The Immigrant Experience with Aarti Shahani
Oct
21
6:30 PM18:30

The Immigrant Experience with Aarti Shahani

Aarti Shahani, Silicon Valley Correspondent, NPR

Nellie Bowles, Tech and Culture Reporter, The New York Times

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

The American political discourse is constantly calibrating its interpretation of what it means to be American. Coming from an undocumented family herself, writer Aarti Shahani has spent her life navigating the shifting tides of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States. Her book Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares documents Shahani and her father’s disparate versions of the immigrant experience, coexisting as the scholarship kid at one of Manhattan’s most elite prep schools and the shopkeeper who mistakenly sells watches and calculators to the notorious Cali Cartel. 

In addition to being an author, Shahani is an award-winning correspondent for NPR in Silicon Valley, covering the largest companies on Earth. Shahani remains a resounding voice advocating on behalf of our country’s immigrant community. INFORUM hosts Aarti Shahani in conversation with New York Times tech and culture writer Nellie Bowles, addressing a question that plagues immigrants and natives alike: Who really belongs in America?

NOTES

In association with American India Foundation

Shahani photo by Nickolai Hammar

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Every Outfit on Sex and the City
Oct
22
6:30 PM18:30

Every Outfit on Sex and the City

From Carrie Bradshaw’s newspaper dress to her iconic Manolo Blahniks, the popular Instagram sensation Every Outfit on Sex and the City’s mission is to document every single pump, dress and accessory that became a quintessential part of the hit TV show. The account is a not-so-ironic take on the series, as it blends equal parts adoration and nostalgia for the 90s classic while offering up a hilarious critical lens on some of the show’s less politically correct moments. The page is responsible for the viral meme #WokeCharlotte, rewriting the show’s straight-laced conservative into an intersectional feminist who calls out microaggressions and always makes sure you check your privilege. 

With nearly 600,000 followers, account creators Lauren Garroni and Chelsea Fairless are now releasing their highly anticipated book We Should All Be Mirandas: Life Lessons From Sex and The City’s Most Underrated Character. Cynthia Nixon’s sarcastic and workaholic portrayal of Miranda Hobbes was a foil to the trendy and romantic Carrie Bradshaw, but Garroni and Fairless argue that her no-nonsense style makes her the best role model for women in today’s world.

Everyone can learn important life lessons from Miranda—fashionistas, pop culture mavens and every woman who has dealt with more than her fair share of mansplaining. Join INFORUM for a celebration of an underrated cultural icon and to learn how we can all elevate our inner Miranda.

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Modern Love
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Modern Love

Daniel Jones, Editor, The New York Times' "Modern Love"; Editor, Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss and Redemption (Forthcoming)

The rise of social media has led to an increased appetite for new and more intimate ways of storytelling. The New York Times' column “Modern Love" has documented this movement, publishing over 700 personal narratives over the past 15 years about relationships of all kinds. 

As editor of the column, Daniel Jones reads over 100 submissions a day that range from euphoric exclamations of love to harrowing experiences of loss. Jones has overseen the broad success of “Modern Love,” which first grew into a popular podcast and is now reaching new heights as an upcoming series on Amazon Prime Video. “Modern Love” moves beyond the stereotypical boy meets girl tropes of the romance genre and looks toward complicating the way we think of love today. The series will bring eight of the most compelling essays to life, one story per episode, with a stellar cast that includes stars Anne Hathaway, Dev Patel and Tina Fey. 

Join us at INFORUM for an exciting screening of the first episode of the new “Modern Love” series followed by a discussion about the ways in which modern love can keep us together—and drive us apart.

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Lindy West: The Witches Are Coming
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

Lindy West: The Witches Are Coming

Lindy West, Contributing Opinion Writer, The New York Times; Author, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman and The Witches Are Coming (Forthcoming)

In the age of #MeToo, where women are empowered to tell their truth rather than worry about the consequences of speaking out, there is hardly a better role model than best-selling author Lindy West. West first came to prominence as a young blogger with a no-holds-barred approach to topics such as feminism, racism, sexism and fat shaming. Her memoir (which includes her very public fight with her then boss Dan Savage for his fat-phobic articles) is the subject of the Hulu series “Shrill” starring Aidy Bryant.

In her newest book, The Witches Are Coming, she flips the language of #MeToo critics on its head. West calls for a witch hunt to examine the chasm between who we are and who we think we are. She pulls no punches calling out the misogyny prevalent in the media and the exclusionary nature of American politics for women and minorities. By extolling the world-changing magic of truth, she shows us the only way out is through: through the uncomfortable reality of today’s polarized politics and through the pressure to stay silent on issues that matter. Join West at INFORUM as she pushes us to mold our culture for ourselves, rather than be molded by it.


