Gabrielle Union's Real Life Book Club Tour
Oct
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

Gabrielle Union's Real Life Book Club Tour

Actress Gabrielle Union’s resume just keeps getting longer: she’s had roles on television and in movies, serves as an executive producer of BET’s Being Mary Jane, is a serial entrepreneur and activist, and is now the author of a new book of essays entitled We’re Going to Need More Wine.

When rape allegations against Union’s co-star Nate Parker surfaced a month before the release of the film The Birth of a Nation, Union made headlines when she spoke out about her own experience being raped as a young woman and she urged compassion for other survivors of sexual assault. Today, Union is an important and powerful voice for rape survivors and she advocates against sexual violence, while also juggling her work in Hollywood, her many business endeavors, and life with her family.

In her debut book, We’re Going to Need More Wine, Union shares stories and essays on race, gender, feminism, sexuality, fame, marriage, beauty and more, all with the trademark honesty and humor her fans have loved for years. Join Gabrielle Union, moderator Anna Sale of "Death, Sex & Money" and INFORUM and get real over a glass of wine.

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

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The Startup Way with Eric Ries
Oct
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Startup Way with Eric Ries

Eric Ries, Entrepreneur; Author, The Startup Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long - Term Growth and New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup

Todd Park, Former United States Chief Technology Officer - Moderator

In his first book, best-seller The Lean Startup, entrepreneur Eric Ries laid out a new roadmap to success for startups of all shapes and sizes, kickstarting a movement that quickly spread across the industry and inspired a generation of entrepreneurs. Now he’s back with his latest, The Startup Way, examining different kinds of companies and organizations beyond the start up, and and how they can leverage key entrepreneurial tactics and principles to grow and create impact in today’s fast-paced economy.

Case studies include icons like GE and Toyota, tech heavyweights like Amazon and Facebook, and Silicon Valley darlings like Airbnb and Twilio, as well as NGOs and governments, so whether you’re an entrepreneur, a startup employee, a consumer, or just plain curious, Ries has insights for you!

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State Bird Provisions in Your Kitchen
Nov
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

State Bird Provisions in Your Kitchen

Stuart Brioza, Chef and Owner of State Bird Provisions and The Progress, Author, State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook

Nicole Krasinski, Pastry Chef and Owner of State Bird Provisions and The Progress; Author, State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook

Jonathan Kauffman, Food and Culture Reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and Author of the forthcoming book Hippie Food - Moderator

Chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski always have a line out the door for their award-winning dishes. inspired by years catering parties, the dynamic husband-and-wife duo adopted a casual dim-sum cart style of small plates at their debut restaurant State Bird Provisions, and then expanded their empire to The Progress, where the menu feels more like a dinner party banquet. Both restaurants have garnered critical acclaim, including multiple James Beard Awards and Michelin Stars, and their shared special event space, The Workshop, creates even more opportunities for good food and community.

Now, Brioza and Krasinski want to get into your kitchen, too! Join us as they discuss their first book, State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook. We’re hungry just looking at the recipes for some of their most popular dishes, and the breathtaking photography will no doubt inspire you to get creative and get cooking!

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Whistleblowers, Drone Warfare and Surveillance: A Graphic History
Nov
7
6:30pm 6:30pm

Whistleblowers, Drone Warfare and Surveillance: A Graphic History

Pratap Chatterjee, Investigative Reporter focused on U.S. warfare and technology; Commentator for BBC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC; Journalist, The New Republic, Financial Times, and The Guardian; Author, Verax: The True History of Whistleblowers, Drone Warfare, and Mass Surveillance: A Graphic Novel

Khalil Bendib, Co-Author; New York Times bestseller Zahra's Paradise; Co-Host, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa; Former Political Cartoonist, San Bernardino County Sun; and Author of Verax: The True History of Whistleblowers, Drone Warfare, and Mass Surveillance: A Graphic Novel

Barry Eisler, Former CIA Directorate of Operations; Author, The God’s Eye View - Moderator

Want to get the full story on post-9/11 American electronic surveillance--in the form of a graphic novel? Follow journalist Pratap Chatterjee and illustrator Khalil Bendib through their new book Verax: The True History of Whistleblowers, Drone Warfare, and Mass Surveillance: A Graphic Novel, which blends Chatterjee’s sleuth journalism with Bendib’s comic illustrations for a uniquely visual perspective on a complex issue.

