Law? Addressing Sexual Assault on Campus and Beyond
Aug
16
6:30 pm18:30

Above the Law? Addressing Sexual Assault on Campus and Beyond

  • Commonwealth Club

Adam Bink, Campaign Director, UltraViolet
Michele Dauber, Frederick l. Richman Professor of Law, Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology, Stanford University
Jeffrey Rosen, Santa Clara County District Attorney
Mina Kim, KQED News Anchor and Forum Friday Host--Moderator

Are the current policies and laws in place regarding sexual assault on college campuses and in the broader community working as intended?

The public is in deep public debate over the issue of sexual assault and whether existing standards are fair and meet their intended goals of educating and protecting students and the public-at-large, supporting survivors and holding college and communities accountable.

Join INFORUM for a powerful panel discussion about the issue of sexual assault with leaders across the legal, academic, government and advocacy fields who are all playing a pivotal role in shaping how sexual assault is addressed on college campuses and beyond.

 

Is Dating Dead? with Author Moira Weigel
Jul
21
6:30 pm18:30

Is Dating Dead? with Author Moira Weigel

  • Commonwealth Club

Moira Weigel, Author, Labor of Love:The Invention of Dating
Amanda Bradford, Founder and CEO, The League

"All humans long for others with whom to share our lives,” says Moira Weigel, Ph.D.

Weigel's book Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating takes a deep dive into the practices of dating and mating from the era of courtships and arranged marriages to the current widespread use of dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and OKCupid by those looking for love.

Daters today often ask “Is dating dead? What happened to chivalry and romance?” Moira instead asks, “What’s the history of dating? Has it been ruined by modern problems? Has it always been complicated?”

Join Moira for a look at the history of dating—from courtship and calling cards to online dating and delayed marriage. Bring a date (we promise there will be plenty to discuss afterward!), come solo or invite friends. Who knows who you’ll meet!

 

 

Turning Homelessness into Headline News
Jun
29
6:30 pm18:30

Turning Homelessness into Headline News

  • Commonwealth Club

Audrey Cooper, Editor-in-Chief, San Francisco Chronicle

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief, Mother Jones

Holly Kernan, Executive Editor of News, KQED

Gary Kamiya, Executive Editor, San Francisco Magazine; Author, Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco; Co-founder, Salon.com; Columnist, “Portals of the Past," San Francisco Chronicle 

Edward Wasserman, Ph.D., Dean, U.C. Berkeley Journalism School, Former Executive Business Editor, Miami Herald, Ph.D., London School of Economics--Moderator

On June 29, more than thirty Bay Area media organizations spanning across radio, print, online and television news will curate an unprecedented wave of coverage about homelessness in San Francisco in order to inspire a public dialogue and to force local politicians to come up with impactful solutions to this ongoing problem.

It's not often that journalists set aside their differences in order to unify behind a shared purpose, so on the day that this special media collaboration launches, INFORUM is proud to present a panel discussion featuring several journalists who are involved in this important project. You'll hear more about how this coordinated media campaign started, what the journalists hope to accomplish through their efforts and how they see the changing role of media in society.

 

 

FiveThirtyEight Elections Podcast Live!
Jun
23
7:00 pm19:00

FiveThirtyEight Elections Podcast Live!

  • Herbst Theatre

SOLD OUT!

Nate Silver, Editor-in-Chief of FiveThirtyEight and New York Times best-selling Author of The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--but Some Don't

Jody Avirgan, Host and Producer, FiveThirtyEight

Harry Enten, Senior Political Writer and Analyst, FiveThirtyEight

Clare Malone, Senior Political Writer, FiveThirtyEight

The FiveThirtyEight team comprised of Nate Silver, Jody Avirgan, Harry Enten and Clare Malone correctly predicted the outcome of the 2008 presidential election in 49 of 50 states and the winners in 35 U.S. Senate races. In 2012, the team accurately predicted the results of the presidential election in all 50 states.

This election cycle, the FiveThirtyEight crew is taking their highly popular show on the road in order to cover the 2016 election as it unfolds across the country. You won't want to miss this special opportunity to hear team FiveThirtyEight's unique insights on all the latest election news and to learn more about their predictions for the outcome of this year's election as November quickly approaches. 

An Evening with Emma Cline, Author of "The Girls"
Jun
21
6:30 pm18:30

An Evening with Emma Cline, Author of "The Girls"

  • Commonwealth Club

Emma Cline, Author, The Girls

Claire Bidwell Smith, Grief Therapist, mother and author of The Rules of Inheritance and After This: When Life is Over, Where Do We Go?--Moderator

The Girls, the forthcoming, highly anticipated debut novel by Emma Cline, tells the story of Evie, a young woman who gets drawn into the mysterious world of a gang of girls and quickly finds herself immersed in their world and in over her head.

Emma’s writing has been praised by everyone from Lena Dunham to Mark Haddon for her deeply insightful observations about girls and the women they become. Emma rose to prominence when she signed a three book deal in 2014, at the age of 25.

Join INFORUM at The Commonwealth Club of California for a riveting evening with Emma.

Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQI Community
Jun
20
6:30 pm18:30

Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQI Community

  • Commonwealth Club

Alicia Garza, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter; Special Projects Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Activist; Writer; Community Grand Marshal [Organization] of San Francisco Pride 2016, As Part of Black Lives Matter

Darnell Moore, Senior Correspondent, Mic; Co-Managing/Editor; The Feminist Wire; Writer-in-residence, Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University.

Aria Sa'id serves as Programs Director for the St. James Infirmary - a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers and their families in San Francisco. She previously worked with the Center for Excellence for Transgender Health at the UCSF Department of Medicine in research that seeks to advance transgender women of color's access to health and wellness. 

Barbara Smith, Black Feminist Author and Activist; Co-Founder, the Combahee River Collective; Co-Founder, Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press; Special Community Projects Coordinator/Equity Agenda for the City of Albany, New York—Moderator

Come celebrate San Francisco Pride Month with INFORUM!

Join INFORUM and SF Pride for a celebration of San Francisco's LGBTQI history and a powerful discussion about the work still needing to be done to ensure equal rights and racial and economic justice (this year's SF Pride theme!) for all, focused on the Black Lives Matter movement.

With a particular emphasis on trans rights, advocates and spokespeople will discuss their experiences convening diverse allies and communities, and will share their unique insights on the successes they’ve achieved and the challenges they still face in ensuring justice for all.

Cultivate Your Entrepreneurial Spirit with Jessica Herrin, CEO of Stella & Dot
May
26
6:30 pm18:30

Cultivate Your Entrepreneurial Spirit with Jessica Herrin, CEO of Stella & Dot

  • Commonwealth Club

Jessica Herrin, Founder and CEO, Stella & Dot Family Brands; Author, Find Your Extraordinary: Dream Bigger, Live Happier and Achieve Success on Your Own Terms
Jory Des Jardins, Author, Media Strategist and Co-founder, BlogHer—Moderator

Serial entrepreneur Jessica Herrin, founder and CEO of the Stella & Dot Family Brands and author of the new book Find Your Extraordinary: Dream Bigger, Live Happier and Achieve Success on Your Own Terms, will explain how you can turn your passion into your career and live the life that you've always dreamed of by cultivating your entrepreneurial spirit.