Notes: West photo by Jenny Jimenez

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Eve Rodsky: Playing Fair at Home
Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

Eve Rodsky: Playing Fair at Home

Eve Rodsky, Author, Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) (Forthcoming)
Lauren Schiller, Host, Inflection Point—Moderator

There are more women earning college degrees and participating in the workforce than ever before. Even still, women spend far more time on unpaid labor than men. Eve Rodsky, author of the new book Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live), seeks to address this universal imbalance. Rodsky began her journey to address this inequality after reaching a tipping point in her own marriage. After recording all of the unrecognized work she was doing for her busy household, she realized the disparity between her and her partner was striking.

Fair Play offers four simple and practical steps to redistribute invisible work, reignite your relationship and reclaim your own time. Join Eve Rodsky and INFORUM on the quest for domestic rebalance.

Location: Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco
Time: 5:30 check-in, 6:30 p.m. program (followed by book signing)

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New Yorker Cartoonist Liana Finck
Oct
14
6:30 PM18:30

New Yorker Cartoonist Liana Finck

Liana Finck, Cartoonist; Contributor, The New Yorker; Author, Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self (forthcoming)
Roman Muradov, Artist; Author; Designer; Professor, California College of the Arts


Liana Finck’s deeply insightful and delightfully odd work as a cartoonist and illustrator with The New Yorker has earned her a devoted following who look to her columns and cartoons as a refreshing depiction of collective experiences in today’s world. She is also a social media sensation, with almost 300,000 followers on Instagram who visit her page daily for their dose of comedically dark insights on love, dating, self-esteem, mental health and much more. While her cartoons appear simple, they shed light on some of human existence’s most complex themes.

Finck’s new book, Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self, is a collection of her most beloved work from Instagram and The New Yorker, and it combines the personal with the relatable to explore common anxieties, no matter the reader. She joins INFORUM to discuss her trademark mix of absurdity, melancholy and humor and to share her sharply deft views of the world.

NOTES
Finck photo © Jorge Colombo
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Cleo Wade: Where to Begin
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Cleo Wade: Where to Begin

Cleo Wade, Poet; Activist; Author, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for Living a Better Life; Author, Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World (Forthcoming)

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

With over half a million Instagram followers who thrive off of her words of warmth and affirmation, poet Cleo Wade uses her influence to empower and motivate. Wade’s work is a trademark mix of positivity, truth, justice and love, and she has risen as a cultural fixture in several spheres, including social activism, art, the literary world and online.

Wade’s newest book, Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World, is a book of poetry that encourages us to find hope in the overwhelming feeling that comes with the influx of information we experience daily in modern life, and reminds us that we all hold the power to enact change. Join Wade as she returns to INFORUM to impart timeless wisdom and to assure us that there is no action too small when it comes to changing the world.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program (followed by book signing)

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Lauren Duca: How to Start a Revolution
Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

Lauren Duca: How to Start a Revolution

Lauren Duca, Journalist; Author, How to Start a Revolution: Young People and the Future of American Politics (Forthcoming)

Mina Kim, Anchor and Host of Forum, KQED–Moderator

Award-winning journalist Lauren Duca is an unmistakable voice in the middle of a chaotic post-Trump political arena, famously penning the viral Teen Vogue op-ed “Donald Trump is Gaslighting America” just after Trump's election. Since the piece’s publication, she’s risen as a fresh voice in the millennial consciousness, often unafraid to challenge anyone who crosses her path … or her Twitter feed.

In her new book, How to Start a Revolution: Young People and the Future of American Politics, she argues that Trump’s election sparked a political awakening in young people that does not seem to be waning anytime soon, and that it’s up to them to fix our ailing political system. Join Duca at INFORUM where she will discuss her sharp and funny guide to changing the world and empowering society towards real equality.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco 
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program (followed by book signing)

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Candace Bushnell: Is There Still Sex in the City?
Oct
1
6:30 PM18:30

Candace Bushnell: Is There Still Sex in the City?

Candace Bushnell, Author, Sex and the City and Is There Still Sex in the City? (Forthcoming)
Lauren Schiller, Host, "Inflection Point"—Moderator

The landscape of sex, love and romance in New York City has undergone dramatic changes in the 20 years since Candace Bushnell published the iconic Sex and the City, which broke down major barriers in cultural representations of single women and reshaped the landscape of pop culture. Now the trailblazing Bushnell is back to ask the vital question: Is there still sex in the city for women 50+?