Chatterjee and Bendib explain the many ways that governments track individuals and countries, and highlights the complicity of tech giants like Apple Inc., Verizon and Google in these covert operations. They also share the stories of the journalists and whistleblowers like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, who blew the lid off of electronic surveillance operations and exposed them for all the world to see. Finally, Chatterjee and Bendib predict the future for electronic surveillance practices and those who choose to resist them - whose side are you on?

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An Introvert's Roadmap to Getting Out There
Nov
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

An Introvert's Roadmap to Getting Out There

Morra Aarons-Mele, Founder, Women Online; Podcast Host, “Hiding in the Bathroom”; Creator, The Mission List; Author, Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home)

Do you have to be an extrovert to be successful in today’s hyper-social world? Author Morra Aarons-Mele says no: She argues that the common belief that success can only be the result of constant networking, deal-making and “leaning in” is nonsense.

In her new book, Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home), Aarons-Mele covers how she and others approach everything from schmoozing to FOMO to open-plan offices, demonstrates that there is more than one “type”, and highlights how each of us can reach our goals without conforming to a one-size-fits-all lifestyle.

As a successful entrepreneur who shares many of her personal experiences and anxieties, Aarons-Mele knows what it takes to make your mark on the world no matter your personality type. Her insights, coupled with proven tools and simple exercises, and more than 100 interviews, will empower you to evaluate your own work/life balance, take control and build a life based on your own version of happiness and success.

This program is generously supported by Wells Fargo.

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Health Equity at Birth: What Will It Take?
Nov
16
6:30pm 6:30pm

Health Equity at Birth: What Will It Take?

Lateefah Simon, President of the Akonadi Foundation; BART Board Director for District 7; Board of Trustees, California State University

Dr. Michael McAfee, President of PolicyLink - Moderator

In association with University of California, San Francisco’s Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) 

Racism affects all aspects of health, and for women, mothers, children, and babies, the devastating effects of racism can create vastly unequal starts to life. What can be done to create stronger systems for equity, beginning at birth?  

 Join Lateefah Simon, President of the Akonadi Foundation, as she shares her personal experiences and her hopes for health equity. Simon, who was born prematurely, is now a mother herself; she’ll discuss how racism affects the health and experiences of individuals and families, and share her thoughts on what communities, organizations, and individuals can do to level the playing field.

Simon stepped into her role as Akonadi Foundation's President in August 2016. A nationally recognized advocate for civil rights and racial justice, Simon brings over 20 years of executive experience advancing opportunities for communities of color and low-income communities in the Bay Area. Prior to joining Akonadi, she served as Program Director for the San Francisco-based Rosenberg Foundation.

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Iliza Shlesinger: Comedy & Commentary
Dec
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

Iliza Shlesinger: Comedy & Commentary

Iliza Shlesinger, Comedian, Netflix stand-up specials, “Confirmed Kills”, “Freezing Hot”, and “War Paint”; Creator and Host, “Truth & Iliza”; Creator and Star, “Forever 31”; Author, Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity


Alexis Pence, Host of "Let’s Get Lexi" and "Covering Your Bases with Let’s Get Lexi" - Moderator

Iliza Shlesinger hit comedy gold when she became the only woman and youngest comedian to be named NBC’s "Last Comic Standing" in 2008, and she’s been on the rise ever since. She has starred in several hit Netflix comedy specials and is the creator and star of of "Forever 31" on Hulu and the late-night show "Truth & Iliza" on Freeform. On all platforms, she provides a mix of feminism, social commentary, on-point voices and characters, and a fresh take on the comedy scene.

Now, Shlesinger brings her signature wit to her new book Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity--we know it’ll be funny and insightful for both the men and women in the audience! Spend an evening with Iliza Shlesinger and get the inside scoop from one of comedy’s rising talents.

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DeRay Mckesson: Power of the People
Oct
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

DeRay Mckesson: Power of the People

DeRay Mckesson, Host of "Pod Save the People", Civil Rights Activist and Organizer

Dan Pfeiffer, Co-host of "Pod Save America"; CNN Contributor; Former Senior Advisor for Strategy and Communications for President Barack Obama — Moderator

DeRay Mckesson has become one of the most recognizable faces in the fight for racial and social equality through his work as one of the leaders of Black Lives Matter.

Mckesson leverages his extensive social media network to encourage others to speak out online and to turn out in the streets in protest of police brutality. His work has inspired people from Ferguson to Baton Rouge and beyond to discover their power and to push back against injustices in their communities and fight for their rights. Last year, Mckesson gained national notoriety when he was one of more than 100 people arrested in Louisiana during a protest in response to the police shooting of Alton Sterling.

Mckesson is one of the founders of Campaign Zero, a ten point policy plan for police reform, and in 2016, he was a candidate for Mayor of Baltimore. In addition to his role as an organizer, McKesson served in administrative positions in both the Minneapolis and Baltimore public school systems and he is a Teach For America alum. Recently, McKesson joined Crooked Media as the host of the podcast "Pod Save the People", focused on activism, social justice, culture, and politics, with recent guests including John Legend, Valerie Jarrett, Edward Snowden, and Katy Perry.

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Julie Lythcott Haims : What It Means to Be Black and American
Oct
16
6:30pm 6:30pm

Julie Lythcott Haims : What It Means to Be Black and American

Julie Lythcott-Haims, Best-Selling Author, Real American and How to Raise an Adult

In Conversation with Judge LaDoris Cordell (Ret.)

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

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the New York Times best-selling author behind the "anti-helicopter" parenting manifesto How to Raise an Adult. She’s also a biracial black woman who’s experienced the highs and lows of race relations in America. In her new memoir, Real American, Lythcott-Haims focuses her discerning eye on relations both in and out of the home to help us all fearlessly grow into our best selves.

Join Julie Lythcott-Haims as she returns to The Commonwealth Club and reveals how she’s navigated through the heavy, forceful blows of racism and the small, sharp cuts of “micro” aggressions. She’ll discuss the importance of a generous and wise community as a healing power to fractured race relations and what we can all do to make America a better place for everyone. Moderated by LaDoris Cordell, a longtime civil rights advocate, this is a can't-miss conversation.

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Sir Richard Branson: Finding My Virginity
Oct
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

Sir Richard Branson: Finding My Virginity

Sir Richard Branson, Founder and Chairman, the Virgin Group; Author, Finding My Virginity
In Conversation with Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO, TaskRabbit

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

Fifty years ago, Sir Richard Branson started his first business, and he hasn’t stopped since. In his new autobiography, Finding My Virginity, the Virgin founder shares his personal, intimate thoughts on five decades as the world’s ultimate entrepreneur. This is the true account of how the Virgin founder reinvented himself and his brand for the 21st century while continuing to push boundaries, break rules and reach for the stars in more ways than one. This is the story of the man behind the beard, the business, the bravado and the brand.

In Finding My Virginity, Branson shares the secrets that have seen his family business grow from a student magazine into a global brand. He discusses his dream of private citizens one day flying into space, an idea that developed from a childhood fantasy to the brink of reality. He also shares his focusing shift from battling bigger rivals to changing business for good. Go behind the scenes as Branson creates the world’s first commercial “spaceline,” Virgin Galactic. Learn how Branson created 12 different billion-dollar businesses and hundreds more companies across dozens of sectors, going from living on a houseboat to owning a private island.

It’s not all business though: Join Sir Richard as he juggles working life with his dedication to his wife and family. Get the real story behind his adventures with everyone from Bill Gates and Kate Moss to Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. Get under the skin of his world record attempts on land, sea and air. See how the original business hippy adapted to becoming a doting “grand-dude” to his four grandchildren.

This book goes far beyond numbers and achievements—it’s a journey into the heart and mind of Britain’s best-loved businessman. Join us for the rollercoaster ride of a lifetime with Sir Richard Branson.

Thank you Bank of America Merrill Lynch for generously supporting this program.

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Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time with Leila Janah
Oct
3
6:30pm 6:30pm

Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time with Leila Janah

Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of Samasource; Co-Founder and CEO of LXMI; Author, Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time

Laura D. Tyson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley

According to serial social entrepreneur Leila Janah, giving work is the most effective means of reducing poverty, and she and her company, Samasource, are a big part of the solution. Janah and her team have gone into some of the world’s poorest communities - from right here in California all the way to Kenya - and trained individuals in digital work for tech titans like Google and Microsoft. Samasource’s model, which addresses the causes, not just the symptoms, of poverty, gives work, not aid, helping individuals access dignified, steady, fair-wage work and ensuring they can gain the tools to change their own lives for the better.

Janah’s new book Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time, shares the stories of those who have benefitted from Samasource’s groundbreaking business model and demonstrates how entrepreneurs and individuals can be a part of the movement to eradicate poverty across the globe.

Join Janah and moderator Laura D. Tyson of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and an expert in the field of global economics, for an insightful and impactful conversation on innovative ways to reverse global poverty.