Join Bushnell at INFORUM as she, once again, guides us through a new and entangled dating scene. Her newest book, Is There Still Sex in the City?, follows a whole new cohort of female friends: Sassy, Kitty, Queenie, Tilda Tia, Marilyn and Candace, as they face the modern-day sex arena as middle-aged women, including younger partners, dating apps, divorce, children and the pressure to maintain a youthful appearance. Equal parts hilarious and heart wrenching, and filled with Bushnell’s signature short, sharp social commentary, Is There Still Sex in the City? not only provides a colorful look at love after 50 but also asks audiences to take a more nuanced look into the lives of women.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco 
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program (followed by book signing)
Notes: In partnership with the Women Lit Speaker Series; Bushnell photo by Patrick McMullan

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The Education of Brett Kavanaugh
Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

The Education of Brett Kavanaugh

Kate Kelly, Wall Street Writer, The New York Times; Co-Author, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation (Forthcoming)
Robin Pogrebin, Culture Reporter, The New York Times; Co-Author, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation (Forthcoming)

On July 9, 2018, the name Brett Kavanaugh entered into the American conscious when he was announced as President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Throughout his confirmation process, multiple allegations of sexual assault were made against him, sparking deeper investigations into his conduct. New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly were at the forefront of these investigations, breaking stories dating back to when Kavanaugh was in high school.

Upon receiving a stream of tips from former classmates, friends and associates, Pogrebin and Kelly continued their investigations beyond the one week allotted for official investigation conducted by the FBI. The product of these investigations is their new book: The Education of Brett Kavanaugh. The book depicts the world Kavanaugh was raised in and reveals the insight of critical figures in his life from prep school to his confirmation hearings. Pogrebin and Kelly join INFORUM to discuss America’s newest Supreme Court justice and the history that shaped him.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco 
Time: 
5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. book signing


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Daniel Handler's Bottle Grove
Sep
23
6:30 PM18:30

Daniel Handler's Bottle Grove

Daniel Handler (also known as Lemony Snicket) Author, Screenwriter, Accordionist 
Nellie Bowles, Tech and Culture Reporter, The New York Times

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

Daniel Handler, best-selling author known for his adult novels and children’s books under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket, returns with a new dark comedy about his hometown of San Francisco. As Handler knows, San Francisco is a one-of-a-kind place, but it's leaving its residents behind. The city is flooded with tech money and innovation, but skyrocketing rents, income inequality, homelessness and other issues in the city have never been more urgent.

Handler’s new novel, Bottle Grove, addresses love, greed and the precipice of change as two couples living in San Francisco deal with the effects of the tech boom looming over its citizens. Join us in welcoming Daniel Handler back to INFORUM and San Francisco this fall!

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco 
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. book signing 
Notes: Handler photo by Meredith Heuer

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Life After Liquidity
Sep
12
6:30 PM18:30

Life After Liquidity

Lise Buyer, Founder and Partner, Class V Group
Tracy Coté, Chief People Officer, Genesys
David Rosenthal, General Partner, Wave Capital; Host, “Acquired” Podcast
Dan Springer, CEO and Founder, DocuSign

San Francisco’s 2019 IPO (initial public offering) wave has made national headlines, but little has been said to equip employees for the major cultural shifts they will face as their companies consider liquidity strategies. What does the lead-up entail, and what does life after liquidity look like for executive leadership and employees alike? 

Join DocuSign CEO Dan Springer, host of the “Acquired” podcast David Rosenthal, Class V Group founder Lise Buyer and Tracy Coté, Chief People Officer at Genesys, as they share their own post-liquidity insights—from inception to successfully navigating initial public offering, acquisition or mergers and many of the other stages of a company’s life. Learn how companies can make these informed decisions and should prepare their employees for these life-changing transitions as well as how these business decisions impact the community at large.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program
Notes: This program is generously supported by First Republic Bank

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How to Be an Anti-Racist: Ibram X. Kendi
Sep
11
6:30 PM18:30

How to Be an Anti-Racist: Ibram X. Kendi

This program is sold out; overflow seating with simulcast viewing is available in the downstairs Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium.

Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D., Founding Director, Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University; Professor of History and International Relations, American University; Author, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, The Black Campus Movementand How to Be an Antiracist (Forthcoming)
Alicia Garza, Principal, Black Futures Lab; Strategy and Partnership Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter

The struggle for racial justice is far from over. Inequality is built on many aspects ingrained in our society—history, law and culture. How do we confront this inequality embedded in American life? How can we play an active role in building an anti-racist society?

National Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi returns to INFORUM to deliver an honest critique of modern America and our own role in perpetuating inequality. In his new book, How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi holds up both a magnifying glass and a mirror to examine how to uproot racism from society—starting with ourselves. This conversation will be moderated by Alicia Garza, principal at Black Futures Lab.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco 
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program
Notes: 
Kendi photo by Jeff Watts; Garza photo by KK Ottesen

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The Vagina Bible: Dr. Jen Gunter and Mary Roach
Sep
9
6:30 PM18:30

The Vagina Bible: Dr. Jen Gunter and Mary Roach

Jen Gunter, M.D., Ob-gyn; Pain Medicine Specialist; Women’s Health Columnist, The New York Times; Author, The Vagina Bible
Mary Roach, Author, BonkStiffPacking for Mars and Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

In this age of clickbait, pseudoscience and celebrity-endorsed products, it’s hard to know what’s best for our bodies. Jen Gunter, ob-gyn and the Internet’s go-to doctor, is dedicated to debunking the myths, marketing and misinformation surrounding reproductive health.

While much of the dialogue surrounding women’s health targets the shame or inexperience of women and girls, Gunter aims to educate and empower with both humor and evidence. Join Gunter in conversation with Mary Roach, author and popular scientist, to answer your burning questions about women’s health.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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Let’s Talk About #SexTech
Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

Let’s Talk About #SexTech

Myisha Battle, Certified Sex and Dating Coach; Host, "Down for Whatever"
Liz Klinger, CEO, Lioness Health

When sex and technology cross paths, we see a combination of curiosity and censorship, sexism and empowerment, but most importantly, knowledge and pleasure. The intersection between sex and technology goes beyond sex toys—from smart vibrators to apps for your phone that allow you to track and learn from your own experiences—sex tech’s innovation plays a major factor in the future of women’s health and pleasure. Despite these groundbreaking improvements being made for user experience, however, the tech industry continues to reject sex tech and the women who are leading these advancements.

In 2016, Myisha Battle launched Sex for Life, which boasts an array of sex coaching practices as well as the sex-positive podcast “Down for Whatever.” Liz Klinger is the CEO of Lioness Health, a company focusing on creating products to enable sexual self-discovery and well-being. Join Battle and Klinger for a conversation about the many obstacles faced by leaders in the rapidly growing sex tech industry and their road to recognition.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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A Beginner's Guide to the End of Life
Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

A Beginner's Guide to the End of Life

Shoshana Berger, Editorial Director, IDEO; Co-Author; A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death
Bruce (B.J.) Miller Jr., M.D., Palliative Care Physician, UCSF; Co-Author; A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death


The Rev. Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, Executive Director, Alameda County Care Alliance (ACCA)—Moderator

How do we cope with the inevitability of death? How can we make better decisions for ourselves and our families? B.J. Miller and journalist Shoshana Berger visit INFORUM to answer the questions about death we’re all afraid to ask with their new book: A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death. Berger and Miller offer step-by-step instructions on managing the end of life, including how to navigate a complex system of hidden costs and intense emotions, without shame and guilt often associated with this period of life.

Miller is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCSF, where he practices and teaches palliative medicine. Berger is a journalist and editorial director at IDEO. Together they join INFORUM for a lesson on dying—and how to live fully until you do.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco 
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program
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Ed Levine: Serious Eater
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Ed Levine: Serious Eater

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

Founded in 2006 by former New York Times food contributor Ed Levine, food blog Serious Eats has combined storytelling and culinary expertise to become one of the most acclaimed food sites in the world. The site provides in-depth recipes and reviews of food products and kitchen equipment carefully tested by culinary professionals in order to provide thorough and trustworthy reviews for its readers.

Levine’s forthcoming book, Serious Eater: A Food Lover’s Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption, recounts his challenging journey to create a successful online food publication. Levine bought the domain name Serious Eats for $100 and created the blog as a space to connect other like-minded eaters. Over the course of 10 years and with the help of a dedicated team and a supportive family, Levine has made Serious Eats into an established website with a large following. In addition to Serious Eater, Levine is also the author of New York EatsNew York Eats (More), and Pizza: A Slice of Heaven. He also hosts “Special Sauce,” a weekly podcast covering food in conversation with various prominent figures within the culinary landscape and beyond.

Join Levine live at INFORUM as he reflects on his transformation from food writer to entrepreneur. This conversation will be moderated by Chef J. Kenji López-Alt, chief culinary adviser for Serious Eater and author of the James Beard Award–nominated column “The Food Lab.”

NOTES

Levine photo by Robyn Lee

López-Alt photo © Vicky Wasik

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Elaine Welteroth: More Than Enough
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

Elaine Welteroth: More Than Enough

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

In 2012, after moving up the ranks at Condé Nast, Elaine Welteroth became the first African-American to hold the title of beauty and health director at Teen Vogue. At 29, she was eventually promoted to editor in chief, making her the youngest to hold the title in the company’s 107-year history and the second person of African-American heritage. Her reign at Teen Vogue was undeniably historic as she led the magazine in a new, fresh direction that allowed her young staff to create content centered on not only fashion and beauty, but also politics, social activism, world news and other topics that painted a more realistic, well-rounded picture of teen life.

Throughout her wildly successful career, Welteroth has often noted that she consistently found herself alone as the only black woman in the room. Her life is filled with stories of triumph despite the numerous roadblocks put in her way, and in her upcoming memoir, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say), Welteroth offers invaluable advice to young women looking to change the world in their own terms. She joins INFORUM to chronicle her life as a pioneer in media and to inspire a new generation of trailblazers.