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Ellen Pao: Resetting Silicon Valley
Sep
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

Ellen Pao: Resetting Silicon Valley

Ellen Pao, Kapor Capital Investment Partner; Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Kapor Center for Social Impact; co-founder of Project Include and Author of Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change

Laura Weidman Powers, Co-founder and CEO of Code2040 - Moderator

In 2015, Ellen Pao sent shockwaves throughout Silicon Valley when she sued her employer, powerhouse venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, for workplace discrimination against women and other minority groups. While she lost her case, her fight for change was just beginning. From her work as a founder of Project Include to fighting negative culture as interim CEO of Reddit, Pao dedicates time and energy to making sure others don’t have the same experiences she did, and she recently published her first book, Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change.

Pao’s bravery in calling out systemic harassment and other abusive practices within the tech community has inspired others--in the wake of the most recent stories around discrimination and harassment, many mention Pao by name in their accounts. Today, women, people of color, and allies in the workplace and beyond are standing up for themselves and their colleagues. They’re pushing back against toxic workplace cultures in Silicon Valley and beyond, galvanizing widespread coverage advocating for increased accountability of individuals and companies: they’re resetting Silicon Valley.

Join Ellen Pao and Laura Weidman Powers, co-founder and CEO of Code2040, for an empowering discussion about overcoming the struggle to be heard and raising your voice to create lasting change.

This program is generously supported by Carbon Five.

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Unbelievable: The Trump Campaign and Katy Tur
Sep
18
12:00pm12:00pm

Unbelievable: The Trump Campaign and Katy Tur

Katy Tur, Author, Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History; Correspondent, NBC News; Anchor, MSNBC Live

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

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

“Look back there! ‘Little Katy,’ she’s back there,” said then-presidential candidate Donald Trump as he pointed to reporter Katy Tur amidst a packed rally in December 2015.

Over the course of 16 months, NBC and MSNBC correspondent Tur took the high road as she devoted her life to covering the 2016 presidential campaign and in particular now-President Donald Trump. A former foreign correspondent, Tur began her stint on the Trump campaign under the impression that she’d be back home in London in just six weeks, but her experiences on the campaign trail altered her career and life forever. From being publicly asked by candidate Trump to “be quiet” during a press conference to needing Secret Service protection to escort her to her car safely, Tur received personal and professional critiques from President Trump and beyond on a regular basis.

It didn’t stop there: she was threatened by rowdy crowds both online and in her everyday life, but in response, thousands of her supporters took to Twitter to applaud her efforts. By the end of the campaign, Tur was a new journalism star, and at just 33, her profile continues to rise. Today, she’s a correspondent for NBC News and an MSNBC Live anchor.

In her new book, Tur shares her eye-opening, first-hand accounts of being an embed reporter on the 2016 presidential campaign, her thoughts on the current media landscape and President Trump, while exposing the intrigue and power at play in the 2016 election.

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

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

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.

 

 

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A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen with Eric Liu
Aug
22
6:30pm 6:30pm

A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen with Eric Liu

Eric Liu, Author, You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen; Founder and CEO, Citizen University; Executive Director, Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program

Do you want to use your power as an individual to change your community and your country?

Then civic expert Eric Liu has all the tools you’ll need.

Increased turbulence and grassroots movements are shaping today’s political and civic landscape and citizen power is their driving force. But what exactly IS civic power? Who has it? How can you use yours effectively?

Join Liu as he shares case studies from across our historical and political spectrums which demonstrate key laws of citizen power. These laws aren't just theoretical -- Liu's book You’re More Powerful Than You Think You Are: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen offers step-by-step guidance on how to make true, lasting change both as an individual and through grassroots political movements.

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

Protect the Vote with Jason Kander

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.

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

For-Profit Punishment? The Private Prison Question

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.

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

How to Fall in Love with Anyone with Mandy Len Catron

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.

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

Take a Wild Uber Ride with Adam Lashinsky

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.

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

Tartine All Day Every Day

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.

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

One Nation Under Stress: How Social Connection Can Heal Us

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.

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

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant: Option B

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.

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

Ben Shapiro: Rules for Debating the Left

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!

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

Sam Altman: Social Change and Startups

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.

 

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

Alyssa Mastromonaco: Running the Obama White House

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

 

 

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

Designing Your Life with Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

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

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

For the Love of Beer

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!

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

Sallie Krawcheck: The Power of Women, Work and Wallet

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.

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

Tim Ferriss: Tools of Titans

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!

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

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

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.

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

Andy Cohen and Anna Sale: Taboo Topics

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.

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Joel McHale Live
Oct
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Joel McHale Live

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!

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

Election Education: An Evening with Rep. Eric Swalwell

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.

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

An Evening with Luvvie Ajayi

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.

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

#Girlboss Sophia Amoruso

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.

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