NOTES

Welteroth profile photo by Renell Medrano

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We Are La Cocina
Jun
17
6:30 PM18:30

We Are La Cocina

Caleb Zigas, Executive Director, La Cocina; Author, We Are La Cocina(Forthcoming)
Veronica Salazar, Chef and Owner, El Huarache Loco
Reem Assil, Chef and Owner, Reem's California; Chef and Owner, Dyafa
Lamees Dabhour, Chef and Owner, Mama Lamees

La Cocina started in San Francisco, one of the nation’s most competitive food industries, as a grassroots organization in the Mission District. It has grown into the best-known kitchen incubator in the United States. La Cocina provides support and resources to help women, people of color and immigrants formalize and expand their food businesses to create a more diverse and equitable food industry.

Caleb Zigas, executive director of La Cocina, built the original infrastructure of the incubator program. This program now supports nearly 40 growing businesses and continues to break down barriers and strengthen communities. For the first time, get a glimpse of this life-changing work with We Are La Cocina, a new cookbook that offers over 40 stories of women pursuing economic freedom and includes over 120 of their recipes, bringing a taste of that success into your own home.

Join Zigas and La Cocina graduates live at INFORUM as they share inspiring stories featured in the cookbook and reflect on their journeys to entrepreneurial success as they progress toward increasing diversity and equity in the food industry.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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Rep. Eric Swalwell: Democratic Presidential Candidate
Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

Rep. Eric Swalwell: Democratic Presidential Candidate

Description

Eric Swalwell, U.S. Representative for District 15 (D-CA); 2020 Presidential Candidate
Marisa Lagos, Reporter for California Politics and Government, KQED

Representative Eric Swalwell, an East Bay Democrat and fixture in Bay Area politics, launched his presidential campaign on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in April 2019. Swalwell’s long-awaited announcement is another marker of the generational shift emerging in the 2020 election, and he is sure that millennials are ready to take on the country’s toughest issues.

Swalwell was first elected to Congress at the age of 31 after winning an upset primary contest against a 40-year Democratic incumbent. Now 38, he is one of the youngest candidates in the presidential race and, if elected, would be the youngest president in American history. He is a vocal advocate for stricter gun policies and student debt reform, two issues that have earned him national recognition.

Swalwell joins INFORUM to chronicle his rise in Congress, discuss his highly anticipated campaign and urge Americans to “go big, be bold, and do good.”

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time:
 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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Queer Eye's Tan France
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Queer Eye's Tan France

Description

Tan France, Host and Fashion Expert, Netflix's "Queer Eye"; Author, Naturally Tan

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

As fashion designer, Tan France said, “Yes, I know I’m gayer; yes, I know I’ve got a different skin color. Yes, I know I’m a certain religion. Yes, I know I’m an immigrant. But look at all the similarities we have.” France is more than a star of the hit Netflix reboot, “Queer Eye”—he is an unapologetic representative of his many, often marginalized identities, and he leverages his unique ability to connect with others in spite of their differences. As one of the Fab Five, performing makeovers for a diverse array of people, France has played a vital role in transforming the perception of “Queer Eye” from a niche fashion show into an authentic exploration of identity and difference, and it continues to captivate viewers across the country and around the world.

In his new memoir, Naturally Tan, France recounts his experience growing up gay in a traditional South Asian Muslim family in South Yorkshire. Alongside fashion advice and humor, he connects his unusual childhood to his rise to stardom and ability to connect across the divide. Experience the style icon’s charisma and compassion as he reflects on the importance of representation and the power of connection.

Location: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco
Time: 6 p.m. check-in and premium reception, 7 p.m. program

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Shannon Watts: Fight Like a Mother
Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

Shannon Watts: Fight Like a Mother

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

The United States experiences the highest number of school shootings in the world. Shannon Watts decided to do something about it. In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Watts, a mother of five and former communications executive, started Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an organization that advocates for gun regulation reform. Moms Demand Action has grown into one of the largest and most far-reaching organizations in American politics with a grassroots network in all 50 states and millions of supporters. Under Watts’ leadership, Moms Demand Action has enjoyed a 93 percent success rate in beating the NRA in state legislatures.

In her forthcoming book, Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby, Watts recounts how she and other mothers turned their outrage into action to drive progress in gun safety. The book celebrates the unique strength and power of women and highlights the potential for everyone to engage in everyday activism. In addition to her work with Moms Demand Action, Watts is the founder and board chair of Rise to Run, an organization dedicated to mobilizing young progressive women to run for office, and an active board member of Emerge America. Join Watts live at INFORUM as she shares her inspiring journey of how one woman’s cry for change became a driving force in a national demand for action.

NOTES

Watts photo by Christopher Langford

This program is generously supported by Levi Strauss & Co.



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Alexa von Tobel: Financially Forward
May
22
6:30 PM18:30

Alexa von Tobel: Financially Forward

Description

Alexa von Tobel, Founder and CEO, LearnVest.com; Chief Digital Officer, Northwestern Mutual; Author, Financially Forward: How to Use Today's Digital Tools to Earn More, Save Better, and Spend Smarter(Forthcoming)

Technology has transformed the often-confusing personal finance landscape. From Bitcoin to mobile pay, digitization has fundamentally changed the rules of spending, saving and investing, and financial guru Alexa von Tobel views these changes as incredible opportunities.

Von Tobel’s confusion surrounding her own personal finances as a young professional shaped the trajectory of her career. She dropped out of Harvard Business School to found LearnVest.com, a personal finance website with the goal of helping other women take control of their money, before launching her new venture capital firm, Inspired Capital Partners. In her new book, Financially Forward: How to Use Today's Digital Tools to Earn More, Save Better, and Spend Smarter, she demonstrates how to harness the smartphone-accessible tools of the digital age to maximize financial gain, covering everything from financial planning to preparing for the future of digital money.

Join von Tobel live at INFORUM as she reflects on how the digital age has created new potential for successful financial planning.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program followed by book signing

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Alpha Girls: Women Upstarts in Silicon Valley
May
14
6:30 PM18:30

Alpha Girls: Women Upstarts in Silicon Valley

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Julian GuthrieNew York Times Best-Selling Author, Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took on Silicon Valley’s Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime (Forthcoming)
Meaghan Rose, CEO and Founder, Rocksbox
Magdalena Yesil, Founding Investor and Board Member, Salesforce; Board of Directors, Informed, SoFi, Smartsheet and Zuora
William Randolph Hearst III, Editor and Publisher, Journal of Alta California; Chairman of the Board, Hearst Corp.—Moderator

In her new book, Alpha Girls, award-winning journalist Julian Guthrie tells the unforgettable story of four different women who, through grit and ingenuity, became stars in the cutthroat, high-stakes, male-dominated world of venture capital in Silicon Valley, and helped build some of the foremost companies of our time.

Guthrie takes readers behind the closed doors of venture capital, an industry that transforms economies and shapes how we live. Through their experiences juggling work and family, the featured leaders and others continued to shape the tech landscape we know today while overcoming unequal pay, actual punches, betrayals, and the sexist attitudes prevalent in Silicon Valley and in male-dominated industries everywhere. Despite the setbacks, they would rise again to rewrite the rules for an industry they love, paving the way for the next generation of women along the way.

Join Guthrie for a powerful live conversation featuring Magdalena Yesil, one of the “alpha girls” in the book, and Meaghan Rose, a rising startup founder. The discussion will be led by Will Hearst of Journal of Alta California. They’ll explore the world of tech, startups, venture capital and work culture—and how it has and hasn’t changed.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. reception supported by Journal of Alta California (open to all), 6:30 p.m. program followed by book signing
Notes: In association with Journal of Alta California

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Data for Social Good: Crisis Text Line CEO Nancy Lublin
May
13
6:30 PM18:30

Data for Social Good: Crisis Text Line CEO Nancy Lublin

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Nancy Lublin, CEO and Founder, Crisis Text Line; CEO and Founder, Loris.ai
DJ Patil, Head of Technology, Devoted Health; Former United States Chief Data Scientist—Moderator

Suicide and mental health are hard subjects—so Crisis Text Line leveraged the power of the data it collects to help their counselors determine the best way to talk about the topics with those in need. The nonprofit, founded in 2013 by CEO Nancy Lublin, has provided a free text-based and human-driven service to support those experiencing mental health stress, gathering data points from more than 75 million text messages sent and maximizing the impact of their information to better train counselors and support their community. Its innovative and data-driven methodology for tackling hard conversations can also be applied to more than the mental health space, including to Lublin’s latest venture: Loris.ai.

Lublin’s entire career has focused on initiatives addressing social issues, and she founded Dress for Success and Do Something prior to Crisis Text Line. With her technology lens on big challenges, she continues to iterate on innovative mechanisms and creative solutions to sticky problems. At INFORUM, she’ll be joined in conversation by DJ Patil, head of technology at Devoted Health and former U.S. chief data scientist in the Obama administration, to dig into the power of data to effect change. Come curious!

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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Dustin Lance Black: Coming of Age in Red and Blue America
May
8
6:30 PM18:30

Dustin Lance Black: Coming of Age in Red and Blue America

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Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award-Wnning Screenwriter, Milk; Author, Mama’s Boy: A Story from Our Americas; Activist

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

Join Dustin Lance Black, influential LGBTQ+ activist and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter behind Milk, as he reveals his unexpectedly conservative origins in his new memoir, Mama’s Boy: A Story from Our Americas, providing personal and philosophical insight into the complicated divide between red and blue America.

Black’s memoir chronicles his coming of age in a military, Mormon household in Texas and moving to more liberal California after his mother’s remarriage. Finding himself at odds with the religious and political atmosphere of his family and his community’s condemnation of his sexuality, Black kept his identity a secret. He ultimately found release and professional success in the arts and reveals that throughout his often difficult childhood, he and his mother always managed to share a powerful bond of support. When Black played an instrumental role in the overturning of California’s antigay marriage Proposition 8, she was next to him despite a lifetime of opposition.

Join Dustin Lance Black live at INFORUM as he reflects on his personal journey to self-acceptance and success and shares his unique perspective on bridging the many divides in our country today.

Location: Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program followed by book signing

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 Glenn Close: Bring Change to Mind
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Glenn Close: Bring Change to Mind

The stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness is deeply rooted in American culture and society. Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health and to raising awareness, understanding and empathy. Award-winning actor and advocate Glenn Close co-founded Bring Change to Mind in 2010 after her sister Jessie Close was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and her nephew Calen Pick was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.

Science and evidence-based programs are essential to achieving the work of BC2M. The organization’s seven public service announcements have provided stigma-reducing messaging to more than 4 billion individuals. By mobilizing deeply engaged change agents, especially youth, to collectively talk about mental health, BC2M is able to encourage healthy help seeking behavior, greater resilience and self-care techniques. It is transforming feelings of isolation and despair into feelings of community and hope. The organization’s peer-led high school clubs, operating in 16 states, are a great example of how youth can, and will, change the perspectives on mental illness in our lifetime. Join Glenn, Jessie and other BC2M leaders for a conversation about the power of advocacy, science and youth leadership to reduce stigma and creative positive change in the world of mental health.

NOTES

Part of our series on mental health, dedicated in memory of Nancy Friend Pritzker, with support from the John Pritzker Family Fund

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Bret Easton Ellis: Freedom of Speech in a Digital Age
Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Bret Easton Ellis: Freedom of Speech in a Digital Age

Bret Easton Ellis, Author, White (Forthcoming), American Psycho, The Rules of AttractionLess Than Zero; Screenwriter; Host, “The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast”

Bret Easton Ellis, the best-selling novelist and screenwriter of the darkly incisive American Psycho and other hugely popular novels, is diving into nonfiction for the first time with his provocatively titled new book White, which blends his personal perspective in the entertainment industry and his sharp cultural insight into our digital age, simultaneously defining and defending the concept of freedom of speech.

While Ellis eschews the label provocateur, he remains outspoken in his frustration with identity politics and political correctness. In Ellis’ words, “Everyone feels muzzled now, and it comes down to how much you can take. Can I talk about what I’m feeling and say my opinion? You get to a point where there’s a break, a fissure, and you either decide to go through it and be yourself, or you decide to hide.”

Beyond his literary career, Ellis also expounds at length on film, books, music, culture and politics on “The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast,” and his Twitter feed is often feisty—agree or disagree with him, Ellis gets you thinking. Join Ellis live at INFORUM as he reflects on the state of political discourse in the United States and shares his unique perspective as an unfiltered and often polarizing cultural commentator.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program followed by book signing

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The Power of Youth in Our Politics
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

The Power of Youth in Our Politics

Scott Warren, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Generation Citizen; Author, Generation Citizen: The Power of Youth in Our Politics
Other Panelists TBA

Gun violence. #BlackLivesMatter. Climate change. Voting rights. Despite a sense of alienation from civic engagement in today’s political atmosphere, young leaders continue to take up the charge across these and other critical issues, demanding a better future, wielding their votes and pushing the country forward to create change.

In his book Generation Citizen: The Power of Youth in Our Politics, Scott Warren, co-founder and CEO of Generation Citizen, recounts his personal political awakening and the long and inspiring history of young people enacting significant political change in the United States, ranging from the civil rights movement to the Parkland students’ stance against gun violence. Since its founding in 2010 when Warren was a senior at Brown University, Generation Citizen has worked with more than 50,000 students across the country to engage them in politics as the next generation of future leaders through an innovative curriculum and hands-on opportunities to dig into the civic process, creating new channels for learning and capacity building to make a difference locally and nationally.

Join Warren at INFORUM, alongside other rising voices in youth leadership and civic engagement, for an inspiring conversation about the political potential of youth and students and the future of American social change.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program followed by book signing

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Black Futures Lab and the Black Census Project
Apr
2
6:30 PM18:30

Black Futures Lab and the Black Census Project

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Alicia Garza, Principal, Black Futures Lab; Strategy and Partnership Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter
Additional Panelists TBA

The issues facing black communities are often complicated, nuanced and heavily weighted by centuries of historical injustice. Black Futures Lab, founded by Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, works to make black people powerful in politics by transforming black communities into constituencies that build power in cities and states.

The Black Futures Lab recently completed the largest survey of black people since Reconstruction, with nearly 40,000 respondents from diverse communities across the nation. The survey included questions regarding many defining characteristics, including gender, sexuality, age and other categories, and it dug into several key issues rooted in inequality and to understand better what black communities desire for their futures. Join Garza and other cultural leaders, scholars and experts for a conversation about the inaugural data results and how to use this data to create solutions with lasting impact.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco, CA 04105
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg: Democratic Presidential Candidate
Mar
28
6:30 PM18:30

Mayor Pete Buttigieg: Democratic Presidential Candidate

Pete Buttigieg, 32nd Mayor of South Bend, Indiana; 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate; Author, Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future
Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief, Mother Jones—Moderator

At 37 years old, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg already has a few firsts under his belt. In 2011 and at the age of 29, he was elected mayor of South Bend, IN, making him the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with at least 100,000 residents, and the first openly gay municipal executive in Indiana. In December 2018, he announced his 2020 campaign for the presidency and is now the first millennial and the first openly gay presidential candidate. With fellow politicians like President Barack Obama touting him as the future of the Democratic Party, Buttigieg is seemingly in for an incredible year.

Join INFORUM for a conversation with the presidential hopeful, moderated by Mother Jones Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery, as they discuss Buttigieg’s quickly rising star, the importance of representation in American politics, and his desire to be the “fresh start” he feels our country needs.

Location: Rembe Rock Auditorium, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 pm check-in, 6:30 pm program
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Taraji P. Henson: The Best of Enemies
Mar
26
6:30 PM18:30

Taraji P. Henson: The Best of Enemies

Taraji P. Henson, Actress; Author, Around the Way Girl
Robin Bissell, Director, The Best of Enemies; Producer, The Hunger Games; Producer, Seabiscuit
Dominique Telson, Senior Vice President of Development and Production, Astute Films 
Alicia Garza, Principal, Black Futures Lab; Strategy and Partnership Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter; Contributing Editor, Marie Claire—Moderator

Join Golden Globe-winning actress Taraji P. Henson, director Robin Bissell (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit) and producer Dominique Telson (SVP of development and production at Astute Films) for a powerful conversation about the civil rights era and their new film, The Best of Enemies.

While the 1960s in the United States were rife with violent racial tensions, Durham, North Carolina is a crucial anchor in the history of the civil rights movement. From hosting the country’s first sit-in to various visits from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, the city is the birthplace of many unsung heroes in the movement, including Ann Atwater.

In 1971, civil rights activist Ann Atwater teamed up with an unlikely ally, KKK member C.P. Ellis, after a decade-long feud. Together, they shared a goal to reduce school violence and ensure peaceful desegregation. Atwater’s story and her friendship with Ellis is finally being told for audiences around the world in the upcoming film The Best of Enemies, starring Taraji P. Henson. Henson rose to fame with powerful roles in the television show “Empire” and the films Hidden Figures and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Join Henson, Bissell and Telson at INFORUM as they all discuss the making of the film, Atwater’s incredible life and the immense power of finding a common ground with everyone.

This conversation is moderated by Alicia Garza.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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Representative Joe Kennedy III
Mar
22
11:30 AM11:30

Representative Joe Kennedy III

Joe Kennedy III, U.S. Representative for District 4 (D–MA)

Representative Joe Kennedy III, at just 37, has already made a name for himself in Democratic politics. Elected in 2012 to his first term representing Massachusetts, he quickly rose to prominence as one of the younger voices in Congress. He gained new national recognition when he was chosen to give the Democratic response to the 2018 State of the Union and recently introduced Senator Elizabeth Warren (D–MA) when she made her public 
announcement to run for president of the United States in the 2020 election.

Since he took office, Kennedy has leveraged his role to champion economic and social issues locally and nationally, including American manufacturing, workforce development, a livable minimum wage, affordable health care, mental health and addiction care, civil rights, immigration, and energy costs, with a focus on bipartisan efforts. He is a member of the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee and chairs Congress’ Transgender Equality Task Force. Locally, Kennedy remains closely in touch with his constituents by committing to his ongoing Tour 34, an initiative where he holds constituent office hours in all 34 Fourth District municipalities.

Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with a rising star of the Democratic Party about the future of a new generation of politicians and the key challenges facing the American people today.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 11 a.m. check-in, 11:30 a.m. program

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Emily Chang's Brotopia: One Year Later
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Emily Chang's Brotopia: One Year Later

Emily Chang, Anchor and Executive Producer, Bloomberg Technology; Author, Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley; Twitter @emilychangtv
Aileen Lee, Partner, Cowboy VC; Founder, All Raise—Moderator

In 2018, Emily Chang’s Brotopia: Breaking Up The Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley made national headlines, further opening up the conversation around discrimination, sexual harassment and toxic work environments taking place across industries and in Silicon Valley.

One year later, join Chang and moderator Aileen Lee, partner at Cowboy VC and founder of All Raise, the new nonprofit dedicated to strategically engaging more women and minorities in the founding and funding of technology-driven companies. In this powerful expose, Chang reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals. Drawing on her deep network of tech insiders, Chang sheds light on how hard it is for women to crack the Silicon ceiling and offers insight on what companies and employees need to do to bring down the “brotopia” culture once and for all.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program
Notes: This program is generously supported by Bank of the West

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